Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22nd, 2014 Post-Weekend Blues

September 22nd, 2014 Post-Weekend Blues

I think I had a little of the "post-awesome weekend blues," today. I first experienced this as a kid when grandpa and my uncle would take me to Kansas City to watch the Royals play over Labor Day Weekend. Returning to school on Tuesday after an incredible weekend away was always the toughest thing in adjustment. This same dynamic is commonly referred to as the "post-vacation blues." Yes, it was alive and well today, no doubt! 

I also felt a little sick to my stomach this afternoon for no obvious reason. It wasn't too bad but it was enough for me to justify a short nap mid afternoon. Of course, with me, these "short naps" have a tendency to become something way beyond a short description. And that's exactly what happened. My plans to workout at the Y late afternoon were changed as I slept the rest of the afternoon away and woke needing to immediately adjust my perspective and plan while fighting off the urge to brutalize myself with negativity over the situation I had created.

I decided to prepare dinner, go to the store and do my best to replicate the quality workout of Sunday at the trail. I'm pleased to report I did well with all three facets of my amended plan. It wasn't spinning, swimming and weight training, like I had planned, but it was still active and good.

The down side of this situation: It throws my sleep schedule off. I was in bed early last night and felt the benefits of the added sleep throughout my day--until mid-afternoon at least.

My workout tonight was a 5K in the park. I had the entire park to myself. I did not see another soul out there--not a car, nobody hanging out--nothing. It was very quiet. It was perfectly calm and cool. I slacked the first lap. Then I turned it on for the last three laps, increasing my intensity with each. It was solid. It felt great.

I'm feeling very positive about the upcoming weigh-day Wednesday! I ran across a picture of me with Noah from March and the difference between then and now is dramatic. Noah looks like a completely different baby! And his grandpa looks a little different too.

I had the pleasure of taking Noah to his preschool/daycare today. It's amazing how seeing him brightens my entire world. His smile, his wave--oh my, I'm in love with this kid!! I'm seriously looking forward to watching him grow up and being an active part of his life. Taking extraordinary care gives me the best chance of this possibility!

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Sean

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 21st, 2014 A Wonderful Weekend

September 21st, 2014 A Wonderful Weekend

I just wrapped up a fantastic weekend! I spent the weekend with Heather and we made the most of our time together.

Friday night it was dinner out and live theater in a "thrust" setting, where we were in the front row, literally three feet from the performers during parts of the play. We started Saturday early with a nice walk at the trail, then I was off to do my location broadcast while she hit the streets for her run. Saturday afternoon we dined with mom for a late lunch. It was Heather and Mom's first meeting. The two of them really hit it off!

We picked up Heather's daughter at her dorm Saturday evening and headed to the Red Dirt Film Festival for a 6pm screening, followed by a late dinner together. We were exhausted by the time we got back to my place.

It felt really good to sleep in today. I actually was up early around 7am, then decided to go back to sleep for awhile. It was needed and appreciated! A late brunch followed, then it was grocery shopping time followed by exercise at the trail. Heather did a four plus mile run and I did a 5K brisk walk. The exercise was amazing. 

We were joined by Heather's son for a late lunch before they headed back home and I was left to allow the weekend to sink in thoroughly. It flew by pretty fast!

What was so good about it was how we went out, we enjoyed the time--but we still made our food and exercise choices important. It wasn't a weekend off by any stretch! It was very natural and enjoyable. My fitbit calorie adjustment in MyFitnessPal shows a record day as far as calories burned with well over 700. Even after ending the day with 1,787 calories, my net calories after exercise is 1,017, or 183 below my target of at least 1200 net. I'm going to be okay with this slight discrepancy today. It was a good day!

I did enjoy four meals out over the weekend, however, I'm very confident in my choices. I'm hoping the added sodium isn't too much of a hindrance come weigh day on Wednesday. I have plenty of time to drink more water, flushing it all out between now and then.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming week. I plan on getting in the pool again, more elliptical, spinning class at least a time or two and the start of a regular weight training routine at least three times per week. Increased water and more sleep are areas always in need of constant improvement.

I'm actually poised to hit the pillow before 10pm tonight. This is a drastic improvement! They keys to this happening: Getting the grocery shopping and workout finished early in the day. There's more I would like to do tonight--like answer some emails and read some blogs, but I'll wait until tomorrow. I need a good night's rest tonight, especially after a busy-fun weekend!

