Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, I completed a good workout, and I stayed well connected with solid support.
The Parallel Streams
The "Life Stream" is everything happening in our day to day lives. The Life Stream includes the ups and downs, the challenges, the victories, the disappointments, The hectic schedules, the family dynamics, the workplace dynamics, the bills, the stress, the joys, the blessings, the expected and the unexpected, the good, the bad...It's life.
The "Fundamental Elements Stream" contain the daily actions of my personal plan. I say "my" because our plans might be very different. Mine is customized to fit my personality, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses and sensitivities.
My fundamental elements stream includes my personal/spiritual morning "me time," the most peaceful five minutes of my entire day. My fundamental elements stream also includes maintaining the integrity of my calorie budget, remaining abstinent from refined sugar, logging everything in MyFitnessPal, photographing and tweeting, with description and calorie counts of everything I consume, every day, getting regular workouts and staying connected with one on one and group support interactions and of course, writing and publishing this blog, nightly--right before bed.
I've also referred to my fundamental elements as my "rails of support." I've set my accountability and support measures on high. When someone makes a comment in the direction of, "you're so strong" or "you must have amazing will power," I typically thank them and smile, but I know, truly, I'm not that strong and I don't have giant amounts of will power. What I have are solid rails of accountability and support--and I'm holding onto those rails, each day. They guide me, step by step.
The fundamental elements stream runs parallel, just below the life stream. The life stream is running in the foreground and the fundamental elements stream is running in the background--like a computer's anti-virus program.
I've written countless paragraphs within the archives of this blog all about the "life stream" and the "fundamental elements stream" and how they must run parallel to one another without crossing.
If we allow life and all of the energy it takes to maneuver, to negatively affect our ability to maintain consistency in the daily elements of our extraordinary care, then it always will. The frustration of inconsistency will be a common theme if the life stream is allowed to dip down into the fundamental elements stream on a regular basis.
And if we get too carried away, making the fundamental elements all consuming, then we run the risk of it crossing up into our life stream. And that's when it isn't any fun and we dread what we're doing every day.
I've had several challenges of late where I really had to remember the power of this "parallel streams" philosophy. I've discovered, when life demands more attention, we don't have to let go of the elements giving us our success, but we can scale back the amount of energy it uses to operate.
We don't sacrifice the integrity of the elements, we just do what we can do. For me--on super busy days, I have three non-negotiable requirements: 1. Stay within my calorie budget 2. Hold my abstinence from sugar sacred 3. Send the accountability tweets and write this blog--even if it's just the tweets of the day.
Parallel Streams republished by request.
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Today's Accountability Tweets:
Water and a short set of exercise before coffee= #morningdeal Fast. Simple. Something. 2 cups water, 20 push-ups & 20 squats✅Done. Coffee X pic.twitter.com/LVXrj7GE5a— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
2 tablespoons half & half in the first cup, 3 tbs half & half in the to-go cup refill. Good Wednesday morning! 100 cal. pic.twitter.com/f5V4JhICoo— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/kJj9uFCsTB— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
3 egg whites & 1 whole egg with 2 slices provolone. Ezekiel toast with 74g avocado, seasoned simply w/salt&pepper. 5.4oz fuji apple. 519 cal pic.twitter.com/Dhdbu8hwW5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
Lunch in MyFitnessPal. Not shown in screen shot: 35g lettuce. pic.twitter.com/XyYqiaScWJ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
7 Layer Tostadas w/170g fat free refried beans, 2 tbs salsa, 2 slices marble-jack cheese, 112g avocado, 30g sour cream & 35g lettuce. 634cal pic.twitter.com/ji7DFReGzA— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
Missed tweet from earlier: Midmorning cup of dark roast with 2 tbs half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/R0SqLVqzAi— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
2 tbs half & half in this after lunch cup of dark roast. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/Tw4cfdm5fh— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
Holdover until dinner, something...in MFP... pic.twitter.com/X2VH5LAStY— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
1.5 cups water #wateraccountability Joseph's flax-oat bran-whole wheat pita w/32g Priano RSF tomato basil & 2 slices mozzarella. 190 cal. pic.twitter.com/0dUBDogQX4— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 24, 2017
Three tablespoons half & half in this decaffeinated pour-over. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/RSGHNJaIEK— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 25, 2017
Dinner in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/D4EX3aSe6T— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 25, 2017
7.5oz boneless pork loin w/122g seasoned tomato sauce on a bed of 87g grilled red pepper & 96g red onion. 179g swt pot.w/6secOOSpray. 633cal pic.twitter.com/KXbeOe8yz5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 25, 2017
Workout complete. Needed that. :) pic.twitter.com/aiDx30GyWP— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 25, 2017
Thank you for reading and your continued support,