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It’s Time to Move On

Published July 30, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

imagesIt became apparent to me yesterday that I didn’t actually have a “goal” as far as weight or size goes.  My goal has always been to improve my quality of life, which I did, but now I realize that I am very close to being the size twelve I have always wanted to be.  It became clear yesterday that I was carrying around some serious blocks hindering my progress.  When I started to explore my thoughts and feelings about being the size I am vs. being the size I want to be.  I decided it was time to get over it and know that I do have what it takes to be a size twelve.  I also deserve it.  I can and will be it.

So, I went online to find some new additions for my dream board.  I have known for a while that it was time to update it to reflect the me of today.  Therefore, I added a picture of a girl jumping in the air with excitement with the caption “size 12”.  I also added the words “You can be a size 12” in bold letters.  Today I will look for more pictures that inspire me.  I have complete faith in the dream board.  I have been using mine for a couple of years now and it has manifested things rather quickly, so I am ready for a break through.  🙂

I have clearly stated my intention and desire, now I will let it come to me.  I have completely detached myself from the outcome and I will let it happen naturally.  I will not force it, nor will I resist anything.  I am simply going to relax and allow my intuition guide me to it.

Feeling inspired!


Calling Out my Weekend Warrior

Published July 20, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Weekends are tough when you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle.  There is just something about the weekend approaching that changes the mind-set.  It kind of sucks to have no problem following healthy boundaries during the week only to have it all turned upside down at four o’clock on Friday.  I know I am not the only one with this issue, however, I do know from reading The Super Brain by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi that the more self-awareness I have the better I will be at breaking any unwanted habits.  I also know that if I can create a detachment within this habit by calling it out and recognizing it, I can change it.

I am about half-way through this book and already I have learned so much about myself.  Simply calling out any recurring bad behavior will enable me to successfully put an end to it.  I have struggled with the weekend mind change for, what seems like forever, and have been aware that my biggest trigger to over eat is boredom.  I have always known this about myself, however I have not taken the time to give it a voice before indulging.  Now, before I eat I ask myself:  “why am I eating”?  If the answer is anything other than hunger I take note of it and then I eat.

I am going to do whatever it takes to turn this around.  I know longer want to have mixed feelings when the weekends roll around.  On one hand I am excited to have a couple of days off, but on the other hand I know that I will be struggling to do the right thing.  I no longer want to face the struggle.  I am well aware that if I am struggling I will inevitably fail, therefore it is time to make peace with the weekend warrior that is hiding inside of me.  This counterpart that I am sure is ego driven must be stifled.  She obviously doesn’t have my healthy best interst at heart.    I will be investigating her motives and feelings until I am able to finally put an end to the destructive behavior by being more self-aware.

Lose Weight Naturally by Creating Balance

Published July 16, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

images (1)Put an end to your weight problems by taking an interest in yourself.  Yes, you heard that correctly.  If you are willing to really take a look into your soul and discover the reasons you do the things you do you can be free of yo-yo dieting.

It wasn’t until I did exactly that, that I was able to put an end to my over active mind which attributed directly to my over eating.  I was unaware that I was allowing my brain to use me instead of me using it.  I knew from a lot of my readings that whatever I resisted would persist so that was the first thing I stopped doing.  If I wanted it, I had it, and I did so without guilt or remorse.  The next thing that was of great help was my journal exercises.  Finding out exactly what was happening in my life during each weight loss and weight gain was a huge eye opener for me.  In the past seven months or so I have filled seven composition note books as well as blogging.  Writing is a great way to get in touch with ourselves.  Writing is very therapeutic.  Anyone can benefit from keeping a journal.

Next I found creating balance set the stage to support my healthy boundaries.  Of course being balanced is something that has to be worked at and maintained on a daily basis.  Meditation is crucial for creating and maintaining said balance.  There is a wonderful program starting through Deepak Chopra and Oprah called the 21-Day Meditation Challenge starting August 5th that I highly recommend.  I was fortunate enough to be a part of the last challenge several months ago which got me started to fulfilling a life of pure comfort from within.

Once balance is present eating healthy and moving your body will become something that comes naturally and without forethought.  To be successful in this transformation it is also very important to have self-awareness.  Knowing why you are eating is a great way to make the change.   As I mentioned earlier, it is important not to resist anything because if you are constantly meeting with resistance you are likely to give in and give up.  Do not resist, but do ask yourself why.  Am I bored?  Am I sad?  Am I lonely?  So on and so forth.  Become aware of why you are eating and then eat.  Eventually your mind will recognize why it is you are eating and if it is to mask an emotion you will be aware and choose something else.  It really is that simple.

