Saturday, January 19, 2019

January 19th, 2019 Wildlife

January 19th, 2019 Wildlife

Yesterday: 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 hit 4 out of my 5-star goal for yesterday.

Coming up one star short of my 5-star goal yesterday was a choice. I could have pushed forward and hit it with a trip to the gym for a late workout, but I didn't. Part of that was knowing how early I needed to be up this morning before my scheduled location broadcast at 8am. The positive from this was the mindfulness making that decision required. With my awareness turned up in this way, I do believe it will help me make better choices over-all within my daily practice. Progress, not perfection, right?

Three big goals this weekend: Trip to the pool for a swim, add to and establish a separate page for my "star schedule," and release episode 20 of Transformation Planet.

Today's broadcast from 8-10am is from The Ultimate Eagle Watch at Kaw Lake. It's a short drive over to this scenic area where lots of people will gather for American bald eagle watching tours and educational wildlife presentations.

I'm scheduled for my long-overdue haircut and eyebrow trim this afternoon. My eyebrows, if left unchecked and untrimmed, quickly rival Sam Elliot's untamed brow. Talk about wildlife! If I didn't occasionally get 'em trimmed, this bushy eyebrow issue would aspire toward the likes of the late Andy Rooney. It's crazy. I'll find a way to add this to my gratitude list.

Tonight, it's a date night with Kristin. We haven't had one of those in a few weeks. I'll prepare the two of us a meal at my place before a trip to the Playhouse. I have complimentary tickets to Shakespear's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It'll be my first Shakespear experience.

I made a grocery store run last night before spending some time visiting with mom. She's doing fairly well, by the way--just a few minor issues of late.

Okay--I'm ready for the Eagle Watch. My morning foundational routine is complete, I'm about to prepare and enjoy breakfast, stop for a road coffee--and then drive into the great outdoors.

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

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Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18th, 2019 Stars

January 18th, 2019 Stars

Yesterday: 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 met my 5 point goal for yesterday.

I think I'm going to change what I call my new daily plan assessment points to "stars." Same thing, just "stars" instead of points. Prevents confusion with another kind of points system. Also, the concept of earning stars takes me back to elementary school. My plan over the next few days is to develop a more complete list of star earning practices--make it its own page, then I'll easily link to it in each blog post.

Creating ways to maintain enthusiasm along the way is important. This isn't any kind of overhaul to what I'm doing. The daily practice is essentially the same. The idea is, this new stars system of daily assessment will help me highlight areas in need of improvement in a fun and supportive way. It's simply looking at what I'm doing or what I'm intending and willing to do from a different angle; a different perspective.

I worked extra late last night in support of a colleague and it's made for a short night of rest. While I'll earn a little bonus pay for the effort, I'm certainly not earning a star for that today. My plan practice today will require me to stay very well connected with support, prayer/meditation time, and getting a midafternoon nap will also be an important thing. I'm excited about swimming this weekend. The swim plan is most likely a Saturday thing for me.

My morning routine is complete, my breakfast food is planned and packed, and I'm ready for one more good day if I can get it!

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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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17th, 2019 Rarely Push

January 17th, 2019 Rarely Push

Yesterday: 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. My aim was 5 points yesterday and I hit 6 points. (see yesterday's post for tentative points schedule)

After yesterday's post, Chris, a longtime reader, writes:  "You swim? Who knew, I don't recall ever reading that before. Great. I joined my local Y a few months ago just to swim. I look forward to hearing about it. (any more yoga classes?)"

Chris, first of all, thank you for your tremendous support over the years. I haven't been in the pool in over three years. This is why I wrote, "...and if I get back in the pool, swimming thirty-minutes earns three points." And Yoga--yeah...that...I was also doing that a few years ago! I'll add yoga to my available points list, too.

I allowed the added prep time a consistent pool commitment requires to ultimately get me out of the water. Witnessing a couple of friends thoroughly enjoy their pool trips has inspired me to get past the time thing and whatever other hangups I have, and just go. My plan is to check the pool schedule today and make it happen either tomorrow or Saturday. I'm actually excited about it again.

The yoga. A friend of mine is known in this area as the yoga guru. Her and her husband practice yoga daily, host yoga retreats--and at one time, opened a yoga studio right down the street from the broadcasting studios where I work. OM Yoga is still operating with new people running the place. Occasionally, she gently reminds me about yoga. If I recall, it wasn't that I didn't enjoy the yoga classes, it was more of a scheduling thing. However, it too is worth another look.

One of the things that I've allowed myself to do is get into a routine where I hit certain minimums each day but I rarely push myself. That's honest. My poor sleep habits, time management, etc. contribute to this level of complacency. I don't write this is an attack on me--or as a club to beat myself up, it's simply what often happens. When I say I'm not perfect, you can bet I mean it! But this isn't and never has been about perfection. It is about progress. And progress in these areas is something I look forward to doing. And not just "trying," like doing, in a way that can help me establish a measure of consistency. This is what this points system is helping me create.

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

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 16th, 2019 What Is A Good Day?

January 16th, 2019 What Is A Good Day?

Yesterday: 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.

Yesterday's rest was needed and this morning, I feel much better.

