Happy New Year 2021!

Happy New Year 2021!

We all know 2020 has been a year like no other in our lives. If we thought 2001, 2004 (we had 3 hurricanes back to back in Florida that year), and 2008 (banking and job crisis), were challenging, we hadn’t seen anything until 2020. Am I right?

So, I thought now it might feel good to take stock and honor where I’ve been, in hopes to launch my 2021 off on a high note! How about you?

Surviving

Yes, I honor my past and all I’ve survived.

Some of the things I have gone through were of my own making and some things happened by default. (And a few people turned a fork in my back, but they are long in my rear view mirror now—thankfully!)

Happy New Year Everyone!

My biggest accomplishments

A business coach challenged me to list my top 25 accomplishments, so whenever I felt down, I could point to each one and say, “I did that”!

Well, I had a hard time listing 20 at first and before I knew it, instead of 20 or 25, I found I had written 32! LOL

Here they are in chronological order:

  • Having my 2 children
  • Survived first divorce that left me and my children in a new state (alone with only 2 new friends and parents who were in no position to help at that time)
  • Paid all my own bills
  • Worked 10 years at a prestigious university
  • Achieved two college degrees (the second with highest honors)
  • Put braces on my teeth and paid for those myself
  • Survived second divorce (from #2 who had major issues; since I don’t like labels though, I won’t list those here.)
  • Bought my own house using creative financing
  • Paid off several cars
  • Sold the house for a huge profit
  • Wrote both of my children big checks from the sale of that home
  • Traveled across the country working as an IT consultant (3 years)
  • Towed my own travel trailer and survived one whole winter in Missouri in it!
  • Working in Information Technology (30+ years) both for corporate/government
  • Co-wrote a well-received song when my would-be husband and I met (while I was on the road in Missouri) – https://vimeo.com/416711742?
  • Married the “Love of my life” (3rd time was the charm!)
  • Helped my husband buy his first house
  • Refurbished and sold that house for a profit
  • Bought a new townhouse together
  • Learned (and continue to learn) holistic health methods to heal and integrate Spirit-Soul, Mind-Body
  • Healed my body from 30+ years of asthma
  • Living full-time in an RV for 10+ years
  • Writing 3 books (with a 4th in progress) links at the bottom of this article
  • Writing and managing two blog sites – this one and Being Wholly Vibrant
  • Enjoyed time with my parents as they aged
  • Gracefully accepted my parents’ passing in 2017 and 2019
  • Continue to receive messages and visions from my parents in spirit since they crossed over to the Grand Beyond
  • Enjoying time with my granddaughters (in person when possible or via video chats)
  • Working 3.5 years from home (so was already very comfortable with it when lockdowns occurred)
  • Living off the grid
  • Learning how to “stay connected” even with limited/low bandwidth internet connectivity
  • Surviving this pandemic/plandemic year on private off grid property (a huge undertaking at our age)

What are your biggest accomplishments?

I’m using all I’ve learned to craft a self-coaching program where a small group of 4 dig deep and integrate what we know to achieve emotional balance. Would you like to join an upcoming 4 week program? (Let me know in the comments.)

And Happy New Year, everyone! ❤️🦋🌀🎆🎉

Learn more about my Integrated Spiral program here, where we connect spiritual types more fully with their bodies and connect body conscious types with Spirituality.

Integrated Spiral transformational coaching 

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Integration Diet

Integration Diet

Intro

Right from the start, let me tell you that I’ve been gently releasing the excess weight I’d gained during the COVID lockdown, by eating all different kinds of foods and challenging my former thoughts about what foods I should eat. It has really surprised me! And those “surprises” challenged me to analyze what was going on and how I could sustain on going weight loss (as I’d been overweight, technically obese), BEFORE the lockdowns.

Food History

I’d lost 20 pounds during 2019 with the help of a modified Keto diet as suggested by my chiropractor, restricting certain foods, and eating out less, or with much scrutiny of ingredients when we did go out and I got hungry (sometimes I just went out to socialize with my husband and not even eat a meal). I had taken a lot of supplements too, to help balance my hormones.

When I say I am not unfamiliar with diets, it’s true. I’ve done so many different diets over the course of twenty years, it’s not funny. It’s really sad. I didn’t even learn throughout all of those diets, how to tell when I was hungry, until I was ravenous (belly gurgling with hunger pangs)!

So, what I’m about to share may shock you. It has, and continues to shock me!