How Do You Deal with an Overweight Child?

Published July 9, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks


As a child I was treated differently because I was overweight.  You would think coming from a family with weight problems that there would have been a more accepting attitude but that could not have been further from the truth.  There was zero acceptance and in fact I was made to believe that if I didn’t do something about it that no one would love me.  I have experienced having food slapped from my hand, and being bribed with everything under the sun to lose weight.  Obviously these tactics didn’t work.  At the end of last year I was once again back up to nearly three hundred pounds.  I have lost and gained the same weight more times than I can count.

The reason for all of this is because over the weekend it was brought to my attention that one of my nieces boys is going through something similar to what I did as a child.  I witnessed this eight year old exercise and run to the bathroom to weigh his self.  He was very excited to see the scale move.  I felt bad for him and appauled that he felt he had to do that.  This kind of thing shapes a person.  It does not help a person lose weight by telling him/her that they are fat, or that if you don’t lose weight no one will love them.  This kind of “encouragement” only breaks a person’s spirit.  I know this because I am still dealing with the inner demons of this kind of treatment.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame anyone because I truly believe that they were trying to help.  This person loved me and only wanted the best for me.  I believe that the person that did this to me had to deal with his own demons of being fat.  I also believe this person was trying to save me from the life they were living.  Maybe they felt as though they were less of a person because of their weight problem.  Little did they know that their way of helping actually set me back years.  That’s neither here nor there at this point.  I have turned into a strong, confident woman in spite of all of that.  It did not break me, it only made me stronger.

If you have an overweight child, berating them to lose weight will not work.  You are only damaging them for eternity.  I have over come a lot of what I dealt with.  I know that I am a wonderful person regardless of the amount of weight I carry.  I do know that being over weight is not healthy and it can be a burden on the body, however it doesn’t make me or anyone else less than a person.  I suggest, if you do have an over weight child that buying and preparing healthy foods is very important.  You can also find fun ways to get in exercise without making it about exercise.  I also want to say if your child is over weight maybe you should take a look at your responsibility in that.  After all children will eat what you give them, and they will be active if you are active.  All I can say is love your children.  Love them fat or skinny they deserve that.

Michele’s Reality Check

Published July 3, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

imagesEvery now and again I have to remind myself that what I am doing has nothing to do with weight loss or looking good.  Since I don’t weigh myself, I have to find other ways to measure how I am doing.  Usually my energy and clarity of mind are the best indicators for me that I am on the right track.  However, on occasion it does occur to me that I could have stalled and would never know it.  Not that I want to weigh myself or anything but I did think maybe I could get cleaner with my diet.  I do eat fairly clean but I know I could be cleaner.  The problem with this is I love food and if my food is not tasty I am not happen.  I also know that if I become to rigid I am setting myself up for failure, so I decided right away that I would not listen to these thoughts.  They were not coming from a place of love but more from fear.  One thing I know is that thoughts that come from fear and anxiety are not real.  They are thoughts connected to prior situations in life they may have been painful.  Thankfully I am able to turn it off. recognizing it as a junk thought and move on.  Thoughts that come from love or good feelings are the ones to listen to.  These are the ones to work to fulfill.

This message brought to you by Michele’s reality check.  🙂

Grocery List That Helped me Melt the Fat

Published June 30, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

I was asked the other day to jot down my grocery list for a friend who is looking to eat a little healthier.  So I thought I may as well post it in a blog that way if anyone who is just starting out wants an easy to follow list to take to the grocery store.

I essentially learned how to eat from reading the 17 day diet book, however I do not follow the cycles.  I just cook and eat healthy ninety percent of the time and it has served me well.  I don’t weigh myself, I don’t count calories, and I don’t pound the workouts.

I simply buy the foods listed below and get creative with my cooking.  I dance on a daily basis to keep myself uplifted and happy, and I feed myself full of positive uplifting thoughts.  I must be doing something right. 🙂  I have dropped nearly four sizes in six months.

If I can help even one person I am then accomplished.


