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A Yummy Healthy Snack

Published December 31, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Spread a very thin layer of coconut oil on your Flatout.  Sprinkle with garlic.  Cut into squares with pizza cutter.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 6 minutes rotating half way through.  Serve with salsa.  It’s very satisfying and tasty 😉

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Paying Homage to a Great Year

Published December 31, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

2013-clockHere we are on the last day of the year.  It has been such an amazing year for me and my family.  We have all had some really great accomplishments in 2013.  Me with my change in self.  My attitude, the way I think and react, and the way I live in general.  I now am the kind of person that fails up, instead of simply failing.  I have learned to go with the flow and let life guide me, even through the tough times.  I have learned that life is not black and white, that there a mass of gray areas.  I have learned the plans are made and goals are set but success can only happen if we are flexible.

I have learned that judgement of others is actually judgement of myself.  That real strength comes from compassion and understanding.  I have learned that I am only a spec of dust among an unnameable number of specs that make up this vast universe.  I have also learned that to be come still is to hear and know the direction God wants me to take to get me to my destination quickly and effortlessly.  I have learned that the only way to true happiness is to do what I know in my heart is right at all times, and to be truthful to myself as well as others, as well as, replacing condemnation with love and respect.

I have learned that I am a product of my thoughts, and that I write my own story.  I have learned that the statement “with God, all things are possible” is the truest statement ever spoken.  I have learned if I believe and honor God with my thoughts and actions He will bless me above and beyond what I could ever do for myself, and lastly, I know that I am loved and cared for by the creator of the universe and that is all that matters.

2013  Rocked.  Now, bring on 2014!  I know there is more greatness in store.  I am ready to take risks and live fully.  I am ready to serve humanity in any way that I can, and I am ready to be the best me I can be using each day to become just a little bit better.  🙂

♥ A Big Thank You!!! ♥

Published December 30, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Thank You God

A big Thank You God for not only helping me kick the sugar habit but

for also allowing me to lose the desire for it completely!

On The Mend

Published December 30, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

This morning while  meditating I got the idea that I should pay attention to my ego today.  That I should make a game of it by paying close attention to my defense mechanism.  Anytime I feel the need to defend myself or my position I will stop and either say nothing at all, or use the standard “is that so” response.  Then take note of the situation.  Being to closely identified with the ego can be self-defeating.  As Wayne Dyer puts it, the acronym for ego is “edging God out”.  This is not something I care to do, so I will take the time to become more self-aware.

flat,550x550,075,fI also want to get back to using the techniques I learned from Deepak Chopra’s, What Are You Hungry For?  The first and most important technique is to asses my hunger before eating to be sure I am actually hungry for food and not trying to fill a void.  The second technique is to take the time to have short twenty breath meditations throughout the day, counting one on the inhale and two on the exhale and so forth.  A lot of times I eat for reasons other than being hungry, and being that I am now on day five of my sugar cleanse, it’s probably as good a time as any to get back to the basics.

On that note, yesterday was so much better.  My energy returned and I was able to get some dancing in, as well as, some shopping, laundry, and a little work at the office.  Compared to Saturday that’s night and day.  Saturday was extremely difficult, but I allowed myself to just be with it and it passed.  Thank goodness 🙂

Anyway, I am headed out the door to go to Curves.  It’s frigid cold out there but I know that when I am done I will feel amazing, so I will brave the cold.

If you are anywhere up north, bundle up.  We are expecting an arctic blast over the next few days.  It’s a perfect time to stay in whenever possible and enjoy your family.  That is exactly what I intend to do, well with intermittent time spent at the office, of course.

God Bless

Can You Afford Not To?

