Thursday, July 23, 2009

Day 311 Burning The Midnight Oil and Weigh Day Results!

Day 311

Burning The Midnight Oil and Weigh Day Results!

I've been crazy busy today. I haven't had time to read all of the blogs I love to read and support. I feel bad about that, but I hope you understand that I'm burning the candle at both ends. It's something I must get a handle on immediately. My day started at 5:15am Wednesday morning, it's 1:08am Thursday---and the alarm sounds at 5am. Crazy? Yes it is. Unhealthy? Yes, absolutely! One of the things I've learned from experts is that the body must have enough rest to operate in an optimal way. And if I'm not operating in an optimal way, then I'm not realizing my full potential. I'm certainly not wanting sympathy, I've created this schedule---this is my own doing. But I must manage my time better and realize that I can't do everything—all the time. In the future, when weight loss motivational and inspirational speaking is my full time job, then it'll be so different. I'm not ready for that transition at this point. So I must do my best to make the most of my days and evenings---and drop in bed at decent times. I'll be working on that.

Today was weigh day at the hospital! I weighed in at 311, down another five pounds! It brings my total to 194 pounds in 311 days. I love that. Every since I stepped off that scale today I've been obsessed with the idea of losing 12 pounds over the next two weeks. I've been averaging 2.5 to 3 pounds per week, so this crazy idea of losing 12 in two weeks is probably just that...Crazy. But I know if I seriously amped up my workout schedule, I think it could happen. But I'm over that now. The idea was to shatter two major milestones on the same weigh day in two weeks. Losing 200 pounds and dropping below 300 pounds for the first time since age 15. I'm over it now because I realized that I was simply getting impatient. I love losing weight. I'm enjoying this journey every step of the way, there's nothing wrong with hitting two milestones over the next couple of weigh days. Time doesn't matter anymore, remember writing that Sean? OK, I'm getting loopy now and talking to myself. But really Sean---go back and read your own words. Let time pass, you're getting there in a very consistent fashion, and that's all that matters. And it's still a challenge. I need to lose 6 pounds over the next two weeks to hit my 200 pounds lost goal. That's completely possible. Then over the two week period after that, I'll drop below 300 with a six pound loss. So patience is the rule.

Irene lost another 2 pounds, Courtney lost another 4 pounds and Amber lost another 3 pounds. I'm so proud of them and what we're doing.

Tomorrow night I've been asked to MC an event at a major casino. We'll see tomorrow how the time management thing is going. Thank you for reading. Goodnight and...

Good Choices


  1. Get some sleep tomorrow Sean. It is hard to be patient, but you are doing so well! So proud of you! Hoping we do as well as your family!

  2. Great loss! And perhaps it would be nicer to break one landmark at a time instead of many at once anyway - lets see if you can do the 200lbs lost next time though.

    Man, get some sleep!

    Oh, and WELL DONE Irene, Amber and Courtney - you are all doing so well - woo-hoo!

  3. sean get some sleep...your body doesn't work as well and you make it harder to lose weight if you aren't fully rested....remember ALL things in moderation incl burning the candle at both ends :-P

  4. Congratulations! I love reading about others' successful weigh-ins, it's what I'm here for! I agree, don't worry about pushing yourself, slow and steady wins the race. Don't be crazy!

  5. "In the future, .... then it'll be so different." (A quote from your blog. See above) This sounds like an excuse we've all used before when it comes to taking care of something we KNOW we need to take care of... ourselves! You know you need more rest Sean. Don't give yourself the same old excuse that you used to use about losing weight. Take care of you now! Your body requires more sleep than that. You know it, you feel it and you CAN do it. Don't say, "One day, I will take care of myself better." You are doing such a great job right now. Don't ruin that by not getting enough rest. Who knows? Your body may reward your attempts at enough sleep by increasing your metabolixm. You know, you were losing more weight each weigh day when you were getting more sleep. Nothing has been proven, but it's worth a try.

