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#OneWord Thursday: #STUCK to Unstuck

Are you feeling as if you are spinning your wheels and getting nowhere fast?  Are you stuck in the mud? What do you do when you feel stuck or trapped?  Flail, flounder, flap, struggle, resist?  Maybe even throw your weight […]

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Weighty Confession: Platters Full of Punishment

Many of us have been known to scoff down one piece of cake, beat ourselves up, feel rotten to the core, and then have another slice of the Devil’s food to soothe. Our fat cells multiply – our pants tighten […]

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Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Obsessed with Food? Enter at your own risk.

Greetings Tushkateers,  Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, and you’ve maxed out on BBQ, burgers, hot dogs and cake in the shape of the flag, I thought you’d be interested in knowing where you can safely retreat to, […]

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Eat This: Lose Weight – Crunchy, Satisfying, FAT-Burning Broccoli Salad

Last weekend, we (DH and I) were invited to a Garden Party!  Imagine that!!!  Outside, in a garden!  Thus the name, garden party! Duh   Nevertheless, thrilling for this CityGrrrl. I asked, “What can I bring?”  A Broccoli Dish was […]

#OneWord Thursday: What is your #style? Inner-style? Spiritual style?

What is your style?  Inner-style?  Spiritual style?  What is style?  Style is a combination of self-awareness, self-knowledge, personality and fashion. True style, inner-style, spiritual-style requires that one feels comfortable in their own skin, at home in their body. Your outer-style […]

Best Weight Loss Tips: Set Your Table for Change!

Here, today, right NOW, Our Lady of Weight Loss shares some of her best non-food weight loss tips!  Tips that set the stage for change, and set your table for success! Use dark, small plates! Studies show that people will […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Empty Your Mental Junk Drawer

“I believe in roses. And I believe in putting roses into a vase and sitting the vase on the table. I believe in getting lost and being found, I believe in going barefoot, and in laughter! My religion is to […]

Puzzled? “Chuga-Squeak” speaks

“Chuga-squeak, Chuga-squeak,” repeats the Grackle. Our Tucson courtyard, amass in Palm, Olive, Mesquite and Cyprus trees, is home to the Grackle. The Grackle is longer than most blackbirds, slimmer than most crows.   Grackle males are colorful; very iridescent with their […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Best Gazpacho Ever

Q:  How amazing and magical is it when someone (a good friend, neighbor or even a relative) shows up at your front door with a bowl of somethin’ special that she (or he) has just whipped up to share with […]

#OneWord Thursday: 10 Quotes that Inspire the #Body

Our inner guidance comes to us through our feelings and body wisdom first — not through intellectual understanding. ~ Christiane Northrup Because thoughts come from our head, and said thoughts tend to be loud (very loud), we are inclined to […]

Fat Daughter: “Perplexed” Needs Advice!

“Perplexed” turns to Our Lady of Weight Loss and asks “How can I help my daughter? How can I restore family harmony?” Dear Our Lady of Weight Loss ~ I have three teenage-young adult kids. They are all winners in […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 8 Steps to Easy Weight Loss

Good Day Tushkateers, How are you on this bird-chirping morning?  I am (we are) in Tucson, celebrating my birthday.  A week long celebration, which kicked into gear last weekend in Manhattan and has now migrated to the southwest along with […]

Puzzled? Antioxidant Girl to the Rescue

After celebrating Mother’s Day, happily being wined and dined, desserts at every corner, chocolates galore, I thought it might be a good idea to start the week by clicking through our beloved Weight Loss Hero’s favorite JigSaw Puzzle entitled, Antioxidant […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Mother’s Day Blueberry Cobbler

In search of a special Mother’s Day recipe?  Something light, healthy and delicious?  Look no further.  Straight from the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchens, a Blueberry Cobbler that is sure to bring a smile to your face and set […]

#OneWord Thursday: 10 Quotes to Build #Confidence

Our confidence, or lack of, affects how we experience life, and what actions we take based on that experience.  When we are confident in who we are; when we feel good about ourselves, we make better choices, healthier choices.  We […]

Mean Girl Confesses Weighty Sins

How mean are you? To others? To yourself? Our Lady of Weight Loss has received hundreds, actually thousands of emails from readers who “confess” their self-sabotaging and mean-spirited words, which are sadly and unfortunately directed at themselves! Dear Our Lady […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: The Secret of Life-from Mediocrity to Genius

The ‘burning bush’ was not a miracle. It was a test. God wanted to find out if Moses could pay attention to something for more than a few minutes. When Moses did, God spoke. The trick is to pay attention […]

Puzzled? your…Empty Mind

Enjoy this week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle entitled, “Empty Mind,” from Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal. Remember, clicking burns calories and it’s fun! Send “Empty Mind” e-postcard to friends, family and […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Cinco de Mayo Tacos ‘n Salsa

Last week’s EAT THIS: LOSE WEIGHT recipe featured a delightfully delicious Cinco de Mayo Beans n’ Rice dish.  Not to be missed!  AND a great complement to this week’s EAT THIS: LOSE WEIGHT recipe, Cinco de Mayo Tacos n’ Salsa! […]

#OneWord Thursday: 12 Ways to Breathe In #Morning Happiness

Further my yesterday’s post, “3 Steps to Waking Up Happy,” here today a dozen “morning” quotes that can serve as morning affirmations, as well. Wash your mind with these magically filled, precious morning gems that can help you to tap […]

Tasty Tidbit: 3 Steps-How to Wake Up Happy

Would you like to wake up happy?  Here, from Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of weightlessness, shares 3-steps to a happy morning! Did you know that your mind is 25 times more open to suggestion when you […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Beauty is Not Caused; It Is

Greetings!  Get thy May Pole out of storage, Tushkateers!  May Day is swiftly upon us.  It is time to grab hold of the ribbon and dance! Yes?!  It may be well worth the effort.  Not just for the sheer joy […]

#Puzzled? #JigSaw: Ghandi’s Cake

Ghandi’s Cake is up for interpretation.  My Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw puzzles are created from and by another hand, so to speak.  One that is from deep within that has no words, no thoughts; yet clips, arranges and glues […]

Eat This, Lose Weight: Cinco de Mayo Rice n’ Beans

Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).  Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in […]

#OneWord Thursday: Dove Sketches – The First Stab of #Beauty

Have you seen the very brilliant, gone viral, new Dove commercial entitled, “Dove Real Beauty Sketches?”  #WeAreBeautiful The commercial did an amazing job of illustrating that your every day woman perceives herself as less attractive than she is (even ugly).  […]

Weight Loss Wisdom: All Is Forgiven, Move On?