2 Apples








Lg Pack whole boneless skinless chicken breast

Lg Pack 93% lean ground Turkey

Tea Green, Black, and flavored it’s all good

Can Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce

Can Diced Tomato no salt added

Reduced-Fat Parmesan (store brand)

Can french Style string beans no salt added

Sugar Free pudding (moderately usually only on the weekends)

Sugar Free Jello (moderately usually only on the weekends)

Ken’s Hot Wing Sauce

Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Fat Free Mozzarella


fat free milk or Almond milk whatever you prefer

Chobani Plain 0% in the large container

Frozen Stir Fry Veggies (Fresh in produce it better)

Truvia Packets

Gallon Zip Lock Freezer bags

Is Your “Diet” to Rigid?

Published June 26, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Stuff My Brain ThinksIt has become apparent to me recently that over the years I hindered my weight loss efforts by being to rigid.  I remember trying literally ever fad diet on the market.  I would follow them to the letter which became increasingly more difficult which would ultimately bring about failure.  I would make a small mistake and that would send me off into a full-blown binge that would last for days and sometimes even weeks.  Over the past six months or so I have learned that flexibility is the way to find success here.  We are not meant to follow a rigid program.  We can try but we will fail.  I have learned from Eckhart Tolle that whatever we resist, persist.  Therefore, I resist nothing.  I know what is healthy for my body and mind and for the most part that is what I eat, however I am human.  When I go to a cook out or a celebration I enjoy the same foods as everyone else, and I do this without the guilt and shame that used to be associated with what I ate.  I have come to realize that this is normal.  What isn’t normal is eating the same thing day in, day out or having a list of foods that are forbidden.  I mean come on people, we all know what happens when something or someone is forbidden, we want it even more.balanced-diet

Over the past several months there have been probably a handful of times that I ate foods that were not exactly in the healthy category.  Thankfully I have removed measuring my success by the scale.  I am certain that had I got up the next morning after having that piece of cake or that hot dog at graduation and weighed myself I would have become instantly discouraged.  Our weight fluctuates every day.  I can remember deciding what I should weigh before even getting on the scale.  A number that, for the most part, never corresponded with what I actually weighed.  Consequently, that number would steal my joy.  Which would in turn drive me to my comfort foods and cause an even greater weight gain.  A vicious cycle.

How much we weigh and how much we lose in a given week should not be the focus.  The focus should be how good do we feel?  How much energy do we have?  Do we feel light and breezy compared to the old sluggish, depressed person we once were?  There are so many less discouraging ways to measure success.  I personally measure my success by the way my clothes feel, the obvious increase in my energy, and my over all happiness.  I went from laying on the couch wishing I was able to get out and do the things other people did to being that person, doing those things.  I walk, I dance, I laugh, I smile, I enjoy life.

Turkey Meatballs & Mushrooms in Marinara

Published June 24, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks
Turkey Meatballs Mushrooms & Marinara

Turkey Meatballs Mushrooms & Marinara

1/2 pound 93% lean ground Turkey

1 Celery Stalk

1/2 Small Onion



1/4 Green Bell Pepper (chopped)

Mix together and roll into balls.  Cook on top of stove on medium-high heat.  When done add Mushrooms, Green pepper and 1 Cup marinara sauce (check sodium levels buy the one with the lowest).  Simmer 15 minutes.  Makes two servings.  I like to freeze one serving for later date.

Enjoy and Have a blessed day.

What An Emotional Weekend

Published June 24, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Graduation weekend came and went.  The emotions were pretty high all weekend.  I held back  from crying as best I could.  At the actual graduation I did cried a little, and now every time I look at the pictures I get choked up.  He did it.  There were a lot of struggles, but he did it.  We are so proud of him.  I, however,  feel a little hung over.  Not from alcohol, but yesterday I ate picnic foods and a piece of graduation cake.  This is food that I don’t normally have around, so I had a little of each salad and plenty of other stuff available.  Why do we as human beings have to have so much food at any and all celebrations?  It was delicious.  I ate it and enjoyed it, and I did it guilt free.   However today I feel ill.  I have the worst heart burn, and I am almost certainly dehydrated from the hidden.  People love to cook with salt.  Something I never do.  Water weight makes me grumpy and sluggish.  Anyway, I am glad it’s Monday.  Back to the usual routine.  This is a good reminder for me.  I am what I eat.  If I eat foods without substance I will become a person without substance.  I love my energy too much to give it up.  So, today, it’s plenty of water and the cleanest foods available.

A proud day for all!

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