Dining Preferences: Veggie, Omni or Divinity?

FruitsWell here goes another series of random thoughts that came to me in a typical bubble-above-my-head fashion. As some of you may or may not know I have been taking steps towards improving my health. I have changed my eating habits and have increased (initiated) my, previously non-existent, exercise regimen.

This all originally was started by my aunt and my mom. The day after Christmas (2012) they suggested that all three of us make some changes to the ways we eat, which of course is female talk equaling one word: diet.

Oh well, I don’t like the sound of that word but it is what it is. Being that I love those kind of challenges I was definitely up for our friendly competition. So, just to spare you the boring details, I’ll briefly summarize how we are doing (sort of).

Again, we began this challenge on 12/26/12  and so far I have lost 35.5 lbs. Unfortunately, that’s the extent of sharing I can do as I’d rather not share anyone else’s personal business. Sorry.

Anywho, I recently watched the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” It was basically a movie about juicing and the health benefits that come along with it. It was a great movie and I’m extremely interested in attempting to try a 10 day juice fast. I only have a few concerns:

  • Cost of buying a good juicer
  • Cost of buying tons of veggies/fruits
  • Cost on my body. (What I mean by this is; is it safe to be on a juice fast with the level of activity I currently do? I wouldn’t want to pass out in the middle of boxing class, ya know!)

I’m not too sure about that last one but I do have an appointment with a dietitian later on this month so hopefully they can help me with my questions. I also have been dabbling with the idea of becoming a vegetarian. (I know that whoever knows me and reads this will probably be laughing their socks off at this point but please keep them on as I stick my tongue out to you :p). The problem is that I don’t really know any vegetarians and I get stuck second guessing myself and thinking “What the cheese flakes is there to eat?” Perhaps there are some of you readers who can give me some insight on this?

Lastly, I wanted to share a bit of a spiritual moment I had last night in class. FYI: My religious preference is difficult to explain….so I won’t 🙂 (You can thank me later!) With this said, my professor was discussing an excerpt from one of the novels we are reading. It was about one of the characters describing how humans cannot define God using “God is _____.” This is because any word we use would be limited to our vocabulary and therefore attempting to contain God which of course is absurd because God is not something/someone who can be contained. The character went on to say that if you see someone/something “God-like,” simply say that it was a form of God. Basically meaning that God has made Itself into a certain form for your benefit.

The professor also made a statement regarding Holy communion and how it is representative of how God becomes the bread and the wine in order to come within you. He ended with a question that got me really thinking. “Can you digest divinity?” – (Dr. David Pringle) I believe the answer is both yes and no.

The divine dichotomy.

What do you think?

Shifting Gears Again

Hello again folks. Well, here goes my latest update: “30 Days of Yoga” is over. Not because it was too hard or I was bored or anything but because I’ve started school again and so have my children so I haven’t gotten the hang of our adjusted schedules as of yet. I may or may not take it back up and/or notify the community of it (just saying).

Anywho, I wanted to share the impact that a particular class I’m taking has had on me just in this first week. The class is Interpersonal Relationships. The official course description goes like this: This course provides a study of personal growth and development through student discussion of interpersonal relationships and utilization of vital life skills such as dynamic, pro-active communication skills (verbal and non-verbal); active listening and response skills; and conflict resolution techniques. This course explores how to manage feelings; interpret human behavior, feelings, and stress; and overcome barriers to communication.

So this class is basically “Life 101.”

I had this professor for my Literature class and I loved it/him! So he mentioned that he had this Interpersonal Relationships course and I was hooked. I am always trying to find ways to improve myself and I thought that this would be a great addition. There are lots of people who wouldn’t bother taking this class because it’s not a requirement but just from what I’ve learned so far, I think it should be. Our first night we watched a video by Dr. Leo Buscaglia. If you haven’t watched or read anything by him you should check out YouTube. I think this man was the epitome of an angel and that he must have blessed many people with his messages on love. You can truly see how he loved people (he had a nickname of Dr. Love).

