Monday, September 30, 2019

September 30th, 2019 Food Never Could

September 30th, 2019 Food Never Could

Since our last visit, I've maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've met my daily water goal, I completed an awesome workout at the Recplex, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.

The weekend was so good, I really didn't want it to end. But all good things must, right? I punctuated the day with a good workout in the cardio area of the RecPlex. The workout followed by a short visit with mom was a good way to end the day.

Today was somewhat stressful, but I handled it well with some calming meditation this afternoon and a good nap. These intentional actions, for today, replaced what I once used food to do. The difference is how the calming meditation and restful nap actually helped where excess food never could. Besides, I had a couple of delicious dinner options waiting for me later. I made an exceptional dinner tonight--very satisfying!

I've opted to stay off the roads with my one headlight tonight. I'm two written warnings in this thing--I don't think you get a third. If I can successfully make it to the studio in the morning, the plan is to get it repaired in the light of day. It's not simple like in the "olden" days. I digress, is "olden" a word? Anyway, I can remember going to the auto parts store, buying a replacement bulb and actually replacing it myself!! That might not sound like a major thing, but for those who know me well--that's kind of a big deal. Maybe a shade-tree mechanic could replace this one--but definitely not me. It requires tools. I'm pretty certain, special tools. I don't own regular tools, let alone special tools. If only I could change out that low-beam with a butter knife, I'd be in business.

I plan on a nice neighborhood walk while jamming to 80's pop before bed. That'll be a good end to this Manic Monday. See what I did there? Have a good night!

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My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question? Text me! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? Wearing one can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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

My new website: www.imchoosingchange.com

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 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Sunday, September 29, 2019

September 29th, 2019 Rare And Very Special

September 29th, 2019 Rare And Very Special

So far this weekend, I've maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've met my daily water goal, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.




















What a beautiful weekend it's been, full of family, full of love, full of "whys," as in, why do I practice what I practice each day? The answer is, so I can be more present and connected with the important people I love and the special moments of life.

The years I spent "in the food" kept me from gratitude for the most loving things. I so casually allowed those moments to pass because my focus was always on my plate, never getting enough, and constantly looking for fulfillment in the fridge instead of the abundant gifts, blessings, and love all around me.

As a forty-seven-year-old grandfather of four, I'm super-blessed and beyond grateful. I've been given an opportunity to take care of me so I can be there and present for them, God willing, for many years to come.

I spent a good part of Friday late-afternoon/evening cleaning my apartment. I'm a mess, I admit it. I'm a bachelor, living alone--I'm pretty positive I'm not the only one challenged in the cleaning department. I used my time with precision Friday night--and by dinner time, I realized a meal out was my best move.

I made my way over to the Mexican place around the corner. I had just enough time before my oldest, Amber, my son-in-law KL, and little Raegan arrived. I usually order just what I intend to consume. It's rare that I don't finish my meal, but I couldn't Friday night. Between the twelve chips and fresh salsa and the first two shredded chicken enchiladas, I was comfortably satisfied. One of the benefits of documenting my food plan practice via MyFitnessPal, the pics, and social media, is how these intentional acts slow me down enough to be mindful in my consumption. Mindfulness, when it comes to food isn't something that comes naturally for me, so any means that help me slow down is a great thing. It works for me.

I love having Amber, KL, and Rae Rae here. We stayed up until 2am just visiting before we admitted that we could enjoy our conversations, easily, until morning light if we allowed. A special weekend like this one provides one great moment after another. Watching Raegan enjoy her breakfast is fun. Her mom prepared it for her, which is good--last time, I did, and although I'm not quite sure how I prepared the eggs differently than her momma, she wouldn't touch mine. Topped with too much cheese, perhaps.

The family get-together yesterday afternoon/evening was at Irene and Allen's place. These days, it's a rare and very special occasion, usually a holiday, before I have both my daughters and all four grandkids in the same room. Yesterday was the exception.

I enjoyed a single-serving package of mixed nuts on the way to the event because I knew the planned meal wouldn't fit my food plan. Most of the time, I can make a special meal work, navigating within my boundaries--but yesterday's amazing family meal contained more triggers for me than available options. Rather than packing and bringing my own meal, I opted for the nuts as a holdover and planned a good on-plan meal for later. It worked well because, with the abundance of love and family, I didn't miss anything.

I was activated for severe weather coverage at the studio before I could get mom back to her place. That was a tense situation as we were trying to wind down the evening. I was starting to get hungry too! I didn't have time to take mom back before going to work, so I took mom with me. After scanning the radar images and available information from the National Weather Service, I realized, thankfully, this wasn't going to be an extended coverage. In fact, mom opted to wait in the car--with the radio on and a clear view of the window-front studio so she could watch and listen. I did some live updates, then prerecorded a couple of breaks to give me enough time to get mom back to her room before returning to finish the coverage. When I'm rushed, mom becomes an excellent back-seat driver, by the way. I swear, it's like a sitcom around here sometimes. Earlier, before the weather coverage, we were pulled over by the police because I have a headlight out. I laughed out loud when mom exclaimed, "Oh dear, what did you do??" I don't know, mom, should we pull over or make a run for it? "Son, you pull over right now!!" As if she thought I was serious. Okay!

When I finally got home, Rae Rae and KL were already in bed and Amber was out catching up with some of her friends. I prepared my dinner, enjoyed it and not long after, realized how tired I was. It was an early bedtime for me on a Saturday night. Waking up feeling rested at 5:20am on a Sunday morning is a very rare thing for me.

My morning routine is complete, my food plan is outlined for today, and I'm connected, available, and in a position to appreciate whatever this day brings.

It's a practice each day, one day at a time. I'm immensely grateful for it, too.

Social Sean:








My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question? Text me! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband?
Mere, connecting all 3 rings again and again!
















This wristband can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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

My new website: www.imchoosingchange.com

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 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Thursday, September 26, 2019

September 26th, 2019 Find A Way

September 26th, 2019 Find A Way

Yesterday was a 4-star day and today wasn't too shabby: 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.

My schedule over the last couple of days has been unrelenting. Severe weather coverage at work into the early morning hours combined with a temporary short-staffed situation at the studio and an afternoon location broadcast--made things tricky. But it worked out well. The keyword is temporary. Sometimes adjustments are needed and the approach must be modified, not discarded. I feel like I've been able to find my spots and do well. A solutions-based perspective will find a way to make it work.

I have plenty of experience in not embracing a solution-seeking perspective. In fact, years and years--decades even, where obstacles and temporary circumstances were used as justifiable reasons to abandon the plan altogether and try again when things got back to normal. The flaws in that thinking are found in the expectation of what's required to take care of the daily practice and in the definition of "normal." Life is normal. Temporary circumstances happen. Some days are super-challenging. Some days are not. A willingness to accept this fact of life and hold the plan a little tighter when the wind starts blowing is paramount to continued positive progress.

I have support friends who are practicing this amid circumstances that go far beyond anything I've ever been up against. They inspire me. From chronic pain to major illness and mobility issues, to severe exhaustion and fatigue created by side effects of medications--and still, they're finding ways to embrace a plan that ultimately is helping them move consistently toward better days. I'm grateful to have so many wonderful teachers along this road. As long as I remain open to the opportunities of learning, I can find them--all over the place.

My morning routine is complete, my food is planned for the day, and I'm ready for a really good Friday. I'm expecting company tonight! Amber, KL, and little Rae Rae will be here tonight to stay a couple days. I have some "toddler-proofing" to do this afternoon when I get home from work!!

Social Sean:






My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question? Text me! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? This wristband can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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

My new website: www.imchoosingchange.com

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 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com





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