I feel like I've been in constant catch up mode over the last couple days. I think I typically do well at replying to questions or just saying thank you for a nice compliment, and replying, especially to emails, is very important to me-so it's been exceptionally challenging for me, mentally, to not be able to keep up of late. The outpouring of support after the Today Show segment has been a monumental blessing to me. As it is most of the time, it might take some time--and especially with emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but I'll reply when I can!
This experience is an opportunity for personal growth. I believe any challenge worth the effort provides numerous opportunities for growth. I'm in that place, it seems. It feels good. It feels right. Rest assured, if you've posted something to my facebook page--or tweeted me, I sincerely appreciate you and the connection you're making.
If you go back in the archives to September 15th, 2008 and read the Day 1 post, you'll find this at the end:
"I look forward to this blog. I believe it will help me stay on track and maybe along the way it will inspire someone else to stay on track."
I've stayed true to this from Day 1. I maintain this daily blog, the MyFitnessPal logging and the accountability Tweets for me. These are "rails" of accountability and support I've installed along my path to help create stability and ultimately, consistency. I had no idea how many would follow along, relate and be affected in a positive way--and this has been a huge--and very unexpected blessing. I'm passionate about sharing what I do and how I do it--and how these things work for me.
While we're all different--and what works for me may not be what will work for you, over the last seven and a half years I've discovered that the mental/emotional and psychological dynamics are where we find the most common ground, regardless of our individual methods of losing weight. That's what makes this blog all-inclusive.
But again, I do it for me and my continued recovery and healthy weight maintenance. Someone recently suggested how I might be addicted to attention--based on all I do in these efforts. Nope! You got the wrong guy! Here's the thing: I'm going to keep on keeping on regardless of how many or who reads this blog. I'm NOT performing here. I'm being as real as it gets--and I never forget those words I wrote on Day 1.
For those who know me personally and the ones who have worked with me through the two exclusive teleconference support groups I co-facilitate with Life Coach Gerri and Kathleen Miles and the ones I've worked with one on one--they know me--they know very well where my heart and passion lives. They know why I do what I do. They've felt my emotion and heard my tears on the telephone line.
I hope you'll continue following along--and I appreciate the measure of accountability and support it provides me--and it is my sincere hope that something I express, at some point--strikes you in a monumental way.
Ultimately, it's all you, my friend. You're the one doing the work and building the fire within you. If this blog--or anything I say or do, provides a spark--and you diligently turn that spark into a burning fire for change--that, to me, is such a beautiful thing. And I know in my heart--you can do this, too. It's in you. You know how I know? Because I'm no different from you. Sure, our personal life circumstances may be wildly different--but when notes are compared on the mental-emotional elements required along the way, we're remarkably the same. I don't have special weight loss and maintenance powers! If I can choose change before change chooses me--I know you can as well.
The Today Show experience was a dream come true. Would I LOVE to do more of that type of thing?? Of course. I feel very confident and calm in that environment. But if an opportunity like that never ever comes along again, as long as I live--I'm happy, right here. And I will continue doing what I do--right here, every day. Because the bottom line is: I must always take care of me and the fundamental elements of my continued recovery and weight maintenance success...and when I do that, when I take care of me, first and foremost--everything else falls into place.
This instantly became my favorite picture of mom. There's so much love in her heart and eyes. I wouldn't be where I am today had it not been for this amazing woman. My goodness, I love her so very much.
It was an honor to be inducted into The Joy Fit Club alongside Hope Church. In the picture below, Joy and Hope check out Hope's inspirational bracelet. After our segment was over and we all said goodbye to Joy and other Today Show staff--Hope, her husband Jeremy and I talked for about a half an hour. We concluded that our conversations could have gone on all day. When you get two people together who have experienced a massive transformation in multi-faceted ways, the commonalities seem endless. It was pure pleasure. They're amazing people. I love occasionally featuring other people's blogs--and I've provided the link to Hope's blog on her Facebook page, below the picture. You'll be inspired--I guarantee!
I'm allowing the Tweets to take me the rest of the way tonight. Are we cool? Good deal. :)
Today's Live-Tweet Stream:
2 cups water✔️ 10 simple body-weight squats✔️ 2 sets of 10= 20 push-ups✔️ Accountability-Coffee Bonus Unlocked!!! :) pic.twitter.com/6jQszTOJOY— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
This dark roast is exceptional. Good deal. Good morning! With three tablespoons half & half X 2 mugs. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/O3F3mCaKk5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/ptuwY8JH6V— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
2 whl eggs/2 whts, 1 each: asiago&mozz, mshrms, onion, red-yellow-orng pepper. 9.7oz orange, 3.4oz pineapple. 523cal pic.twitter.com/w9FSVDUktp— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
Midmorning Italian roast with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/zF53d0527q— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
Big Midmorning something-something. 9.3oz apple slices & 16g natural peanut butter. 235 cal. pic.twitter.com/bBhCIoqPc8— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/T5kLjTLTlO— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
148g avocado, onion, tomato & 30g sr crm-on lettuce. 21g chips, tostada w/65g beans, 1-asiago, lettuce-salsa. 561cal pic.twitter.com/Dv29lsJ3Ah— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
Three tablespoons half & half in this post-nap, pre-drive dark roast coffee! 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/0y7OoFGCZT— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 13, 2016
7.3oz pear. Nice holdover until dinner out with mom. 117 cal. pic.twitter.com/Gxc02DjkjJ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
2.5 cups driving water. Coffee likely for drive home, later. #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/GcTbwG6RSd— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Dinner with mom at our favorite hometown place. She's the best. ❤️ this. #mothersonselfie #restaurantnavigator pic.twitter.com/fvlUYBXOQP— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
My best restaurant advice: Don't feel trapped by a menu. Order a la carte! I rarely use a menu & when I do, it's to assess available options— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Also- Don't ever hesitate in asking for what YOU need in order for your dining experience to be harmonious with your plan.— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Politely asking for what I need has never failed, not once. I've discovered, most always, people genuinely want to help. :)— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
3 cups water-no ice, with dinner. Exceeds #watergoal #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/Uraf5EmlVr— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Dinner ingredients-- not on a menu in this form! I shall assemble one of my favorites! pic.twitter.com/0Bfci0V8Hw— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/1qhR7EdClG— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Added some fresh chunky salsa. Revised dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/GD2yELw3Qn— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Sour cream fajita chicken tacos w/8oz chicken, approx.3 tblspns (45g) sr.cream, lettuce & fresh chunky salsa. 527cal pic.twitter.com/4SB91AfXkD— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Calorie budget maneuvers included skipping the chips & salsa appetizer and no cheese on tonight's tacos. #caloriebudgetintegrity— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Driving home dark roast pour over with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/113MceCirF— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 14, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,