Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with good support.
If you're struggling, I hope you're being kind to you. I never understood that concept in previous weight loss attempts. If I struggled, I'd compound the challenge by calling myself every name in the book describing how I felt about my inability to "get it together."
When I was finally ready to move forward in a positive way, it started by picking myself up with positive thoughts and actions instead of holding me down with negative thoughts, energy, and actions.
Reaching an accord within, a forgiveness, and letting go of the guilt, shame, and every other negative thought and emotion isn't easy, but it's critically important for moving forward in a stable, positive way.
Something that can help further solidify this: Make "a list of you." This list should contain the answers to this question:
What are the things about me that do not change if I'm heavy or at a healthy weight, or for richer or poorer-- what are the core qualities of me that are constant, regardless of everything else?
The list should be populated with your likes, dislikes, things that bring you joy, things you're passionate about, things you're good at doing!!! Also, the things that make you a loving and compassionate person. These wonderful things we possess often get ignored when we're preoccupied with all of the negative thoughts and feelings surrounding relapse/regain.
For many of us, these are things we've ignored for years because we've been too busy, either focused on how good we feel about our success or how bad we feel about where we are at any given point along the way.
Embrace your core-- wrap it in a level of love and compassion you normally reserve for others...gift yourself that love, compassion, and acceptance-- and realize: Heavier, thinner-- successfully losing or struggling with relapse/regain--it truly never, EVER, changed any of these core qualities in you.
You've always been an amazing person worthy of love and worthy of extending yourself the gift of extraordinary care and the improved health and vitality that comes with it.
I wish you all the best. I'm so happy you're here, where you are, moving forward with a resolve reserved for the most important things in your life.
I've been working today on getting ready for my workshop tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting into it! If you're within driving distance, now's your last chance to register!
Click here to go directly to the EventBrite.com registration page!
A food plan we enjoy promotes long-term sustainability. It's 100% unique for each of us- what I enjoy may disgust you, and what you love might be something I wouldn't. All I know is, when I tried to "install" a food plan or a list created by someone else, it never worked for me. pic.twitter.com/8jrblgnh1h— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 22, 2018
Seeking guidance for your food plan from a registered dietician or nutritionist is always a good thing. I'm suggesting the importance of not eating things you don't like because it's "good for weight loss." Personalized boundaries & personal likes/dislikes are key considerations. pic.twitter.com/mnT5WD0Ex3— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 22, 2018
Keeping it short tonight--and working a little more on workshop prep!
Thank you for reading and your continued support,