Monday, June 24, 2019

June 24th, 2019 Little More

June 24th, 2019 Little More

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, I enjoyed a 45-minute walk in the park, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I needed last night's walk in the park. It was beautiful outside. I enjoyed it so much, I walked a little more than planned. A good visit with mom after the walk--a store trip and then home to prepare dinner rounded out a solid evening. Almost three weeks post-hospitalization, Mom is still recovering. She's coming along, slowly but certainly.

My morning routine is complete for this Tuesday morning, food is planned, and I'm headed into my Tuesday.   

Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 23rd, 2019 Made It Work

June 23rd, 2019 Made It Work

The past couple of days were 4-star days: 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.

The weather radio blaring in the 4am hour was the worst thing to hear--a tornado warning in our listening area. I jumped out of bed and was at the studio within minutes. The storm didn't do any major damage and no injuries were reported. It wasn't long before the storms calmed to a more reasonable Sunday morning thundershower.

I made it home not too long after 7am and went back to bed for a little while. This unexpected change in schedule kind of tilted my day, but I've made it work for today.

I spent some time with Amber, Noah, and had a chance to visit with my youngest daughter Courtney, Phoebe, and Oliver too--not to mention a visit with mom this evening. It's been a full day. I didn't really plan it to be that full, but that's how it worked out.



















I've prepared some good meals lately. My food plan through the week normally includes eggs, but mainly 3 egg whites and 1 whole. On the weekends, I typically enjoy 3 whole eggs with breakfast. My avocado and cheddar omelet with a side of apple slices this morning was just perfect! It might not seem too significant, but coming from a place of chaos with food--this is very different. It's mindful, aware, measured, and logged in MyFitnessPal. The time and attention I invest in the process helps support my continued wellness.

I plan on resting very well, very soon--and no threat of severe weather overnight!

Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Saturday, June 22, 2019

June 22nd, 2019 I Am

June 22nd, 2019 I Am

The past couple of days were 4-star days: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met and exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

My daughter and her little family unit are all moved. Her mom, Allen, and I helped clean their old place this morning. They did most of the work, I must admit and give them credit! I was so happy to hear that their friends and KL's brother helped them unload on the other end.

I made my way to the studio, prepared a good breakfast and accomplished a little bit of work. We're anticipating severe weather on-air coverage tonight, so I'm mentally ready for that quick change whenever the storms start popping. Other than that, nothing too exciting here. It's laundry day, I suppose that's exciting!

Somewhere in the middle is where life lives. The pursuit, for me, is to that place.

From the archives--July 2014:

Prior to May 15th, 2014, if you had asked me, "Are you going to the Class of '89 SHS 25th reunion in July?" I would have given a quick, "probably not, but I'll be at the 30th reunion." Never before has an epiphany rocked me to my core like it did on May 15th. I can't shake its effects and I don't want to. To be gifted a powerful mind-expanding epiphany focused on the very thing I've allowed to limit me my entire life was easily one of the greatest gifts I've received along this fantastic road of life.

Saying, "my worth and identity does not depend on the shape of my face, the size of my pants or the number on a scale," is something, if not explored, could be easily said but still not applied. Truly believing it, embracing--and wrapping my mind around the epitome of self-love, cemented something inside me. Still, like most everything, it isn't perfect. But it's powerful enough, that instead of avoiding the reunion, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Flipping a lifetime perspective upside down doesn't happen without a little spillage of the marinade that seasoned me, as I discovered last night.

I turned up the radio super loud as I drove the forty-two miles to my destination. I was listening to the "Big 80's Weekend" on Tulsa'a Mix 96. The 80's groove was taking me back in time and I knew, in less than an hour I would be experiencing real-life encounters with people who were back there with me.

I was fine right up until I pulled into the parking lot, mere steps from people I haven't seen in what felt like forever. I turned the radio down, scanned the parking lot, thought to myself: this is it and then I froze.