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Strength,
Sean

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 20th, 2014 I'll Be Sleeping-In Tomorrow

September 20th, 2014 I'll Be Sleeping-In Tomorrow

This wasn't a relaxed Saturday. It was an enjoyable Saturday, just not relaxed.  I had a location broadcast scheduled for 10am and since we were planning to head toward Stillwater immediately after my broadcasts concluded, my workout needed to happen early.

Heather and I made our way to the store to pick up some fruit, then it was off to the trail for a brisk 1.7 mile walk. We made it back to the apartment in just enough time to prepare breakfast and grab a shower before my broadcast. Heather finished her run while I was at my broadcast.

My FitBit stats show this to be one of the most active days I've had since starting with FitBit. It's giving me a 562 "calorie adjustment" based on measured activity.

Today's trip to Stillwater included two meals out, lunch with mom and dinner with Heather's daughter.  I did very well at each place. It wasn't too much of an issue. Mexico Joe's has my "go to" chicken fajitas and I found a small 6 oz sirloin at Texas Roadhouse, ordered without butter or any added fat whatsoever.

We attended the Red Dirt Film Festival's showing of "The Long Way Home." Being a professional actress, Heather knew many of the people associated with this project. It was pretty cool to watch a film with the actors watching from the seats all around you.

We decided a coffee was in order before the drive home. I invested 120 calories in a sugar-free skinny cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks. It was well worth the drink calories! We both needed the caffeine!

I'm planning to sleep in as late as humanly possible tomorrow. It'll be very nice!

I'm looking forward to getting back to the YMCA tomorrow afternoon!

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Strength,
Sean

Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19th, 2014 A Quick Friday Post

September 19th, 2014 A Quick Friday Post

I've had a very full Friday! Work and cleaning my apartment filled the day, followed by a wonderful date night with Heather. We enjoyed dinner out and the hilarious Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit.

My food has been decent today. I felt so much better today. I was back in the groove and looking forward to a wonderful weekend.

Heather and I enjoyed live theatre tonight, we're attending The Red Dirt Film Festival tomorrow night and Heather gets to meet mom tomorrow afternoon!

After calculating my dinner calories, I'm 150 shy of 1700. And that is okay for tonight. It's too late to eat anything. I thought about a couple of eggs. But really--I'm good. I need sleep!

I can't keep my eyes open too much longer.

I sincerely appreciate your support.

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Sean

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18th, 2014 A Little Off Today

September 18th, 2014 A Little Off Today

Today was a little off, mentally and emotionally. I suppose these days are somewhat normal, after all, everyday will not be equally awesome. Making it through days like these without a binge, without turning to food for comfort and without violating/abandoning the practices and fundamentals bringing us so much good, is a HUGE victory.

I don't even know what tilted this day for me. That's what's so puzzling, I just felt "off." Maybe I was tired, perhaps some stressful moments at work triggered this--or maybe I was worrying about my daughters, or mom--or maybe I was missing someone special, I honestly don't know. I do know it affected me from mid-afternoon through this evening.

I hurried to the kitchen as soon as I got home today. I wanted a snack of some kind. Maybe I was turning to food? If it was, I did it in a measured way. I weighed out half a serving of blue corn organic tortilla chips and topped it with an 80 calorie slice of muenster, then I proceeded to microwave it until I had a precise 150 calorie, very small portion of cheese nachos. This isn't a typical snack for me. It was good, although it didn't alleviate my unexplained sour mood. Food doesn't fix things like this. Food isn't a therapist. That's really something I must never forget.

Remember the incredible Chicken Taco Chili Heather prepared last weekend? A few asked for the recipe and now it's available! Heather added a recipe tab to her blog where you'll find the recipe and another for the homemade taco seasoning it contains. Simply click here to check it out!

Tomorrow starts a wonderful weekend! It'll be a busy weekend, for sure-- but very enjoyable. Maybe it'll be just what I need!

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Strength,
Sean

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17th, 2014 The Pull-Over Dynamic

September 17th, 2014 The Pull-Over Dynamic

I never wear pull-over shirts. I haven't since I was a young kid. I'm convinced I was one of the founding originators of the fashion trend of wearing a t-shirt with a button down shirt unbuttoned, over. I was doing that in junior high and high school. I didn't do it because I thought it was a cool way to dress. I did it because I somehow convinced my brain that it made me look smaller and concealed my extra chest fat.