Published December 29, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

A friend of mine posted these on her Facebook page Sherrie Fitness & Nutrition, It’s a way of life

I felt as though they were a must share since so many people think that eating healthy is too expensive.  Check these out and feel free to drop by her Fitness & Nutrition group for more really awesome tips and support.  🙂

Sugar is My Crack Cocaine Pt. 2

Published December 28, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

I am now on day three of my sugar (and sugar substitute) detox.  I have decided to take the time to document the different things I go through as I cleanse my system of this hideous substance.  Today I have noticed that I am craving like crazy.  I feel like I need to eat everything in sight,and do it all day long.  I have made up some healthy meals and have plenty of fruit and other healthy snacks, none of which have refined sugar in them.  I have allowed myself to go with this uncontrollable need to eat unnecessarily.poison

I know better than to try to resist the urge.  One of the most important lessons I have learned this past year is that resistance leads to persistence, so I am not going there.  I know that this to shall pass.  It is only day three.  I know that in a couple of more days my mind will settle down some.  I know from previous experience that it takes almost two full weeks to really get this out of my system.

Another thing I have noticed is I am very emotional.  I could cry at the drop of a hate.  Not only that, but I am also very grumpy.  Yesterday after work I actually had to give myself a time out.  I spent most of the evening in my room.  I laid in bed, watched TV and read a lot.  Thank goodness for my iPhone which allowed me to keep up on my blog and essentially doubled as a computer for me in my time in solitude.

Finally I have noticed that I am very tired.  My eyes feel saggy and I could sleep at any moment.  I am not as productive as I wanted to be, however, if I remember correctly this is completely to be expected.  Detoxing from sugar is no different from detoxing from drugs, nicotine, or caffeine.  It is hard on the body and equally on the mind, or psyche, if you will.

The next time I give myself permission to go overboard like this I hope that I have the sense to come back to these blog posts.  They wont be hard to find since I began my cleanse the day after Christmas.  I am glad I didn’t wait until New Years day.  Since I got started right away I am looking to be fully clean by around the eighth of January.  I am not exactly counting down the days because I know that each day it will become easier until the cravings for sugar are a thing of the past.

I feel at peace knowing that I will be able to do this.  I know that through meditation practice and positive self talk I will soon have this all behind me.  I also have God on my side.  He has been the most important support system throughout this entire journey.  I completely trust that He will guide me through this.

Sugar is My Crack Cocaine

Published December 27, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Yesterday I started my sugar cleanse.  I must admit I feel better already.  It’s amazing the toll that too much sugar puts on a person’s body.  The beauty is, once it is successfully out of  my system the cravings will diminish completely.  When I quit smoking the desire for cigarettes simply left me.  I wish for that same thing to happen where sugar is concerned.  I wish to not only, not crave it, but learn to despise it, as well.  It is a killer.  Sugar is unhealthy for all people and as Deepak Chopra put it in his book “What Are You Hungry For?  Sugar should be avoided at all costs.  It is not something that only overweight people should avoid, but all people.2vkzxh11

I am aware of the dangers this stuff does to my body and my soul, for that matter, but I continue to eat it.  There are so many natural ways to get my sweet fix in that it almost seems silly for me to keep going back to it.  I cannot tell you the number of times that I have quit sugar only to return to it at some point.  The thing is once I make it through the couple of weeks it takes to rid it from my system, the cravings will disappear, however, one bite will make the cravings come back stronger than ever.

This substance is like a drug, I tell you, a drug.  It is like heroin or crack cocaine, for God sake, and I am not ashamed to admit that I am an addict where this stuff is concerned.  I have come to realize that as a recovering addict, one bite of this stuff will have me hooked once again.  I have to say NO to sugar.  I have to understand my weakness towards it and steer clear.  Much like an alcoholic must steer clear of booze, I must steer clear of anything that has white, refined sugar in it.

They say knowledge is power, well, I am knowledgeable of all the dangers that lurk around the corner for me if I continue to ingest this white, crystalized substance.  I know that diabetes will be inevitable, as well as heart disease and maintaining this obese figure I have carried around for most of my life.

Sugar will give me the gift of an unhealthy body and mind, how’s that for knowledge.

The Greatest Christmas Gift I Received was from God

Published December 26, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

This morning I had a dream that was so vivid in color that I didn’t want to wake up.  I wanted to spend the day there.  This dream is still with me, so I decided to write it out, meditate on it, and then interpret it through a direct writing exercise.  For those of you who have never heard of direct writing, it is simply a journal exercise that is done following a short mediation on a problem or question.  The writing is to be done by addressing yourself in the first person as if you are being spoken to by something greater than yourself.  You may label it as your soul or God if you like, or you can simply use the technique minus all the labels, which is what I prefer.