I sat in the car staring blankly ahead for what must have been five minutes. What was I waiting for? Is it too late to back out now? It took exchanging some supportive text messages with a friend and some serious self-talk to get me out of the car. What was it? Body image/weight issues again? No, not at all, really.

To better understand my mentality you must know the rest of the story. I never walked across the stage with any of these people. I trashed my high school academic career. I'm self-educated, blessed with a divine gift of natural intelligence I've had my entire life. I've lived my life choosing and not choosing things on which to apply myself. School never received my focus, except when Mr. West challenged me to apply myself during an upcoming nine-week grading period. Mr. West offered: "I know you're smarter than the F you're making in my class. You're not trying. What would happen if you did?" I immediately started acing everything in his class and with extra credit, I turned what was once a low F, into an A+ in excess of 100%. The following nine-week grading period, I went back to not caring.

I enjoy taking things that seem negative and finding the positive, so here's this: I likely wouldn't be as studious along this road; as willing to dive into the deep dynamics of every facet affecting this journey, if not for carrying around a giant inferiority complex surrounding my academic career. When I go deeper in my introspective study and I unlock epiphanies stored like a treasure, it serves as another confirmation of my intelligence.

Despite my reluctance and mental noise outside the venue, I truly wanted to see these people tonight. And they wanted to see me. I was invited and the fact that I purposely obliterated my academic career didn't matter one iota to these classmates. From their perspective, I'm a wonderful success from the class of '89. And you know what, they're right. I am.

I chose to hold my head high and walk into the reunion with nothing but pure confidence. The confidence and peace in self I projected came back to me in the form of the warmest receptions from my fellow classmates. That's the thing about what we choose to carry and project: It comes back to us. And if we're not aware of this dynamic, we can easily mistake where we should place the blame when we suddenly feel less than good enough.

How we feel about ourselves has an energy all its own. If we wear it like a force field surrounding us, then everything we communicate and everything others communicate toward us is filtered through it, altering our perception in either direction, good or bad. In understanding this, assumptions and worry about what others think of us or what they might think of us, are revealed as the products of our fear and imagination and in effect, renders them powerless. 

I was free to enjoy just being myself. I was fascinated by my classmates and their experiences. I asked questions about their life and I listened and appreciated what they had to say. It was beautiful. We recalled stories, laughed and remembered the good times. Some of the conversations were so good, we had to "break" in order to make sure we made the rounds to everyone else.

In the opening paragraph of chapter three in my book, I wrote about the guys with the cool names in our school: Rob Lorenzo, Mike Van Pelt and Chris Holt. Movie star names, I tell ya! They were all there and what a treat it was to converse with them once again.

Many of my former classmates commented on my writings and how much they enjoyed occasionally peeking into my world via Facebook and this blog. It felt amazing to me. I was overwhelmed, wrapped in their sincere words and appreciation for what I do. I had a wonderful conversation with Lydia Morton and Sheryl Arthur, (whom I had a HUGE crush on in Junior High--I didn't mention that. :) And I enjoyed a profound discussion with Steve Troxel, whom I believe is one of the most talented, funny and artistic people I've ever known. I recalled how he would sit in drama class and draw the most amazing caricatures of the people around him. I told him how much his artistic ability fascinated me and how I didn't know how he did it. My brain doesn't work that way, it's incomprehensible. His reply gave me some perspective. He told me the same thing about what I do, saying: "I couldn't do what you did in your stand-up comedy or what you do on the radio. I would immediately freeze up. No way I could do what you do." The room was ripe with mutual love and respect.

