Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
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.
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 five-plus years have taught me much more than the five years before it combined. I sometimes sit in wonder of what the next five 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.
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 about my transformation from Day 1.
Dinner tonight, lunch tomorrow... except the veggies, I'm eating those tonight... all of em. #foodplan #dailypractice #whatilike pic.twitter.com/FHPn1gJ210— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 28, 2019
#dessert Not the whole bowl. A serving or two. Sweet, juicy, perfect. #foodplan #dailypractice pic.twitter.com/6fK7ZFIGuG— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) May 28, 2019
View this post on InstagramI'm a meat & taters kind a guy, obviously. #foodplan #dailypractice #simplecooking #whatsfordinner 7.1oz petite sirloin, 232g red potato-diced, boiled until tender, mashed with 1 tablespoon half&half and topped with 7g butter- 132g grilled red bell pepper & 96g grilled red onion. 621 cal. #whatilike
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