Since our last edition, I've maintained the integrity of my food plan boundaries, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've met or exceeded my daily water goal, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.
On this Christmas morning, I'm pausing in gratitude for all of the incredible blessings in my life. The list is a long one and some of the things on that list are not always given the attention they deserve. I'll spare you the list, but trust, it was an extended spiritual/mental/emotional foundational routine this morning. I'm overcome with an incredibly positive spirit this morning. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year.
Thank you for being here and reading this blog. Your support is felt and appreciated more than you know. It was a beautiful morning to wake up to an amazing message from a longtime reader:
"Thank you for everything you've shared in your blog and book. I've been reading your blog since 2009 and I was one of the first to order your book when it came out. Your generosity in sharing your life, experience, and hope has made a life-changing difference for me. I've lost 143 pounds, went through a period of relapse/regain (sound familiar?), lost a good amount again and now I'm maintaining a healthy body weight for the last three years. I wanted to share this message to you because even though we don't communicate directly, you've made a powerful impact on me. If you ever doubt the impact of what you do, just know, there's someone out there living life in a way I didn't think was possible for me because of the things I've learned from following your story. My husband thanks you, too. I'm more present in my life. I've since found support in a recovery-based program and many of the things you practice and write about are echoed in those gatherings. Be blessed on this Christmas Day."
--Mary in Rhode Island
Mary, opening your message was a tremendous gift for me this morning. I've overjoyed for you. You've done the work and you're doing the work every day. Thank you for taking the time to write and send this message! I'm so glad you're connecting with others, too! That's key, right? We're in the same lifeboat.
I did my annual last-minute Christmas shopping yesterday. I must get a charge out of the chaos. Why else would I expose myself to the frantic nature of shopping against store closing deadlines--and the crowds...oh my, the crowds. To punctuate the chaos, there was an ambulance, sirens blazing, pulling up to the front doors of Walmart as I made my way inside. How fitting. I whispered a prayer for whoever they were after--and grabbed a cart and my list. I was lucky. I completed my mission in just under an hour and a half. That, more than anything, is likely why I do this last-minute rush every year: It always seems to work out. This, "all is well in the end" type thing supports the habitual procrastination that is certainly one of my character flaws.
I picked up mom for a Christmas Eve trip back to our hometown of Stillwater and a visit with family. Mom's brother Keith, sister, Kelli, and brother-in-law, Tim, plus Aunt Connie were all a part of our small gathering last night. Mom was so happy to receive the blessing for the trip from the nursing staff.
We're headed to another family gathering today for Christmas dinner. I'll be picking up mom soon for the experience.
My morning foundational routine was fantastic, my Christmas food plan is set, I've communicated with several support contacts already this morning--and I plan to stay connected with support throughout the day.
Here are some pictures from our gathering last night:
These birds look like they belong in a coastal community, but every year they come here to landlocked Oklahoma and land in the same empty parking lot. Perhaps their navigation system needs updated. “I swear, it says fresh water and fish right here on the screen. Look it!” pic.twitter.com/m4vk9nUyXC— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 22, 2019
Whatever happened to Mathew Wilder? Great song. pic.twitter.com/Yk57LV8dlN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 24, 2019
Oh my... satisfying meal! #MyFitnessPal #foodlogging #dailypractice #foodplan pic.twitter.com/cPOLnVU5LV— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 24, 2019
I’m having too much fun with music tonight. “When you need a friend, don’t turn to a stranger, you know in the end, I’ll always be there.” #wheninrome pic.twitter.com/VK1AGr736R— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 24, 2019
“This is the sound of my soul. This much is true. Ooh, this much is true ooh ooh.” #80’smusiclove pic.twitter.com/KuwGKFj0cY— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 24, 2019
Okay- I feel better. Not because I need blank cassettes because I haven’t used blank cassettes since I was a teen. I feel better because they’re available for purchase, still, - and that strangely makes me feel younger. Suddenly I have the urge to make a mix tape. pic.twitter.com/vhRfBqFSNq— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 24, 2019
Instagram Accountability Posts:
View this post on Instagram#whatsforlunch 7-Layer Tostadas! Two crispy corn tortilla shells with 149g fat-free refried beans, 2 tbs salsa, 28g shredded mild cheddar—baked, then topped with 15g (1 tbs) sour cream, 40g lettuce, and 42g avocado. 2.9oz Envy apple slices & 35g red seedless grapes. #dailypractice #foodplan #accountability A familiar number: 505 calories.
View this post on InstagramEarlier: #whatsfordinner Meatloaf! 6oz 96% lean ground beef, 50g white onions, 1 large egg white, 3.8oz chopped fresh mushrooms, 82g refined sugar-free all natural tomato sauce, and topped with 34g refined sugar-free ketchup. 220g diced sweet potato & 86g white onions pan prepared with approximately 5 seconds olive oil spray. 176g green beans. #dailypractice #foodplan #accountability Meatloaf alone: 316 cal. Total meal: 615 calories.
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