Then, out of nowhere came Martha. My conversation with Martha was likely the highlight of my evening. You never know of the potential impact you can have on someone, simply by being honest and real in what you share, unless they come right up to you at your twenty-fifth high school reunion and tell you. Martha opened the conversation with "I just wanted to tell you how much your blog has meant to me." I remember that first line enough to quote her, but I'll need to paraphrase most of the rest. She related how when she discovered my blog it was at one of the lowest points in her life. She thanked me for having an impact on her in what she described as one of the "pivotal moments" in her life. What?? Are you talking to me? I hadn't a clue. I asked, "have we ever communicated via blog comments, email or facebook messages?" She said no. She was just quietly reading, relating and applying some of the explorations into her own life and wanted to express what a difference it had made for her. I was so touched, it took everything in me to keep from melting down into a pile of tears right there on the spot. Instead, I held it together, simply hugged her and thanked her for the kind words and for sharing with me. As if that wasn't enough, before the night ended, she expressed how she felt like I was building and leaving a legacy that will live on forever, much like fellow classmate, Dr. Bob Wetteman, a professor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. I thanked her, then became immediately speechless.

I walked out of the reunion with a euphoric feeling created by nearly six hours of connecting with people I didn't realize I cared so much about, but I do. I wrapped the night by having a brief conversation with Chris Holt. He was the star quarterback and one of the most popular, if not THE most popular guy in school. Back then, he was everything I wished I could be. I wanted to be just like him. He was smart, funny, athletic and never at a loss for attention from the girls. In our moments tonight, he, without much effort it seemed, revealed a most loving and compassionate humanness rarely experienced these days. His calm spirituality came through without saying a word in that direction. He was at peace and it showed as he, his wife and I stood outside after midnight on Main Street, in the cool night air of our hometown. He expressed how happy he was to see me, said: "I love you brother" and gave me a hug. At that moment, I realized I was just like him after all.


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

June 20th, 2019 All Or Nothing

June 20th, 2019 All Or Nothing

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.

I took a little time off work today and spent some time with Amber and KL, helping load their U-Haul. We have more work to do tonight. I'm headed that way.

I kept my dinner simple, repeating the same lean beef, cabbage, onion, and mushroom filled Joseph's pitas I've enjoyed recently. I love 'em--and when I need to simplify, they're super fast and easy to make.

Sharing a post from the archives tonight:

The following is an exchange I shared this weekend with a longtime supporter of this blog. Please understand, I DON'T know it all--and I don't claim to know it all. So when I speak or write, it's coming from my personal experience. The learning along this road never stops. Some of the perspectives I've come to better understand about me and my past experiences are shared within this exchange. Perhaps some of it might resonate with you, too.

Longtime reader: "Please Tell me some steps to eliminate "all or nothing" thinking."

Reply: All or nothing thinking comes from the self-imposed rules we create for our plan. These rules are developed from our lifetime of experience that has created our perception of what it means or what we believe is required to lose weight successfully.

What happens is this: We honor those old perceptions by creating our own set of rules- and maybe these rules are on paper or not- they can exist subconsciously, too... And then, when we do something that isn't in line with these old patterns of thinking- we feel like we've failed... When in reality, we haven't failed at all... But all or nothing thinking suggests we have- and then we get into the, "forget it, why bother" area of our brain.

Longtime reader: "That would apply to the number on the scale not matching what we are expecting also, wouldn't it!?"

Reply: Yes- the idea is to embrace our plan... And since the scale takes into account about seven different things... We let the scale do what it does. We just embrace our plan and move forward. The scale will catch up. And after a while, if it doesn't, we can modify our plan if needed. The idea is to take the power away from the scale. It's about finding our peace and calm in the embrace of our plan, rather than from a number on the scale.

Because the scale isn't a direct reflection of our plan. Yet, many times, we allow that number to completely negate our plan- and discourage us- when truly, it wasn't our plan the scale was reflecting on any particular number it shows. I'm so incredibly proud of you. Thank you for reaching out for support!

It is challenging- but it's completely possible, to simplify our plan. Throw out the preconceived notions, develop a plan where we can consistently hit these "new marks," --and we can feel great about it, instead of constantly feeling defeated because we're not living up to what we thought was required of us to be successful.

