On a day like today, I do my best to maintain a food schedule like any other day. This is key for me and my plan. I enjoyed a normal breakfast, utilized a one-plate, no seconds--no refined sugar food plan for Thanksgiving dinner, and ended up having a late dinner. I like to be somewhere around 1,500 calories before dinner and tonight it was 1,501. Mission accomplished! But really--the key for me isn't just about maintaining a food schedule or eating pattern.
The biggest key for me is NOT making food the star of the show. What I mean is just that-- It's important for me to NOT make food solely responsible for whether or not I enjoy an experience like today's 20+ person family get-together. I cannot count the number of times I've entered a get-together like this completely obsessing about the food-- what will it be, how much will there be, and how much do I get to eat?? Shifting focus to the people and experiences directly in front of me helps change things. How much real enjoyment did I miss over the years because I was obsessed with the food? It's hard to have a meaningful experience when my brain is laser focused on that last piece of pie or getting another plate full before the buffet line gets cleared away.
I enjoyed a good meal. Everything on my plate was things I enjoy eating. I didn't leave the event feeling deprived or somehow disappointed. I left with the same peace and calm I carried into the event. And that right there is why I must make my plan important enough to defend each day, every day--especially on a day like today.
I stayed exceptionally connected with support today because giving and receiving support is essential.
I do what I do because I want one more day--one more on-plan day where I can hit the pillow knowing I took care of me and defended the boundaries of my plan, well. I know from experience how fast and easy it can all slip away. That practice I'm always writing about--it keeps me well.
Irene and Allen were wonderful hosts for our big celebration. I really appreciated their hospitality!
Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, I enjoyed a nice twenty-five-minute walk and talk with my Uncle Keith and some of the kids, and I stayed exceptionally connected in support communications.
Today's Accountability Tweets:
Happy Thanksgiving! #morningdeal ✅✅✅Done -2 cups water, 20 push-ups, and 20 squats. Coffee pass earned. pic.twitter.com/gMIByywIvr— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 23, 2017
3 tbs half & half in the first cup, another 3 tbs half & half in the refill, soon! 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/x53pI1CPRf— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 23, 2017
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 4.4oz apple slices. pic.twitter.com/VZyKLT0VWe— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 23, 2017
Breakfast Sandwich. 3oz refined sugar-free venison sausage, 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg & 40g avocado on toasted sprouted grain Ezekiel. 5.6oz comice pear & 4.4oz honeycrisp apple slices. 673 cal. pic.twitter.com/Kblr5ROHwS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 23, 2017
3 cup bottle of water with Thanksgiving Dinner #watertracking #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/9cUX1Z4QDR— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Dinner in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: Approx.30g (1/2 serving) turkey gravy. pic.twitter.com/CiX6hHUtX2— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 23, 2017
3.1oz turkey breast, 4oz carved ham, approx.1/4 cup green bean casserole, approx.1/2 cup mashed potatoes, approx.1/2 cup cornbread stuffing, approx.30g (1/2 serving) turkey gravy, and exactly 3oz potato casserole. 678 cal. pic.twitter.com/0FSBOt6ZZ2— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 23, 2017
After Thanksgiving meal coffee with 1/4 cup 2% milk. 30 cal. pic.twitter.com/7yeloYW6oX— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 23, 2017
Nice 25 minute evening walk✅Beautiful view along the way! pic.twitter.com/Vwa0uNYpT9— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 24, 2017
2 tbs half & half in this relaxing cup of coffee 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/ZwbgPcCInf— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 24, 2017
Dinner in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 5 seconds olive oil cooking spray & 14g shredded mild cheddar. pic.twitter.com/jQp5idXnNq— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 24, 2017
Meatloaf & Sweet Potato fries. 8oz 96% lean beef, 1 egg white, 3oz sliced baby portobello mushrooms, 63g orange pepper, 122g (2 servings) refined sugar-free all-natural tomato sauce & 14g shredded mild cheddar. 163g fresh cut & baked sweet potato fries w/5secOOspray. 617 cal. pic.twitter.com/GGelPsCPFc— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 24, 2017
1.5 cups water exceeds today's #watergoal 7.4oz comice pear #lastfoodofday 123 cal. pic.twitter.com/9KsnCMBLPT— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 24, 2017
Thank you for reading and your continued support,