I've been given several pull-overs through the years from employers and from special events I've helped promote--and I never wear them. I usually give them away to someone who will wear them--but it's never me.

I'm working with a limited wardrobe these days because I refuse to go out and buy a big bunch of clothing that'll be too big in a months time (or less). As I was getting dressed this morning, I realized that my big blue "outer shirt" needs to be donated very soon. It's become ridiculously big. Okay--that doesn't make sense. It's the same size it was when I bought it--I've lost a lot of weight since then and now it looks crazy big on me. It's the shirt I was wearing on stage at the music festival a few weeks ago.

That leaves me one "outer shirt" that somewhat fits, but is still slightly big on me. So now what? Should I break down and buy a few things? Or raid my closet to sort through and find some things that might work? I chose to dive into my closet.

I found a brand new, never worn, pullover given to me by my employer with our community website logo sewn onto the left breast area. It's a very nice shirt. I tried it on a few months ago when it was originally gifted and it was way too tight. This morning, it was perfect. And even though I've had this hangup my entire adult life, I was able to let it go, be okay--and just be me. It fit and it looked exactly like it should. I received a few compliments on it too, because wearing it really showcases the dramatic weight loss of the last five months.

Being "okay" is new to me. It doesn't scare me and I'm not running the other way or dealing with it by eating. I'm okay!! I'm taking a deep breath and relaxing my defensive stance against the misaligned, highly imaginative creations of my brain that try to tell me otherwise. In doing this--these thoughts have lost their power over me. I'm not just pretending to be okay anymore, I'm really, genuinely--authentically, okay! And that's an amazing transformation of perspective.

I had a phenomenal food day. Wow. I loved every bit of it, every bite! I can't express how much of a difference it makes to take the time to plan and prepare good food. I made extra and shared with my fellow colleagues today at lunch. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss what I'm doing and it was a natural conversation fueled by their questions and appreciation for the lunch! It was my pleasure.

The Twitter feed I maintain with everything photographed and counted has had a tremendously positive impact on me. It has slowed me down just enough to think about what I'm eating, how much I'm eating and if the lighting is right for the photo. I take pride in my choices. I take pride in my food diary on MyFitnessPal too and it all adds up to a very positive food experience.

I do not, in any way, shape or form, feel deprived, left out or cheated. I eat what I love and nothing I don't. Before going abstinent from sugar, I couldn't imagine being able to make such a grand commitment. But I'll tell you, without hesitation or asterisk--It is, hands down--the single most important food decision I've ever made.

Giving up sugar has truly helped change my life for the better. It certainly isn't for everybody--and isn't necessary for a lot of people, but folks like me who have addictive reactions to certain foods and substances, stopping the substance--stops the craziness. It's a beautiful thing and I wouldn't trade the peace it's given me for all the sugary treats in the world.

My workout on the elliptical this evening was fantastic. I'm "hearing" my girlfriend Heather's voice in my ears telling me I can do more and I deserve more and better. The two of us only get a chance to exercise together once a week at best, but her ability to coach and encourage in the most positive way has stayed with me when we're not together.

I may go out and buy some new shirts after-all. Yeah, some pull-overs. I love the way this feels.

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Strength,
Sean

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16th, 2014 Swiped Away From Our Path

September 16th, 2014 Swiped Away From Our Path

It's an incredibly good feeling to be at peace with something. I'm in a position along this road where my acceptance has allowed me the most sincere peace. It's acceptance of my abstinence from sugar, it's acceptance of a committed exercise schedule, it's acceptance for not using food to buffer emotions--it's an acceptance of good things and this, coming from me--someone who has had what seems like an inability to accept good things in my life. To finally feel worthy of good things--and to not immediately try to self-sabotage my way back into chaos, is truly the most wonderful transformation within me.

I'm an affected individual, there's no doubt, all of us are to a certain extent--some more than others. To finally be able to feel some space between me and those deeply ingrained reactions fueled by an inaccurate perception of self, is incredibly liberating.

When I allow my brain to explore the dynamics of it all, I quickly realize the magnitude and how this is about one thousand times more than just weight loss. It goes much deeper than dropping pounds and all the euphoria surrounding weight loss success.  To feel worthy of good things, to once and for all embrace and love me as I am, regardless of anything or anyone else and to view myself without judgement and condemnation...oh my-- My friend, this is what it's all about. To get here, to this mental and emotional place where obstacles are swiped away from our path to freedom, is the most beautiful experience. 