I feel that our society doesn’t take enough time to emphasize the importance of educating ourselves on life situations and what it means to be human. I think that the focus has shifted so intensely to traditional education such as reading, writing and math that this world has simply become too busy to worry about  things like feelings, emotions and how we treat one another. We’ve separated ourselves and made our feelings seem unimportant. We’ve become so engrossed with nourishing our intellect that we’ve forgotten the importance of nurturing our souls. We don’t share our pain or struggle with others because we don’t want people to think that we’re too emotionally “high maintenance.” We only share our highs and mask our lows. Then we ostracize anyone who has these lows and tell them to get over it and pick themselves up instead of telling them how we have also hurt and how we can relate. (Sadly, I have been guilty of this as well.)

We’ve created this fake society of non-feeling people. Ones who don’t have time to listen to beautiful music, watch a play or just admire works of art. Humanities, music and art courses/classes are the first to go whenever there are school budget cuts. Before I even started this course I’ve been working on getting to know me as a person. For so many years I only wanted to focus on pleasing my partners and bending to their will in order to keep them happy. I’m still a work in progress but I feel much better about myself now and know that I don’t have to bend over backwards for anyone’s attention. I want to learn to love people without having my life depend on whether or not they love me back. I’ve been reading tons of books, watching lots of movies, and am trying everything I can to fill myself with all the knowledge I desire not only the knowledge required by our institutions. I think overall taking a course like this will help me become a better person which is my ultimate goal.

Hopefully, I can continue to share more of what I learn in this course and life in general. Thanks for reading.

Downward Dog??

Checking out Yoga

Hello again everyone. A few posts ago I was rambling on about countdowns. How, in my opinion, these were the most interesting types of blogs to follow. It’s almost like watching a soap opera, you just can’t wait to find out what happens tomorrow! Any who, I was dabbling with this idea after seeing a video about a man who was disabled and couldn’t walk without the help of knee braces and forearm crutches. This man was able to rehabilitate himself after starting yoga and now he can walk unassisted.

So I’ve checked out some websites, some YouTube videos and I’m gonna do a little more research but I may give this a shot. Maybe an even crazier idea might be to have a different countdown every 30 days. Maybe Yoga this month and recipes next month, I don’t know, I haven’t thought that far yet.

I am overweight, wouldn’t mind getting more flexible and would love to be able to run. This man’s video inspired me to make a change in my life and maybe by combining it with my blog I could have some kind of accountability. I’m going to take a little walk later on this evening and give this a little more thought. If I decide to go through with this hopefully I can have some followers encourage me along the way. Who knows maybe I can have a sort of virtual group of people doing the same, that way we can encourage each other? Either way this is gonna be a great exercise (no pun intended).

By the way, I’m not that great at adding links so if you want to see the video I’m referring to, go to YouTube and search for Never, ever give up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation! I thought, if this man can do it with difficulty walking, I should be thankful that I have full use of my legs (and entire body for that matter) get out there and do this for myself!

Can’t wait to let you guys know what I decide! Write ya soon 🙂

Interesting….

Interesting ThoughtsI’ve been catching up on a lot of my blog reading this week. I enjoy searching for and reading other people’s blogs. I love looking for blogs that have to do with writing, blogging, life, love, books, movies, ASL/Deaf Culture, humor and a multitude of other categories.

By far, I think the most interesting and most popular types of blogs, in any category, has to be the countdowns. People that are counting down til they reach a certain age, countdown to their surgeries, countdown to their baby’s birth and the most important one to me, at one time, a recipe countdown. This was the countdown that got me started.

Julie Powell blogged about the time she cooked all of Julia Child’s recipes from a particular cookbook. She made sure she gave her readers a timeline and posted all of her trials and tribulations during her venture. After that she had a book and a movie made about the whole thing. I’m sure I’m missing some steps in there but that’s basically the gist of it.

Then I thought, wouldn’t it be interesting to have one of my own? Something that may pique people’s interest and want to read about? However, another less cheerful thought lurks about. Who wants to read about anything you have to say and what would your countdown be about? Should I recount about my son’s 2 weeks in football camp? He’s already made that kind of easy, he’s posting updates to his Facebook everyday, letting everyone know how it went. (I did suggest that he start his own blog but that went in one ear and out the other; teenagers)

Or should I be counting down until there is a wonderful shift in my life and I say, “Woohoo, it’s finally happened, I no longer have to worry about anything ever again!” Yea, probably not. I would need a timeline and that could take forever, or even worse something amazing could happen tomorrow and bye-bye blog topic (that actually wouldn’t be so bad).

