Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 22nd, 2017 Amuses Me

October 22nd, 2017 Amuses Me

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with good support friends.

I enjoyed some Noah and Mom time today. We shopped for a little while before heading out to lunch. It was a good time. Noah found himself a ghost mask and got a kick out of "scaring" everyone at the store and restaurant--including grandma and me!! It was adorable. He loves Halloween, that's for sure.



















Letting the tweets take it the rest of the way tonight. Tomorrow I turn 46! Not 47. I still can't believe I lost count of my own age! It amuses me.


Today's Accountability Tweets:















Anderson) October 22, 2017











Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Saturday, October 21, 2017

October 21st, 2017 Call It Good

October 21st, 2017 Call It Good

I'm not 47 on Monday. I'll be 46. I forgot my own age! I'm not sure what that says about me or my life. For whatever reason, I simply lost track and in the process convinced myself I was already 46 and about to turn 47. I'm fascinated by this revelation. It's as if I get to do 46 over again. I've been 45 this whole time and didn't realize.

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded today's water goal, and I stayed well connected with good support contacts.

I started today with a location broadcast and ended with weather coverage tonight at the studio. In the middle of this busy day, my Oklahoma State Cowboys beat Texas, barely, in overtime--that was a great thing!

Noah is with me tonight--and tomorrow we're picking up grandma for lunch and her Walmart trip!

I prepared dinner tonight at the studio (Tweet below)--and I must say, the cabbage/beef/sour cream thing on a pita is currently one of my favorite dinner creations. I have no idea what it's called. I'll call it good.   

Today's Accountability Tweets:


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It's #okstate game day! Celebrating w/my new coffee mug. #beattexas 3 tbs half&half in first cup, another 3 tbs half&half in refill. 120 cal pic.twitter.com/kqNQQq2G1p
— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2017


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Breakfast in MyFitnessPal. Not shown: 6.4oz pear & 100g red seedless grapes. pic.twitter.com/G0n1091QN6
— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) October 21, 2017
























Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20th, 2017 Daily Practice

October 20th, 2017 Daily Practice

After waiting over three months between my last two weigh-ins felt way too long, my maintenance weigh-in plan was revised to once monthly--and I missed it last week. After five weeks (better than fourteen weeks!), I made today maintenance weigh day. I owe big thanks to my doctor's office staff. They're always accommodating me on weigh-days without an appointment. That office has witnessed it all-- my initial weight loss, my relapse/regain period, and the last nearly four years of taking a stand--or as I like to put it, "the comeback from relapse/regain." I don't own a scale at home. I haven't during this entire nine-year experience. If I did, I have a feeling I'd be jumping on it too much and in that, I'd run the risk of getting too wrapped up in a number. I love my weigh days to be special trips to the doctor. It's official. It's not too often. And especially now, it's just an accountability check--and a measure of how my food plan is working in support of my continued healthy weight maintenance. I'm grateful to report, it's going well.














This number represents a 1/2 pound loss in the five weeks since my last weigh-in at 211. I love the tight fluctuation. It's steady, calm, and feels great. I feel very blessed.

One of the most important things for me each day--and it's just as important as the other elements of my personal plan, is the daily perspective I keep in regard to my continued maintenance success. It is never a given. It is never guaranteed. It's a daily practice of this imperfect plan of mine with the understanding and healthy respect for the fragility of it all. And that perspective keeps me well. An attitude of gratitude coupled with an awareness and importance level on high enables my daily embrace.

I don't think referring to tonight's event as an emcee thing is accurate, actually. I made some opening announcements at the Arts and Humanities Council dueling pianos show. I'm on the board of directors of that amazing organization--and considering what I do for a living, I get picked for that duty at these shows.

Amber joined us at the event center for the show and dinner. And she brought me birthday gifts! Cologne and a coffee mug! She knows me very well!! I turn 47 Monday. Amber is doing very well in her pregnancy with my little granddaughter. She's eating pickles like crazy!! "A big jar a week," she said!
We can't help ourselves. We love laughing and being goofy.



















