All posts for the month February, 2012

The Intuitive Way

Published February 29, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

In light of my previous post I have decided to get myself a new book/project.  I found a wonderful book called The Intuitive Way by Penney Pierce.  It’s a ten week course on developing and fine tuning your intuition.  I have always had a strong intuition.  I have known things before they happen.  However, I didn’t know at the time I knew it.    It wasn’t until it came to fruition that I realized I knew it before it happened.  I would like to be able to recognize that what I am feeling is an all-knowing thought.  I just love reading books that help to improve myself and my life.  I think by improving my intuition I will be able to improve my daily life, at work and at home. 

I also know that I have to feed my body and mind with clean, healthy food in order to keep my mind clear.  I cannot have clear thoughts when I fill my body with processed, sugary foods.  So the next ten weeks should be filled with happy foods.  🙂  Lately I have been waking up with the first thought being “thank you God for guiding my steps, and thank you for loving me.”  I believe that is why I was guided toward this book for more than one reason.  #1 I struggle to eat right when I am doing it to lose weight and #2 I believe fine tuning my intuition will open doors I would have not seen with a closed mind.

I am always excited to learn something new.  I hope you all have a blessed day!!


My Angels and Spirit Guides

Published February 28, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Deep breath in, slowly exhale through the nose.  I am feeling 100% better today.  Yesterday, I was completely miserable.  LOL…  It doesn’t happen often, but when it does people look at me like I am crazy.  Roger and I had an amazing weekend.  We ate, drank, and were very merry.  It was a lot of fun at the time, but we all know that all that fun must come at a price.  And the price for me is a few days of feeling like a big pile of poo.  Oh well, no regrets.  Now all I have to do is get through today and tomorrow and I will be feeling amazing once again.

I’m hoping that today is a good day.  Yesterday, a Fedex truck hit an Amish buggy here in town, and two three year old baby girls were seriously hurt.  The minute I heard of the accident I prayed and asked that my angels and spirit guides go be with this family.  I hope to hear that everyone is okay, and that there are no fatalities.  Now, if you think I am a strange person because I believe in angels and spirit guides, I’m sorry.  I have read several books on the subject.  I believe we are all assigned angels and spirit guides according to our lives, and the difficulties we face. I am thankful for mine.  I figure I probably have around seven of them.

If you you want a little proof that they are with you.  You can do an experiment that I have done to feel the presence of my guides.  Sit quietly in a chair with your eyes closed.  Remove as much of the background noise as possible.  Relax and concentrate on your breathing.  Inhale fully, through your nose then exhale slowly through your mouth.  Keep concentrating on your breathing while you relax every part of your body starting with your head and move down.  Concentrate on your facial muscles because a lot of our stress is carried in our face.  Hit every spot.  Face, neck, arms, hands, torso, legs, feet, toes.  Then simply ask that they make themselves present to you.  And they will.  I felt a tap on my arm and a poke to the top of my head.  The first time I did it, I not only felt those things I also got a rush a complete joy.  It was an amazing experience for me.  I have never felt alone again.

Weathering the Storm

Published February 26, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Geesh, I had a great weekend so far.  Yesterday Rog was off so we decided to weather the storm and go to a jamboree.  We went listened to some great old country and donated some money for a good cause.  It was a lot of fun.  Then we came home had dinner and went to bed.  I really need to find me a side kick that likes to dance.  I really wanted to dance, dammit.  Well, I did dance, as I always do, only it was in  my little corner against the wall.

The video is just seventeen seconds of winter hell outside my front door.  LOL…

Today the sun is shinning and all is pretty with my world.  However, today I have to get productive.  I need to get my list made and get everything ready for the week ahead.  I may even need to get to Walmart.  I need to get some pants for work.  I am going to buy like 4 pairs of black comfortable pants for work.  That way I only have to worry about which top I will be wearing.  I figure it this way, since I am sitting behind a desk 90% of the time, it shouldn’t matter what is covering my ass.  Haha

So, now that I have created a youtube account I am seriously considering making a video blog.  I have always wanted to have like a Morning coffee with Michele.  LOL….  I think it would be really fun.  I think my only issue would be the negative comments.  I tend to be a people pleaser (working on that) so if someone said something rude or insulting I would probably cry (Oh didn’t I mention I was a cryer)  🙂  Seriously though, people are so mean.  Anyway, I guess we’ll have to see how that goes.

