What is Letting Go? Letting go is about taking action that results in significant change in your life and/or in the lives of others. It’s about letting go of the status quo. It’s about releasing your “self” in the form […]
What is Letting Go? Letting go is about taking action that results in significant change in your life and/or in the lives of others. It’s about letting go of the status quo. It’s about releasing your “self” in the form […]
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ~ T.S. Eliot Hello Tushkateers, Devotees of Our Lady of Weight Loss and all […]
One thing I know for sure is that You Cannot Hate Yourself Thin. No, really, you can’t. When you beat yourself up, you create another obstacle, another block, another impediment; another “thing” that gets in your way of weighing less […]
One thing I know for sure is that happiness is connected to two key mood regulators that our brains produce: serotonin and noradrenaline. Serotonin is a mood enhancer that has an effect on pain, pleasure, anxiety, panic, arousal, and sleep […]
It’s not that I want to rush the summer away, or prematurely much less hastily move us into the coolness of autumn, or the coldness of winter, but I am concerned that the shorter the days and the longer the […]
Are you stressed? Irritable? Having trouble sleeping? Do you feel like screaming? Crying? Pouring a jug of water over your boss’s head? We all feel stressed from time to time, so it is essential to have an arsenal of coping […]
The week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, “How heavy is your mental junk?” points a weighty finger at our negative thoughts, bad news, and the “He said, She said” gossip that clutters your minds, a.k.a. A.k.a. mental junk! In […]
If you don’t have loving parents, then you had better learn to be a loving parent to yourself. ~ Anonymous Life is about love. Plain n’ simple! Love is the foundation of self-esteem. It is love that heals. Loving yourself […]
As we continue to grieve and try so very hard to wrap our minds around Robin Williams’s depression and suicide, I thought it useful to share quotes on melancholy, hopelessness and despair, written by some of our greatest writers that […]
After yesterday’s shockingly sad news about the death of Robin Williams, his alleged suicide, and the knowledge that he was battling severe depression, each and every person I spoke to brought the topic “depression” to the table. Those conversations informed […]
Have you heard of the term “Confirmatory Bias?” It is a psychological term that references a certain type of selective thinking. Most of our opinions and our beliefs – particularly about ourselves – are formed when we are young. We […]
The Iceberg Metaphor is a model that is used by behavioral scientists, therapist and hypno-therapists alike. It explains how our ‘way of being and doing’ is driven by our thinking and feeling states, as well as our unconscious mind. Consider this: […]
Gratitude is being able to deeply appreciate all that one has without holding onto it for dear life. I say “Thank you,” and I let it go. OMG Tushkateers (members of the Kick in the Tush Club) and Devotees of […]
Are You Suffering? The ‘agreed upon reality’ is that in order for you to lose weight that you must suffer. The consensus of opinion is that slimming down requires an inordinate amount of effort, self-discipline, and tremendous effort. Ugh! Yes? […]
Are there any Weight Loss Virgins amongst us? Any Virgins out there??? I’m assuming not so many. But if you are a Weight Loss Virgin please do raise your hand, and yell out as loud as you can, “VIRGIN here!” […]
Did you know that your body is hereditarily designed to shift into fight or flight mode whenever you feel threatened? In the old days (way old days), we felt frightened when the tiger eyed us as his next meal. And […]
I am fairly certain that the most underutilized resource we have is our imagination, which is why I invite you to imagine. Imagine a one minute vacation! Imagine what it might be like to live in a world where there […]
Today, Our Lady of Weight Loss offers a tasty tidbit of weight loss levity. “Thunder Pants,” confesses her ‘weighty sins’ and receives forgiveness. What’s your dietary sin? Lighten your load here! Dear Our Lady of Weight Loss ~ Forgive me […]
On a scale of 0 to 10, ten being the highest (zero being the lowest duh) … How confident are you? How good do you feel about yourself? Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives; […]
I received an email from a member of the Kick in the Tush Club, who greatly suffers when at social functions. Parties and gatherings bring forth extreme feelings of discomfort. In order to feel better, she eats. And sometimes she […]
“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously and never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture!” ~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale Dearest Tushkateers, How […]
Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukah, Happy Thanksgiviukkah one and all!!! As Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and expressing gratitude, I thought I’d reprint a crowd favorite on the benefits of gratitude! Read, ingest, and think gratitude! THE HAPPY, HEALTHY and SLIMMING […]
Remember: No one has read the script that you have written for them; nor have you read the script that they have written for you. Holidays are essentially just like any other day. They are filled with their ups, downs, […]
A most excellent “Coach Yourself Happy” question from Janice Taylor, Life & Happiness Coach, Weight Loss Expert (that’s me) to kick start this kick tush week: If you were to “Delight in All Aspects of Creation,” which creations would you […]
The first coach-yourself-happy question of the day I’d like to pose – is “What 6 things bring joy to your heart, a sense of satisfaction to your soul and energy to your body?” In other words, “What 6 things can […]
Our Lady of Weight Loss and Janice Taylor, your Life & Wellness Coach, weight loss expert (that’s me) were discussing #Compassion! Our Lady pointed out that ALL the major religions place great value on #Compassion. OLofWL noted that practicing compassion, […]
People say that they simply do not have time to take care of themselves; they have no time to do the things that they need to do to be create happy and healthy lives. They tell me that they can’t […]
Every so often, someone says something to me about my newly found thinness that is upsetting and sends me reeling. (Yes, it’s been twelve years since I permanently removed over 50 pounds, but it still feels newly found. Until I […]