The smaller, simplified plan, is one that we can embrace. It's designed for our consistent progress- and it evolves in time. The more consistency we give this new, simplified list of "non-negotiable" elements, the better we feel... Because finally, we're able to focus on a plan we can feel good about-- and one that ultimately, gets us to where we're wanting to go along this road... And wasn't that the goal to begin with? :)

And when our brains start telling us things reminiscent of the old diet mentality- we must reach for support and a different perspective. It's important. You're important.

Longtime reader: "THANK YOU! Thank you! THANK YOU! SO needed to hear your explanations!!!"

Reply: You're always welcome. I hope that perspective helps!

Longtime reader: "More than you know! Your words caused a HUGE AHA for me!  I needed this even more than I knew!!! Thanks."

Reply: Awe, I'm so glad. :) That does my heart good!!

Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June 19th, 2019 Recover Well

June 19th, 2019 Recover Well

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.

I spoke with mom a few times yesterday. I typically don't visit on Wednesday's since that day is my busiest of the week, usually. She continues to recover well. I've really got to hand it to the nursing home, their care has been next level for mom since her return from the hospital. It's been hospital-level care right there where she lives. When I speak with mom and her biggest concern is getting her hair done, I know--she's doing okay.

My oldest daughter, Amber, her husband KL, and my little granddaughter Raegan will be loading up a U-Haul truck today for their move to the Western part of our state. It's only three hours away. I remind myself again and again of this because it's not like they're moving across several states. There will be occasional weekend visits! I'm proud of them and happy for the opportunities awaiting them down that way. I'm headed over to their place a little later in the morning, after working a 1/2 day, to help them load the truck. That'll be a good workout, I bet!

The new 8-week session of the accountability and support group I facilitate started very well last night. Our Thursday night week 1 group mentoring/coaching call is tonight, so there's still time to join our amazing team! If you're interested in finding out what it's all about, send me an email! transformation.road@gmail.com 


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
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Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Monday, June 17, 2019

June 17th, 2019 Worth It

June 17th, 2019 Worth It

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I stopped by mom's after some weather coverage tonight. I didn't stay long, just long enough to check on her and see that she's doing fairly well, considering the healing is still in progress. They've started doing physical therapy too, so that's good.

I made a quick grocery trip before coming home to prepare dinner. One of my favorite meals--and I haven't had it in a while (see the Instagram below), so that was really good. I'm headed to bed soon. We might have severe weather overnight--I hope not, but more is in the forecast!

If you're thinking about joining the accountability and support group I facilitate now's the time to register! Our next 8-week session starts tomorrow!!

What does $2.14 a day buy? A cup of coffee? A gallon of gas? A couple of items from a fast food value menu?

What if I told you an average of $2.14 a day could enter you into a private-exclusive weight loss accountability and support group? This group is NOT about dieting, it's about living.


It's not a weight loss plan. It's not a diet. It's a tool to help you identify, create, strengthen, and practice a sustainable plan for you. Like any tool, the more you pick it up and use it, the more it helps. This group is all about support and accountability--and those two things have been absolute non-negotiable elements of success in my ten-plus-year experience along this road.

What if that support group was much more than a weekly live-conference call? What if it was also 24/7 spot support via text and direct communications with fellow group members and me? You'll also be able to take advantage of daily accountability and support measures on the "secret" Facebook group page!

Could this make a difference for you?

Is it worth an average of $2.14 a day?

If you're tired of doing the same thing and getting the same outcomes, join our team!

Our 8-week support group is small, exclusive and personal. It's powerful support. It's different. And it's available to you from wherever you are located.

There's something special about this group.

It's the power of accountability and support. It's about not going it alone. It's sharing this commitment with fellow team members who can relate to your experience.

Our individual plans are unique, our goals are unique, our current status (weight loss/maintenance) can be different--my goodness, we have members just getting started and some who are in maintenance mode or real close!  We have members who have lost in excess of 200 pounds--and some whose goal was 20 or 30...it's all relative. 

