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God Gave Me a Brain

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Unfortunately on those occasions when I have misused that gift I have paid the price. One Valentines Day about 15 years ago I took my wife and younger daughter out for dinner. They wanted to try a new Mexican restaurant in St. Louis County. It was nice, not expensive, and when the food was served I found the food to be much milder than what we had been eating in New Mexico for 7 years. At this point I’m using my brain as God intended. I asked the girls “where’s the heat” and my wife picked up the Diablo Chili “garnish” from her plate and said “Here’s your heat”. Now, the Diablo is a tiny innocent looking atomic bomb and we both knew it. I apparently put my brain on autopilot when I heard the words here’s your heat because I reached out, took it out of her hand, and ate the whole thing. emoticon

My wife’s mouth dropped open and she didn’t say a word. Then my body temp shot up about 100 degrees, my eyes watered, and my nose was running. My tongue felt like someone was holding a blowtorch on it as my face turned beet red and heavy sweat covered my forehead. The waitress had just stopped by to ask us how everything was and did her best to hold back her laughter. The fact that my wife and daughter were laughing so hard made it much tougher for her to maintain her composure. My wife told her what I had done and the waitress quickly got me a pitcher of water. I drank two glasses very quickly. Now that I could finally speak I asked for milk. Actually I begged for the milk and she responded quickly. Finally, some relief and the sweating began to subside. To this day the three of us will die laughing if either of us says “Where’s the heat”.

This lifestyle change journey is like that trip to the Mexican restaurant. As long as we use our brain and stick to the plan things are fine. When we go on autopilot we resort to old habits and traps are all around us. Our brain can keep us in the game as long as we keep giving it positive reinforcement and consciously look for the traps. We have a lot of Diablo Chilis that we need to recognize and respond appropriately to. When we pick up that Chili, that doughnut, that block of cheese, that bar of chocolate, or whatever our trap is we need to use our brain and remember where we are and where we’re going. Had I taken a small bite of that Chili (moderation) it would have given me the heat I was seeking. Eating the entire thing was a huge mistake. Sooooo – the next time you’re tempted to splurge just remember - “Here’s your heat.” emoticon

Enjoy the ride,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HONBAD 5/28/2012 7:51AM

    Haha I will have to remember to ask myself "Where's the heat?" next time I'm tempted! I saw my dad have that reaction when some family friends were all together and he tried a drop of super super hot sauce on a toothpick!

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COCHESE321 5/21/2012 12:11PM

    Yup, we have to stomp out a lot of little fires in our lives. And big ones. Thanks for the laugh.


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HAVEFUN2LOSE 5/20/2012 4:16AM

    Poor Lew emoticon

I know what it is like to keep eating, even when I KNOW I am full, sometimes until I feel sick. Not so often these days though, it is getting better, and I do NOT buy chocolate now and have eased off on the cheese. Everything I love starts with CH...chocolate, cheese and

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REXTINE1 5/19/2012 5:02PM

    I love your story. When we were in Mexico the first city we stayed at for a month was San Carlos, and the first time we had breakfast there I ordered an omelet, which came with three small Habanero peppers. I nipped off half of one, and then left the others for someone else. the heat can be more than you want, even if you only eat a little.

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EVIE4NOW 5/19/2012 3:54PM

  Good to know lolol.

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GREYGRANNIE 5/19/2012 3:46PM

    -- don't think I would do the hot chili pepper but so know the result of overeating past the point of enjoyment or stomach comfort. Some things just take one experience and you've had the lesson. Other things are hard to learn. emoticon emoticon

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