The excitement level is building around my upcoming trip to New York City and appearance on Today with Joy Bauer's Joy Fit Club segment . At the same time it builds, I'm doing my best to stay aware of how emotions affect my embrace of the fundamental elements that have brought me this far.
My former unhealthy relationship with food has many more years personal experience than the relatively new relationship I enjoy today. And I recognize that the unhealthy relationship of the past wasn't primed only in tough, turbulent times. As a first class emotional and stress eater--it didn't need to be a bad experience to trigger the dependency that kept me over 500 pounds for so many years. The good times and positive emotions could and would do the same in equal measure. It's this knowledge about myself that makes this beautiful experience one that I'll certainly enjoy--but also one where I'll be exceptionally on guard with an elevated awareness and commitment to the fundamental elements I embrace each day.
Today was insanely busy--but fun. News Channel 4's Lacey Lett and photo journalist Kevin Josefy made the trip from Oklahoma City for an interview/feature story about this experience and my weight loss story, in general. It's expected to air on Friday evening. The most challenging thing for me in these kinds of situations is condensing answers into a short and sweet delivery. Brevity isn't my strong suit. I like to communicate--and explain things in ways that best articulates the perspective shifts involved. Simply saying "I kept a calorie budget, exercised and wrote a blog page every night," doesn't begin to touch the consistency building dynamics involved in the process. I would imagine Lacey and Kevin are expert editors. It'll be great!
I stayed very well connected with support friends via texts throughout the day and a fantastic call this evening. Accountability and support are critically important tools. None of us should try attempting this stuff alone! If there's one piece of advice I can't ever forget to mention--it's this: Establish accountability and support measures with the same importance level you apply in developing your method/plan. These two things work together. One without the other doesn't work well.
My goodness, my breakfast this morning was beyond satisfying (see Tweet below)! I'm almost out of the homemade tomato juice gifted me recently by Jon in Wisconsin. Jon, expect a call from me soon asking for instructions on how to make my own! The tomato juice was incredibly filling. It enabled me to easily get by until lunch without a mid-morning holdover something... except for coffee, of course. I love my coffee!
I got a pre-NYC haircut this afternoon and a much needed afternoon nap before handling production work a little later--stuff I missed earlier in the day, in consideration of the scheduling challenges.
I met Kristin at my favorite Mexican restaurant for a celebration dinner of sorts. The "celebration" part had everything to do with our conversation about all of these happenings of late. My food, as you'll notice if you're a regular reader, doesn't need to change or become indulgent in the name of celebrating something. That can work well for others and there's nothing wrong with occasional celebratory indulgence, but for me, given my history, it's best I celebrate in non-food ways. Kristin is incredibly supportive of what I do and I truly appreciate this from her. The daily reverence I apply to my fundamental elements--yeah, she "gets it."
Today's Live-Tweet Stream:
I need a haircut before NYC-Today Show! 2 cups water-10 squats-20 push-ups--required before coffee! #morningdeal pic.twitter.com/ZDoRQ3EhiQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 6, 2016
Earned. Good coffee with two tablespoons half & half X 3 cups (over the course of the next few hours). 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/rGVmLXUEKQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 6, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/RDy7a8wTJN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 6, 2016
2 egg whts-2 whl, 3oz mshrms, redpepper, 2-muenster, 1-asiago. 5.2oz orng, 5.8 apple & 12oz nat.tomato juice. 606cal pic.twitter.com/NpToxRGtLe— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 6, 2016
Dark roast coffee with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/06u0I62Cnd— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 6, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/ympTSKepKN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 6, 2016
Peanut Butter (32g natural-sf) Banana (4.2oz) on sesame seeded sugar free/flour free Ezekiel. 138g strwbrrs. 481 cal pic.twitter.com/C8w8WZVSbO— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 6, 2016
Dark roast with three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/JKzugWrNUG— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 6, 2016
Two tablespoons half & half in the coffee. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/mWb5r5xoMS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 7, 2016
12 chips, separated from bowl-counted. These are mine. Bowl is off limits. #restaurantstrategy & fresh salsa. 175cal pic.twitter.com/GDqcptnjix— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 7, 2016
Dinner tonight at my favorite Mexican place. I order what I need, a la carte. No menu needed. #restaurantstrategy pic.twitter.com/YkNFPBGZIL— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 7, 2016
More than I need. Now, it's time to assemble the tacos! pic.twitter.com/bK1w3AV4Cv— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 7, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/ZjrP1zlNWV— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 7, 2016
Chicken & Shrimp Tacos w/approx 6oz chckn, 7 shrimp, approx 3 tblspns sr crm, lettuce & approx 14g cheese. 568 cal. pic.twitter.com/sEFRmUM8Jg— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 7, 2016
Fast fruit run... pic.twitter.com/Iydy19qwFS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 7, 2016
2 cups water exceeds #watergoal 6.7oz apple with 16g (1 tblspn) natural peanut butter. #lastfoodofday 199 cal. pic.twitter.com/VAHiq7YiPY— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 7, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,