  6. Congrats to everyone on their scale success this week. You need to start budgeting your sleep the same way you do your calories. You will feel so much better and ultimately have better health too.

  7. Sean - Please re-read your own post and print out what Rachel, in particular, said. As you well know, this is your life, not a race.

    Congrats to you and your family on your continued success, but please get more sleep!

  8. Getting enough sleep, working full time, spending time as a family and doing a daily workout............that is hard to accomplish in a day!......but I know that you can do anything you set your mind to (I mean, look at you! Look at what you've done thus far! whoohoo!)so...I'll be rooting for you. You know me, I'm a big sleep fan. LOL :)

  9. They do say that sleep aids in weight loss :) And i don't want to see you get sick!!
    Congrats on another great weight loss week to you, Irene, Courtney and Amber :) You guys rock

  10. Yeah. I think it might be time to work on prioritizing your activities, so sleep can be included. It is REALLY important- not just for your weight loss, but your cardiovascular health, mental health, and to allow your body to heal. Being that I have Narcolepsy... I understand the importance of a regular sleep schedule, and know what happens to the body when it isn't put as a priority (obviously a little more extreme than the average person). Seriously Sean, it is just as important as exercise, eating healthy, or anything else that you are practicing.


    (there now someone left a passionate bit of advice on YOUR blog!haha!)

  11. Sean you are doing great! I am not going to get on to you for going to bed late and not getting enough sleep. We all do it from time to time and as long as your not making it a habit then it is easy to work with. I am sure we can all use more sleep but there are some days you can't control things and it is way past bed time before you know it.

    Keep up the good work and you will make that next milestone very soon!

  12. Sean, I think you should totally go for it. You've got a big fat goal right there in spitting distance. Double down and make it happen!

    I know how it is on the blog support issue. Things get busy and it's hard to make the rounds sometimes.

  13. Hey, Sean, congrats on the weight loss! I'm looking forward to celebrating with you when you reach those next milestones!

  14. Congrats on the weight loss :) Looking forward to celebrating your next milestones!

  15. So here I am with another comment. But I had to post this one. The previous comment was posted this morning before work. Now I've had time to do a little research on the topic of sleep and metabolism. Perhaps you should read this article that I found. It is one among many, but they all basically say the same thing.

    You need sleep! Oh, and tell Toby from 4 posts up that you DO, in fact, make it a habit. And it's a bad one!

    You wanted accountability sweetheart. Along with accountability comes advise and criticism. Love you, though! ;-)

  16. Congrats on your weight loss, and the rest of the family as well. I think it's awesome that you're all so supportive of each other and making such wonderful progress.
    Oh, and I concur with most of the above-get some sleep!!!!!

  17. I've been reading your blog for some time now but I decided I was going to start at day 1 and work my way forward, well I'm slow lol. So I'm only on day 108 and have decided I just want to be at "now" lol. So I will still try to read all your old posts but I also want to start reading TODAY. You are doing so wonderful and have such a great attitude. Congrats to you and the family for all you've accomplished.

    I struggle with the sleep thing too. I know I need to improve in that area too. Here's to more sleep for everyone!!!

  18. Awesome job on the weight loss!!! I understand your impatience but it will come (:
    GET SOME SLEEP!!! I thought my 6 hours a night was bad!

  19. wow...194 lbs. that's AMAZING!! I'm with Jack. why not go for it?? and yes.. GET SOME SLEEP!!!

    I love the milestones and mini goals. I'm all for them. I'm working on my own right now to get to 50 lbs lost... small reachable goals are what it's about, instead of the big cheese.

    there's that saying.. Shoot for the moon, you may land among the stars. Better than being grounded. :)

    It really is heady losing weight, and seeing progress, isn't it? I love it too! crazy! Why did it take us so long?????

  20. Sorry I've been away for so long!! Miss you!! Congrats to you on the're still rockin' it every day and showing us how to get it done. If you want to step it up...go for it...but know that you're doing JUST fine now. :)


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