Food List

Here’s a list of some of the foods I’ve eaten and seen the number on the scale DROP the next morning, foods I wouldn’t have eaten a year ago:

  • Steak
  • Barbecue sauce (I found one brand that works for me. Yes, ONE.)
  • Cheese (I found a couple types that work for me.)
  • Half and half
  • Canned soup (I drink an extra cup of water after to help flush out excess salt.)
  • Rice (rinsed very well before cooking)
  • Soy sauce
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes (even potato chips! gasp! I know.)
  • Dark Chocolate (small portion, on a fancy plate)
  • Margaritas (homemade, no sugary mixer)
  • Red wine (limited to 8 ounces a night, though depending on my meal, I’ve had more)
  • Universal Yums (a monthly subscription of snacks from around the world-tiny servings)

Tracking

I owe my recent success to the Omada program (that was offered to me by my health insurance program: Florida Blue), because they sent me a free scale, which communicates back to their app and diet coach, via blue tooth technology (so, I am held accountable). I weigh in every morning, nude, and before drinking any water and after going to the restroom. I’ve also integrated this into my morning meditation ritual which includes a brief gratitude ritual and Qigong activity to release any gas in my body, and stress.

Tying these activities together has been a huge advance in my ability to stick with the weigh ins and track my journey. In three months, I’ve released 17 pounds. I’ve communicated with my coach on the days I gained a pound or so, and worked through the mental hoops and associated feelings. I’ve also incorporated small celebratory actions that do not involve food, as a new way to thank my body for following through on my desire to lose weight.

The Omada program also came with an app, which has helped me focus on the size and health of my meals, rather than the calories of the food (as I’d tracked before in the LoseIt! app). Now, I watch for the trends of how many veggies I’m eating in a week, and what I’ve eaten the day before I see the number go up or down on the scale. It’s a pretty cool bio feedback loop and is definitely working for me.

NOTE: If you’re not in the Omada program, you can still do the weight loss portion of my Integrated Spiral program, because I have found even better blue tooth scales that measure 17 health markers! I’m gonna get one if and when my Omada scale fails. 😉

Supplements

Aside from the liquid supplement that both my husband and I consume daily, when we moved off grid, I pretty much quit taking any other supplements, except Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Magnesium. But when I first stepped on the Omada scale and saw how much I had gained from February to September, I started looking into anything and everything I could take to support my weight loss journey. For the first time in a long time, I felt desperate.

I tried a few supplements, which I won’t mention here because they didn’t work for me. And every time I took them, I’d gain ounces the next day. I think my body is so sensitive, that I gain a bit of weight anytime I introduce something new to it. That’s a theory I am tracking via my food and weight log (which, circles back to why tracking is sooo important)!

There are a few supplements and weight loss aids that have helped me, and I’ll be writing reviews here regarding those products in the coming days.

I’m not including any supplements in my Integration Diet per se, because I don’t want you to feel that you have to take certain supplements in order to participate in this program. Take It Upon Yourself, as I always say, to do what works best for you. Plus, I’m attempting to keep all product reviews on my other blog. 🧐

Portions and measuring

I’ve found that my 1/2 C measuring cup has become my best friend in the kitchen. I scoop out chili and soup with it, and measure rice and pasta with it too. If I am in doubt, I measure. And I don’t just “trust” my eyes and brain with that “eyeball” method of measuring food, because that has been known to fail me.

The limit I set for myself on these kinds of foods is 1 C at a time. If for some reason I absolutely find that I need or want more, I go back for 1/2 C more. But, in three months, that’s only happened twice.

You gotta serve somebody. Just include yourSelf!

Timing

One trend I’ve noticed is that when I stop eating anything by 6pm, the number on the scale goes down the next morning.

I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting, but for it to work for me, I’ve observed that I need to go to bed on an empty stomach. I’ve tried all the other ways to do intermittent fasting, and no other combination works for me except going to be feeling hunger pangs. And for me to do this long term, well, it takes a real commitment and mindset. I’m not always successful, but I am committed.

Another trend I’ve noticed is that if I abstain from night time snacking, I can eat the same snack midday the next day (after lunch), and it doesn’t make the numbers on the scale go up, like it would have done, had I ate it at 9pm. Weird, but that’s what I’ve observed as true for my body.

Creating the habit

All of this has been about helping me establish good habits that I can maintain for life. I know walking daily, or not, is a choice.

And honestly, the number on the scale has gone down on the morning after I didn’t walk and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I need to rest and allow my body time to repair and reduce the inflammation that came from my walking the day before. I don’t know. I’m continuing to monitor that.

Sustaining habits or subconscious practice

So far, I’ve had the best outcome from tying two or more tasks or practices together. This is why I formed my Integrated Spiral transformational, small group, self-coaching program.

I know in order for me to make the commitment to a healthy, whole, and vibrant body means I must be held accountable. By serving others, I will serve myself. And in Bob Dylan’s famous words, “You gotta serve somebody.”