Recently, I was speaking with a client who was very (very!) upset! “I weighed 170 last week,” she said,  “and this morning, I weighed 173.”   Apparently, she had what she considered to be a horrific week and for a myriad […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: True Happiness-Embrace Your Imperfections

We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks.  That’s what connects us—that we’re all broken, all beautifully imperfect.  ~ Emilio Estevez Greetings, Salutations, Howdy and Hola Tushkateers, How are y’all doin’ this fabulous day?  Feeling accepting and happy with your SELF?   Based […]

Puzzled? Earth Day Buddha, “Shower with your partner.”

Today’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, “Earth Day Buddha,” celebrates Earth Day, an environmental movement that began in 1970. This movement was designed to bring awareness to the importance of taking care of our Earth.  Earth Day led to […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Ribbons of Pesto Pasta

Our Lady of Weight Loss preaches to her friends, family, clients, as well as her devotees that the secret to permanent fat removal, a.k.a. weight loss, is to fill up on, enjoy, get into, and worship (yes, worship) fruits and […]

#OneWord: Does Your Soul Know the Geography of Your #DESTINY?

Is everything predetermined; the beginning as well as the end?  Does your soul know the geography of your destiny?  Are you where you are supposed to be? Does destiny relate to the probable to almost certain future, allowing for change […]

Weight Loss Wisdom: 5 Reasons Why Your Weight is Still a Problem

You may say that you want to tackle ‘the’ problem, solve it, handle it and move on, but If you have been working on the same problem for more than, let’s say, a decade (is that enough time to tackle […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: how to … Live in Hope, Not Fear

Dearest Tushkateers, Yesterday, after an absolutely lovely and peaceful afternoon walk through the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park, Peter and I returned home, turned on our respective media devices and were blasted by one deeply disturbing headline after the next–as […]

Puzzled? Will It End in Mystery?

“It Began in Mystery; It Will End in Mystery.“ This week’s get jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle was inspired by the mysterious nature of it all! “…. There are certain times, when, as on the whisper of the wind, there […]

Food and Sex: Graham Crackers Curb Sexual Tendencies

There was a man whose name was Graham: Sylvester Graham. He was a man on a mission; his main thrust was to curb lust. Graham (1794 –1851), the 17th child of the Reverend John Graham was – in 1826 – […]

#OneWord Thursday – 11 Quotes: Visit the Fringe of Eternity-Where #MYSTERY Exists

If our minds are always thinking, spinning words one after the next into “story,” sometimes comforting, sometimes terrifying; then how can we hear the wise voice of intuition? How can we be present and fully appreciate, be astonished by, marvel […]

Video: Secret to Successful Weight Loss

Interested in learning the secret to weight loss success?  Want to know how to get back on the wagon…fast?  If yes, then watch this video from your favorite Weight Loss Success Coach, Janice Taylor!  She permanently removed over 50 pounds […]

Kick Tush Tuesday: 17 Tips – Listen to Your Body

Now is the time to make good use of time. Today is the day to begin a perfect day. ~ Sri Chimnoy Greetings Tushkateers!    How are YOU this fine day? Over these past few weeks, my body, my mind […]

Puzzled? How to Turn a Deaf Ear to Cake

Yesterday, we celebrated my daughter and SIL’s 7th anniversary!  After we had a delightful Thai dinner, we made our way down the road to a Greek cafe for dessert–as in, coffee and cake!  Dum dum dum dummmmmm (for sound effects […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Mad Men Mac ‘n Cheese

As you probably know (you’d almost have to be dead not to), the season premiere of Mad Men is scheduled for this coming Sunday (check your local listings).  In its honor, I am planning a 1960’s themed dinner, which brings […]

#OneWord Thursday: End Emotional Eating, Be Here “NOW”

Question: Where are you? Answer:  Here Question:  What time is it? Answer:  Now Emotional eating is rooted in the “unpresent.”  If we could simply live in the moment, in the now, there would be no emotional eating.  When feeding an […]

Weight Loss Wisdom: Worry Less, Play More

Greetings!  I’m back from teaching my Feed Your Soul workshop at Rowe Camp and Conference Center, which was a full-all-out blast!  Amazing people in the group!   Because we were there to feed our souls, the word pleasure surfaced. We […]

Dysfunctional Chef: She’s Got a Peanut Butter Jones?

As I am about to head up to Rowe, Massachusetts this morning to teach my weekend workshop entitled “Feed Your Soul: Change Your Weight,” and I am thinking, “What can I pack for the train ride? For lunch, for a […]

#OneWord Thursday: “Identity” – 14 Juicy Quotes to Shape Your Story

Who are you?  What costume do you wear?   What story do you tell yourself about yourself? Who are you?  Really? As I head off to Rowe Camp and Conference Center to lead the workshop entitled “Feed Your Soul: Change Your […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 9 Most Excellent Reasons to Smile

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Greetings, cheers … hello Tushkateers!  How are you on this happy day?  Joyful?  Smiling?  I am, […]

Puzzled? Dancing Parrots, Flying Roosters

This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, “Dancing Parrots, Flying Roosters,” was inspired by my recent visit to the southwest. Please note:  Clicking burns calories, keeps the hands and mind busy (thus, out of the kitchen), and it is […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Eat This, Lose Weight-Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

This week’s less guilt, healthy-living recipe, Slow-Cooker Sicilian Eggplant Caponata, was a major-league, big-time, booyah success!  It can be served as a side-dish especially for fish, over pasta (preferably whole grain), on top of polenta and/over thin, toasted slices of […]

#OneWord Thursday: 12 Quotes that Scatter JOY

Join with Our Lady of Weight Loss and me (Janice Taylor), as we “scatter joy,” feed our (collective) soul, and practice Happiness!   Let JOY lead the way (weigh) this week!!! “Scatter joy!” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson “There is no beautifier […]

Weight Loss Wisdom: “You Deserve ________ .”