Discussing the fundamentals and surface issues along the way is important, of course-- because the commitment to these--a steady treading of sorts, gives us the balance to go deeper along the way.

When I get excited about this journey, it's not always about the most obvious things, like smaller clothes and slimmer profiles. It's about the deep stuff. It's about the transformation of the inside, not the outside that most excites me. Because it's this transformation that lays the foundation for all other transformative experiences to happen and stay that way.

Today was an exceptional day for many reasons. It wasn't perfect, never is. But it was positive. I experienced an amazing workout. We had a wonderful conference call support group. I'm simply feeling happy and it shows in just about everything I do these days.

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Strength,
Sean

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15th, 2014 My Six Year Blogging Anniversary

September 15th, 2014 My Six Year Blogging Anniversary

It was exactly six years ago today when I started my journey along this road. I'll never forget September 15th, 2008 for as long as I live. It was that very night, six years ago, that I started this weight loss blog. I wasn't writing to gain followers, or for attention--or because I wanted a writing career or to write a book someday.

My intent was purely to help me stay on track--to keep me accountable. If anyone read it or not, it didn't matter. I was writing for me. It was helping me understand myself better--I was learning, I was discovering incredible things about me--and for once, I found consistency in weight loss.

For the first 200 days or so, about a dozen or so people would read on a regular basis. And that was fine. The first 200 days were some of the most powerful to me, so they served their purpose--and yet, they're some of the least read entries in the archives. Readers, comments and all of that--didn't matter. I was writing from the heart, regardless.

In fact, if you have gone back and read the archives, you can't help but notice the lack of comments and activity. This blog was a year and a half old, over 500 days in, when AOL featured it on their homepage--and that's when it started gaining readers.

This is something I try to emphasize to bloggers just starting out. Do it for you. Write from the heart. Even if you feel like not another person is reading your words, do it anyway. Because the most important person is reading every single entry, and that's you. Your writing can have the most profound impact on you, a seriously therapeutic experience, if you allow yourself to achieve a level of realness like no one is watching. Free yourself, my friend.

If you're writing your blog to gain an audience or to collect followers and comments or any other motive, it will affect what you write. Be real. Be genuine and authentic--just be yourself and let all that other stuff unfold as it will.

I can't tell you how many times someone has said to me, "I wrote my blog for a while but then I stopped because it didn't seem like anyone was reading, I felt like I was just talking to myself." And I say, exactly!!! Why stop?? Breakthroughs were coming!! Epiphanies were inevitable--if you just kept writing!

I'm very grateful for the tremendous support I gain from readers today. I'm touched and often times overwhelmed by the sincere outpouring of support. And even though some have stated how this blog has helped them in some way--I must always remember my original mission to be real and to write for me. Do I sometimes write something other than that? Of course I do. But at the end of the day--when it gets down to the nitty gritty, I'm focused on me and trying to dissect the elements contributing to my success AND the elements contributing to my stumbles along this road.

Happy Six Year Blogging Anniversary To Me!!!! Okay, enough of that-- On to today: 

I can recall numerous doctor visits in my past where I would go in with an overwhelming feeling of dread. I would only go if absolutely necessary because I knew I would likely get a very negative report. My doctors appointment today was very different. My doc and I laughed, joked--and we were both very happy with the blood pressure reading. He took me off all BP meds three weeks ago and today it was 120/74. He commented, "Perfect. You couldn't have scripted it any better."

What a beautiful relief. As I was approaching my top regain weight, I knew my blood pressure was once again getting out of control. I could literally feel it and that's saying something, since high blood pressure is commonly referred to as the "silent killer." It was getting super bad. Part of my initial stand in starting the turn around was my appointment where we addressed the sleep apnea issue and the blood pressure issue in the same visit.

Speaking of sleep apnea--I realize I'm long overdue for an update. I stopped using my machine well over a month ago. I don't actually remember exactly when, but it was at a point where it was disrupting my sleep, not helping me rest. I tried it without and slept beautifully. Here's the rub: This could be a very temporary reprieve from the sleep apnea. My body is changing--and where I am now seems to be an optimal place for my apnea situation to dramatically improve. Experience tells me it could very well come roaring back sometime within the next 50-80 pounds of weight loss. That's what happened during my initial weight loss.