I just don’t know the answer but I know the answer’s in there. Hey wait! What if I create a countdown to my countdown? Would that just be too utterly ridiculous? I mean what if started with, “Ok, I am giving myself 30 days to come up with a countdown to something! I have 30 to come up with a topic or…or….or else what?” Oh brother. Maybe I have a couple of screws loose.

I don’t know. Let me ponder upon this for a little bit folks. I’m kinda crumbling under the pressure right now. (Jk, not really)

To be continued….

Hope

To Cherish a Desire with AnticipationI know that I haven’t blogged since posting the prayer request for my best friend’s 2-year-old daughter Jasmine, who was diagnosed with cancer, but I was busy doing something that I shouldn’t have been doing. I was worrying about them. I know that doesn’t sound like it makes any sense but I’ll explain shortly.

My best friend and I have a bond that I have with no other friend. She is the only friend I have near me and I’ve known her longer than most. Like most “real friends” we’ve had lots of ups and downs throughout the nearly 10 years we’ve known each other but I believe those were the times that strengthened our friendship the most. I love my best friend dearly and it brings me great pain to know that she is suffering through this time with her daughter and I can’t be there as often as I’d like to be for her due to extenuating circumstances. I think about them 24/7 now, praying, meditating upon and visualizing Jazz feeling better and Pru having a smile on her face, seeing her baby well again.

The problem is this; though our hearts and prayers are on seeing her recovered, we all still worry. We always think the worst and I realize that kind of thinking is counterproductive. What kind of faith is it when we’re praying for the best but expecting the worst? I know that it’s only human nature to worry and be concerned for people in situations like this but I think that might be the pattern that makes the biggest difference.

I think at times that if we just have faith, stay strong and treat them like they will get better  instead of walking around sullen, dismal and practically mourning them while they are still living, people will think that we’re callous for not crying or showing feelings of distress. I’m not judging those of use who are sad because as I’ve mentioned I am saddened by this as well. I think we all should react in a way that we find the most comfort. So for me, I know that I can’t honestly say that I am hoping for the best with negative thoughts about her prognosis.

So again for me, I will focus on the positive and put all my will forth in manifesting a vision of her well, happy, playful and cured!

Titi loves you Jazz!

 

Commercials

Some commercials are really good but others....ehThis post is really just going to be a random one. It’s something that I’ve thought about for years and I think Shrek’s saying, “better out than in” fits the description of me wanting to get this thought out of my head.

I don’t currently have or want to have cable so I haven’t really had much of an opportunity to watch any TV, let alone any commercials. However, and I don’t know why this is, during the reading rampage that I was on yesterday while I had the day to myself, my typical thoughts about commercials started rolling around in my head.

What am I talking about, you ask? Well I know there are some really, really gut bustingly funny commercials out there that really get the point across and make people run out of their houses screaming to find the first place that sells whatever they just saw advertised.

On the other hand, have you ever watched a commercial that was so ridiculously off topic that at the end you still had no idea what they were selling?

Well the thought that always crosses my mind is this; first off I picture this long desk with about 8-10 people trying to pitch their ad ideas to the bigwigs. Then I think about all of the time that these creative geniuses took just to make it as far as that long table. Lastly, I think of the moment when this sub-par commercial was finally chosen. Did everyone else get fired? I mean if that’s the best they got then everyone else was slacking 110%.

Ok, well I guess my rant is over. This is just a glimpse of the weird stuff that’s been sitting in the old dusty crates of my mind. Sorry if this sounded like a somewhat cynical post.  I promise I don’t mean it to be (told ya it just had to vacate my mind). I know that it probably takes a lot of time and a huge vat of creative juice (I soooo need of gallon of that right now) to generate a great commercial out of thin air so I apologize in advance to anyone in that field (sorry).

By the way, I hope everyone has a happy, happy Monday!

Here I go Again

Just Lovely, HappinessGood morning everyone! Here I go again. I woke up with this overwhelming feeling that something wonderful is going to happen.

It’s a typical, beautiful, sunny Florida Saturday morning. These are the days that I usually like to go garage sale hunting with my daughter and when I dream about the day my mom moves back down so all three of us can enjoy our mother-daughter days.

Unfortunately, the necessary funds for us to enjoy that luxury has not manifested itself yet. No worries, I’m confident that the money will appear to us as needed.

For now I’ll just enjoy this Saturday as much as possible. I’m supposed to have a free afternoon today, yay!!! What will I do?

Any suggestions?