One of the things I've developed for my daily practice is a points system. I've assigned a point value to different elements of my plan. Each day, I aim for a certain amount of points. Hitting five points is fairly simple, hitting six or seven is really good, and anything beyond that is extraordinary. The idea is for this points system to provide a clearer idea of what is a "good" day, what is an "acceptable" day, and what makes an "extraordinary" day.

For example, one point is earned for the following: Morning foundational routine completed. Maintaining boundaries of food plan (within budget-No refined sugar-No trigger foods). Preparing all meals (in other words: a day without a restaurant meal). Staying connected with support friends. Exceeding my minimum 64oz minimum water goal. Midmorning meditation break. In bed by 10pm. Any night with seven hours or more of sleep. 20-30 minute walk.

Two points are earned with each elliptical or other sweat-inducing cardio workout and if I get back in the pool, swimming thirty-minutes earns three points.

I'll be assigning point values to more things as I move forward.

This system or tool for accurately assessing a particular day instead of a vague, "it was a good day," comes from one of my one on one mentoring clients. In the year-plus he and I have worked together, he's developed and connected better each day with the elements of his daily practice because of his point value system.

I'm open to anything designed to create more enthusiasm for the daily practice of elements that help keep me well.

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

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January 15th, 2019 Slow

January 15th, 2019 Slow

Yesterday: 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 met up with some people last night who share the same type of personal responsibility; living each day with a personal practice of intentional actions where food and life is concerned. Connecting with others in the same "lifeboat" always leaves me feeling hopeful and it reinforces the importance level I must apply each day to my own personal plan.

Mom made the trip to Stillwater with me--she, to visit with family while I met up with my friends. We'll not be combining these two things again. The trips to visit family must be on non-work night evenings. It was too late last night and I wasn't physically feeling too well-- and this combination, followed by a fairly rough night of sleep, contributed to my decision to take a sick day from work.

I feel much better after finally getting some decent rest. I'm still not feeling 100%, so I'll keep it slow today and take care of me.

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

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Monday, January 14, 2019

January 14th, 2019 Over Deliver

January 14th, 2019 Over Deliver

Yesterday: 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 didn't get done everything I wanted to get accomplished yesterday, but I did get some things done. I have a tendency to create to-do lists, that in the moment of creation, I'm like-uh yeah, no problem! But then as the day unfolds, I realize--perhaps I'm not the best estimator of time needed for specific tasks. I need to create the list each day and immediately cross a few things off. Otherwise, it creates negative head chatter when I fail to meet my own expectations. Under promise, over deliver--much better mental effect.

I'll pick up where I left off yesterday and continue on my merry way.

I've started my Monday well. My morning routine is finished, my food is packed, and I'm ready to make this a good one.

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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 13th, 2019 Cues

January 13th, 2019 Cues

Yesterday: 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 broadcast at the grocery store yesterday went very well. These were once single station broadcasts, now they've progressed into dual station broadcasts where I'm presenting live on one station and then immediately jumping over and repeating the on-air break on the other. It's not too difficult for me, it just means I'm talking twice as much--instead of four breaks an hour, I'm doing eight breaks. The producer back in the studio is the one running back and forth between studios. I just wait until they tell me to start talking--then I do, all about food, food, and more food.

It's an interesting dynamic for me, really, and without proper perspective in place--the issue of food "cues," the visual and auditory suggestion of trigger foods, and their effects on me, might be a problem.

For some, the mere mention of a personal trigger food is enough to set their mind in motion. Make it a suggestive and descriptive commercial--even more so, make it a TV commercial, even stronger!

Food cues are everywhere. Simply driving down the main drag of any populated area provides a constant barrage of fast-food signage, their logos might be all the "cue" our brain needs--add extra signage, like a picture, large banner, or extra words describing a special--and watch out! Turn on the radio--and now you're hearing me or some other broadcaster selling everything from fast-food to grocery store items.

How do you prepare yourself against the constant flow of cues? It isn't realistic to think that we can somehow block out every cue out there. And wouldn't that be a constant chore? Allowing these cues to be all-powerful creates days and nights where we're constantly navigating a culinary minefield--constantly assessing the danger--is it "on-plan" or is it wildly "off-plan?"

Yesterday's broadcasts included a special for my personal number one trigger food of all-time. This trigger food was one that I once used in ways that perfectly illustrate my level of food addiction. The best example was the day I sat in a back alley behind a convenience store, eating it with my fingers instead of a spoon. And here I was, selling this incredible deal to anyone listening. A deal on something that, if I started eating it again, could very well, eventually, kill me. The irony couldn't be more clear.

Every time I voice a commercial for a restaurant, bakery, or grocery store, I must remember--this is my job, this is what I do for a living. I also remember how not everyone listening is like me. For some, it's not a cue to compulsively eat into oblivion--for them, it's just a good deal; good information to have as they navigate their food options.

If we can't turn off all of the external cues surrounding us each day, then what can we do?

When I'm feeling exceptionally vulnerable, this is when I'm most at risk of being affected by food cues. When food cues start looking and sounding like a wonderful solution, I must get connected with support in whatever way necessary. Spiritually, directly with a support friend, or, if the effect is mild, simply reminding myself of why my daily practice is important. In social situations, where there are food and food "pushers," I must remember the mantra, "not my food." Having a clear understanding of what is and isn't "my food" is something important to have and evolve. 