This is a diverse group-- but one thing is remarkably similar. Each member who makes an effort to engage, commit to and embrace the accountability and support offered, typically experiences success.

If you're interested email me right away with questions! transformation.road@gmail.com


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
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Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Sunday, June 16, 2019

June 16th, 2019 Not A Bad Thing

June 16th, 2019 Not A Bad Thing

Yesterday was a 5-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, I made it to the RecPlex for a good elliptical workout, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I spent some time with mom yesterday as she continues to recover. It wasn't a trip out and about like she prefers, but it was a good visit. As soon as she's well enough, we'll do that again. Mom's sister (my Aunt Kelli) is getting similar care in the Stillwater hospital. Mom expressed how she'd love to go there for a visit, but she just isn't well enough for a trip like that right now.

My daughters were both fairly busy yesterday, but we three connected and communicated on Father's Day. We didn't have a get-together as in years past, although we will soon, I'm sure. It was a fairly calm and relaxed Father's day and that's not a bad thing at all.

The next 8-week session of the accountability and support group I personally facilitate starts Wednesday! It's not too late for you to sign up and join us. Our team is something special!! If you're just getting started or anywhere along the way, I'm certain you'll find the structured support and team dynamic helpful! We have a "secret" Facebook group page for daily interactions and each member is on one of three weekly hour-long group mentoring/coaching calls. If you're ready to try something different, let me know as soon as possible! Send an email: transformation.road@gmail.com

My Aunt Connie and Cousin Doug will be visiting this evening at mom's place. I'm headed out there to see them and mom before hitting the trail for a good walking workout followed by dinner.


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Saturday, June 15, 2019

June 15th, 2019 What A Relief!

June 15th, 2019 What A Relief!

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Reader email/question: "Sean-I've been reading you for years. I sometimes fall in and out, so I don't read every single post. Every time I come back, you're here and I always find that consistency and commitment inspiring. I hope your mom gets well soon. That situation sounds stressful. I'm on the fence about whether or not I'm a food addict and that brings me to my question. How do I know for sure? I don't know because I have periods of doing really well followed by periods of not doing well at all. When I'm doing well, I feel like maybe I'm not. But then, when I'm struggling I think, I'm totally an addict. I once read a post from you about your own denial and I could relate a lot. How do I know for sure?" -Jenna in New York

Jenna, thank you for writing to me. In my opinion, denial is fueled by the enormous stigma that feels attached to the word "addict" or "addiction." It's tough to admit I think because it suggests there's something wrong with us, a flaw that runs deep in our internal code...and maybe if we can somehow control our behavior, then we're not an addict... and what a relief that would be! There comes a point--and it's a point unique to the individual, and sadly, some never reach it---but there's a point where the truth and consequences overpower the denial.

Most everyone is familiar with the term "rock-bottom." That's the point where the truth asserts itself so strongly, it's very difficult to deny. It's completely unique to the individual. My rock-bottom might be just getting started for someone else, or mine might be several layers deeper than someone else's experience. The shift in perspective needed, in my humble opinion, is this:

I'm an addict; what a relief! Great!!! Because now I know. It explains a lot! Once that personal declaration is made, without question, the measure of self-honesty needed to connect the dots of our behaviors becomes available. Denial keeps us on the merry-go-round of chaos and insanity. Once we embrace our addiction, we have a brand new opportunity to jump off that ride. Suddenly, we're not on another diet plan. Instead, we're inspired to create a recovery plan. Creating that all-important daily practice of things helps keep us fresh, one day at a time--because the merry-go-round is always sitting there waiting--and its deceptive allure offers a million false promises. The more we're immersed in our daily practice of recovery, the easier it becomes to see through the falsehoods offered by the merry-go-round. Here's the deal:

I'm not an expert in any way, shape, or form. My personal daily practice isn't perfect and I have a lot to learn. There are many things I must do to strengthen my recovery. I'm working on those things. All I have is my experience and a willingness to remain open to the possibilities. I listen to those who have much more experience than me--I study and learn from the experts with an open mind.