Recently, a crumb-covered friend said to me, “I had a hard day.  I deserved the crumb cake.  I really did.”   Did she? Deserve? Crumb cake? “I deserve __________.”   I invite you to fill in the blank with something more than […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 9 Spring Lighter Dandelion Thoughts!

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein Happy Spring Tushkateers!   Can you hear the birds chirping? Louder than it was yesterday, yes?  […]

JigSaw Monday: There Ain’t No Journey?

Today’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, “There Ain’t No Journey,” reminds us that we are on a journey. As long as we are alive, we are headed somewhere. How will our today’s  journey unfold?  Will we have learned from […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Deviled Mexican Eggs

I was thrift shopping and found an “deviled egg tray” in the “fancy” cabinet that holds all the really prized and expensive household items.  It was marked $18, which I thought was crazy high for the corner thrift store; and […]

#OneWord Thursday-EINSTEIN: 13 “Einstein” Quotes that Feed the Brain

In celebration of Albert Einstein’s birthday (March 14) and Pi Day, here follows a Baker’s Dozen Einstein Quotes to chew on!  Serve brain food! Einstein Quotes: Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on […]

Spirit Story: Two Wolves

A Native American grandfather is talking to his grandson about how he feels about a tragedy in their village. “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart.  One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The […]

Kick Tush Tuesday-10 Morning Affirmations: Love, Happiness and Positive Energy

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. ~ Bruce Lee Greetings CowGirls and Tushakteers!    Yes, I am still in Tucson (another two weeks of cactus bliss), writing to […]

Jigsaw Puzzled? The Empress, Abundance Sensuality Creativity

How to utilize this week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, inspired by The Empress, to manifest abundance, sensuality, creativity as well as inner and outer beauty! 1.  As you click through The Empress, become aware of your body, as […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

This morning, this Dysfunctional Chef (that’s me), was sort of in the mood to cook, but sort of not in the mood, which ultimately led me to this very fabulous, easy to make, simply delish recipe that I am sure […]

#OneWord Thursday: Vision

Your very first step toward creating a better tomorrow, your best life, is developing the capacity to picture it.  This vision will ignite a fire of passion, which will fuel your pledge to do whatever it takes to manifest your […]

Fun: Having any?

Honestly, I really do believe one of the reasons that I’ve been able to “not find” those 50 pounds I “lost” over 11 years ago, is because I put a great deal of emphasis and effort into having fun, playing […]

Kick in the Tush Club Tuesday: 21 Full Bodied & Curvaceous Ways to Reenergize!

Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries. – Astrid Alauda Tushkateers!  Howdy CowGirls & CowBoys!    I’m writing to you from my beloved Tucson, in Cowgirl Desert mode.  (Confession:  Every […]

Puzzled? Send a Weird, Phallic, Prickly postcard to a friend!

This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle is inspired by a photo I took at Tohono Chul Gardens in Tucson, which FB friend Trudy said was “weird, phallic & prickly!”  Trudy’s right!!! Remember: 1.  clicking burns calories. 2.  Time […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Creamy Squash n’ Corn Casserole

Heavy in comfort, low in calories, this recipe is brought to you by your favorite Dysfunctional Chef. Creamy Squash n’ Corn Casserole – a.k.a. Mellow Yellow Blend Ingredients: 2 cups (16 ozs.) cottage cheese (full fat, 2% fat, low fat […]

Body Esteem: 25 percent of your Self-Esteem

Our body image (a.k.a. body esteem) is the picture we have of our physical body.  It is an inner view of our outer self.   It is formed by our awareness, imagination and emotions.  It is ever-shifting.  Our body esteem not […]

Puzzled? Outside my kitchen window a grackle sings.

What is a grackle? A love bird whose song is not pretty. The Grackle a poem by Victoria Davis Outside my kitchen window a grackle sings. His song is not a pretty one – And ‘grackle’ an unfortunate name for […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Oscar Cocktail Roundup

My friends at Polar Seltzer shared a bounty of Oscar cocktail recipes with inspired names for your Sunday night Oscar party pleasure! Remember to: Drink (and eat) in moderation. Make wise choices (some of these are lower in calories than […]

#OneWord Thursday: Quiet – A happy life must be a quiet life.

One of my favorite stories that illustrates the importance of quiet is about Michelangelo, the great artist.   It is said that one day back in the day, a prince visited Michelangelo in his studio and found him staring at an […]

An Anti-Aging, Fat-Burning Zen Story

The Zen master Hakuin used to tell his students about an old woman who owned a tea shop in the village. She was skilled in the tea ceremony, Hakuin said, and her understanding of Zen was superb. Many students wondered […]

Kick Tush Tuesday: 51 “One Size Fits All” Miracle Cures

Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein Tushkateers!  Howdy, Hi there, Hey, Hello …. How are you on this fine February morning (afternoon or evening)?  Just swell?  Ready to stop the […]

Puzzled? 3 Steps – Wake Up Happy

Are you wondering how to be happy?  Are you thinking that it would be marvelous, stupendous, nothing short of a miracle if you could, if you would, each and every morning, simply leap out of bed “happy.” Well, Our Lady […]

Eat This, Lose Weight: Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

Is dessert a food group?  Is comfort food a food group?  If they were, this recipe would be included in both categories!  This Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding recipe is old-fashion, lip-smackin’ good!  Try it for size Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding (slow cooker, […]

#OneWord Thursday: Self-Love

I’m not quite sure why it is so difficult to ‘love thyself,’ the number one commandment of Our Lady of Weight Loss’ 10 Commandments of Permanent Fat Removal (a.k.a. weight loss) but apparently – it is! If you were to […]

Quiz: Are you a “fat” doormat?

Our Lady of Weight Loss invites you to take her ‘doormat quiz,’ and determine whether you are super-empowered, strong enough, somewhat stable, or the “biggest namby-pamby ever!” *** This morning, while sipping (okay, gulping down) my first cup of coffee […]

Kick Tush Tuesday: Love is the Greatest Refreshment

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.  ~ Pablo Picasso Greetings Tushkateers!   OMG! OMG! OMG!  St. Valentine’s Day is a mere two sleeps away (two days in grown-up talk); the official day of love.  Romantic love, primarily.  But for me […]

Puzzled? Why not be my valentine?