I can't afford to hand the responsibility of my continued wellness over to the multitude of uncontrollable influences that are a part of everyday life. I spent many years using the cues as reasonable and expected "outs" for my daily practice. Shifting the perspective away from this helped take away the power I was freely handing out to every picture, sound, or suggestion of food. If I feel like these cues are starting to become bothersome or influencing my food plan decisions, I must look at my daily practice and explore ways for me to get better connected with the structure and principles my continued wellness requires.

If maintaining my daily practice requires me to live in a world completely void of food cues, I'm in big big trouble. My continued commitment to a recovery mindset instead of a diet mentality mindset, can and will continue to help in this area.

Where's my higher power? If my continued wellness is constantly in jeopardy based on my avoidance or lack of avoidance from food cues, I'm essentially making food my higher power. I literally can't live like that. If I choose to, I will die--because it will kill me. Dramatic? Yes. True? Yes.

Yesterday's broadcast inspired this post in-part. The other part was reading a negative review of my book from audible. I normally stay away from reading reviews. But I received an update from Audible concerning my book--and that took me to their website---and that led me down the rabbit hole of reading these things. I shouldn't have. There were some good ones and Amazon has a bunch of good ones--but this...oh my, it was not a good review!! I'll save you the search. This is what I read:

"Surreptitious advertising for the food industry"-- This is just another diet book that cannot go three pages without naming a brand of pizza, soda pop, cake etc... If you were writing a book to help alcoholics overcome an addiction, would you write Jack Daniels, Budweiser, Vodka, Spiced Rum, Coors, Jim Beam on every third page? In a movie, this is called product placement, and companies pay to have thier products included. In a diet and weight loss book, it is even more insidious advertising, because it goes directly into the mind of the most vulnerable audience, and most likely to go buy whatever product you planted in their minds within a day or so. Which will hopefully, ignite or reignite the addiction. This particular book, cannot get 5 pages in before naming a pizza brand and talk about cake, biscuits and sausage gravy, and eating and food food food. As I listen to chapter one of the audiobook version, the author literally, cannot go 3 minutes without putting junk food and eating into the mind of the reader/listener. NOTHING else this author says matters as far as I am concerned. That is ALL you are meant to get out of a book like this. It is advertising junk food to the weak and vulnerable. Plain and simple. I cannot recommend anything written to promote junk food to those suffering from obesity. Crybaby fat guy selling pizza and other junk food.

Well, okay then. Not everybody's cup of tea, apparently. LOL

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

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

January 12th, 2019 Without Knowing

January 12th, 2019 Without Knowing

Yesterday: 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.

Yesterday wasn't quite as difficult as I expected. I think writing about it, keeping my awareness level high, and expressing the vulnerability to my support friends are all things that helped navigate the day. I was super tired when I went down for a nap at 4:30pm. I set the alarm for 5:45pm--slept right past it and woke at 8pm. It felt like ten minutes. It certainly tilted my schedule last night, but it was needed. I made a grocery store trip, enjoyed some baked cod with grilled asparagus for dinner, and visited mom for a little while before calling it a night. Surprisingly, once in bed for the night, I was able to go to sleep fairly quickly.

Today's schedule includes radio things. I have a big two-station broadcast from the final hours of a grocery store's giant 2-day sale followed by production work this afternoon at the studio. I'm planning a late afternoon trip to the gym as well.

My morning routine is complete and I'm about to enjoy breakfast before heading to the location broadcast.

If I have gratitude for the blessings and an action plan for the challenges, I'm okay. The gratitude part has certainly evolved over the last ten years. There was a time when I'd rarely visit a place of gratitude in my heart and mind. It was a time when I was too focused on the challenges, and that focus without a plan, or even the willingness to create one, kept me in a constant state of hopelessness. The declarations of "I know what to do" really translated to, "I have an idea of what I want but honestly, I have no idea how to get there or even how to create a plan, because if I did know what to do, I'd have done it already."

I believe we must start without knowing what to do. I didn't know what I was doing on Day 1, September 15th, 2008. In fact, even if we think we know what to do or what we're doing, I believe we should suspend that process as quickly as possible and simply start from scratch in the most simplistic ways possible. Can we do that? Can we get out of our own way? If suddenly the boulders of pride and ego were set aside, how might it clear the way? If we can get out of our own way, then we can proceed in ways unencumbered by our past experience, expectations, and old trials. If we can, perhaps we're putting ourselves on a new path of discovery where new perspectives are embraced and a simplistic plan evolves naturally into the plan uniquely fit for our needs.

If we can start from the humble place of not knowing, we dramatically improve our chances of accomplishing what once felt impossible and hopeless.

It's possible. There's hope.

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

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Friday, January 11, 2019

January 11th, 2019 Extra Laps

January 11th, 2019 Extra Laps

Yesterday: 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 didn't sleep well last night. The schedule today demands I be present, so here I go. One thing is for sure, today, not unlike a lot of days, but especially on a day like today, I must make certain elements of my plan even more important. My defense will be fortified by staying closely connected with support, having a good midmorning reset meditation break, and making a late afternoon nap a goal for today. I've completed my morning routine, planned, and packed my food bag.