The weekend is looking good. I have a location broadcast tomorrow 11-1, but that's it as far as radio duties. I have a planned outing for lunch and shopping with mom on Sunday, and will likely get my grandson Noah for awhile at some point this weekend. Courtney sent me pictures of him decorating his pumpkin for Halloween--just adorable. He painted his pumpkin blue because scary pumpkins aren't orange and he insisted on creating a scary pumpkin!!

Today's Accountability Tweets:


































Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 19th, 2017 I Don't Like 'Em

October 19th, 2017 I Don't Like 'Em

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily 8-cup water goal by 6-cups, I had a good cardio workout on the elliptical at the Y, and I stayed connected with support.

I have so much to write tonight--and no time left to write it--uhg... I'll wait until tomorrow night.

Maybe it was just the preparation last time. Perhaps another chance was needed. Brussels sprouts were given one more try tonight. I don't like 'em. I once again approached with an open mind and a serving of roasted well sprouts with a little touch of olive oil, salt and pepper. Uh-no. I did enjoy baked Honeycrisp apple slices this evening with a generous amount of cinnamon. Oh my--absolutely wonderful!

Okay--I must drop in bed quickly!

Somebody just commented on a YouTube video from over 8 years ago. Those things live forever on the web, don't they? Apparently! It was me exercising in the racquetball court at around 400 pounds. I had lost the first 100 and was working on the next! Consistency beats intensity!!! Here's the video:


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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18th, 2017 Bargain Shopper

October 18th, 2017 Bargain Shopper

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my water goal, I had good exercise today, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.




















Amber and KL came over for a wonderful dinner tonight! We could easily have talked and laughed for hours. It was quality time! We snapped our father/daughter selfies!

I scored some amazing produce deals today. It's funny what excites me these days--Honeycrisp apples for 98 cents a pound, that's exciting to me! And avocados for 98cents too! Finally! I will not buy avocados at some of the prices I've noticed recently. I love having avocado in my food plan--but not for two, three, and up to four dollars each! I'm a bargain shopper.

I better drop in bed. It was a really good day and evening!

Today's Accountability Tweets:






























Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 17th, 2017 Help Yourself

October 17th, 2017 Help Yourself

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

Today was a doozy of a schedule! I had a haircut appointment after work and a break for a little while before a rare weekday evening location broadcast. The broadcast had several things happen that became super-stressful really fast, starting with a major malfunction with the broadcast vehicle. It was a dual broadcast, meaning, I was doing two different stations back to back every break, and I was quickly getting behind--anyway, the tension was mounting--and just at the height of it all, at the same time, came the tow truck driver for the remote vehicle and the board operator at the station wanting me to do another break in 30 seconds--and then came the offer: "Hey Sean--plenty of BBQ sandwiches over there, help yourself."

This is the point where I either react or act. If I react, I dive into the food because I'm hard-wired that way: Stress/high emotion= Eat!! If I act, I take pause, step back--remind myself of my food plan for dinner after the Tuesday night late group support conference call, grab my phone and express the circumstance to a support buddy--and even take a little walk around and a few deep breathes. I did the latter, thank goodness. It's the practice of acting instead of reacting that really makes the difference. Replacing deeply ingrained reactions with actions in support and in harmony with my continued maintenance plan is a daily practice--and a very important one to develop. Because there will be days like today.

I'm immensely grateful each and every day--to get just one more day to practice my plan and share the experience along the way. I really appreciate your readership. I hope something I've written about over the years has resonated with you in a positive way.

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16th, 2017 The Importance of You

October 16th, 2017 The Importance of You

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with good support.

In my experience, it's critically important to take pause for not only deciding on your on-plan approach in particular circumstances but also pausing to remind yourself of the importance of you and how your plan boundaries are set to ultimately take extraordinary care of you. Clearly defining those boundaries has been paramount to the consistency of my plan.  

Maintaining the boundaries of our non-negotiable elements fosters growth in every other area of this process. When we disregard those boundaries, it stunts our growth and the result is often: We feel stuck and feel like we're doing the same thing over and over.