Approaching Family Time

Published February 24, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

YaY!  It’s Friday and I am off work at 2pm today.  It is going to be a nice relaxing weekend.  We don’t have much planned, but our granddaughter is coming so she will most definitely keep us moving. 🙂  I’ll be fun.  I love spending time with my family.  That’s what weekends are for.

So, something I have noticed from my indulgence in pizza Wednesday night was that the next day I was hungry and thought of food pretty much all day.  Thankfully, I prepared three snacks and a lunch to take to work.  It helped me get through the day.  Oh yea, and I almost forgot, there was a jello pudding snack in the fridge at work for almost a week.  I was saving it for the urge for chocolate, and yesterday about five o’clock was that time.

Haha No Lie, this is exactly what it looks like

Unfortunately, my office has a drawer and a basket filled with mini chocolate bars. I have to make sure I am very prepared so I don’t get into the bad file cabinet drawer.  Today should be so much better.  It is completely amazing to me how once I ingest sugary carbs they take such a hold on my thought process.  If I eat candy at work I start to get very drowsy.  Sugar may give me a boost for about twenty minutes, but then I am so tired and my eye lids feel heavy.  I hate that feeling.  Sugar sucks.

Well, I am off to do my hair and make up.  Have a fabulous weekend.


Thank God it’s Thursday

Published February 23, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Today is going to be a great day!  I am basically working alone, so it should be very peaceful.  I’ll be able to get everything cleaned up.  So, last night I was supposed to start line dancing class, but the teacher cancelled.  I was relieved.  It was a stressful day.  I just wanted to come home and hide in my bedroom.  Neither Roger or I wanted to make dinner so we ordered pizza.  One of my favorite comfort foods, and yes I indulged.  It was delicious.  Of course my brain keeps wanting to make me feel bad about it.  I have been dodging the negative thoughts left and right this morning, but I have to remember that we are all human and it is OK to indulge in our favorite things on occasion.  I truly do love my healthy food, and we only order out maybe once or twice a month.  So no big deal.  Today is a new day!  A better day!

As we know,  I find it difficult to manage my own negative thoughts and behaviors, but it is extremely difficult to manage everyone around me too.  Or should I say, manage the way I react to those who are miserable and unhappy.  I mean how successful can you be if you are with someone everyday that complains or tries to pull others under the bus because, lets face it misery loves company.  Well, today I am all alone.  All day.  I see a lot of singing and chair dancing in my future lol….

Life is Good

Published February 22, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Well, we are almost half way through the work week.  So far so good.  I mean I have had some stressful stuff happen but I handled them like a champ.  My computer is down at work.  :/ I’m unsure how this is going to affect my work today.  I guess today will be yet another adventure in the life of a secretary. 

Now, on a serious note.  I have committed myself to a line dancing class tonight with my sister.  I am doing this because, in the Diet Rehab book, Dr. Mike suggest we add in activities that will naturally release serotonin and dopamine into my brain to keep from turning to food for the same sensation.  Seriously, I am not the kind of person that joins dance classes.  I am pretty much a home body.

Frozen Banana

I love being home.  It is the best place in the world to me.  It’s a good thing I work or I would probably never leave the house.  However, I do love to dance.  So I figured it would be a good way to get a little boost while getting out with other people.  Another really cool thing about it is from 6:30-8 so I will have to eat and go.  I have a terrible evening snacking issue.  And even though I snack on healthy, nutritious foods, it is still not great to eat just before bed.

Oh and I found another yummy snack.  Frozen banana’s.  If you have some banana’s that are turning brown, throw them in a zip lock, and toss in the freezer.  It is so damn good.



Monday’s Don’t Have to Suck!