The experts, including Phil Werdell at Shift-Recovery By Acorn, have put together a serious of questions to help you determine if you're a food addict. Here's the link: https://foodaddiction.com/am-i-a-food-addict/
 
I hope that helps, Jenna! Thank you for reading!

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Last night included another round of late-night weather coverage at the studio. Usually, by this time of year, it starts slowing down considerably. Hopefully, the stormy pattern will slow soon. I did get home and took delight in not setting an alarm clock. I slept in very well. I needed it!

Mom is doing fairly well this morning. Her biggest issue so far was not getting coffee with her breakfast. Lately, that isn't the type of thing we're discussing. So, that's a good thing. She's pretty much the same as yesterday as far as her condition. She obviously still has the infection and side effects of the infection happening, but the care continues--and they're constantly monitoring her, and that gives me a large measure of comfort.

It's Father's Day! I'm not sure what the plan is for today, just yet. But I'm ready for whatever it becomes. My morning foundational routine is complete, I'm about to prepare a good meal, and I have plans to get a good workout today. Mom and I will not be doing our weekly Sunday outing, although that was also a topic this morning during our conversation. She's always ready to go, sick or not, oxygen tank or not--let's go!! But no, not a good plan and we're not doing that until these health issues have passed. I will go and spend some time visiting with her later today.

If you're a dad, have a wonderful Father's Day!!

Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Friday, June 14, 2019

June 14th, 2019 Works Well

June 14th, 2019 Works Well

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.

The weather moved in just as I thought it would overnight, last night. It made for a very short night of rest. I was able to grab another hour after I got home this morning and a late afternoon nap today has me prepared for the evening and round two of storm coverage we're expecting again late tonight.

I had a location broadcast today from a grocery store. Those always work well--and it works well for me because I also do a little shopping while I'm working!

I've spoken to mom a couple times today. She's still having major swings in her blood sugar. Clearly, her infection is still very much present. She'll have three days off the antibiotic starting tomorrow, then they'll retest her for infection. I'm not too sure why they must wait, the continued infection is obvious based on her symptoms. I'll ask that question of the nurse on duty this evening. Mom's sister is still in the hospital back in our hometown. They're treating her pneumonia, too.

I hope you're having a fantastic Saturday! Not too shabby here. Feeling good, actually.



Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Thursday, June 13, 2019

June 13th, 2019 Going To Be Okay

June 13th, 2019 Going To Be Okay

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.

Mom's blood sugar is having a really tough time with this infection of hers. Last night it climbed to a very alarming 546. I made my way out there to meet with her nurse and visit with mom. The doctor decided to start checking her levels every half-hour. By this morning, it was still high, but better, in the low 200's.

Between the frequent calls and visits, I'm staying constantly updated on her continued recovery. She's going to be okay. Now, mom's sister, my Aunt Kelli, is in the hospital with severe pneumonia.

I met up with Kristin tonight for dinner at my favorite Mexican place. I did my usual sour cream chicken fajita crispy tacos. They were perfect!

I'm dropping in bed quickly. A thunderstorm watch has been issued until 5am. I'm putting the weather radio on alert and hoping it doesn't go off anytime soon! If it does, it means going to work in the middle of the night.



Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June 12th, 2019 Making The Time

June 12th, 2019 Making The Time

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.

I visited with mom and her nurse late last night. Mom is still battling this UTI and pneumonia. Her blood sugar levels have been completely nuts because of the infection. Last night it was over 400. It's been as high as 523. The good news is, they're on top of her care. They're constantly checking on her, giving her medicine, insulin, and now they're doing breathing treatments four times a day for the breathing difficulties from the pneumonia. Mom's hospital-level care has simply been transferred to the nursing home. They're even calling me daily with care-plan updates.