I like analogies. I use 'em a lot.

I look at my daily plan like it's a fortress. The boundaries of my plan are the walls. My job each day is to defend the fort. I have help--I'll call them allies, whose support helps keep my defense strong.

A football team can have the best offense in the history of the game, but if the defense isn't strong, stress is created on offense and games are lost. The fundamental elements of my plan--the food, the physical activity, the logging, tracking--all of these are part of the offense. The defense is where I find my personal accountability and support measures, my daily positive visualizations, spiritual time, and making myself available in support of others. I've put together powerful offenses in the past that were completely void of a good defense. And those times didn't work well.

But life happens, right? And I'm historically an emotional/stress eater. One thing I had to accept: Life wasn't going to stop long enough for me to "get it together."  I had to find a way to maintain consistency come what may. Because life keeps coming. And my time keeps going. So the time is now, regardless of circumstance. 

For me, it takes compartmentalizing.

The Streams Must Not Cross!

The "Life Stream" is everything happening in our day to day lives. The Life Stream includes the ups and downs, the challenges, the victories, the disappointments, The hectic schedules, the family dynamics, the workplace dynamics, the bills, the stress, the joys, the blessings, the expected and the unexpected, the good, the bad...It's life.

The "Fundamental Elements Stream" contain the daily actions of my personal plan. I say "my" because our plans might be very different. Mine is customized to fit my personality, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, and sensitivities.

The fundamental elements stream runs parallel, just below the lifestream. The lifestream is running in the foreground and the fundamental elements stream is running in the background--like a computer's anti-virus program. 

If we allow life and all of the energy it takes to maneuver, to negatively affect our ability to maintain consistency in the daily elements of our extraordinary care, then it always will. The frustration of inconsistency will be a common theme if the lifestream is allowed to dip down into the fundamental elements stream on a regular basis.

And if we get too carried away, making the fundamental elements all-consuming, then we run the risk of it crossing up into our lifestream. And that's when it isn't any fun and we dread what we're doing every day.

I do what I do because I know I'm never immune from relapse/regain. It's a daily practice that keeps me well. And taking care of this practice while living and enjoying life, is the goal.

Today, my defense will be running extra laps during practice.

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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 10th, 2019 You Okay?

January 10th, 2019 You Okay?

Yesterday: 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.

Three different people asked if I was okay yesterday. By the third time, I was starting to ask myself the same thing! I think I'm okay. I did maneuver an altered schedule yesterday and that meant on a Wednesday, typically my busiest day of the week, I felt a little bit out of my normal rhythm. Perhaps a touch tired--and at work, staying focused easily translates to "what's wrong with Sean?" 

When I'm focused on a task or several, I can easily get a zoned look that seems intense and very different from the smiling, joking, talkative, normal nature of me. Once things are done, I feel the sense of relief and accomplishment, then I tend to loosen up some.

I kept my commitment to a midmorning meditation break. I really like what that does for me. Usually, once my morning foundational routine of prayer, meditation, and visualizations are done, I don't revisit until the next morning. I can see how making the time--even five to ten minutes, for that peaceful pause, helps at other times outside of the routine.

My morning routine is complete and I'm ready to jump into this Thursday. An afternoon dentist appointment is on the schedule--just a checkup, shouldn't be anything major, then a grocery trip before I return home this afternoon. My food is packed, planned, and ready, too. Here we go! 

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

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January 9th, 2019 Almost Every Time

January 9th, 2019 Almost Every Time

Yesterday: 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.

Good morning! Yesterday's midmorning break worked well! I spent a little more time this morning on my morning foundational routine and now I'm running behind. I have a plan for this! I'm borrowing from the archives for today's post.

I really enjoy the act of making sure I have what I need when I need it. I feel most connected with my food plan when I'm in the store doing the shopping. I'm the same guy that many times carried a very different perspective into the store and I'm still capable of going into a store with a completely different perspective if I relent on the daily practice that helps keep me well.

I think a positive trip depends on the intention and expectation I carry through those automatic doors. If my intention is to buy things supportive of my plan with the expectation that it will provide what I need in order to maintain the integrity of my food plan in the coming days, then it's a completely different experience. If my intention is driven by the gravitational pull of compulsive over-eating and my expectation is that it'll somehow "fix" something or fill a void of some kind, then I'm off the rails and to the races, straight into a depressive cycle where the expectations are never met. Food is not a fixer.  

An email exchange with a reader:

"I have never been able to not go off the wagon with food choices when I'm out of my routine. Say like a birthday, holiday, etc....and the much bigger problem for me is it's an opportunity to go nuts for a few days after that too. It takes that long for me to reel myself back in. Or another one is something happens to me that upsets me and I've always used food to numb myself. I can't figure out how not to. So what I'm saying in the long version is how do I gain those tools? It's just not happening for me."

My reply:

Thank you for sharing your struggle. You're not alone.

One thing that's helped me is making sure my plan is something I enjoy--in other words, I'm loving the foods I "get" to eat, every day. It isn't something I dread. What happens is, when my perception and expectation of what it means for me to be "on plan" is something I can easily live with, I'm less likely inclined to take a vacation or holiday from it. There's no desire to flee from deprivation into an anything goes type situation--because I don't feel deprived.