This week’s Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, entitled “Why not be my Valentine?“ honors Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as, Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. We associate the day with romantic love; an occasion when lovers express their […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Moroccan Lentils

Early yesterday, I “dressed up” in no less than six (6) layers, braving Storm Nemo, making my way to the supermarket to buy the ingredients that would ultimately manifest no less than 10 servings of Moroccan Lentils and Rice for […]

Governor Chris Christie Kicks Letterman’s Tush: Eat This!!!

The New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, poked fun of his “fat” self on David Letterman. Whether you think Govenor Christie’s weight is a potential hazard to his running for the presidency or not, I think we can all agree that […]

Kick Tush Tuesday – 6 Steps: Let Go of Extra Heavy Weight a.k.a. The Lettuce is to Blame

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.  Yet […]

Puzzled? Calorie-Free Cupcake Mandala

This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss Puzzle, “Cupcake Mandala,” was inspired by the mandala, a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe. Loosely translated, “mandala,” a Sanskrit word means “circle.”  It represents wholeness.  It is a diagram that reminds […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Shrimp “Ceviche”

Ceviche (“seh-BEE-chay”) is an extremely popular dish in South America, whose basic ingredient is raw fish.  Raw fish, cut into bite-sized piece, marinated in the juice of an acidic fruit (usually lime), salt and various seasonings.   The juice changes the […]

#OneWord Thursday: Adventure

This morning, while sitting and staring out the window, sipping that magical first cup of coffee, I witnessed a miracle.  The Sunrise.  The grey clouds cleared, the sun peeked out and the sky a magnificent shade of blue.  Another day, […]

Breaking News: 5 Money Rituals for Today’s Financial 4th Quarter Blues

A New York Times breaking news alert made its way into my in-box this morning, reporting that the “U.S. economy contracted unexpectedly in the final quarter of 2012, hurt by weaker exports, a drop in military spending and a slower […]

2013: The Year of Extreme Happiness

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” ~ W.M. Lewis Hello Tushkateers!   Before we move into this week’s KITT Club e-letter, allow me first to share a […]

Puzzled: Simpler Times, Better Bathing Suits?

This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, “Simpler Times, Better Bathing Suits,” takes a nostalgic look at the early 1920’s and bathing suits of yore. Upfront and center, in the two white “suits” stand my mother and my aunt. […]

Winter Weight Loss: The Freeze Your Ass Off Diet

This morning, I awoke to a ridiculously cold 13 degrees.  My first thoughts were not particularly happy ones. “Geeze Louise, when I head out I am going to have to bundle up big time;  long underwear, a second pair of […]

In Memoriam: For death is but a passing phase of life

For death is but a passing phase of Life; A change of dress, a disrobing; A birth into the unborn again; A commencing where we ended; A starting where we stopped to rest; A crossroad of Eternity; A giving up […]

National Hug Day: The 8 Rules of Hugging

Today is National Hugging Day! I’ve already hugged three people, and in doing so I realized that hugging is a bit more complex than just grabbing someone and squeezing! Not everyone welcomes a full frontal hug! Go figure. Anyway, if […]

The Hospice Diaries: Transcending the Traditional

This morning, as I lie in bed, contemplating what the next few days might bring forth on all planes–physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually–what the days could look like, I begin to wonder how I could possibly best manage to “enjoy” them. […]

Facing Death: 10 Life Quotes

Because my mother had a stroke last week, and she is, so to speak, scripting her final chapter, which is currently overflowing with love, laughter and song, I can’t help but to think about life.   And as I do, as […]

Kick Tush Tuesday: 5 Ways to Be a Pillow-Offset Tough Times with Gentle Softness

It has been weeks since I sent out a fully loaded Kick in the Tush e-letter.  As both Christmas and New Year’s Day fell on a Tuesday, OLWL insisted that we take off. She headed off to some beach or […]

Love: Where Heaven Touches Earth

As some of you know — in my life — “life” is happening is a big way.  Life is happening in the form of death, as my 96 year-amazingly-awesome mother begins to leave us.  With a fully open and grateful […]

Mom Had a Stroke

This past Saturday evening, my 96 year-young-at-heart mother, Harriet, suffered a massive stroke while on the telephone with my husband. Mom was happily chatting away with her favorite (and only) son-in-law, sharing all the news of her day.  She’d attended […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Tasty, Smart – Einstein Tuna Casserole

In the mood for comfort food that increases brain power as it ignites happy energy?  Who’d say no to that? You Don’t Have to Be Einstein Tuna Casserole, one of my favorite recipes, is from All Is Forgiven, Move On: […]

Fat Time of Day: Here’s How Sugar Can Help?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Case in point, this advertisement from Ladies Home Journal, April 1970: “The “Fat Time of Day,” when you’re really hungry and ready to eat two of everything.“ *** This morning, […]

New Year’s Toast: 3 Steps to Happiness

A New Year’s Toast from Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal. Three steps to happiness. Make Toast.  Eat Toast.  Be Happy. Could happiness be that easy obtain, to create, to experience?    Yes! Sometimes […]

Puzzled? One Word Meditation

Pick a word, any word.    This week’s get jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle: “One Word Meditation” is inspired by the word!  Any word! 1. Pick a word, any word. 2. Slowly repeat your chosen word in your mind’s eye. 3. […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Slow Sexy Peppers

Imagine a platter full of stuffed red, green, yellow, and orange peppers. Beautifully arranged, two rows of each color, maybe even three rows, tops cut off, beans, rice and shredded jack cheese melting atop. You carry the platter of stuffed […]

7 Things that Zap Your Spiritual Energy

Sometimes unseen forces zap our energy, nibble away at our resolve and either send us on an unfortunate detour or stop us entirely in our tracks, moving us away from manifesting our goals.  These “things” are not obvious to the […]

Happiness Tip 2013: Barefooted Bliss

The concept of earthing, a.k.a. grounding, is in simplest terms, waking barefoot.  And, in doing so you ground yourself to the earth, whose energy can help you to live a healthier and therefore happier life. On an intuitive level, it […]

8 Christmas Quotes: Wrap Your Holiday in Ho Ho Ho Happiness!

One of my favorite things to do when having dinner parties — especially a holiday party — is to wrap the silverware in quotes!  People unwrap their forks n’ knives and read their quotes aloud, pass them around.  People want […]

2013: Pray with the Rocks

With love, appreciation and deepest gratitude for your faithful friendship, Our Lady of Weight Loss and I wish you the very best in 2013, AND we invite you to …       … Dream with Your Feet, bust a move, get […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Jewish Christmas Dinner – Mock Egg Foo Yung