If consistently maintaining the boundaries of our plan is what brings growth and a natural evolution of the plan--and that consistency is what brings about positive progress, then we must first look at the plan--and make sure it's something we can maintain.

If it's too extreme, we're setting ourselves up for disappointment.

But if we start small and with simplicity, and it's something we can work with inside the boundaries of the plan--that's when something magical starts happening. The challenge becomes the action of releasing judgment for what we might perceive to be an imperfect or incomplete plan--when all we're trying to do is get started from a place where consistency is the focus--and trusting that this approach will allow for a natural evolution of our plan. On the opposite side: If we decide we can't move forward unless everything is perfect within some elaborate "ideal" plan, we're setting ourselves up for a serious struggle with starts and stops.

One of the biggest threats to my consistency is emotion/stress levels.

One thing that's really helped me in this area is to examine not only my current state of mind and emotion but also my expectations for food at any particular moment.

Do I expect it to take me away from and improve emotional/stressful circumstances? 

Or Do I expect it to simply provide energy and nourish me physically?

Looking at my own expectations pushes me in the direction I need to make more progress toward handling things in ways that truly work, instead of me constantly relying on and believing that escaping into the food will help.

The food does provide a temporary reprieve from the circumstances at hand, but it's never improved the things I avoid, ever. In fact, when I turn to food for these things, it compounds my issues. I try to remember that often.

My continued recovery depends on a daily practice of my plan. I often refer to the different elements of my plan as my "rails of support." I hold onto those rails every day. If ever I wake and say, "look, no hands," get ready to witness a hard fall.

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 15th, 2017 Wonderful Weekend

October 15th, 2017 Wonderful Weekend

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, had plenty of natural exercise, and stayed connected with good support.

Hitting the pillow rather early for me- It was a wonderful weekend!
Noah was hot and thirsty-creatively hitting his water goal!



















Letting the Tweets take it the rest of the way tonight...

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 14th, 2017 All The Way Home

October 14th, 2017 All The Way Home

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, I walked for exercise, and I stayed well connected with good support.

The Oklahoma State University Homecoming Parade was something very special in my childhood. It was an annual event--and it was big. I looked forward to it every year. It was a very cool thing to introduce my grandson Noah to this event this morning. I'll admit, I became a little happy-emotional when his face lit up and the "Oh my gosh" phrase kept rolling off his tongue. I had tears in my eyes for his excitement--and because it took me back forty-three years to when I was that excited little four year old.
Noah cleaned up in the candy collecting department today. It was like Halloween!






















Right before the start...oooh, the anticipation of something grand!!































I don't think he quite knew what to expect, but I think he knew whatever it was, was going to be good. He immediately made a friend (he's so good at making friends) and the two of them watched the parade side by side. It was pretty special!

Lunch out was a little challenging--the place we planned to go was impossible because of the huge crowds all over town, and plan B was the same thing--we ended up with Plan C, and I made it work within my personal plan boundaries. My uncle dropped by to join us, too, and that was very cool.

After some minor shopping (Dollar Tree for Halloween decor--Noah calls it "the Halloween store"), I grabbed a cold brew coffee with half&half for the drive home. I was tired. Noah was tired too, sleeping all the way home.

Noah's back at his house tonight, and I've been relaxing well. I made a fast trip to the grocery store for some fresh catfish filets for tonight's dinner. It's been a little while since I did the "oven fried" routine--so I did. It was a fantastic meal.

Mom absolutely loved the day's activities. It was her idea to attend the parade this year. My schedule has made it impossible the past several years--so when the schedule was open, we made the plans!

I'm returning North tomorrow for another visit with Gerri. I'm really looking forward to the additional visit with her. I've learned so much from her along this road--and there's still more for me to learn! The learning never stops--and that's a wonderful thing!

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13th, 2017 Early Alarm

October 13th, 2017 Early Alarm

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with good support.

I'm keeping tonight's edition short. It was a really good day! I have Noah with me--and tomorrow, along with grandma, we're going to the big Oklahoma State Homecoming Parade. Early alarm for us!

The tweets take it the rest of the way...

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean





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