Now-- here's the rub:

Even with this "I'm loving it" plan in place, what you described still happens...

My abstinence from refined sugar may have very well turned off the "binge switch," those biochemical reactions in the addictive part of my brain--but what it doesn't stop is, my natural inclination to seek comfort in excess food in an effort to change the way I feel when times get stressful and emotional. It takes a separate action plan to deal with that.

And it doesn't stop it to simply say, "excess food doesn't solve anything--it doesn't help resolve issues--it isn't a fixer--it's simply a temporary diversion--a distraction from our real experiences..." Does excess food help? The only help it provides is that temporary distraction/diversion from whatever is weighing heavy on our minds at any given moment. BUT AGAIN-- saying that, processing it, agreeing with it 100%, still doesn't stop the tendency to dive in when we're feeling those things.

One thing to remember: Feelings have a beginning and an end. Whatever it is, will come and go--weigh heavy, then subside--be on the forefront of your consciousness and then fade back into your sub-consciousness. When you're feeling like buffering your emotions with food--remember that this will pass...the moment will evolve and change...and in the meantime, while it's pressing: Find support asap!!!!

This is the most critical element I've discovered along my path: Building your support and accountability structure is imperative to your success. Find someone to be a support text buddy/friend. When those feelings start welling up and the obsessive food thoughts come flowing into your head--tell on 'em!!! Don't keep them exclusively in your head--because if you do, they'll typically win, almost every time. 

Share what you're thinking--get it out in the open...When you "tell on 'em," it has a powerful effect.

What happens when a playground bully is exposed to authority figures? They typically turn into little angels. Same dynamic. When we expose those thoughts by bringing in our "support team," something powerful happens---suddenly we're not facing it alone...suddenly our resolve to maintain the integrity of our plan is strengthened--often times, just in the nick of time.

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Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January 8th, 2019 Made Me Smile

January 8th, 2019 Made Me Smile

Yesterday: 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 made my way through Monday quite well considering a mental resistance to it simply being Monday and my first day back after several days off. At some point, I readjusted my perspective and attitude and finished the day strong. 

My life sometimes feels like a sitcom. One of the things I'm adding to my practice is a midmorning 5-10 minute meditation break right after my morning show and post-show duties. There's a time each morning when I hand the studio off to the midday announcer and this is the perfect time for me to excuse myself to the balcony of the theatre where we're located. It's quiet up there at that time, most days. Yesterday was day 1 of this new practice. I sat down, closed my eyes---and then it started as if on cue; the hammering, and loud talking. The theatre is undergoing some remodeling. It made me smile. On mornings like this, I'll find an alternative area for my mental reset/alignment. The goal of this is to center my thoughts and focus in order to work productively each day while maintaining a good perspective on everything else I'm making important.

My morning foundational routine is complete, my food is planned and packed for breakfast and lunch--dinner options are ready for later, and I'm committed to staying closely connected with support friends, my daily practice, and me. 

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

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Monday, January 7, 2019

January 7th, 2019 Without A Doubt

January 7th, 2019 Without A Doubt

Yesterday: 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.

Janet writes: "Sean, you claim to be a food addict and a lot of what you write is about a recovery plan instead of a diet plan. I relate to so much of what you share. Some days your posts hit me right between my eyes. Still, I haven't decided if I'm a food addict. Two questions: How can I know for sure if I am? Why am I so scared of the idea that I might be a food addict?"

Janet, thank you for your email! ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services has a wonderful set of questions titled, "Am I A Food Addict?" Honestly answering those might help you. You can go directly to that page by clicking here.

Without a doubt, based on my experiences and behaviors, I am a food addict. I've often written in very serious and dramatic ways about what this means. It is serious and it is dramatic. For me, a diet will never work. My disease of food addiction/compulsive overeating requires something more than another diet. In order for me to arrest the harmful effects, I must stay connected with a recovery plan, recovery perspective, and a daily practice of intentional actions supporting those two things. Coming to terms with your personal truth is a process. There's good news either way. How?

If you're not, then great! Certainly, some of the practices in accountability and support, plus creating a food plan you can carry on and enjoy indefinitely, will help anyone with creating consistency, regardless.

If you are, then great! Now you know! There can be a sense of relief with this realization because suddenly, this knowledge can help you create a daily practice that works above and beyond any diet you've ever tried. It's all in perspective, Janet. If we look at it with dread and fear, it's going to be a very rough go. If we choose to look at it with an embrace and an open mind, we can start to see how it is possible to find a path toward a better life, where the insanity is calmed and a measure of peace and stability is found.

I hope you'll check out that list of questions. I sincerely hope it helps you.

Mom and I enjoyed a nice visit, dinner, and a store trip last night. We laughed a lot and that's always a wonderful thing. 

It's back to work for me this morning!

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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 6th, 2019 Use It Wisely

January 6th, 2019 Use It Wisely

Yesterday: 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.

Yesterday worked well for me in a lot of ways. I checked things off my to-do list as I went along, even making it to the gym for a good workout on the elliptical. I enjoyed dinner out with Kristin before returning home to continue working on my stuff.