I had lost the first 100 pounds and my apnea went away--suddenly I could sleep normally, without assistance from any device. And I celebrated!!! Then, I was profoundly disappointed when I realized it was back with a vengeance as I approached goal weight. It didn't make any sense to me at all. The sleep specialist explained it to me several months back--and it has everything to do with body composition.

Perhaps this time, I can get leaner--and maybe, just maybe--I'll continue resting well. It feels amazing to just lay down, get comfy and fall asleep without the machine. But rest assured (pun intended), if I start needing it again, I will be the first to recognize the effects and do something about it. When I'm tired these days, I can tell the difference--it's not a "sleep apnea kind of tired," it's a "I'm choosing not to get enough sleep kind of tired." Why I continue to make that choice is an exhausting debate that is truly pointless to ponder. I'll either start making it important or not. There will be consequences either way. I'd rather not complain about it anymore. I know what I need to do.

Part of what I need to do is stop taking the naps midday. I've enjoyed the naps--and in a way, they're great because when I need the sleep, I really need the sleep!! But I also need to go to bed at a decent hour. When I nap, it keeps me up late, because the quality is so good, I'm rested. And then the cycle repeats itself. The only way to break it is to stop the naps, get stuff done instead and then go to bed like someone who gets up at 4:30am, not like a school kid out for the summer without a care in the world.

I totally napped today. I rocked that nap for all it was worth. I slept soundly for one and half hours. And here it is, after midnight and I'm wide awake and sharp. No complaints--I'm just saying. It doesn't fix the problem simply because it's acknowledged--there must be action. So far I've done a whole lot of acknowledging and very little action in the sleep schedule department.

There was more I wanted to write about--but after all of the sleep talk, I probably should call it a night. Before I do...

If you're reading this blog, perhaps for the first time--please go back and read some of the archives. Things are going great right now and have for some time, but it hasn't always been this way. Diving into the archives on the left hand side bar of this blog will give you some perspective. I want you to know that you can do it too. This can truly be the time you take a stand and experience the transformation of your life. You deserve it. You're worth it. And I promise, no matter how lost you're feeling, there's hope. Please believe this. I've been in that hopeless state along this road--and I remember how it felt. I felt doomed and out of control. I truly believed it wasn't possible to pull out of the dive. And I believed it...until I didn't. I wasn't doomed, and you're not either.

I recently made it very important to reply to all comments made on each post. If you have a question, feel free to share it in the comments. We often have lively discussions in the comments section of this blog. If you want a more private place to send a message or question, you can email me: Transformation.road@gmail.com

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 14th, 2014 Excited and Happy

September 14th, 2014 Excited and Happy

I rested even better last night. It must have been in excess of eight hours. All I know is, it's lasted me all day. I enjoyed some good coffee this morning with sugar free chocolate flavored creamer and a gooey cheese omelet for breakfast. Heather and I decided to hit the trail today for a great workout. She ran five miles and I did a brisk three mile walk with spurts of jogging. I have some kind of pain in the top right hand side of my right foot. I need better shoes for this, I'm convinced. It was a fantastic workout and since Heather was doing five miles, I actually beat her back to the car...by less than five minutes. She was moving pretty quickly.

Heather and I work well together. I'm soaking up things from her all the time. I'm learning from a wonderful teacher. She's very studied on nutrition and fitness, as separate subjects and how they each work together. She's very advanced. I'm not advanced, necessarily, but I'm at the point where I'm interested in learning more.

I'm feeling the differences in my body everyday. My clothes are fitting better, getting loose--and these are clothes I couldn't wear two months ago and now they're about to be retired too!

It's a consistent approach, a steady approach, supported by a variety of tools along this road that's making this trek back to my healthiest weight a successful one. It's different than my initial weight loss in many ways. I'm more grounded, I'm more open to learning, I don't subscribe to the "my way or the highway" type attitude that I may have had a smidgen years ago. I've been humbled--I've been shown the way and shown the error of my ways and I've discovered how to properly and truly love me for me, regardless of anything else. And that one epiphany will be something I discuss, write about and talk about the rest of my life. It's why I seem so incredibly happy these days. You couple these revelations with my abstinence from sugar and you've got what feels like a completely different experience from my initial weight loss. The differences are profound, yet, in many ways--a lot of the emotional/mental dynamics remain identical to the initial trip down this road.