Anyway, below I wrote out my dream, stopped to meditate and then continued on to do the direct writing portion of the exercise.  I am pleased at how it turned out.  I feel great and I am ready for a brand new chapter in my life.

My Dream

Me and my son Anthony were in a parking lot getting ready to go on a road trip.  We had put some lemon pie bites in a red car to cook or whatever needed to happen to get them finished.  Then we went shopping I guess because when we arrived back a the car the people who owned it were inside.  When it was time to get our lemon treats out of the car the people inside were talking about how they were going to keep them.  We went over and asked them for them and they gave them back but we could tell that they were not happy about it.

We then went home to finish getting ready to go when we noticed these really strange creatures flying around outside.  We went out on the balcony to have a look and they looked like a really beautiful flying fish.  There was one that was very large, white with flecks of blue.  It was flat and looked wispy like those dandelion wisps that grow in the summer time.  It noticed us and came closer to us.  We were only mildly afraid so we didn’t move.  We let it fly around us.  It seemed peaceful and loving so we just watched in silence.  We looked around and saw many other beautiful creatures flying everywhere.

From the balcony we could see people on the street walking and running.  These people were dressed in dark clothing.  It was then that we saw my brother Bill running down the road with a large gun.  He wasn’t shooting anything is was draped over his shoulder with a strap.  The next thing I knew he was on the balcony with us.  He was chewing on a big cigar and we were all just standing around looking at all of the beauty before us.  There was no talking as it seemed that talking was not necessary here.

Then all of a sudden three spirits came down from the trees.  They were wearing heavenly looking garb colored in white and baby blue.  I kept getting the thought of the Virgin Mary even though the more prominent one was male.  I know there were three of them but the only one that seemed to matter was the tall male figure.  The others were there but I am not sure if they were male or female.  He was talking with a man who was dressed in peasant looking clothing very loudly but I still couldn’t make out what he was saying.  He seemed aggressive as if he were scolding this person.  He then bent the man over in front of him taking his head in his hands as if he were absolving him from his wrong doing.charley

The whole time I was thinking why would I want to go anywhere when I have this right here before me.  There was no need for a road trip or any other vacation because I had everything I needed right here.  It was so beautiful.  I didn’t want to wake up.  I wasn’t sure what was happening but I knew that whatever it was it was spiritual and full of love and beauty.

It was then that I woke up.  I immediately closed my eyes trying to go back to this place.  When I did I could still see it.  I lay in bed for a full thirty minutes basking in the whole thing before I was able to get up.  I got up late which through my entire morning routine off but I don’t even care.  It was worth it.  It was something I needed to see.  I feel completely blessed and supported.

Below is the message that came after my morning mediation.  

Michele, this dream was a slip into the spiritual realm.  You were amongst angels and spirit guides through this journey.  You do not need to take a road trip or do anything different from what you are doing now because you are on the right track.  So, you veered a little during the holidays.  You are absolved of that.  Today is a new day and you are surrounded by the love, light and the guidance you need to make your life the precious gift that it is.  God is with you.  He supports you.  Not only that but he has offered up many different types of angels and spirit guides that are floating along side you every minute of every day.

You have nothing to worry about and nothing to feel ashamed of.  Today is the day.  Simply listen and be present.  Love yourself and you can accomplish all things.  This dream is representative of the shift that is about to take place in your life.  Continue to live honoring God and he will shift you years ahead.  Something that would take years to accomplish in the natural can be done in a moment’s time with one touch of God’s hand.  You are blessed, loved and cherished.

Take this dream with you today knowing full well that you have all that you need to make things happen.  You have all you need to make the healthy choices that need to be made to allow you to live a full, productive life.  Fear not, because even in your weakest moment you will feel the hand of God gently on your shoulder giving you the support you need to make the right choice.

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