All posts for the month December, 2014

This, That and Some Other Stuff

Published December 25, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Three years ago today I wrote and published my first blog post, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  We probably got a laptop that year too.  This years laptop was a gift from my myself to my husband.  Of course what’s his is mine and vice versa, he can play his bingo and I can blog and follow my other passion of learning new things.

I am so excited about what 2015 has in store for me and my family.  Monday I have no doubt the I will accomplish some big things this coming years, and I feel like my  boys are going to make huge strides in there lives.  I couldn’t be more proud of them and all they have become.

In the more recent future, I have an appointment at the bariatric center to see the dietitian.  Fun, fun…..  This means I will have to be weighed.  Weighing, for me, is counter productive.  I like to gauge my progress by how I feel, mentally, physically, and emotionally.  If I am living joyfully, feeling connected to everyone and everything I am living a full life.  All of this made possible by simply maintaining my healthy boundaries and practicing my personalized eight components to a happier, healthier me.

  • Proper Nutrition
  • Body Movement
  • Sleep
  • Hydration
  • Meditation
  • Love
  • Gratitude
  • Journal Writing

Yes, the components have grown since my last post.  It wasn’t that I added them to my life because all of the above have been a part of my life for some time now, it’s that I didn’t realize how important each and everyone of them were, until a journal writing session brought out the importance of each of them, independently and collectively.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.  Believe that the best is yet to come and you will be right.  Believe that you are a magnet for Miracles and you will be.  Believe you are a blessing to all because you are.

❤ Michele

Five Compents to a Happy, Healthy MIchele

Published December 8, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

I have identified five components needed to maintain a happy, healthy, balanced life.

  • Proper Nutrition
  • Body Movement
  • Sleep
  • Hydration
  • Meditation

So that is it.  Simple and easy to follow.  I am not obsessive about exercise but I recognize the need my body has to move.  Therefore, I simply dance thirty minutes in the morning and again in the evening.  It’s not asking a lot of myself.

I am sure to get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night.  I drink a minimum of seventy-four ounces of water each day, and I am sure to eat nutrient rich roods, which allows me to keep my energy level on high and mind clear and focused.

Finally, I take twenty minutes each day to meditate.  This allows my mind to widen the gap between my thoughts, which gives me the gift of freedom.

Yesterday while journal writing an instantaneous thought came forward that asked “how will you continue to live this way?  How will you ever live a normal life having to follow all of these components?”  My answer to this nonsensical thought is; only when I am following these components am I truly living.


What did Gastric Bypass do for Me?

Published December 5, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

What did Gastric bypass do for me?

  1. Rid my body of sugar once and for all
  2. Severed the grip from unhealthy carbohydrates and processed foods
  3. Requires that I chew each and every bit thoroughly
  4. Requires that I eat much, much slower
  5. Cut my food intake to four small meals a day
  6. Made protein a number one food source

I have to say, all in all, I feel as though having this surgery took me back to exactly what I was doing for most of 2013 when I lost nearly a hundred pounds.  Those first ten months of 2013 were that happiest months of my life.  Why?  Because I was eating and drinking and moving my body to support a balanced lifestyle.

It wasn’t until I thought it would be ok to have a glass of wine and an occasional sweet sugary treat that I lost my momentum.  I have learned greatly from this.  I will no longer drink and allow white sugar or processed foods to pass my lips.  It’s not worth it.  I find having lots of energy and a focused mind much more attractive than a stinking glass of wine or some silly “treat” that will only wreak havoc on my mind and body.

I am so glad I had the surgery and look forward to living a balanced, centered life.

All is well in this girl’s world.

I hope everyone reading this is equally as happy and blessed in everything and every day of their lives.


First Post-Op Appointment Yesterday

Published December 2, 2014 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

I had my first post-op appointment yesterday.  All went well.  I ended up losing seven pounds, and since I weighed myself last Wednesday and had only lost a half of a pound that means I whizzed off the other six and a half in five days.  I am pretty happy with that.

I have decided to only weigh at appointments.  I just don’t need the stress, besides the number on the scale is not important.  What is important is how I feel, and I feel absolutely amazing.  I cannot express how awesome I think my doctor is.

Anyway I just wanted to make a quick update.

Take care


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