Our Lady of Weight Loss heard through the Christmas Grapevine that a good many of her Jewish friends and family go out for Chinese food on Christmas.   In fact (here’s a juicy tidbit for you), when Justice Elena Kagan was […]

End World Prophecy: 6 Steps – Make Your Last Day Count

The doom-and-gloom-sayers, the end-of-the-world folk are predicting that the world will indeed end tomorrow, December 21, 2012, presumably prophesized by the Mayan calendar.  How will it end?  Will we fall into a black hole, will a monstrous asteroid hit the […]

Star Power: 7 Ways to Burn Bright

You are a star. Own It!  Our Lady of Weight Loss is 100% sure that you are a star. Feel confident in your stardom. Flaunt it, baby! It’s not only okay to own it – it’s the right thing to […]

Puzzle: The Origins of Ho Ho Ho

“Ho ho ho” is a rendition of a particular type of deep-throated chortle, chuckle or laugh which is of Gaelic origin. Ho Ho Ho is known to be the laugh of Jabba the Hutt, The Happy Mask Salesman, Doctor Ivo […]

10 Commandments of Holiday Weight Loss

Whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain or just stay healthy, making your way through the holiday season can be a challenge, which is why Our Lady of Weight Loss instructed me to roll out her Ten Commandments of […]

6 Tips: Holiday Happiness Guide

I am having the most marvelous holiday season ever!  Seriously, I am!  It’s not that something grand or out-of-the-ordinary has happened.  On balance, it’s not so different than last year or the year before.  But somehow it feels different.  I […]

Weight Loss Puzzle: Contagious Attitude Worth Catching?

Chances are you’ve heard the expression, “When you smile, the whole world smiles with.”  Well, it’s true.  Our emotions are contagious and a happy smile can go a long way! The science of this phenomenon dates back to 400 B.C., […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Shed 15 Fast-Holiday Food Tip and Recipe

One strategy that is sure to help you wake up thinner on new year’s day is to eat an apple 15 minutes before your meals! According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, you can reduce your calorie intake by […]

9 Tips: How to be Holiday SEXY

While reading through all the holiday season tips given by me and others that range from how to resist the urge to stuff yourself silly to not overspend your weigh (Freudian slip) into bankruptcy, I realized that somewhere between the […]

Happiness: 5 Reasons to Smile

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Jigsaw Monday: The Thinner Puzzle

The 28 Day Cure, Holiday Edition, starts tomorrow, December 4, first thing in the morning.   As you click through this week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, “The Thinner Puzzle,” imagine waking up on New Year’s day thinner, happier and […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Baked Potato Latkes

One of the traditional dishes for Hanukkah is latkes a.k.a. potato pancakes.  I was curious as to the latkes’ origins, so I did a bit of research and found a juicy story on The Jewish Outreach to share. “Originally, latkes […]

Holiday Diet Tip: Eat This, Be Happy

As we head into December, with our extra long to do list in one hand, and invitations to holiday parties and feasts of plenty in the other hand, I thought it might be utterly useful to know what foods keep […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Mother on the Verge

So, really, seriously, how are you?  After Thanksgiving?  Did you make it through unscathed?  Did you gain a pound, lose a pound, stay the same? Were you and your family/friends in total sync, smiling, laughing it up, sending love vibes, […]

28 Day Plan: The Holiday Diet

The Holiday Diet (a.k.a. the 28 Day CURE): Wake Up Thinner, Happier and more Energized on New Year’s Day This newly energized 28 day e-course (a.k.a. 28 day e-CURE) is sure to be the best cure ever. Start Date: Tues., […]

15 Simple Steps: How to Quiet the Post-Thanksgiving Cravings

The following E-emergency email came swirling into my inbox this morning, from a client of mine – who has, (drum roll, please) – permanently removed over 20 pounds in the past 12 weeks!  (Results typical:) I thought her plea for […]

Thanksgiving Prayer

Happy Thanksgiving, one and all! With heaping portions of extra gratitude! Spread the word, NOT the icing! Janice Try this miracle cure on for size! Join with the Kick in the Tush Club on Facebook as we discuss the ins […]

Download: Thanksgiving Calorie Guide

  A Sinfully Satisfying “Tasting” Guide to Thanksgiving from Our Lady of Weight Loss and Janice Taylor to you, with love. Downloadable for the road! Thanksgiving Calorie Guide Ready to change your mind?  Try this miracle cure on for size! […]

Flat Belly Brain

I woke up this morning with bats in my belfry and butterflies in my gut!  In other words, I woke up with Belly Brain, which triggered a memory of Oz. I remembered what the great Oz said (not from the […]

Puzzle: Who’s Steaming Hot?

This week’s Weight Loss Jigsaw Puzzle features Our Lady of Weight Loss, Steaming Mad Hot! Now that we’re into the Holiday Season full-fat blast, Our Lady of Weight Loss wants to encourage y’all to steam up platters of vegetables. Stay […]

Eat: Holiday Lentil Pâté

Last Thanksgiving, for a change of pace, I whipped up “Janny’s Lentil Pate” that was to die for.  It was a mega-hit.  People asked for the recipe!  It’s delicious, it’s healthy, it’s amazing and it’s Our Lady of Weight Loss […]

Quotes: 6 Steps to a Miracle

If you want to make your dreams come true, including but not limited to permanent weight loss, then you are going to need to wake up. Here, Janice Taylor (that’s me) shares 10 quotes that will help you to WAKE […]

7 Truths about Naturally Thin People

As we blast our way into the holiday season, people increasingly say to me, “I wish I were naturally thin.”  Then I could eat as many holiday cookies, drink as much eggnog and slide as many sliders down the hatch […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Busted Zippers, Broken Dreams

How are you on this fine morning?  Did you wake up and say, “I’m alive!” with reverence, acknowledging that each new day is a miracle?  Me neither!  Not first thing, anyway.  A rather large honkin’ vehicle road past my NYC […]

JigSaw Puzzle: One Way or Another I’m Gonna Permanently Lose Ya

This week’s Weight Loss Jigsaw Puzzle, “One Way or Another” was inspired by a one-way sign I stumbled upon that points in both directions, which reminded me of the Blondie song, One Way or Another. Sing along:  “One way or […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Poached Figs and Duct Tape

This dish is so good, it takes all kinds of restraint NOT to eat it before it hits the table, which frankly I seem to be lacking.  I’d be lost without my duct tape (hilarious video!)!   It is DIVINE!  […]

Are You Touch Starved?