I enjoyed lunch with Heather and her son before departing for Stillwater for an evening with mom. Mom and I dined at Mexico Joe's. We shared the most incredible chicken fajitas in the world. I ordered a couple of taco shells for my plate and I loaded them with chicken, a little sour cream, lettuce and salsa. I counted out 9 chips, separated them from the bowl and enjoyed each one with the freshly prepared salsa.  We had a fantastic conversation too. It was a wonderful night.

I got a call on the way to Stillwater from my oldest daughter. She was calling with some wonderful news! She's now officially engaged to he boyfriend KL! My little girl is getting married! Oh my-- I'm gonna be a big bundle of emotions when that day comes around. They haven't settled on the date just yet, but they've agreed, for sure--it's happening!

I shared the news of Amber's engagement with mom and she was elated. I'm so excited and happy!

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Strength,
Sean

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 13th, 2014 "No" Is A Complete Sentence

September 13th, 2014 "No" Is A Complete Sentence

I slept well last night. Sleeping in is sometimes difficult because I'm trained to be up at 4:30am. I've tried to sleep in before, only to wake up at 6am, get up and just accept that I'll be going back for a nap a little later.  Sleeping in seems to be not as difficult these days. It's certainly because of my drastically improved sleep quality. Quality, not quantity. Yeah, that's a another discussion.

I had a location broadcast from a grocery store today. It was pretty routine. This broadcast coincides with an annual event in Newkirk, Oklahoma called Charlie Adams Day. A local BBQ competition team phoned the station earlier in the week, promising to bring me BBQ today. I spent a little bit of time stressing about this--not because I feared eating it, not at all. It's BBQ--the calorie values are horrible and the sauces typically have a lot of sugar. I obviously wasn't going to eat it. My plan was to leave the plate of whatever they might bring in the break room of this store and let their employees devour. I was actually going over in my head how I would decline if they asked me to try their BBQ on the spot. The likelihood of this is pretty high considering they were in a BBQ cookoff competition at the day's downtown festivities.

It was all worry for nothing. The plate of BBQ never showed. I was relieved. How crazy does that sound? I was relieved when the free plate of award winning BBQ didn't show up like expected. That's interesting. Again, wasn't the food--it was the possible confrontational aspect if they requested I try their food right then and there. What was I going to say? I guess a simple "no, thank you." would work. Or as Life Coach Gerri always reminds me, "No is a complete sentence."

I left my broadcast feeling a little lighter on my feet. I headed home to do some multi-tasking...Laundry, cooking and working out needed to happen at the same time. I made it that way. I prepared lunch, threw in the laundry--put lunch in a foil pouch, then tossed it in the oven on 325 while I left for the YMCA elliptical.

Great workout!! I was walking out of the Y when my friend Jon in Wisconsin called. I had a wonderful conversation with Jon for probably 15-20 minutes on my hands free as I drove, arrived home, transferred laundry from the washer to the dryer, grabbed lunch from oven, cut up some cantaloupe, weighed everything I needed to weigh, entered everything in MFP, snapped the photo--tweeted the tweet and washed a few dishes! All of this while carrying on a good conversation. Multi-tasking for sure.

I made the trip over to Heather's to enjoy dinner and a rented movie. Heather cooked chicken taco chili and it was amazing. Perfect amount of spice!! She even went a step further and calculated the crock pot of calories--and divided it by the number of servings to give me a fairly accurate post for MFP and Twitter. She is absolutely one of a kind! I'm so lucky. The dinner was exceptional and the movie "The Other Woman" was hilarious.

We watched the new documentary "Fed Up" Thursday evening. If you've watched the trailer, you have a great idea about what it's all about. Sugar and sugar's link to obesity in America. One of the craziest things in this documentary was a Cola executive claiming his soda product was just as healthy as water. It was also sad. Fed Up features a lot of obese and even morbidly obese children. The school lunch program was discussed. I didn't know these things: Pizza is considered a vegetable because it has tomato sauce, french fries are also on the list of veggies. This means my favorite lunch from high school--pizza and fries from the ala cart line was actually just me eating two different veggies! Yeah, right. I had planned on a big review, but I don't have the energy tonight. I do recommend you find it and see for yourself.

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Strength,
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