It's been an amazing week. It's also been a challenging week! I'm sincerely grateful for the blessed opportunities I've enjoyed and for the challenges.
The life stream presented many challenges this week: Planning around unusual schedules, being in unfamiliar places, increased responsibilities at work, navigating two consecutive super long and super busy days and rounding out the week performing four stand-up shows at the comedy club in my hometown.
The fundamental element stream ran well, in the background of my life, with its non-negotiable elements completely honored and kept each day, very well.
There were some close calls.
My life stream and fundamental elements stream must always run parallel to one another. When the life stream gets too thick and starts crowding the fundamental elements stream, that's when things can get dicey.
I found myself reaching for critically needed spot support via text and call twice. I haven't had two "criticals" in one week in a very long time. But again, it was challenging. And reaching for support instead of excess food is a big part of the plan that keeps me well. I've always heard, "It isn't what happens to us, it's how we handle what's happening." That's truth. The support exchanges provided much needed perspective--and almost like magic, the challenges quickly become manageable again.
The week started with a trip to New York and Today on NBC!
The week ended with four performances at LOL Comedy Club in my hometown
Working with comedians Robert Hawkins (left) and Bob Khosravi (right) was truly a pleasure. They're both incredible!!
"Love the new mug. Keep up the good work. I'm not fully committed to a plan yet but every day I read your blog and it's wearing off on me how easy and how hard it is to have integrity, determination, a plan in place and you make it sound like fun as well as a challenge to be met."
"That mug instantly became my favorite! Thank you, Peggy!
I'm glad you're coming here each day. You'll find yourself along the way. Being okay with where you are--even when it's diametrically opposed to your goals, dreams and desires, provides a more stable foundation for you to move forward--and in my experience, that compassionate self-embrace actually provides the peaceful stability needed for a clearer perspective moving forward. You're alright!
Making the challenges of it all fun--and enjoyable, yes yes and YES!
When you wake for the day, do you dread the plan or do you look forward to it with enthusiasm--because you know where it's taking you? Finding ways to structure your plan in a way you can enjoy and genuinely look forward to each day, is key!! And not just because you know where it's taking you--also because you've designed it--customized to your "personal settings,"--your likes, dislikes--and nature."
I planned today well. I also made it a refreshingly restful day. I plan on catching up on some needed rest--and best of all, I plan on the upcoming week being much less challenging.
The challenging times are a test. I feel very confident in concluding: This time, I passed! I'll bring the same tools to the next challenge!
Today's Live-Tweet Stream:
2 cups water, 20 push-ups and 10 squats: earns good coffee. #morningdeal #differencemaker pic.twitter.com/mhrBjItz5r— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
Heard of studies concluding coffee is good for you? Man, I hope they're right. 3 tblspns half&halfX2cups. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/6WvuM6CARz— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/fCgRqCa5kg— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
2 whl eggs, over-hard, w/1-mozz, 1-provolone & 34g avocado on toasted Ezekiel bun. 5.3oz apple & 5.7oz orng. 624 cal pic.twitter.com/ITSuzXX2TY— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
This coffee is almost as good as the incredibly restful nap I just finished. #neededrest 3 tblspns half&half. 60 cal pic.twitter.com/hkrTdPg5AD— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/us3h01ByP1— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
There was a time when I'd buy prepackaged frozen sweet potato fries. Then I discovered I could do it fresh-cut, in very little time.— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
Preheat oven to 425. Get a big knife. Cut the sweet potato in half- and keep cutting into preferred fry shapes. Not too thin or thick!— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
Coat baking sheet w/a thin coating of olive oil, lightly salt & pepper-arrange on sheet and bake-flip after 10 min & bake another 7 or 8min— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
8.4oz sirloin, medium-226g fresh cut & baked sweet potato fries w/3secOOSpray & pan prprd asparagus w/onion. 634 cal pic.twitter.com/LkH9Qrpzi4— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
Three tablespoons half & half in my pre-show dark roast. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/z8vnDQeAGG— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 16, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/WfsTFiOYvr— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 17, 2016
Sr Crm Chicken Tacos w/approx.6oz chckn, approx.3 tblspns sr crm, lettuce & approx.28g cheese. 6 chips&salsa. 651cal pic.twitter.com/3PdiuIVuMk— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 17, 2016
We killed tonight! What an honor to work with these two. On the left, Robert Hawkins and on the right, Bob Khosravi! pic.twitter.com/IXWvXBiEvf— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 17, 2016
Not eating a banana. Just dark roast with two tablespoons half & half for the drive home. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/jrSqFnhvhl— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 17, 2016
I can't believe I'm in Walmart at 2:09am. #notgood I've apparently lost my marbles. #latenight Self-checkout-no!! pic.twitter.com/xBYUJbOYyV— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 17, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,