When I heard that neuroscientists found that touch activates the brain’s cortex, which is linked to feelings of reward, my weight loss bells and whistles went off. People tell me (and back in the day, before I permanently removed over […]

12 Ways to Release Stress

Feeling Stressed? Here are 12 quotes that inspire, motivate and provide a “call to action.”  A call to action are words that urge the reader, listener or viewer — you —  to take immediate action.  Without action there is no […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 10 Tips – Surviving Hellish Times

If you’re going through Hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill Happy Day, Tushkateers!   As you know, it’s been a crazy week here on the east coast.  We were one of the lucky few who did not directly suffer the […]

JigSaw Monday: 3 Steps to a Miracle Cure

This week’s Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle was inspired by Our Lady of the Deep and Cleansing Breath, she who is curious to know: “When was the last time you noticed yourself breathing?  “When was the last time you were awed […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Depressed? Down a Stuffed Mushroom

Need a lift?  Down a Stuffed Mushroom!  Studies have shown that those of us those who suffer from depression tend to have low levels of folate. Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables are some of the best natural sources […]

Shred Anger: 5 Steps to Forgiveness

How heavy is your dead weight a.k.a. anger and upset?  I’d read about a teacher who asked her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to class. For every person the student refused to forgive, […]

Depressed? Pop a Pumpkin Seed

Pumpkin Seeds?  The new anti-depressant?  If you think that pumpkins are only good for carving, or maybe a holiday pie, then think again. Pumpkin seeds are not only delicious, they are jam packed with nutrients that are needed to have […]

Kick Tush Tuesday: Frankenstorm-Frankenscary !!!

Hellooooooo Tushkateers!   Our Lady of Weight Loss and I are happy to report that we made it through the storm.  The major flooding was south and east of us – east by 3 blocks. As the wind ripped its […]

The Frankenstorm Survival Guide: Puzzles, Songs and More

How to Survive the Frankenstorm:  Aside from the obvious Hurricane Preparedness Lists that include water and food, read Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 5 Tips on How to Survive … as in not lose your mind … the storm! 1.  […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Hummus, Avocado, Roasted Tomato on Toast

I found this Hummus, Avocado, Roasted Tomato recipe on Eat Live Run last week.  It hit all my happy spots.  Easy to make.  Familiar ingredients.  No specialty shopping required.  Relatively low in calories (unless you go hog wild with the […]

One Step to a Faster Metabolism

Our weight depends on a complicated blend of variables – from how much we move (exercise), to what we eat, how much we eat, how we feel about ourselves, to hereditary factors.   But there is one very simple thing that […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 8 Tips – The Do’s and Dont’s of Toxic Friendships

Hellooooooo Tushkateers!   Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening!  Good good good … whatever time of day you might be tuning into this week’s Kick in the Tush Club e-letter, which happens to be overflowing with positivity, including but not […]

JigSaw Madness: Play Fruitful Abundance

Greetings!  Are you ready to play this wee’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss Puzzle? Entitled: Our Lady of Fruitful Abundance?  Good! Step One:  Click HERE! Step Two:  Click your weigh (HA!) through the puzzle! Clicking burns calories and it keeps your […]

Dysfunctional Chef: 3 Foods that Cure Belly Fat (recipes included)

Got the Fat Belly Blues?  Has your mid-section grown a section of its own? You’re not alone. Researchers have found that the fat cells in the abdomen produce a hormone called neuropeptide Y (NPY), an appetite stimulant previously believed to […]

3 Halloween Tips: How to Avoid Temptation

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and I dare say, the “Just Say No to Candy” Halloween Plan just ain’t gonna’ cut it for most of us. And let me tell you why!  Because saying “no, thank you” takes […]

Listen: Weight Loss Audio – The Motivational Moso

Listen to this Weight Loss Audio – The Motivational Moso, which was recorded to inspire, motivate and energize you, so that you can easily and effortlessly move toward your weight loss goals. After you listen in, consider the length of […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Artificial Sweeteners Kills????

  “Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented, and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. Such attitudes are active and definite factors in creating satisfactory conditions. Watch your manner of speech then if you […]

Jigsaw Weight Loss Puzzle and e-Card: The Healing Power of Pink

Are you ready to click through this week’s Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, entitled Our Lady of Hot Pink Prayers? Did you know that pink is the color of love and affection? And, an antidote to sadness? And, quite possibly, an […]

5 Slimming Tips: Is Your Kitchen Making You Fat?

According to the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui, your kitchen is the central part of your home that provides nourishment and sustains life. Therefore, it is the most important area in your home. In addition to having a profound […]

Kick in the Tush Club – 6 Motivational Steps: Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up

Never, never, never, never give up. ~ Winston Churchill OMG Tushkateers!   Of all days for my Internet connection to crash – on Kick in the Tush Tuesday – but that’s what happened yesterday and that’s where I was … […]

A Platter Full of Weight Loss Motivation … Quotes to Chew On

This past week, on the Kick in the Tush Club/Facebook page, Tushkateers from across the land expressed their personal struggle with staying motivated.  One day they’re all in, excited, doing the happy inspiration dance and then, the next, they have […]

Play: Weight Loss Puzzle – What Color Increases Appetite

Orange is a healing color, a power color, a lucky color and … … my sources tell me that it increases the desire to eat, and  … … it also stimulates curiosity, enthusiasm and creativity. If change of any kind […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Monterey Jack Bread Pudding

This Dysfunctional Chef was blown away by this easy to prepare and very satisfying bread pudding! INGREDIENTS 3 large eggs 6 egg whites 2 cups milk * 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme pinch ground nutmeg salt n’ pepper to taste (easy […]

Interview w. Award Winning Writer, Racelle Rosett: Dying, Living and Surviving Breast Cancer

Racelle Rosett, winner of the WGA award for thirtysomething, recipient of both the Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Prize for Jewish short fiction and the Lilith Fiction Prize, author of the critically acclaimed book “Moving Waters,” breast cancer survivor and blogger shares […]

Quirky Wisdom: 5 Ways to Stop Worrying … about what others think !!!

