Monday, September 22, 2014


Stress is a hot topic these days. You hear people referring to it all the time, "Stressed out", "Not enough time in the day", "Not enough hands to get the work done", "Not enough of this", "Not enough of that". Add to this the stresses of being in a relationship (be it marriage or other), the stress of being a student, a mother, a father, a care giver, a teacher, a ____, a________, a ________. You get the idea.

Today, I'd like to discuss STRESS: 

What it is. 
Where it comes from. 
How it affects the body, mind, and spirit.
What we can each do about it.


Stress is any number of both, physiological and psychological responses, to the stimuli and environment around us. So, in essence, stress is something completely separate from us, that depending on how we perceive a situation, person, event, etc., and react to the stimuli, event,  environment, etc., can become very much an internal response .... both physiologically, and psychologically. When stress becomes physiological and psychological, it becomes 'real', and affects the very cellular structure of our being. Depending on how we choose to deal with a response to stress, can differ anywhere from having a headache, to taking an anti-depressant, to becoming completely overcome by it.


Stress comes from wherever (and whenever), you perceive it. Stress can come from sitting in traffic, knowing you're going to be late for a meeting, and feel there's nothing you can do about it. It can come from an inconsolable child, a job that has just been lost, or realizing you've left your purse, wallet, or credit card in a public place, and are an hour away.

First off, let me begin by saying, some stress is good for you. A moderate amount of stress keeps you on top of your game. It keeps you from falling asleep on the job, from taking your relationships for granted, and from going into a state of 'walking' hibernation. 

We all experience stress, all to differing degrees. What is highly stressful for one person (say, public speaking, for instance), can be a welcomed opportunity for someone else. 

Where does stress come from? Wherever and whenever you perceive yourself as such. Most of the stress experienced, isn't necessarily experienced at all, unless we choose to experience it as such. 

In other words, it's not stress or stressful until we, ourselves, acknowledge and label it as such, and begin responding to it as such. Most stress can simply be looked at differently (change of perception), and in response, be responded to differently. Calmly vs. stressfully. Rationally vs. irrationally. Logically vs. reactionary. 

In other words:



Assess yourself and make a list of those places, people, and events that cause you undue (too much), stress, and another list with those things, places, and people that cause you a 'healthy' amount of stress, and make a third list of the people, places and events that RELIEVE stress.

Now, you have a visual list of what it is you are allowing yourself to become stressed by. A tool to use, to choose a different response. You can even choose to eliminate some of these places, people, and events, if it is in your power to do so. Yes, it's that easy. Don't believe me? Next time you find yourself getting your feathers ruffled, take a look at yourself, and your surroundings (the people, event, etc.), and come up with something different. Make yourself come up with something different! Be creative and you'll be amazed at all the ways you can 'change' a situation, without doing anything, but changing the way you look at it.

A good friend of mine used to tell me, "There is no stress, only people thinking stressful thoughts." When you stop and really think about it, it's true. There can be absolutely no one, and nothing around you, yet, if you choose, you can call up a person or event, or circumstance, and begin dwelling on it ..... all the negatives, of course, and feed yourself a buffet of stressful thoughts. It happens all the time. Just look at the people around you. Look at their expressions, and you can immediately tell who's thinking stressful thoughts, and who is not. Then, go look in the mirror, what do you see? Create that which you desire. Period. Be that which you desire. Period.



Stress is really good for playing tricks on your mind, affecting your thoughts, and ultimately, your behavior. In the mind, as well as, in the body, stress can take on a life of its own, but once it has its way in your mind, it begins to wreak havoc in your body, by manufacturing all sorts of chemicals, and chemical reactions, within the brain. Yes, your brain contains it's own chemical manufacturing plant, that puts out various hormones, as a result. The chemicals and hormones created by stress are NOT health friendly, and really only serve one purpose in times of true stress .... when your life is in danger and a quick response is needed, and all systems 'go', must be achieved. When stress chemicals, and hormones, are constantly flooding the human body, dis-ease results. It's that simple, and that plain why stress must  be eliminated.


Stress isn't a mystery, it's affects are readily seen through heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and literally every dis-ease you can fathom. Yes, I believe stress is at the bottom of all dis-ease. How does it affect your body? Only you would know. Is it in your stomach, throat, head, arteries, joints, and on and on it goes. What are your symptoms of stress? Write them down and use them as incentive to handle and view situations, people, etc., differently in your life.


Whether you consider yourself religious or not, is completely irrelevant here. What I'm referring to in SPIRIT, is your spirit. Are your spirits soaring when you're weighed down with stress? Are you light-hearted? Full of laughter? Of course, not. Stress does affect one's spirit, down to the very core, which is another reason why it must be eliminated. 


Well, you have your lists for starters, this is to be taken seriously, folks. Get to work on those lists. I've also mentioned the fact that changing your perception, changes everything, so work on changing your perception, there is certainly no shortage of opportunity there.

REST: Stop and smell the roses for goodness sakes. Enjoy the sun on your face, a quiet walk, a long relaxing bath, a stroll on the beach, some relaxing music, uplifting quotes, and so forth.

SLEEP: Be sure you're getting adequate sleep. Forego the evening tv show, social gathering, or sporting event, and opt for a good nights sleep instead. It's amazing what a good nights sleep can do for your perspective.

EAT WELL: The foods that truly nourish you are the ones that are straight from the earth, grown and picked. They are colorful, nutrient dense, and can be eaten as they are, most of the time.

SUPPLEMENT: Take supplements that support the nervous system, such as B Vitamins, for instance, and others. Look them up, and do your homework.

RECREATION: I'm all for having a recreative outlet for stress relief, just so long as it doesn't become imbalanced. When a person is spending all their 'free' time on the slopes when their not working, may not be in their best interest. Remember, balance in ALL things. 

