It's interesting how we, as humans, are capable of closing our minds off to something and living in an oblivious state of consciousness, where we don't acknowledge--or even recognize, the other side we're willfully ignoring. I'm really good at doing that. I mean, let's be honest--I did it for nearly two decades at 500 pounds.
Tonight will be the 8th night in a row of at least 7 hours sleep. Already, I'm seeing positive changes. And the consequences of my non-existent importance level around sleep is becoming painfully clear. Rather than focusing on what is lost, I'm choosing to focus on what's ahead.
My success, with all its ups and downs, triumphs and struggles, is largely due to my embrace of the fundamental elements I hold sacred each day. This list includes the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical work--along with certain tasks/routines I make important (the abstinence from refined sugar-the weighing and measuring food-and the accountability measures surrounding it all). Even with that priority list NOT containing proper rest, what it did contain kept me moving forward in a wonderful direction--and here I am, today. And that's great.
But where do I want to go?
It's extremely challenging to accomplish anything extra when you're exhausted 85% of the time. When you're just trying to make it to the next nap or cup of caffeine, there's little energy remaining to do anything else.
I have two barely started manuscripts I'd like to turn into books. I'd like to experience the difference a dedicated, consistent weight training routine would bring. I'd like to expand my personal and group weight loss support/mentoring. I'd love to do more stand-up. I think it would be the most amazing thing to do more speaking engagements about what I've experienced and learned over the last eight years. And there's more.
Under the cloud of sleep deprivation, these things--instead of becoming points of inspiration, became things generating negative thoughts and emotions--because they were dormant--stored away until I could figure out how to make it work. But figuring out how to make it work was just another task left incomplete--because, again--all of my energy was spent maintaining the schedule and things I was somehow maintaining, and of course--making it to the next nap or cup of coffee.
I love coffee--and please don't get me wrong, I haven't been drinking it simply to make it through the day--I also drink it because I love it!
If it wasn't for the personal coaching of Gerri Helms, I wouldn't have launched the podcast.
The most important thing I can do is continue taking extraordinary care each and every day, regardless. Bottom line, that's the biggie.
Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget. I remained abstinent from refined sugar. I exceeded my daily water goal. And I stayed connected with solid support contacts.
The latest episode of Transformation Planet features Janelle Keith. I hope you'll give it a listen! My mom and grandson Noah are featured at the end of the episode in an "on location" segment. It's fun! You can find Transformation Planet wherever you find your favorite podcasts. It's in iTunes, Google Play and you'll always find the last five episodes listed along the lefthand side of this blog's web version. Here's the latest episode directly from PodBean.com:
Today's Accountability Live-Tweet Stream:
#morningdeal ✅ Done. 2 cups water, 20 push-ups and 20 squats before coffee. It's Friday!!! And it's my birthday weekend!! Yay! pic.twitter.com/kH2mls7cwk— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
Two tablespoons half & half in this first cup of dark roast. Another with same amount half&half in a to-go cup. Good morning! 80 cal. pic.twitter.com/10lixj5jU2— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
iTunes link to my latest podcast episode of Transformation Planet. Also avail.in Google Play. https://t.co/PVgXCCsPdm pic.twitter.com/wl98PQgpX5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/JfbYcZdmlc— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
Brkfst Sandwich. 2 whl eggs, 32g olives, 36g yllw pepper & 2 slices mozzarella melted on toasted Ezekiel. 5.7oz orange & 7.1oz apple. 636cal pic.twitter.com/F4y77GcM4o— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
3.9oz banana & two tablespoons half & half in the coffee. 102 cal. pic.twitter.com/yEs9AxJXcC— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
Lunch in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/Bska88m30v— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
170g avocado, 15g sour cream, 75g lettuce & 28g white corn tortilla chips. 100g red grapes & 148g Giorgio stuffed mushrooms. 640 cal. pic.twitter.com/AG4eVbPON9— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
Three tablespoons half & half in this afternoon coffee. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/lYqXO3CZ0x— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2016
A relaxing Friday evening cup of dark roast decaf coffee with two tablespoons half & half. Deciding on dinner options at the moment. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/UMPiPjmQgj— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 22, 2016
Oh my, this is going to be good! pic.twitter.com/DQwVWwv5Hp— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 22, 2016
Dinner in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/KSFZvyaBcZ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 22, 2016
150g catfish, oven "fried" w/1 egg white, 14g corn meal & 4secOOSpray, 333g swt.pot, 62g red onion & 70g yllw pepper. 575 cal. pic.twitter.com/EAAH6HXquM— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 22, 2016
After dinner decaf. With two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/CFzXOmD7xp— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 22, 2016
2.5 cup bottle of water exceeds #watergoal Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel toast w/.5oz cream cheese & 3.2oz banana. #lastfoodofday 166 cal. pic.twitter.com/LJJVDX8xED— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 22, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,