Today has been a very long day. It's been a great day, but wow--long.
Today's schedule was tight. Morning show from 6am-9:15am, post show duties and production until 11am, doctor's appointment at 11:15am, speaking event/stand-up at AMBUCS at noon, back to the studio by 1:30pm, production until after 3pm, home by 3:30pm, a very short nap with 38 alarms set (okay-that's an exaggeration--but I did have 3 set), Ponca City Baseball press-box PA announcing of the seniors for senior night at 5:00pm, followed by a 25 minute stand-up set at the Hospice of North Central Oklahoma Volunteer Recognition/Awards Banquet.
I was offered dinner at the banquet, but I've never been able to eat before a performance, so I declined and opted for water until a later dinner. Honestly, I didn't plan well today. It was nearly eight hours between lunch and dinner, with nothing but coffee and water in between. I usually plan a little better than that, but I was okay--it was the exception, not the rule.
I spent way too much time wandering around the store figuring out dinner. In hindsight, I should have opted for a meal out, but I have this unwritten rule whereby, if I'm home--meaning, not traveling, I don't eat out twice in one day. My lunch was takeout, so this unwritten rule (one I've only broken a few times in two years) required a home cooked/prepared meal. The plan was simple--it was going to be salmon, until I arrived to find the seafood counter closed. I was literally a few minutes too late. Had I not stopped for a decaf coffee, I would have made it in time to that part of the store. The decaf was a compromise. I've never ordered a decaf that I can remember--but I wanted coffee--and I didn't want the caffeine--so I tried it and, not bad, really.
I settled on a turkey cheeseburger and fresh cut sweet potato fries for dinner. It was incredible!
My doctor's visit today was a lot of fun. Keep in mind, being near, at or above 500 pounds for almost two decades, I've had more than my share of horrible "these numbers will eventually kill you" type doctor visits. Today wasn't one of those. It was the exact opposite--and I'm immensely grateful. I'll recap the numbers and call it a night:
Blood pressure today was 130/74
My pulse: 54
Blood sugar: 86
Kidney and Liver function was in the optimal range
Total Cholesterol: 156 (down from 164 last year and 190 in 2014) (Optimal range: 100-200)
HDL (the good) Cholesterol: 43 (same as last year) (Optimal range: 40-125)
LDL (the bad) Cholesterol: 103 (down from 112 last year and 137 in 2014) (Optimal range: 0-129)
Triglycerides: 50 (Optimal range: 30-150)
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: 1.898 (Optimal range: .300-5.000)
The only thing that was slightly low and in need of improvement was my protein level.
My protein total: 6.6 (optimal range is 6.7-8.2)
Albumin: (I have no idea what this is-but it's a protein number of some sort) 3.9 (optimal range 4.2-5.1)
Bottom line: I'm VERY blessed. These numbers are beyond incredible. I'm grateful.
Whenever the doctor says- "Okay, everything looks great, try to eat a little more protein. I'll see you back here in a year." That's truly a wonderful thing.
I made it one more day. I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained abstinent from refined sugar and I exceeded my water goal. That's enough for today.
Oh--and I had the pleasure of seeing my friend Lance from the Opportunity Center. One of the AMBUCS brought him to the midday meeting where I was speaking. Lance is one of the most amazing people I know because of his natural happiness and enthusiasm for life despite incredible challenges. He listens to my radio show every day. Thank you, Lance, for being there!!
Today's Live-Tweet Stream:
Two cups water, 20 push-ups and 10 squats, done✔️ I'm ready for coffee. That's the #morningdeal for me. pic.twitter.com/23WbFTAmrU— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
Good Thursday morning! Dark roast with three tablespoons half & half. This and one to go. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/mZMwmvV4dv— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/R4DT8EQWkq— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
2 egg whts & 1 whl egg, over-hard, on Ezekiel w/1 slice muenster, 1 provolone. 5oz apple & 5.7oz orange. 532 cal. pic.twitter.com/JxvgSeciHJ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
Midmorning cup of coffee with three tablespoons half&half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/ebru4q4joW— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
4oz banana with 16g natural chunky peanut butter & 93g fresh strawberries. #midmorningsomething 199 cal. pic.twitter.com/dgfuYXTLJD— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
2 cups water. #wateraccountability Lunch later, back at studio, after short speaking engagement. pic.twitter.com/ckfoRMjEqk— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
Grande dark roast pour over with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/e9uzhiQKRe— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/aUWXV1QdFg— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
Fajita Beef & Zucchini Sr. Cream Tacos w/6oz beef, 30g sr crm, zucchini, lettuce & 14g cheddar. 7.7oz pear. 610 cal. pic.twitter.com/PeJwUvFmal— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
Tonight's stand-up performance set list ready. I never eat before a performance, so I'll eat later this evening! pic.twitter.com/xB16X8AY1c— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 28, 2016
At store for dinner stuff. Ordered a decaf for first time in the history of me. W/two tablespoons half&half. 40cal pic.twitter.com/MEBpZ6uP44— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2016
Stand-up went well! Thank you Hospice of NCO for the honor & privilege of providing a few laughs at your volunteers banquet! #greatpeople— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2016
The seafood counter is closed. No salmon for me! Looks like a turkey burger & sweet potato fries. I love that, too. pic.twitter.com/HaG1xKlYTj— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2016
Late dinner in MFP. Waaayyyyy too long between food this afternoon/evening! I did not plan well! But I'm okay. :) pic.twitter.com/lDPg8nPJsV— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2016
Turkey Cheesbrgr & Fries w/6.4oz 99% lean turkey, 1-provolone, onion, tomato & mustard. 200g swt.pot fries. 641 cal. pic.twitter.com/oeEZq8Nzn7— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2016
2 cups water with dinner further exceeds #watergoal #waterhelpseverything pic.twitter.com/C8EGHv78z5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,