Okay friends, that's all from here, for now. Take care and have a super great, stress-free day!


Thursday, September 18, 2014


A friend passed this along to me, but hey, do your own research and come to your own conclusions. 

5 Things Coke Does To The Body
  1. Causes mechanical damage to cells which is a huge risk factor for cancer. It's why asbestos particles, for example, cause lung cancer.

  2. Causes acid reflux (stomach acid rising up past the esophageal valve). This is more pronounced when the body is horizontal (as in sleeping), but the sheer volume of Coke and soft drinks consumed in the USA means the acid reflux is well past the danger point. Any time you ingest a gassy drink, you are going to get belching--and acid into the esophagus. How much is too much? The research doesn't say where the limit is--it only shows that most of us are far, far, far past it.

  3. Stomach acid dissolves tissue--that's its purpose. The stomach lining does not extend into the esophagus, so the lower esophagus gets damaged by acid far more frequently in soft drink users than in non soft drink users. This results in a radical increase in cell mutations, along with a far higher level of free radicals.

  4. The carbonation irritates the stomach. The stomach "cures" the irritation the only way it knows how. It adds the only antacid at its disposal: calcium. It gets this from the blood. The blood, now low on calcium, replenishes its supply from the bones. If it did not do this, muscular and brain function would be severely impaired.

  5. Phosphoric acid reduces the calcium in the bones. Binding calcium with other materials, such as phosphorus, creates insoluble compounds that are poorly absorbed. Phosphoric acid, used in most soda drinks provide a “kick” which powerfully binds to calcium in the intestinal tract, forming calcium phosphates. So what the body does is pull the calcium from the bones and other tissues in order to buffer the calcium in the blood. This process actually causes osteoporosis.

20 Uses For Coke Proves It Does Not Belong In The Human Body

(Acts As An Acidic Cleaner Almost As Strong As Battery Acid)

The amount of acid in soda is enough to wear away at the enamel of your teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7.

1. Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
2. Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil. Also loosens rusty bolts
3. Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
4. Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
5. Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
6. Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
7. Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
8. Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
9. Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
10. Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
11. Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
12. Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container...takes a while but it does work.
13. Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
14. Removes stains from vitreous china.
15. Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.
16. You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
17. Remove marker stains from carpet. Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.
18. Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
19. Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
20. Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke laying it on the paint surface.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Do you remember the ole Push-ups? My Grandmother used to keep her freezer stocked with those things for years! It was a special treat whenever we went to visit. Good times.

Today's recipe is a take on the ole Push-up! Now, you can have all the flavor, sweetness, and the refreshing coolness with all the benefits of your regular protein shake which can be used for either pre and/or post workouts. 


Put the following into your blender and blend well, until light and airy.  Enjoy!

4 oz. orange juice concentrate
1 c. vanilla enriched, soymilk (or almond, rice, etc.)
21 grams vanilla flavored whey protein isolate
1 c. water
1 packet stevia
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4-5 ice cubes

Monday, September 15, 2014


As I was going over my schedule for the upcoming week this past weekend, I was in one way surprised at how fast the days are filled from morning to night, and in another way, not. I decided to look at the tasks, appointments, commitments, classes, sessions, and so forth, as opportunities rather than something other, lol.

Opportunities to grow, share, utilize and refine my time management skills, social skills, and perhaps most importantly, flexibility. 

Opportunities lie about us each and every day. The opportunity to meet someone new, to get to know them, and learn about their background, talents and viewpoints. 

Opportunities to be of service to someone, to lighten another's load, share a smile, a hearty laugh, or a listening ear. 

The opportunity to perhaps, do something we do daily, but differently today, or perhaps with a different perspective. 

The opportunity to build our skills, look at the details, pick an issue apart and set things straight. 

The opportunity to spend time with a child, youth, or young adult and share some insights with them, as we learn twice as much in the process, from them. 

The opportunity to observe, to ponder, to dream, and to take action. 

The opportunity to cease the moment for what it is, with no regrets. 

The opportunity to __________________. 

You start filling in the blanks.

What opportunties do you see for yourself today?

Jim Rohn put it nicely:

Somebody said you have to love what you do, but that's not necessarily true. What is true is that you have to love the opportunity. The opportunity to build life, future, health, success and fortune.

Knocking on someone's door may not be something you love to do, but you love the opportunity of what might be behind that door.

 For example, a guy says, "I'm digging ditches. Should I love digging ditches?" The answer is, "No, you don't have to love digging ditches, but if it is your first entry onto the ladder of success, you say, 'I'm glad somebody gave me the opportunity to dig ditches and I'm going to do it so well, I won't be here long.'


You can be inspired by having found something even though you are making mistakes in the beginning and even though it is a little distasteful taking on a new discipline that you haven't learned before. You don't have to love it, you just have to learn to appreciate America, appreciate opportunity and appreciate the person who brought you the good news; that found you.

Appreciate the person who believed in you before you believed in yourself, appreciate the person who said, "Hey, if I can do it, you can do it."

 If you will embrace the disciplines associated with the new opportunity you will soon find that your self-confidence starts to grow, that you go from being a skeptic to being a believer. And soon when you go out person to person, talking to people, you will find it to be the most thrilling opportunity in the world. Every person you meet - what could it be? Unlimited! Maybe a friend for life. The next person could be an open door to retiring. The next person could be a colleague for years to come. It's big time stuff. And sometimes in the beginning when we are just getting started we don't always see how big it is.

So, before you are tempted to give up or get discouraged, remember all success is based on long term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude and a few stepping stones along the way. You might not like the stone you are on right now, but it's sure to be one of the stones that lead to great opportunities in the future.