I needed this time off the last several days. As I work my way into this last day, I'm asking, did I use it wisely? I'm my biggest critic so I wouldn't give it 100%, but I'm satisfied with how I used the time.

I must start each and every day humbly admitting that I need help and then, I ask for help in maintaining the non-negotiables of this daily practice. The disease of food addiction/compulsive overeating is a powerful one. I have it. There's no denying this fact because I've lived it my entire life. Not everyone has it. I do.

In order to maintain non-negotiables, it takes a structured approach--the practice, each day. All of the elements are important. Staying connected with support, remaining accountable, creating and honoring a personal trigger list, and when it comes to emotional and stress eating triggers--creating enough space, or pause, to act instead of reacting. Acting on life instead of reacting to life is a big deal along this road. It takes intentional actions each day. These actions act like rails I can hold onto. These actions or elements become pillars supporting the plan each day.

Confidence is a great thing. Over-confidence can derail quickly because it encourages a loosened grip on even the most basic elements needed for continued success.

My relapse/regain period really taught me some valuable lessons. That's why, in relation to my continued recovery and weight loss maintenance, you'll never again hear me say "I got this" or any variation of the phrase.

I've learned the hard way, as soon as an over-confidence is embraced, it immediately starts chipping away at important foundation elements. My continued recovery is never guaranteed. I don't have it down. What I do have is a daily practice of elements, disciplines--that I make important each brand new day. If I become loose with these, it's the beginning of the end.

And they're specifically designed to suit me well. I enjoy these elements. I enjoy the structure they provide. And I enjoy the continued recovery and maintenance they encourage.

You'll find many examples of this anti-over-confidence philosophy in the world of sports. Some of the best athletes are often the ones who always show up early for practice and stay late. Why would Kobe do so much practice on his own time? Why would Pete Rose, back in his day, take extra batting practice after team practice? 

In my high school days, I remember Todd Wright, one of the best high school kickers in the state of Oklahoma, out there--after practice, every day--kicking field goals over and over and over. 40 and even 50 yard-plus attempts happened throughout his senior season and he almost always got the points. Todd went on to kick on scholarship for Arkansas.

I'm not comparing myself to these athletes, don't get me wrong--I'm just drawing a philosophical parallel. If any of the above-mentioned athletes had started embracing an "I got this" style of over-confidence, their game would have suffered. Their success was due in large part, to the daily practices they continued to embrace.

The last several days have given me the opportunity to pause and consider my daily practice schedule and routine.

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

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
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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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

January 5th, 2019 Precious One

January 5th, 2019 Precious One

Yesterday: 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.

Yesterday's babysitting adventure really wasn't an adventure at all! Amber and KL enjoyed Amber's birthday night out and I, along with Kristin, took care of my granddaughter Raegan. Amber, always prepared, gave me the rundown of things to remember and do--and she even did a couple of those things prior to their departure. Once they left, Kristin and I enjoyed a rather short visit with Rae Rae before the little precious one was ready for her bottle and a trip to sleepy town. Once asleep, I gently laid her in the crib where she stayed asleep. I checked on her several times and with each check, her sleeping position changed slightly, so cute-- heart-melting precious.

I brought food for dinner preparations and that worked well too, considering KL is pretty much a chef. He has things I don't, like super sharp knives. It was a pleasure to cook in their kitchen.



















If you missed last week's YouPlan Workshop, you can now order this two-hour downloadable playback link directly from me. It's been made complimentary to my private support group team members and previous attendees of the Live YouPlan Workshop--but now, it's available to anyone and everyone else. The fee is $25. If you're ready to order, simply email or text me your email address and I'll send you two things: A secure PayPal invoice payable with any card and a separate email with the downloadable link. You can simply click the link and listen--but you'll also have the option to download it in case you want to play it from other devices. Text: 580-491-2228 or email: transformation.road@gmail.com

Today includes continuing my personal practice development efforts, a trip to the gym, a visit with mom, and a trip to the studio for podcast production of episode 20-Transformation Planet. If it works out, I might use a very generous gift certificate I was recently given for the best steakhouse in town. I hardly ever eat there (a little rich for my budget) unless someone else is treating. This is one of those times! That just might be the dinner plans.

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Have a very blessed Saturday!

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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Friday, January 4, 2019

January 4th, 2019 All Those Things

January 4th, 2019 All Those Things

Yesterday: I maintained the integrity of my reduced calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

My oldest daughter turns 29 today. This doesn't seem possible, really, but it's the reality. She can't believe it either, but it's true! She has become a wonderful wife, a very attentive, nurturing mother, and a respected professional in her chosen career of special education--she's all those things, but when I see her, I still see my little Ambee girl. The day she was born remains fresh in my memory as if it were yesterday. I love her so much! My goodness, I could write a book worth of things covering the last 29 years. I can't wait to see her this evening. Kristin and I will be taking care of Raegan while her and KL enjoy an evening out.























Amber's 12th Birthday Party













I'm planning on cooking dinner at Amber's place. I hope Raegan likes salmon and veggies. Oh wait--she's too young for that stuff. I'm kidding, Amber, relax!!

