Since our last edition, I've maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've met or exceeded my daily water goal, I've enjoyed some good walks, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.
Mom called me the other day--and that's not unusual, we talk on the phone at least a few times each day, but this call was different. She was enthusiastically inviting me to have dinner with her at the nursing home's annual Thanksgiving dinner for residents and families. "Of course I'll be there!" Mom is doing much better these days and seeing her excited about something is a very positive thing. I walked in and there she was at the table surrounded by other residents and staff. Mom introduced me to a few I haven't met and within minutes the staff was serving us a meal. I asked if I could make my own plate and it wasn't a problem at all. I was able to assemble a good on-plan meal. It was a late lunch for me, pushing back my dinner plans, but it was worth it, 100%.
We had a company event the other day that included all kinds of "not my food." I'm grateful for the neutrality I seem to have in situations like this. I prepared my on-plan lunch and enjoyed my food along with everyone else. The fact that I didn't eat what everyone else was eating did not, in any way, shape, or form, take away from the special occasion. I'm not opposed to eating what everyone else is eating IF it fits into my food plan boundaries, but if it doesn't, it doesn't--and sacrificing the integrity of those boundaries doesn't come cheap. The cost is dramatically high. I'd rather not pay that price.
There was a time when I'd convince myself how if I didn't eat what everyone else was eating, then it would somehow ruin things--whatever those things are...or it might be insulting to someone who might have prepared something special for the occasion. What I've discovered in this daily practice is how those old tapes were not true and largely a product of my overactive imagination--helped along by the rationalizations created by my addicted brain. Granted, there are some people who will say things like, "oh, you've got to at least take a bite of this stuff." Uh, no, thank you. If that happens and someone actually does get offended by my decline, that's their stuff, not my stuff.
It's interesting to me because if somebody says they've been sober for ten years, the typical response isn't--"oh, but you've never tried my margaritas!! Come on, just a sip?" Yet, with food, it happens.
I prepared a fantastic dinner tonight. The best part was dancing around my small kitchen with 80's pop playing through my earbuds as I casually took my time.
I have a broadcast Saturday morning from a grocery store in the next town north of here. It's the same grocery store from countless broadcasts over the years. Their advertising works well! I'm glad. It works well for me too because it's as if I'm getting paid to grocery shop. It's truly one of my favorite places to do a location broadcast.
Staying focused is a challenge for me. Certainly, there are things I've found a way to stay focused on or I wouldn't be here, but of all the things I focus on well, there are even more things that don't get the same level of attention. In an effort to change this pattern, I'm looking at the things I'm able to focus on and dissecting what makes those work. I'm hoping this personal study will help me unlock a few areas of progress important to me.
I think it starts with the importance level I subconsciously assign things in my life. My "importance level knob" seems to have two settings, "life or death" and "that would be nice." Does that make sense? From one extreme to the other--The life or death setting requires boundaries and daily practices designed to help keep me well. The that would be nice setting doesn't conjure up solid boundaries, daily practices, or action plans--because I can survive without the things attached to this setting. Not thrive, just survive.
Creating a few new settings between these two is critically important for me and my personal development.
Before I break each of my goals down into workable action plans they must receive a new importance level setting in my brain.
That would be nice is a setting best kept for things largely out of my control, like winning the lottery. Sure, that would be nice, but it isn't likely--especially since I hardly ever buy tickets. But winning, that would be nice, huh?
I have very real and important goals of mine that deserve better importance level settings. Clearly, they're not literally life or death things. But they do mean life or death for my dreams.
I don't want to reach the end of my life--laying there with my time up as family and friends stop by to visit, and I'm preoccupied with mental visits from unrealized goals and dreams that were never given a chance to flourish. "Oh, what could have been" is a phrase I don't want in my brain during my last days on this earth. I want to be full of gratitude for a life full of blessings.
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Examining these things is a good place to find me. I'm looking at what works well and pulling some of that structure into areas of my life that need structure and importance. I'm creating new importance level settings in my brain. I'm creating action plans for real progress. I'm changing that would be nice into that is a must.
I’m easily entertained, I admit it. When 2 meals hit the same exact number- I’m fascinated. 🤪 What are the odds? It’s not like I was trying to hit the same number. I discovered this rarity after logging the ingredients. Isn’t that cool? Anyone? Okay, just me. I’m cool with that. pic.twitter.com/30VsoEBbpu— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 15, 2019
After dinner coffee- regardless of the time. I’m totally turning into my grandfather. But it’s soooo goo goo g-joob!! #iamthewalrus #coffeelover pic.twitter.com/qP7odVvZYD— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) November 16, 2019
Social Media Accountability Post:
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner Pita Burger and Sweet Potato Fries. 7.1oz 96% lean ground beef, 20g yellow mustard, and 36g red onion on a Joseph’s Flax-Oat Bran-Whole Wheat Pita. 284g fresh cut and baked sweet potato fries- prepared with approximately 4 seconds olive oil cooking spray, salt, pepper, and a dash of cinnamon—baked at 425degrees for 15 min, flipped and baked another 15 min. #dailypractice #foodplan #simplecooking #whatilike 624 cal.
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner Beef & Bean Burrito. 1 Extreme Wellness Flax/Whole Wheat tortilla with 4oz 96% lean ground beef, 123g fat-free refried beans, 16g salsa verde, 21g red onion, 30g sour cream, and 28g mexican blend shredded cheese. 5.7oz Envy apple slices. #dailypractice #foodplan #accountability 537 cal.
View this post on Instagram#whatsforlunch Beef, Bean, and Cheese Burrito and apple slices. 1 Extreme Wellness Flax-Whole Wheat Tortilla with 5oz 96% lean ground beef, 132g fat-free refried beans, 28g mexican blend shredded cheese, and 30g sour cream. 5.7oz Envy apple slices. #dailypractice #foodplan #accountability 561 cal. (Accidentally hit same calorie count as breakfast! Crazy!) Loving the #envyapples🍎
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner 6.3oz center cut bone-in pork loin chop topped with 6.4oz Envy apple slices baked with 5g cinnamon & two tablespoons water. 203g red potato- diced, boiled, and mashed with 1 tbs half & half, topped with 7g butter. 136g green beans. #dailypractice #foodplan #whatilike #enjoyablefoodplan #simplecooking 555 calories.
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