Blessings are all around for me this week. I'm full of enormous gratitude. And these blessings come right in the middle of some of the busiest days I've experienced in a long time. I think that's good, actually. The busy schedule challenges me to be extra aware and reminds me to embrace the fundamental elements of my continued maintenance, tightly.
Stability can be easily sacrificed in the middle of high stress and emotions. I mean, seriously--you're reading the blog of a professional stress/emotional eater! It really wasn't that long ago when my solution to almost everything was more food. The key to refraining from that sacrifice, for me, starts with acknowledging that food isn't a fixer. Food isn't a therapist. Food's only job is to nourish my body. And this acknowledgment pushes me in the direction of facing feelings--instead of stuffing them, and handling stress with action instead of retreat. Staying centered spiritually through my private/personal prayer and meditative time is imperative--and staying in regular contact with good one on one and group support connections is critically important for me in this process.
One of the big differences between my initial weight loss and my turnaround from relapse/regain is an awareness and appreciation of how the slip and slide can start. The humbling experience of regain cemented the fact that I'm never beyond relapse. My continued maintenance isn't guaranteed. I don't "got this," I only have the rails of support I've installed within my plan.
Taking what I do seriously, each and every day--while doing it in a way that makes it easy to laugh, smile and enjoy life along the way, and always remembering that I'm only as stable as my next good choice--keeps me well.
The outpouring of support surrounding Monday's Today Show appearance has been like having a birthday on Facebook every day, all week long. You know what I mean? Your birthday hits and suddenly your Facebook page lights up like the 4th of July and Christmas rolled into one! I'm immensely grateful for this level of support. At the same time, I struggle with the fact that sometimes, and especially of late, I can't keep up--because I want to personally say, "thank you" to each and every post--and every comment.
Today was long. I finished my morning radio show a few minutes early in order to travel twenty-five minutes away to a rare early-morning location broadcast. I grabbed some almonds and water immediately after because I knew lunch would come a little later than normal. I made my eye brow waxing appointment (omgoodness--my uni-brow is relentless. My eye brows grow at pace rivaling the late-great Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes), grabbed coffee and headed to the station for production work. I didn't leave the studio until after four pm. Kristin gave me a ride to the repair shop for my car--then it was home for a fast one on one support call--and a much needed nap.
My head hit the pillow not too long after News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City presented a feature story on my weight loss and upcoming trip to New York. My phone immediately lit up with loved ones and friends congratulating me on the segment and also with Facebook notifications. I spent some time conversing with a few friends before setting a couple of nap alarms, insuring a well rested and productive Friday night. I prepared a good dinner and enjoyed a fabulous workout, too.
It's been a well rounded day!
A big thank you to Lance West, the anchor in the following segment--and much gratitude to Lacey Lett and photojournalist Kevin Josefy for a superior job and a tremendous honor:
What a cool coincidence that this story started at precisely 5:05pm? 505 was my starting weight in September 2008.
Tomorrow starts early with a location broadcast from a big grocery store followed by packing and preparing for the 6am Sunday flight from Oklahoma City.
These are exciting times on the DDWL! I feel like I'm navigating it well. I'll keep checking on that status!
Today's Live-Tweet Stream:
Rushed! 2 cups water & 20 push-ups unlocks the coffee this morning--- Done✔️. pic.twitter.com/h64jQ03B77— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
From earlier! Running behind this morning. 2 tblspns half & half X 3 cups over the course of this morning. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/YMN2rn0ZiU— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/CFPPcqyoT4— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
Brkfst sndwch. 2 whl eggs-1 wht w/asiago & 54g avocado on flour/sugar free Ezekiel. 5.8oz apple & 3.4oz bnna. 609cal pic.twitter.com/rznrGvK9fF— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
Holdover until later lunch. 43g whole natural almonds & two cup bottle of water. #wateraccountability 250 cal. pic.twitter.com/ToW1olMvnw— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
Midday dark roast with three tablespoons half & half. Very necessary. :) 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/vOWuiBZQ0y— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/QFNH7HqhqI— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
I've never eaten a regular, cold leaf lettuce & dressing type veggie salad--Ever. Today's fajita salad is a salad, but very different!— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
My kind of salad: Bed of lettuce w/6oz hot fajita beef, zucchini, salsa, jalapeños, 30g sr crm & 28g cheese. 445 cal pic.twitter.com/Dxkt6R8DPf— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 8, 2016
Post-nap dark roast with three tablespoons half & half. Cooking dinner and waking up for a productive night. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/7cs5FZe2q3— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 9, 2016
Dinner is coming together... pic.twitter.com/PlPSqf5GdQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 9, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/3I5nJS5dJg— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 9, 2016
Surf&Turf-7.8oz chckn brst, 3oz bkd cod, 231g red pot., 15g sr crm, 2 tblspn half&half, asparagus&red pepper. 629cal pic.twitter.com/s9uYwnU7f7— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 9, 2016
Workout. TED Radio Hour podcast in my ear- elliptical under my feet-time to move! 2 cup water exceeds #watergoal pic.twitter.com/EEzNLTULu0— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 9, 2016
Needed that. Solid max level 20/30 min elliptical ride. #naturalhigh #feelsgood #endorphinparty pic.twitter.com/WIVYsycShe— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 9, 2016
A few things. Or, several. Came in for one thing. Isn't that how it goes? pic.twitter.com/FUJerXlmJN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 9, 2016
Thank you for reading and watching! And thank you for your continued support,