I know spiritual types that aren’t in touch with their bodies. And I know body conscious types who want to learn more about Spirituality. I think (and feel), I can serve both.

Learn more about my Integrated Spiral program here:

Integrated Spiral transformational coaching 

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Chakra Balancing:Yoga to Balance Mind-Body, Spirit and Soul

I am sooo glad I attended this aWEsOMe class four years ago:

Chakra Balancing:
Yoga to Balance the Mind, Body, & Spirit offered by Dr. Ronald Porter in St. Petersburg, Florida

In the yogic tradition, the chakras are known as wheels of spinning energy found throughout the body.

Usually, energy has the ability to flow though us with ease. However, the situations we encounter in life can often leave our energy blocked and unable to flow freely.

Gentle way to bring healing to your body. It’s as close to you as your breath.

Working with the chakras through yoga is a means of restoring a healthy flow of energy throughout the subtle energetic body, therefore bringing balance to the physical body.

Dr. Ronald K. Porter proved to me (during the workshop) that through movement and breath, I could partner with the Energies in my body to heal it!

In the class, we explored both the meaning of the chakras and subtle energetic body, and engaged in a yoga practice specifically focused on balancing the chakras.

Practicing yoga in this way, and incorporating it into my soul helped me realize I was also doing some very deep soul work too. Thus, why I added Soul to the title of this post. ❤️🦋🌀☯️

I found relief in my body, as I did the breathwork to move Energy into spaces and places I had not focused on in years, if ever.

Specifically guiding my breath, brought immediate healing to one of my knees, and kept the energy medicine working on it for several days later! I knew I had found a healing method I was going to continue to use for the rest of my life.

I now incorporate basic elements of this in my transformational self-coaching program, Integrated Spiral. Won’t you join me?

Learn more about it here:

Integrated Spiral transformational coaching

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Clarity

Gaining clarity

Perhaps “clarity” (which is spoken of a LOT in the coaching world) is overrated.

Coaching: Perhaps clarity is overrated. Shrugging shoulders.

I’m attempting to stay focused.

I have gotten so much done this year (though some may disagree), but really, when I list all the stuff I’ve managed to do, with all the challenges we’ve been faced with (since February), I am honestly—AMAZED!

Honestly, (though there’s really no reason to say the word “honestly” if everything you say is honest) I’m thankful to be here, to be well, safe, and getting stuff done. 🤯😉

Here’s what I’ve accomplished this year, and it’s not over yet!

  • Software:
    • Jira
    • Confluence
    • Zoom (admin and user)
    • Salesforce (customizations)
    • Deltak Costpoint 7
    • Navigate coaching portal
    • Navigate new writing portal (Writers Work)
    • Affinity software
  • Setup MacBook Pro – then reformatted its hard drive when it took too long to delete folders on it before sending it back
  • Setup it’s replacement MacBook Air, and it still doesn’t work as easily as it should (unless you have unlimited internet to move files over), I used a USB thumb drive, BUT required additional cable and box for proper ports)!
  • Early adopter of new social media platforms like:
    • Telegraph, and Rumble (Been on Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and others for many years)
  • Completed a high ticket 12 month business coaching program
  • Created a new transformational coaching program-read about it here: https://sheilamurrey.net/integrated-spiral/
  • Off grid living:
    • How to fill a generator
    • Turn off/on propane shower hot water
    • Turn off/on propane grill
    • Fill water tanks
  • Setup and attempted to use Wireless connectivity-Satellite to phone hotspot (Satellite never worked properly to initiate login and handshake to government Gateway to access a virtual machine)
  • Setup and used Boost mobile MiFi (not enough bandwidth available) and later switched to AT&T MiFi (and have been using it problem free for over 3 months)
  • Release the 25 pounds of excess COVID weight! (Still ongoing, but down 15 pounds as of now)

I’ll edit my initial words a bit. BIG clarity may be overrated.

Just get clear on something small, bite sized. Then follow through on that. And that’s what we’ll be doing in my new coaching program! 😉

Knowing exactly what the BIG goal is may not be necessary and may cause one to falter or stall (like an airplane that tries to ascend too fast or at too steep of an incline). Just focus on what you can do today and get it done. Eventually the picture unfolds.

At least I am learning to IN Joy the process/journey. ❤️😉

Humorous observation

We’ve had sooo much going on! Self inflicted challenges! (Hmm maybe that’s what I should have named my new program! LOL But I wanted to name it after my most resonating things, integration and spirals 🌀 for Energy, Newgrange engravings, etc.) 😉🤷🏻‍♀️

A bit about me

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.