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.
The weekend was a good one, capped off with a good Sunday afternoon spent with my grandson, Noah. We attended the live production of Frozen Jr., made a trip to the store, and enjoyed lunch together. When I'm with him, my other grandkids, and my daughters--any time, it serves as a beautiful reminder of why it's important to take care of me with this daily practice of things.
Every now and then, in person, or via email, message, or social media--someone will say something like, "you're so strong," or "I wish I had your will power," or "you've got it figured out." All of those perceptions are wrong.
Every time I've tried to be strong, exert will power, or "figure it out," I failed horribly. If what I do is put within the frame of a diet mentality, this illusion of strength and will power--and my denial of that strength and will power, doesn't make sense.
If what I do is put into the frame of a one day at a time practice in recovery, then it makes complete sense. It isn't perfect and I'm doing work each day to make it better. But, here's the deal:
Reaching a point of surrender with my disease of food addiction/compulsive overeating was a powerful moment where suddenly my progress no longer needed my futile and insane attempts of control or vast amounts of will power. I liken it to standing in front of a doctor who's diagnosing me with a disease--and he or she says, "yes, if left untreated it's deadly, but it's treatable. It can be managed and cared for and you can have an excellent quality of life."
My course of treatment is this daily practice of things that I hope and pray I never stop doing. It's like taking my "medicine." In this, it isn't about being strong or knowing anything--it's about taking the medicine. It's not what I know, it's what I do.
I have a plan practice of pillars or "rails of support" that help me through each day.
My morning foundational routine is complete, my food is planned and ready for today, and I will stay connected with good support. I'm hoping for a fantastic Monday. I hope yours is too!
It is extremely difficult to find a refined sugar-free canned enchilada sauce. Thank you, #lapreferida brand! Score! pic.twitter.com/Qpt6Emnv1x— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) January 11, 2020
Lunch using the refined sugar-free enchilada sauce find from earlier today- 96% lean ground beef- Extreme Wellness Flax-Whole Wheat Tortillas... #foodplan #dailypractice pic.twitter.com/YNKgb88JGr— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) January 11, 2020
Instagram Accountability Posts:
View this post on InstagramEarlier: #whatsforlunch 2 crunchy chicken fajita tacos! 2 corn taco shells with approximately 2 tbs sour cream, approximately 4oz fajita chicken, approximately 1/4 cup grilled peppers and onions, approximately 2 tbs guacamole, and approximately 14g shredded white cheddar. #dailypractice #foodplan 448 cal.
View this post on InstagramEarlier: #whatsfordinner 5.2oz beef tenderloin, 234g red potatoes prepared simply with 2 tbs half & half, salt & pepper, and topped with 7g butter. 5.8oz persimmons (Asian fruit-new one for me! It’s good!) #dailypractice #foodplan #weighandmeasure Same count as breakfast... Not intentional. 605 cal.
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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
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