After the crazy schedule of last week, it's been a welcomed change to get back into a more familiar and comfortable routine. Making the time to prepare some good dinners this week has been very enjoyable.

If you've ever entertained the idea of joining the small, exclusive, private support group I facilitate, now's the time! Our group includes three weekly one hour group mentoring/coaching calls with individual focus and a "secret" Facebook group page for daily accountability and support interactions. Our team members are at all stages of their transformations, from members just getting started, to those who have lost 100 or more pounds, to those working their maintenance practice. We learn, we relate, we support--without shame, without judgment. Are you ready to try something different? This is different.

Another 8-week session starts next Wednesday June 19th. We have a few open spots on the team! The fee is $120.00. That's just $15 per week! Are you ready to add a powerful accountability and support tool to your daily practice? For questions, email me right away: transformation.road@gmail.com

Some testimonials I originally shared a couple months ago:

From M.F. In Vegas: In this day and age of television diets, the powers that be want us to believe and spend our hard earned money on this diet or that diet. Sure, they all work to some degree, but none are sustainable. They are not a lifestyle. And for me, I've learned that what is sustainable is the support and accountability that others who are going through what I am going through bring to the table. This is especially true for us guys, that don't want to really acknowledge that maybe we need support and accountability.

My philosophy was always, "I can do this myself, I don't need anyone's help." That's why I lost and gained weight more times than a wrestler preparing for a match.

Sean Anderson provides those of us that are reluctant to get into some form of therapy or group situations with a unique opportunity to enjoy that accountability and unconditional support and yet keep the setting in a very informal one - our own homes.

As someone who now has done many groups including Sean's for many years, I can tell you what he charges for his eight-week support calls and his private Facebook group page is way below what mainstream support groups charge.

Yet the quality of his support and the group rivals that of any group I have been a part of. If you have gained and lost weight many times over and wonder why maybe what you are missing is this key element. That of support and accountability. If you decide to join Sean's group you may just find that missing piece to your own healthy lifestyle.

Don't fall into the diet mentality that we are all led to believe by the media, try something that works. What do you have to lose but maybe some extra weight and gaining a new you?

Personally, it all started for me with Sean's group, which was a stepping stone to more local groups and extended therapy. I learned more from others than I ever would have on my own. And I'm not too proud to say now that I couldn't have done this by myself. And it all started with one of Sean's support groups.

I have currently lost over 200 lbs and I can assure you that without support and accountability, I would never have reached this point in my own journey. That I am sure of. Thanks, Sean for all your support during my own health journey. --M.F. In Las Vegas

The mission statement for our group says it all: Creating and practicing a personal and unique plan enabling each of us to achieve, as a side effect, a body weight conducive to the best possible health benefits.

From D.A. in DC: I have been part of Sean's group for over 3 years. Not only was the group instrumental for me to be able to lose my last 30 lbs, but it has been very important in helping me maintain an approximately 80 lb weight loss for almost 2 years. Not only do you get Sean's inspirational leadership and experience and generosity of spirit, but you also get a group of wonderful, supportive teammates who will be there for you. We all follow our own plans, but the group is more about dealing with all the other things that get in the way of a healthy weight. In the end, what you eat is not as important as being able to deal with feelings and situations without turning to food. This group will help you with that. It was the missing piece for me. Recommend highly!!!! --D.A. Washington D.C.

From Gerri Helms: I highly recommend Sean's groups if you struggle with consistency in your healthy body goals. As an old (and I do mean old!) partner with Sean, I've seen firsthand the transformation that comes from working with him and his team. (Gerri Helms, Retired Life Coach)

From B.J. in Kansas: It is a great tool of many for a successful weight loss/lifestyle change. I encourage anyone thinking about it to join us.



Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

June 11th, 2019 Good Choice

June 11th, 2019 Good Choice

Yesterday was a 5-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, I enjoyed a really good walk last night after dinner, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Mom continues to heal. I spoke with her nurse yesterday afternoon for a briefing on her progress and things are going well. I also spoke with mom a few times yesterday and she seems to be doing okay. She still has quite a bit of confusion, but that side effect is improving some. I stayed home last night rather than a visit. I prepared a good dinner and enjoyed a wonderful after-dinner walk. It was a good choice for me last night.

A brand new 8-week session of my weekly teleconference accountability/support group starts next Wednesday! With daily interactions on our "secret" facebook group page and our weekly mentoring/coaching calls, our team stays active! Increased awareness, focus, accountability, and support could make a big difference for you as it has many of our members. If you're ready and willing to try something different and you want more information, send me an email with questions: transformation.road@gmail.com

Republish from the archives:
"Hi Sean. Need a bit of insight. How did you determine your non-negotiables and how did you stick to them when things got hard?"

First of all, you determine what's reasonable. Once you define the most critical elements of your plan boundaries- and you've determined they're doable on a typical day- then you make what I call an iron-clad decision. It's a promise to you from you, to give this element a non-negotiable stance come what may.

Think of it as a boulder in a stream. Life is the rushing water. No matter how fast that water rushes, the boulder isn't moving. The boulder isn't sacrificed or compromised. The water has no choice, but to make its way around it- and it does. And the boulder in the stream stands strong.

On a deeper level, this creates growth/development in other areas, like coping skills- it develops growth in learning what good accountability and support skills are about. The more consistency you gain, the more you'll prove to yourself that it is possible to maintain your plan in the toughest of times.

And that's the idea, a plan, not a diet.

You're developing a plan that takes care of what you need. In honoring your plan, you'll notice the side effect of consistent weight loss. This is what Dr. Lerner (Transformation Planet Podcast Episode 7) means when he speaks of the focus NOT being a diet, but rather, a food plan you can live with indefinitely. And it can still have the boundaries you need to feel satisfied. Especially when you reach maintenance mode and increase your calories. But again, it's all about the daily plan--and not all about the numbers on the scale. If you take care of your daily plan the weight loss will come.

How important are your non-negotiable elements?

It is the consistent maintenance of what you're willing to define as non-negotiable that creates growth, and in that--a natural evolution of you unfolds.

Think once more about the boulder in the stream. The boulder stands strong against the current and because it does, the stream evolves--changes course, grows and with the gift of time, develops different paths and canyons. If the boulder simply moved out of the way every time the water came rushing--the stream would have an easier path--one of least resistance. In the path of least resistance, nothing changes. No growth, no canyons.

I've often written about the effects of maintaining non-negotiables. The only way our food plan develops/evolves over time is by maintaining the integrity of the plan. All growth, all of our positive progress--it all depends on our willingness to create, accept and embrace certain non-negotiable elements of our plan. Determining what's reasonable is VERY important. If your non-negotiable is extreme, doesn't fit what you naturally like--is overly restrictive and monumentally demanding, it'll be a horrible experience.

Make it doable for you.

If we sacrifice our plan for whatever reason, the boundaries are broken and growth is stunted. If we develop a habit of consistently sacrificing the integrity of the non-negotiable elements of our plan, we literally become stuck--and often this "stuck" place becomes the very definition of insanity.

Life keeps coming. And there's no such thing as a "perfect time." There's only here and now and with it, a forever fluctuating rhythm to life. Let life flow around the boulders of your non-negotiables... and with the passage of time, you'll experience growth--you'll see and feel the changes, mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Developing your plan for accountability and support is important. When we decide to create non-negotiable elements of our plan, we lose a coping option.

Excess food was always my number one coping tool, albeit not a good one. It lied to me every time--because it never fixed anything.

When I developed my non-negotiables, it strongly encouraged me to either seek positive ways to cope or find other destructive ways to do it. We gotta cope one way or another.

My skills haven't been and still aren't perfect, but it's a practice each and every day. Staying connected with good support and seeking out those connections in whatever way you can is critically important. There are many options available!



Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com





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