I'm really enjoying my time off from work. I'm well rested and focused on a few things that have needed my focus. I've been taking advantage of this time to examine my daily practice for areas and ways it can serve me better. I'm really good at getting into habits and routines--some are great and very helpful, some do not serve me very well at all. Establishing different routines, practicing them--evaluating the effects, and hoping some "stick," or become a positive habit, is the goal of this personal examination time.

I do have one work thing to do today--couldn't be helped. I'm meeting with a client at a popular restaurant for a creative/copywriting/recording session. Technology allows us to do this on location, which is really convenient considering this restaurant is within walking distance of my apartment.

One of my goals between now and the end of tomorrow is to finish Russell Brand's recovery book--and oh, by the way--I recommended this book, of course--but just a heads up, if you're easily offended by foul language, that could become a barrier between you and the deeper messages of this extremely powerful12-step based book.

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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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 3rd, 2019 I Don't Want To Play

January 3rd, 2019 I Don't Want To Play

Yesterday: I maintained the integrity of my reduced calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I slept in beautifully this morning. I picked two good days to take off from work, today and tomorrow--and with no radio broadcasts scheduled for this weekend, I'm in the clear until Monday! I know, I know--there was some time off over the holidays, however, work things were replaced with holiday things and I need some time for me. It was a bold move, actually--with less than 24 hours notice, but I made my case, made arrangements to have things covered, and it was approved. I'm grateful.

Yesterday was a good food day. I can stay within my boundaries as far as quantity and no-refined sugar and still have a sloppy food day. It's not a knock on me, I'm simply noticing how too many restaurant meals, too much guesstimating (I don't weigh and measure ingredients at restaurants), and too many choices I wouldn't normally eat have made their way into my food plan. Just because something qualifies as "okay," doesn't mean I should make a habit of it in the name of convenience. "Okay" means it doesn't contain refined sugar and it isn't on my trigger list...yet. That list is always subject to change! A good example of this was my makeshift meal at the New Years Eve thing. Tortilla chips with cheese sauce, cheddar cubes, swiss cubes, and a few grapes worked, and really, given the choices, these were the only things that could have worked from that spread.

I'm all about living life on life's terms and making choices in social situations that honor my food plan boundaries in a way that is relatively seamless--in other words, I don't make a big fuss about the food--I simply navigate my food plan with a willingness and intention in favor of my food plan instead of against my food plan. I don't put the responsibility of my food sobriety on the shoulders of anyone or any circumstance. It's always my responsibility. And that's too bad because I really enjoyed the relief of blaming others or the circumstance for my past behaviors with food. "If so and so wouldn't have brought those things, I would've been just fine" Or "Well, I didn't pick the restaurant, so what could I do?" Or "They wanted me to try the thing they made, I didn't want to be rude." Or "Everyone else was eating it, so I didn't want to be the odd one at the table." These rationalizations relieved me--and gave me a pass as I passed the baton of my wellness to others or other things.

I do eat 21 meals a week and not every single one needs to be a home run. Life brings about opportunities where I can pivot and adjust, just not violate some of the bright lines within my daily food plan. Occasionally it is necessary and just fine. What I'm careful about, is making sure those times are truly necessary and best for me, instead of simply convenient and easy. What I'm noticing feels like a tendency to lean towards convenient and easy a little too often than necessary.
Yesterday's three meals
















Let's get one thing straight, I'm not a good cook. That's a misconception. I don't use recipes and I don't get complicated. I simply prepare things in the simplest way I can. The time I give it is a way for me to honor my food plan and in that, I'm doing something positive for me. I enjoy the certainty a well measured and weighed meal provides. When I prepare my own food, there is no guestimating involved--and I like knowing, without a doubt, that my entry in MyFitnessPal is an accurate reflection of what's on my plate. Pausing long enough to think about what I'm preparing, weighing, measuring, and logging supports mindfulness that helps keep me well. This takes intentional action because for me, the deeply ingrained very natural thing--and what I have the most life-experience doing, is contrary to these actions I must make important. If left unchecked, my brain will go for the fastest, easiest, most convenient thing within reach--and in that rushed and mindless state, boundaries and honoring anything isn't just intentionally sacrificed--it isn't even considered. 

As a food addict and compulsive overeater, I am someone who's spent the majority of life using food to change the way I feel. Asking food to fix things it cannot fix took me to over 500 pounds. Food isn't/wasn't the problem, I'm the problem. This is why the spiritual/meditative practice is so incredibly important for me each day. It isn't perfect--probably never will be, but it starts each day with me humbling myself and admitting with every fiber in my being, I don't got this.

It's true. I don't and I never will.

The only thing I got is a daily practice of intentional actions and boundaries that, if maintained, have the greatest chance of giving me one more day. If you look at my food, peer into my MFP diary, read this consistently posted blog, and listen to my podcast--you could easily get the wrong perception. You might think, wow--he's really got it together!! It is because I don't, that I do what I do each day.

The pillars of my daily practice provide the rails to guide me through another day.

