Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with solid support.
I've written a bunch about the power of positive visualizations. This practice has helped me from the beginning.
From July 2016:
Positive visualizations have played a big role for me from Day 1 at 505 pounds. What I visualize has changed over the years. The first six months or so, I was trying to visualize what I would look like at a healthy weight. The positive visualizations evolved from there. I remember a trip the family and I took to the amusement park years ago--and we rode everything, every coaster--things I was scared to death of riding--but I did anyway, because I finally fit--I was no longer the morbidly obese man sitting on the bench, sweating--and watching everyone else has the time of their lives. I fit on every ride we tried. And it felt amazing. I visualized that trip many times over the course of a year or so before it actually happened. Call it a goal, call it what you will--to me, the power of the positive visualization, in detail--imagining where--specifically--I want this road to go, has been critically important to my success.
From February this year:
The more I move along this road, the more I learn. Making sure my mind is open and my perspective is in a positive place, is paramount to my continued growth. The last nearly three years have taught me much more than the five years before it combined. I sometimes sit in wonder of what the next three years will bring.
I often encourage others to practice positive visualizations of where they want to go--and I mean, in every way, every sense. That practice has been a key component for me because if I can imagine it, visualize it, dream about it--see it in my mind's eye, then I start to believe it's possible. It's one of the most underrated things I've been doing since day 1. I say "underrated" because I don't give it enough credit.
And those visualizations were not always positive. During my relapse regain, I had many visions of the gloom and doom in front of me if I continued spiraling out of control. My focus was finely tuned with fear of consequences from those days of chaos. And those consequences came in full force.
For me, it all goes back to: We get more of what we give the most energy and thought. We attract it. We either focus on what we fear or what we dream--or a mixture of both, I suppose. I've lived examples of both sides--the good and the not good, I've attracted a whole lot of both in my life. I'm blessed and grateful now--because the good far outweighs the other.
Earlier this year:
The list of health improvements is a very long list. The lab results on Thursday were better than I expected and night and day different than my previous 500-pound years.
These things are things I'd often use for my positive visualizations throughout my transformation. Taking a break, closing your eyes, and imagining the possibilities in as much vivid detail as you can muster--makes a profound difference. Sometimes in the beginning or in the middle of it, it's hard to imagine life any different than the moment--but imagining, visualizing where you're headed helps bring it to life because it serves as a powerful reminder of why you're doing what you're doing--and it also helps you believe it's possible. If you can dream it, you can do it. I started dreaming my transformation from Day 1.
Dreams come true.
Don't give up. Ever. Please.
Today's Accountability Tweets:
Happy Total Solar Eclipse Day! #morningdeal X. 2 cups water, 20 push-ups, and 20 squats-always feel it after night before routine! Done. ☕️X pic.twitter.com/RnnjNsZifW— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
3 tbs half & half in the first cup of day- another 3 tbs in the to-go cup refill, soon. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/3kzWV51RYk— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 4.9oz orange. pic.twitter.com/Tqbmg6x4TU— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
Ezekiel toasts. One w/59g avocado, one w/3 egg whites & 1 whole egg. 5.4oz Pink Lady apple & 4.9oz orange. 516 cal. pic.twitter.com/Nx3VNlTEvP— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
2 tbs half & half in this midmorning cup of coffee. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/8nW6VqgTcs— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
Lunch in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 125g banana. pic.twitter.com/BYAQIBZX2u— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
Tostadas w/183g fat free refried beans, 2 tbs salsa, 2 slices gouda & 30g sour cream. 5.6oz pear & 125g banana. 668 cal. pic.twitter.com/4srrVBPMJN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
3 tbs half & half in this cup of coffee. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/jx0Zq53dMF— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
1.5 cups water #wateraccountability 5.8oz pear & 21g almonds #holdoveruntildinner. 224 cal. pic.twitter.com/Jy0JCbMOFL— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 21, 2017
Dinner in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 6 seconds olive oil cooking spray. pic.twitter.com/ozXrb7yCSG— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 22, 2017
Dinner on the fire... pic.twitter.com/b2LgOLiBqP— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 22, 2017
6.7oz chicken breast, 49g yellow pepper, 86g red pepper, 71g green pepper, and 65g red onion. 314g sweet potato baked w/6secOOSpray. 608 cal pic.twitter.com/p2Mb2T8F78— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 22, 2017
1.5 cups water exceeds #watergoal 4oz Pink Lady apple slices #lastfoodofday 56 cal. pic.twitter.com/ymEvR8Y04X— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 22, 2017
Thank you for reading and your continued support,