I know for sure that the great majority of us spend a good deal of time wondering, speculating, considering and even worrying about what other people think of us. AND … … Sometimes we use this preoccupation to over-indulge, to […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday – How to … Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8

  Never use violence of any kind. Never threaten violence in any way. Never even think violent thoughts. Never argue because it attacks another’s opinion. Never criticize because it attacks another’s ego. And your success is guaranteed. ~ Mohandas Gandhi […]

JigSaw Meditation? 10 Simple Steps to Inner Peace

This week’s JigSaw Puzzle is inspired by Our Lady of Om, who invites you to not only click through “Ommmmmm”, but also to join her in a simple breathing meditation. Here, a simple Breathing Meditation from Our Lady of Om. […]

EAT: Our Lady of the Garlic Roasted Potatoes

When I say “Comfort Food,” you say … no, you YELL, “Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Garlic Roasted Potatoes!” Here is the best ever garlic roasted potato recipes from the OLofWL kitchen! Ingredients15 whole garlic cloves 2 tbsp olive oil […]

SMART DIET TIPS: 4 Simple Steps to Smaller, Taller You

Greetings y’all!!!  I am excited to share these 4 Simple NON-FOOD TIPS to a Smaller and Taller you, because … … Sometimes it is about food; sometimes it’s not.  Not directly anyway! Read on, follow these very simple non-food rules, […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday – Bittneress Imprisons, Love Releases

  ” …. what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in […]

(Recipe) Healthy Eating Matters – Mozzarella, Tomatoes and the Virgin

One of my favorite dishes is fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil.  It is to die for good, especially when you get seriously fresh mozzarella. Back in the day, my high school friend and I would visit her uncle in […]

PLAY: Weight Loss Puzzle – How many pounds does bitterness weigh?

Feeling bitter?  A tad hostile? Perhaps argumentative, contentious, spiteful or even scrappy? If yes, then you can metaphorically offer your bitterness, or his or her bitterness, a cookie or a gumdrop. Or – if you take the literal route, and […]

AUDIO: Successful Weight Loss – 2 Minutes of Flat Belly Inspiration

Successful Weight Loss – Audio 92012 Listen up! This powerful 2-minute Successful Weight Loss meditation is all you need to get your upward spiral in motion. Successful Weight Loss – Audio 92012 That’s right … listen in the morning, the […]

5 Steps to Cultivating Self-Love

Are you ready to love yourself?  Are you ready to become fully alive? Are you ready to take responsibility for your experience and begin to lead a happy, full life.  Are you ready to not only create it but embrace […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 5 Signs – Are You Self-Sabotaging?

Self sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure that it doesn’t happen.  ~ Alyce P. Cornyn Bonjour, Good Day, Shalom and What’s up TUSHKATEERS!!!!  How goes it?  What’s happening in your neck of […]

PLAY JigSaw and Lose Weight: How to Pet a Dog!

Did you know that there is a step by step ‘how to’ guide for just about anything under the sun?  A right vs. wrong way to do things? Well, there is and this week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle:  […]

Eat Healthy, Eat Cheap: Green Noodle Fun for the Family

All the dreamers in all the world are dizzy in the noodle. ~ Edie Adams Call me dizzy, call me a dreamer, call me noodle-crazy, but if you ask me, green noodles are fun!  Agreed? Green Noodles ARE Fun! Which […]

Why? The Mysterious Nature of [being] Fat.

I stayed up into the wee hours of the night thinking (could you smell the wood burning?) – yes, thinking about the mysterious nature of “being fat.”  You know. WHY, on the one hand, do we really want to lose weight, […]

5 Office Tips – Keep It Healthy, Stay Sane

Imagine this:  You are at the office, someone offers you a piece of birthday cake, retirement cake, baby shower cake, leftover brownies from the corporate luncheon.  What do you say?  (Hint:  NOT, Thank you!)  How are you going to make […]

Kick in the Tush Club Tuesday: The Path to Unconditional Happiness (audio)

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~ Agnes Repplier Greetings TUSHKATEERS!!!!  How are you on this fine September day?  Peachy keen?  Right as rain?  Happier than a hot […]

PLAY Zen Weight Loss Riddle: Where Did the Glue Go?

Where did the glue go?  A Zen Riddle from Our Lady of Weight Loss (via Rita Rudner)! Good question, no?  Very Zen, indeed! This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle:  Where Did the Glue Go? is designed to keep […]

Eat More, Weigh Less: The WALDORF

For those of us who are interested in eating something that tickles our taste buds, satisfies to the point of happy, and fills us up healthy … … Then this recipe is for you!!! Our Lady of Weight Loss’s The […]

13 Fresh Start Diet Tips: End Cravings, End Hunger

Our Lady of Weight Loss has been ‘after’ me, nagging at me, telling me to put together a mega-list of diet/weight loss tips for y’all. (I’m telling you … she is quite the boss.) Thing is, I wanted to put […]

A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Ways to Reward Yourself After a Hard Day and Night

 TURN A DEAF EAR TO CAKE Many of my clients tell me that they feel as if they are entitled to a treat after a long, hard day at work or a complicated day at home.  “I deserve to have […]

Play: Weight Loss JigSaw – Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

This morning, while perusing the Internet in search of inspired and inspiring quotes that motivate, provide a jolt of energy, help me to move from here to there … … In this case, from summer to autumn (as we are […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Labor Day Special – Pineapples, Peaches, Oh My!

Are you ready to get your Labor Day Grill On???  I am!  And so is Our Lady of Weight Loss. She instructed me to share the following, because she is 100% positive that once you are turned onto grilled fruit, […]

5 Steps to Happiness

1.  First There Was the Thought: When it comes to emotional baggage, we consciously experience a ‘feeling’ before we understand its trigger. When a strong feeling surfaces; a feeling that can ‘sink you,’ or ‘squash your enthusiasm;’ when a feeling […]

Best Weight Loss Tip: How to Lose Belly Fat

Looking for a magic bullet? A miracle cure? Something that will add health to your life and help you lose that fat belly? If you’re looking for the ‘magic bullet,’ then you’ve come to the right place!!! Our Lady of […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 9 Tips … how to Believe in Yourself

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it). ~ Lewis Carroll Howdy, Hello and Hola TUSHKATEERS!!!!  How goes it?  Are you gearing up for Labor Day? For September? A couple of months ago, at the […]

PLAY: Creative Acts of Weight Loss

What is a Creative Act of Weight Loss?   (I thought you’d never ask!) A Creative Act of Weight Loss is anything and everything that we do that moves us away from emotional eating, that feeds our soul, that keeps […]

3 Recipes: Dysfunctional Chef – the Peanut Butter, Grilled Banana diet

I woke up with a Jones for Peanut Butter and Bananas!  Imagine that!!! My gut reaction to my Jones was to think,” steer away from PB and Bananas; way too many calories.”   But, at closer examination,  I realized that […]

Food Myth: Does “greasy tasting” equate to “more grease?”