It's normal to feel internal/mental resistance at the mere thought of developing a daily practice that carries on for life, far beyond the ultimate "end goal" a diet mentality supports. This is why I believe it's imperative for us to make it ours--to personalize, to create a plan you can enjoy and embrace--instead of a daily practice you wake up dreading. Ultimately, the side effects that come from our daily practice bring freedoms in many ways. Freedoms from the ill effects of morbid obesity are really just one thing. The biggest freedoms and transformations along this road are the ones you can't physically see, but their impact is clearly visible in every other area of life. I'm looking forward to someday realizing and noticing more of the continued positive effects as I move toward a more solid practice. Once a daily practice is developed and is evolving in a very natural fashion, the resistance can melt away because we see the richness and fulfillment waiting on the other side.

Applying a sacred measure of importance to this daily practice is grounded in the knowledge that I'm not ever "over this" or "healed" or completely "recovered." My disease is always waiting for me--always ready to go out and play, always ready to pick up right where we left off--as if we were never apart. I don't want to play.

I'm listening to Russell Brand's book Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions. It's a powerful book all about 12-step recovery delivered in Russell's signature style. It's fascinating and I highly recommend it. Even if you don't consider yourself an addict it can still give you a clearer understanding and compassion for those of us who are. One of the quotes that resonates so much with me, is "This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud...My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse." Amen to that.

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

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
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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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January 2nd, 2019 Nice Start

January 2nd, 2019 Nice Start

Yesterday: I maintained the integrity of my reduced calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I made the best out of my first day of the year. I feel wonderful about the start. I enjoyed my food plan, I got some exercise at the gym last night, I worked on the structure and schedule for the non-food/non-exercise elements of my daily practice (most important, IMO), visited with mom last night, and made it through the first two chapters of Russell Brand's book, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions. It was a very nice start for the new year that's full of possibilities.

The location broadcast yesterday was a success. More than sixty customers were lined up, waiting for the doors to open by the time I arrived. I started setting up for the broadcast and as I did, one gentleman misunderstood my position relative to the line, quipping in a nasty tone, "Well, somebody thinks he's special; cutting to the front of the line." I smiled and said, "I'm not here for the sale, I'm here for the radio broadcast." It was tense for about twenty seconds. It's amazing what a smile with a calm and measured response can accomplish. The guy wanted to be my buddy after that.

I'm headed to the studio. It's back to work! I finished my morning foundational routine, my food is planned and packed, and I'm as ready as I can be for the return to work. I have many things worthy of my gratitude today.

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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 19 episodes waiting for you!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 1st, 2019 Here We Are

January 1st, 2019 Here We Are

Yesterday: I maintained the integrity of my reduced calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

We made it to 2019!! Here we are. I have plenty of goals for 2019 but I'm not categorizing them as New Year's resolutions, they're simply big goals with smaller goals of intentional actions to help support the bigger goals. If I identify the intentional actions needed and I'm willing to do those things, the bigger goals have the best chance of being realized. This process of working on things seems to work well for me because it breaks down the big goals--it deconstructs them into workable parts. If I approach these smaller intentional actions with a daily embrace--and without expectation or obsession for the bigger goal, I might just be pleasantly surprised when the bigger goals become reality.

The available food at last night's New Year's Eve fundraiser party was typical party fare. I had a meal not long before the event and this action helped prepare me in case declining the food was my only option. It turned out not to be my only option. It was a makeshift plate of on-plan pickings (some cheese, grapes, more cheese, and corn-based plain tortilla chips), but it worked. I passed on the pancake breakfast at midnight for obvious reasons. Living life on life's terms, for me, means that, in situations like that, I'm not there for the food, I'm there for the experience of the event-- and although the food isn't what I prefer on my dinner plate, it's appropriate for the event--and it's one meal of twenty-one I'll eat this week. Not all of them need to be home runs, but for me and my continued wellness, they must stay within certain boundaries. I'm confident I accomplished that last night.

I'm up earlier this morning than I originally planned days ago. My original plan had forgotten about a huge location broadcast I'm hosting this morning from a big furniture store's New Year's Day inventory clearance! It didn't take long yesterday morning, after reviewing my schedule, to realize I had work to do today! It'll be fast, only two hours, and I'll be on with my New Year's day plan of rest, relaxation, and a nice trip to the gym.

Episode 19 of Transformation Planet was released the other night. Two episodes a week apart?? What's come over me? It's a new plan, a new approach, and a new commitment to this medium I love. Here's the episode 19 description:

Transformation Planet Episode 19 An Epiphany About Happiness
If achieving a healthy body weight isn't the magic fixer of everything, if it doesn't make us happy, then what can truly provide a measure of happiness? In this episode, we'll hear from a couple of people on the Transformation Planet hotline and we'll explore this powerful topic. I'll share a simple question and exercise that can help you identify the core elements of you; the things that were with you at your heaviest and healthiest weight. Have a question or comment? Want to share your inspiring story with listeners of this podcast? Call the Transformation Planet Hotline and leave a message: 580-491-2228

We literally have room for one more member in the private teleconference support group I facilitate. All current members have opted to stay for the next 8-week session and I'm not willing to make it any bigger at this time, so that's why space is limited. I've had a few other people express interest in the New Year 8-week session that starts tomorrow, so if you're interested and willing to commit and join us, let me know as soon as possible. You can text your questions to 580-491-2228 or email me directly: 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.
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 19 episodes waiting for you!





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