Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with excellent support.
This day has been on the calendar for a long time. I knew it might be challenging--and it was, but it was also really good. After work and running a few errands, I made it home for a very short refresher nap. It was actually less than 30 minutes. I had to be up and ready for emceeing two back to back events, an awards ceremony hosted at four different locations and a concert at the theatre.
I was at the formal wear place this afternoon when a very nice lady complimented me on my weight loss and continued maintenance. She asked, "do you just not eat?" I said, "I actually eat quite a lot in maintenance mode." She then added, "probably not good stuff, right?" I quickly added, "Oh no, plenty of good stuff, I don't eat anything I don't like." Then I realized it wasn't the time or place--and I didn't have time to launch into an explanation of my personal plan perspective and practice. Her perception is common-- I hear it a bunch. Just recently from another, "so what do you eat, just salads?"
I recognize the perceptions because I once held those kinds of beliefs too. It's classic diet mentality type thinking that says getting to a healthy weight requires deprivation, hunger, and eating things we don't like because that's what we gotta do to lose weight. And it isn't, of course. It took a big shift in perspective for me to realize how wrong I once was.
Getting dressed up and being a big part of two events tonight was a wonderful experience. I received several compliments on my weight loss and maintenance. Almost everyone I had a personal interaction with tonight mentioned it--and maybe because I was dressed well, I don't know-- but now, I handle those much much better. I simply say, "thank you." There was a time when I'd try to talk them out of their compliment. "Awe, well, I'm getting there" or "Yeah, I could do much better with (insert whatever I was feeling insecure about in my plan.)" A simple "thank you" is enough.
If I had simply been an attendee of the awards banquet, I likely would have eaten at the event. I could have made it work--It's called living life on life's terms. I could have done it. I would have called ahead and inquired about the menu just to make sure the food fit the boundaries of my plan. I reserved the idea that I'd survey the offerings and make a decision on dinner with the information I could gather. After surveying the wonderful options, I chose to wait for a late dinner at home because each thing looked like multiple ingredients--and all good, but it wasn't obvious what it was--and I could have asked, but I was working....and that's the other thing. When I'm "working," I always like to wait until the event is over before eating a meal.
My first event ended with five minutes to spare before I needed to be a block away on the stage of the Poncan Theatre for the arts and humanities council concert. It was raining, too. I literally ran down the street in the rain. I can't do something like that without immediately being flooded with thoughts of how at my heaviest, it would have been impossible to move as quickly. I made it just in time. I walked into the theatre, was handed the announcements from a fellow arts and humanities board member and a microphone from the sound tech--then I made my way backstage to the band to get their intro and a plan for starting the show.
After a quick store run and a super quick visit with mom, I made it home to prepare a late dinner.
Now it's time to drop in bed! What a day!
Today's Accountability Tweets:
2 cups water, 20 push-ups, and 20 squats #morningdeal Done✅✅✅ Coffee pass earned. Good morning! pic.twitter.com/4ppxYpgVBh— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2018
3 tbs half & half in the first cup, another cup with 3 tbs half & half, soon. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/jNOJCRgsRu— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2018
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 193g Cara Cara Orange & 101g red seedless grapes. pic.twitter.com/1yTLB8I5AQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2018
Ezekiel Toasts. One with 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, and 1 slice provolone. One with 51g avocado. 5.3oz apple slices, 193g Cara Cara orange, and 101g red seedless grapes. 668 cal. pic.twitter.com/62VLVCq0U2— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2018
Lunch in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 30g lettuce, 63g banana, and 130g red seedless grapes. pic.twitter.com/8rtgnm9xxC— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2018
Lunch tostadas topped w/163g fat free refried beans, 2 tbs salsa, 2 slices provolone, 60g avocado, 15g sour cream, and 30g lettuce. 63g banana & 130g red seedless grapes. 657 cal. pic.twitter.com/RetIB9h8O2— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 23, 2018
3 cups water during awards banquet #watertracking I'm working as emcee. I'll eat later! #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/E9PJO35f1d— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 24, 2018
From 4 hours ago- forgot to tweet. Coffee with 3 tbs half & half 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/T2AZ6Y0mmN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 24, 2018
Just now, with 2 tbs half & half 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/b7laCxEf3l— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 24, 2018
Dinner in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 3 tbs (45g) sour cream & 14g shredded cheddar. pic.twitter.com/O5AFUoLYav— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 24, 2018
7oz 93% lean ground beef, 38g red onion, 64g yellow pepper, 3oz portobello mushrooms, 3 tbs (45g) sour cream, 3oz finely shredded cabbage, and 14g shredded mild cheddar divided between three Joseph's flax-oat bran-whole wheat pitas. 699 cal. pic.twitter.com/IwnHXjvH2A— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) February 24, 2018
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