Today was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal (8th day in a row), and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
I was planning some exercise tonight, after dinner and visit with mom, but I'm opting to take this evening off. It's been kind of an unsettling day. My morning started with a fairly threatening message from a clearly mentally ill listener who, because he believes I'm communicating directly and personally with him in some kind of code, believes I've somehow ruined his life. This isn't the first message or interaction with this guy. It started about four years ago when he started showing up at location broadcasts. My mistake back then was trying to speak in rationale terms with him--and that doesn't work when someone is seriously mentally ill. He became angry. His messages had stopped, in fact, today's message was the first in more than a year. The authorities were notified today. We've kept tabs on him over the years and at times he seems well, holding a job and seeming of sound mind. I hope he gets the help and medication he needs. Mental illness is a sad, scary, but treatable thing, in most cases. At least now, if he shows up, he'll be arrested. Oh, and one more thing--if you know my mom personally, please do not mention this to her in the slightest. She would worry herself sick. She doesn't need that.
Anyway...what else... I've been having a very enjoyable time with my food plan of late. I actually had tostadas for lunch today. I took a good long break on those after eating them almost every weekday for a very long time. They were good! I've enjoyed preparing a variety of dinner combinations lately, too. I knew from Day 1 in the fall of 2008, if this was going to be something long-term and sustainable, I must always enjoy my food plan. I have some non-negotiable boundaries in the no-refined sugar and I maintain an occasionally evolving trigger food list, but if it's on my plate, I love it. I don't believe in eating something I don't like just because someone says it's good for me or it's the latest thing. I truly believe the better plan for me is making sure that what I do eat are things I enjoy. There's no dread in my food plan. There's no reluctance or choking something down as a means to an end. I do miss my grill. I've got to replace it soon. It wasn't spiders in the pipes, by the way, as suggested by a few. I literally used it until the pipes rusted away from their burner connections. The search is on for another, perhaps smaller, affordable one.
I had a good visit with mom tonight. I can't say enough great things about the nursing staff where she lives. They're giving her extra special care each and every day--and it shows. Mom and I visited and occasionally turned our attention for a laugh or two courtesy of Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and A Half Men on TV Land. Mom loves that channel. When I'm walking toward her room and I'm hearing her laugh from down the hall, it's usually a sitcom on TV Land lighting her up. The nurse came in to check her vitals and blood sugar while I was there--everything looked good, still a little high on the blood sugar but much improved from where it's been lately.
The "I'm Choosing Change" wristband with "Before Change Chooses Me" imprinted on the inside, will be available from my new website that's coming within a month or so (It's in the design phase)--however, you can get one early if you desire!
Send an email with your request: email@example.com and I'll send you a direct PayPal invoice for the $15 charge and then personally ship yours right away! It's a powerful reminder every single day--connecting us with our "why" as it helps keep a positive measure of awareness and mindfulness in place. It's certainly doing good things for my personal awareness each day.
In the coming days, I'll share some Choosing Change wristband pics from people who are wearing theirs daily!
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner Personal Pita Pizza and Stuffed Mushrooms! A Joseph's Flax Seed/Oat Bran/Whole Wheat Pita topped with 63g (1/2 serving) Newman's Own refined sugar-free sausage and peppers pasta sauce, 4oz 96% lean beef, 27g red onion, 25g yellow bell pepper, and two .8oz slices mozzarella. 259g Giorgio stuffed mushrooms. Pizza alone: 364 cal. Entire plate: 580 cal. #dailypractice #foodplan #whatilike
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