Published February 20, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Hey it’s Monday!  I had a great weekend which always makes Monday a bit more bearable.  This morning I am enjoying my coffee while watching Celebrity Apprentice.  One of my favorite shows.  I love the business aspect of it.  Anyway, I am feeling amazing.  It has been one week since I stopped dieting.  One week since I put an end to denying myself things.  I have always wanted whatever it was I wasn’t suppose to have.  😉  Now I can have everything and I don’t want it lol….  How weird is that?  Because I didn’t binge over the weekend, I am not all bloated this morning.  My face looks good.  The luggage under my eyes I usually get from overeating are not present.  🙂

As I blow dried my hair, I went through my mantra and added all the reasons why it is true.  “I am a beautiful, healthy woman who makes positive choices to support her physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  Why?  Because I get up every morning and do my hair and make up.  I take pride in how I look.  I go to work and make sure to give 100% because I also take pride in my work.  I take the time to dance and sing every morning before work, setting myself up for a happy day.  I also have become aware of my thoughts and make sure what I am telling myself is the most constructive.  I eat my fruits and veggies and I keep my meats lean.  All foods for the body and the brain.  I take time to breath deeply to promote relaxation and contentment.



Some Teenie Tiny Tips from Diet Rehab

Published February 19, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

So I am almost through my first full weekend since I stopped dieting.  I ended up getting the girl scout cookies I ordered several weeks ago.  They were good I ate some but not the whole box.  I also ate some grapes in between.  My brain didn’t nag me to keep eating them, and I didn’t eat until I felt over full.  Success!!  I think that before I would have denied myself the cookies until I ate the whole damn box plus other stuff.  I feel like my mind and body are at peace.  I gave myself permission to eat the cookies   🙂 and it felt good.  This morning I got up and threw the rest in the trash.  Even though it is okay to have my favorite treats once in a while, it’s not okay to keep a supply of them in the house.

I am glad I read the 17 day diet before getting into this book, because knowing how to prepare and eat healthy well-balanced meals is a very important component to the Diet Rehab.  I haven’t gotten to the portion of the book that gives the list of booster foods but my knowledge of nutrition tells me that they are going to be fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats and fish.  This I know.  All of which I leaned to love through the 17 day diet.  Oh and something very important I just learned from Dr. Mike Dow is that it takes up to ten exposures to a new taste before you will begin to love it.  So you can learn to love anything.  Before the 17 day I probably didn’t have a serving off vegetables in a six month period.  Now I have them everyday.

Also never skip meals.  It will set you up for a binge later in the day.  This is a big one for me.  On the weekends I am not a structured as I am during the week.  Yesterday I got up at seven o’clock but never ate until like 11:30.  I was starving most of the day.  I think I may have eaten even less cookies if I had followed my regular routine for my meals and snacks.  This morning I got up and made sure I had a bowl of whole oats and blueberries an hour after waking up so I don’t get so hungry that I can’t be satisfied this evening.

Well I am off to get my day organized so I can prepare for the week.



Say Good Bye to Emotional Eating

Published February 17, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Well, now that I know where I stand with my dopamine and serotonin levels it will make it easier for me to find ways to raise then without the use of high fat, sugary, carbohydrate foods.  I am feeling pretty amazing, by the way.  It’s nice not to have food be the ruler of my life.  Since I have no restrictions I have no anxiety.  Now, just because Dr. Mike Dow gave me permission to have unhealthy foods, I have not found the urge to eat them.  I know that when I do, I will be able to eat them without going over bored because I am not telling myself I can’t have them.  I can and will.  🙂

I have also explained to my husband that once I get my dopamine levels up and regulated I will have a more healthy sexual appetite as well.  Needless to say, he was all for that.  In fact, he asked me if he needed to go shopping and pick anything up for me ha ha…..

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and give a quick update and to let everyone know that if you have a problem feeding your emotions to go get the book Diet Rehab.  It is a not restrictive diet.  The only thing he asks us to restrict is our negative ways of thinking.  But even with the negative thinking he asks that you add in positive thoughts first.  Always add in before taking away.

I love that guy 🙂

Supporting the New Mantra

Published February 15, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

So earlier I was saying how my pitfall mantra was “fat ass”  Well my new revised booster mantra is:  “I am a beautiful, healthy, strong woman who makes positive choices to support my physical, mental and spiritual well-being”

Now I am supposed to jot down all the things I do that support this new mantra.  I was surprised to know that I actually do a lot to support it.

  • I love to listen to music and dance
  • I love to eat my veggies
  • I love to eat lean white meat
  • I enjoy eating cleanly and the way it feels
  • I enjoy the taste of healthy food
  • I love to laugh
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