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Today was a really good day. I was able to get more rest last night--and the difference was big. I'm not sure how many times it takes for me to experience the crystal clear difference in order to cement my commitment. I'm learning. One thing I'm learning is how it requires a shift in focus and perspective. I can't focus on the bedtime. Focusing on a time but not changing the actions to ones in harmony with the goal, doesn't work. If I focus on managing the day well, the bedtime takes care of itself. Same thing for weight loss and maintenance. I can't simply focus on a number. If I focus on a number but I continue the same actions contrary to my goals and desires, it doesn't work. If I focus on taking extraordinary care each day, the number takes care of itself.
Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget. I remained refined sugar-free. I exceeded my daily water goal by 56oz!! I stayed well connected with close support contacts. And I enjoyed a fabulous workout at the YMCA. I'll aim for another day like today, tomorrow.
I received a wonderful message from Suzanna today. She writes: I miss the tweets on your blog! I don't do twitter, so unless you highlight one like the onion rings a few days ago (I must try these!), I don't see them anymore. You mentioned the tweets on your blog sidebar, but I don't see those when I read from my phone's browser. Please bring back the tweets. Your calorie budget is 800 bigger than mine but I still got a lot of great ideas from seeing what you were eating. It also, as you've suggested many times, told a narrative of the day. The consistency of your weighing, measuring and just all of it--restaurant visits too, inspired me. Even though I can't stand sweet potatoes, catfish, and a few other things you seem to include quite often, it still helps me somehow. Thank you, Suzanna-faithful reader in Maine.
Suzanna, thank you so much for this wonderful message. After careful consideration, I'm adding them back to the end of the blog. I certainly can't please everyone, but I must say--I have missed the Tweets on each day's post--because it did help "tell the tale" of the day. It's just important to remember: These tweets are simply an accountability tool for me. They're not a food plan, or a recommendation, not an endorsement of any particular product or anything other than a way for me to be accountable. It's been a very powerful tool. It's reflective of what I enjoy eating. It's reflective of where I am along this road--in maintenance mode. I'm two months shy of three years straight. I'm proud of the streak. But I'm open to someday phasing out the tweets. I do not ever plan on phasing out the MyFitnessPal logging, the planning, the weighing and measuring food--the abstinence from refined sugar and everything else I do each day... But some day, I may stop the twitter feed in its current form. Until then--I like the idea of bringing them back. Thanks for reading, Suzanna!
Today's Accountability Tweets:
More sleep. Yay, me! #morningdeal done✅2 cups water, 20 push-ups & 20 squats. Ready for coffee. Ready for Wednesday! pic.twitter.com/Oj02L5XMX5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
3 tablespoons half & half in my first cup. Another 3 tbs half & half in the to-go cup, later. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/6P5cB0LWLM— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
What I need, Where I need, for When I need. The 3 W's! Other stuff at studio. This goes with me, today. pic.twitter.com/0ksab39lYh— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal. Not shown in screen shot: 6oz pink lady apple. pic.twitter.com/zoXNddrKm5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
Pita Brkfst Sndwch w/2 whl eggs & 2 whts, 40g red pepper & 16g olives, topped w/1 slice swiss. 100g red grapes & 6oz Pink Lady apple. 491cal pic.twitter.com/h1mDbPCms5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
Midmorning cup of dark, With two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/20l6rYPTLU— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
May have reached my limit on Joseph's pitas for one day. :) Lunch in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/IHd57QrQrc— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
Joseph's flax-oat bran-whl wht pitas w/228g FF refried beans, 3 tbs salsa&2 provolone-baked-then-w/lettuce, 132g avocado&30g sr crm. 620 cal pic.twitter.com/5Fioz4mlWX— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
Afternoon power boost! 3 tablespoons half & half and a refined sugar-free Quest protein bar. 240 cal. pic.twitter.com/NLFkrIaeki— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
Yes, please. :) pic.twitter.com/yt9BSQ8Xv4— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 22, 2017
Dinner on the grill. pic.twitter.com/TWNGQFKu3r— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2017
Dinner in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/5H2jO954iX— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2017
4.9oz petite sirloin, 82g red pepper, 63g red onion, 266g fresh cut&baked swt.potato fries w/5secOOSpray, w/salt, pepper&cinnamon. 545 cal. pic.twitter.com/aGYw2ev3LQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2017
Solid max level 20/30min elliptical ride. #needshower #endorphinrelease #naturalhigh pic.twitter.com/W1xSjQMv2y— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2017
2 cups water exceeds 64oz #watergoal by 56oz 8.1oz pear & 150g red seedless grapes #lastfoodofday 237 cal. pic.twitter.com/YKAu1ntr0C— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2017
Thank you for reading and your continued support,