Does “greasy tasting” equate to “more grease?” I thought so, but was I wrong?! *** “If you look at a French fry under a microscope, you’ll see that while it’s being fried, the water inside the food is rapidly expanding […]

11 Powerful Quotes: Love Your Body

“Our inner guidance comes to us through our feelings and body wisdom first — not through intellectual understanding.” ~ Christiane Northrup Because thoughts come from our head, and said thoughts tend to be loud (very loud), we are inclined to […]

Kick in the Tush Club: What is VELLEITY and do you SUFFER from IT??? Probably!!!

Listen to the mustn’ts, child.  Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me … Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. ~ Shel Silverstein Hellooooo TUSHKATEERS!!!!  […]

PLAY: JigSaw Weight Loss Puzzle – 9 Fun Facts about French Fries from Lord of the Fries

Who is Lord of the Fries in your house? This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle features the French fry! Did you know that … 1. French fries account for more than 1/4th of all potatoes sold in the […]

Dysfunctional Chef: 3-Bean Chili Fever (with an oxymoron twist)

Are you ready to cook up a vat of full of beans, full of life, high-spirited, zesty and tasty 3-bean chili?   Here, your favorite Dysfunctional Chef, Janice Taylor, shares her summer to autumn favorite! CHILI FEVER (that’s an oyxmoron, […]

9 Julia Child Quotes: Celebrating 100 Years of Joyful Living

Yesterday, was the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth.  American chef, author, and television personality, she is most remembered for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her first cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” as well as […]

How to … Live in Possibility, Be Joyful

We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what in the morning was true will in evening become a lie. ~ C.G. Jung A few weeks ago, Darling Husband (DH) and I went […]

Kick in the Tush Club: 4 Tips … How to Spread Your Wings and FLY!

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ~ Rumi TUSHKATEERS!!! Greetings to YOU, one n’ all!!!!    Are you ready for yet another fabulous August day!!!   Are you ready to spread your wings and fly through the […]

PLAY: Weight Loss JigSaw – Our Lady of the Squash Blossoms (bonus recipes included)

This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, entitled “Our Lady of the Squash Blossoms” was inspired by squash blossoms! Did you know that summer squash blossoms?  And that those blossoms are edible? Bright orange Squash Blossoms are primarily found […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Banana Rice Pudding

This afternoon, just as I was thinking, “I sure am in the mood for something sweet,” lo n’ behold, right there on the kitchen counter sat three ripe bananas, begging to be mashed! “Mash me,” they sang. “Okay, I will,” […]

Change? Rate your readiness!

People call me, text me, email me, and sometimes even send massively long missives the old fashioned way, via the United States Postal Service, to let me know that they not only want to change, but they are ready to […]

Weight Loss Wisdom: One Way People (like you?) Muck Up the Works

Chewing the FAT with Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal Dear OLofWL ~ I’ve heard you say that one should, if one really wants to lose weight, “make your home your safe haven.”  What […]

Kick in the Tush Club – 11 STEPS to BLAST OFF: Fully Energized and MOTIVATED

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. ~ Albert Einstein Hi there, hey there, ho there … TUSHKATEERS!!! Oh […]

Play: Want Power vs. Will Power? The winner is …

Before you can achieve what you want, you need be know what you want… … What you really, really want. Not what you think you ‘should’ want or what others want for you, but what you really, really want! While […]

Dysfunctional Chef: She’s a Stacked Tomato Slider (Triple Decker Style)

Greetings my fellow chefs, functional or dysfunctional, ‘into’ bread or not, either way, you are going to love, love, love this uber-delish, healthy and fabulously colorful and beautiful recipe! Are you ready???  Good!!!  Here we go!!! She’s a Stacked Triple […]

9 Reasons to Grimace or Smile … either way, it’s all good?

Ever walk down the street or through the park, in deep thought, with a scowl on your face and a furrowed brow, and some stranger takes it upon himself to yell out to you, “It can’t be that bad.  How […]

Remembering Brother: It’s Raining in My Heart

Do you remember the song, “Raining In My Heart“?  I do, even though it’s before my ‘specific’ time.  I wasn’t a teenager, but my oldest brother (10 years my senior) was and he loved Buddy Holly, and that’s putting it […]

Kick in the Tush Club: National Simplify Your Life Week

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. ~ Norman Vincent Peale Helloooooo Beloved TUSHKATEERS!!!  Happy end of July/ first week in August!  And speaking of August!!!! Segueing straight into the week […]

Play and Pray! Prickly Prayer Weight Loss JigSaw

This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle and (bonus) Prickly Prayer was inspired by a wall of paddle cactus that I happened to stumble upon (not into, thank goodness, otherwise OUCH!) that was overflowing with its precious fruit, prickly […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Best Sweet n’ Creamy Oatmeal … ever

Like a mad scientist, I have immersed myself into experimentation mode, assembling my personal best cooking tools, which include but are not limited to my beloved slow-cooker, spectacularly beautiful measuring cups from Anthropologie (wait for a sale to purchase), a […]

Enthusiastic Failure !!!

Fear is without question the most common type of emotional block. There is … Fear of feeling stupid, Fear of asking dumb questions, Fear of success, Fear of intimacy, Fear of bankruptcy, Fear of rejection, Fear of death, Fear of […]

Want to lose weight? Then … a tip that works !!!

New research from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, indicates that women who faithfully keep a food journal (operative word here … faithfully), who avoid skipping meals and limit eating in restaurants, lose more weight than those who do […]

Eating Styles: What does your style say about you?

According to Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal, she who has devoted a great deal of time to examining the way in which people eat, there are 10 basic eating styles – from Gulp […]

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