Greetings, Hello, Hola, Que Pasa Tushkateers!?! I know, I know…I wasn’t going to send out the BIG Tuesday Kick in the Tush again till after Labor Day weekend ’cause I’m on a vacation of sorts (vacation from doing too much–determined […]
Over the past few decades, research shows that one of the most powerful vehicles, one of the most potent tools, to get you “there,” the place that you so desire to be, where life is good and you have achieved […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
Does this quote ring true? If one’s life is so unsatisfying that an unhealthy activity brings a shred of happiness, it is nigh impossible to give it up unless something that brings greater happiness can be enjoyed in its stead. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
One way to start to implement change and activate the power within is to send a new message to your unconscious. A strong message, that at the same time not only respects how your unconscious mind has been protecting you […]
Are you ready to jump head first into week 10 of the Feed Your Soul Project? Are you ready to … pull out your mental weeds? Think happy thoughts and/or cultivate habit awareness? Just imagine what your life could look […]
Are you finding the “Feed Your Soul Project” as fulfilling as I am? Sharing 200 Ways to Feed Your Soul (10 new ways each week) is soulfully challenging. Happily, my unconscious mind has joined in the effort and is searching […]
A quarter of the way there, on my way to 200 Ways to Feed Your Soul, here follows tips 41-50; week 5! It is quite amazing! As I said last week, the idea of creating 200 ways to feed your […]
As promised, here are the next ten ways (Tips 31-40) to Feed Your Soul that will ultimately help you to change your health, change your weight. Only 160 more to go, before I complete my 200 tip commitment to you […]
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. ~ Maya Angelou How are YOU, Dear Tushkateer??!? It’s been quite the week here; chock-a-block with life. […]
Here we go, straight into Week 3 of the FEED YOUR SOUL: Change Your Weight series (from May through September). I was initially inspired and motivated to do this because I am leading a workshop at Hollyhock, an absolutely phenomenal […]
In anticipation and preparation for my next workshop, “Feed Your Soul: Change Your Weight,” I’ve committed to listing 10 Ways to Feed Your Soul each week from now until the workshop, which is scheduled to begin on September 16 – […]
Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. ~ Andre Gide Hello and How’s It Goin’ ??? … Tushkateers !!! Last night, I got to ‘thinking!!!’ (Imagine that!!!) […]
Good Day TUSHKATEERS!!! Are YOU ready? Are you READY to shed worry and shed the pounds that accompany it? GREAT!!! Because, I have a number of Shed Worry/Shed Pounds Tips to share with you today! BUT .. Before I […]
A friend confessed that she frequently, throughout the day and sometimes throughout the night, visits her refrigerator, tugging on its door – opening and closing it – looking for an answer. Sometimes she looks in the vegetable bin – sometimes […]
It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control. ~ Oprah Winfrey Good day Tushkateers! Are […]
WHAT IS ACCEPTANCE? Buddhism’s first noble truth, “All life is suffering,” is an invitation for people to accept that suffering is a natural part of life. The term “Kabbalah” literally means acceptance. Acceptance is the fifth stage of the Kubler-Ross […]
I telephone my mother. Between sobs and screams, she gasps for air and says, “Come! Now! I need you.” I ask, “Are you dying?” This may seem callous, or even funny, but it is actually a good question, a fair […]
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem Hellloooooooooo Tushkateers!!! How excited are you that it is Tuesday and you are receiving a Kick in […]
Given the messiness of life, the ups n’ downs, and our tendency to respond by eating, I am today sharing Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Top 10 Happiness Centered Weight Loss Tips, ‘happiness centered’ being the operative words. We manifest […]
The Cataract surgery did not go as well as expected. Even though it ranks as one of the safest and simplest of surgeries; even though the literature reports that 99.5% of the population can see clearly as soon as the […]
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, entitled Biscuits & Rabbit Thoughts was inspired by the brilliant quote (above) by Nietzsche, which I know to be true because […]
Seriously folks, you could not possibly believe that the 20 to 2 vote from the FDA that came wiggling, jiggling and rolling on in approving the latest magic weight loss pill, Qnexa, from pretty much the same members of the […]
When we feel threatened or stressed, our neuroendocrine system kicks into high gear and releases a series of hormones. One of these is Cortisol, which gives us the biochemical strength we need to fight or flee our stressors. Back in […]
There is a borderland state called hypnagogia. It is a place of transition; a space that is rapt with images, symbols and words that captivate the mind as they move you from wakefulness to sleep (referred to as hypnagogic) and, […]
The thing about life is that life has a life of its own, and you just never know when ‘life’s life’ is going to show up and where ‘it’ is going to take you. For the most part the unexpected […]
There is a clock. It’s called The Doomsday Clock. Are you familiar with it? I’ve pretty much chosen to live – happily – in my own little joyful bubble, and one of the ways that I have succeeded in doing […]
I came across some research that suggests that whether you win the lottery or are paralyzed for life, you will return to your usual level of happiness after three to six month’s time. It’s difficult to believe, isn’t it? But […]
Greetings Tushkateers*!!! Boo Hoo or just Boo? IF you still have candy in your house, then toss it NOW! I’ll wait … yup. I’m just gonna’ sit here (all day if I have to) and wait till you’ve given it […]
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. It changes depending upon […]
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu While ‘networking’ at a breakfast gathering, I paid attention to how I introduced myself to others. Sometimes I was “Janice Taylor, Life and […]
Yesterday, we celebrated my mother, Harriet Taylor’s, 95th birthday. She was kind enough to share her Top 2 Secret Diet Tips with us! Please join with me in wishing Harriet a Happy Birthday (and many more)! Some of you […]
Yesterday, I woke up. Yes, presumably a good way to begin the day! BUT, I was immediately met with the DRILLING! “They” were breaking up and tarring the streets. The noise level, I am willing to bet, was close to […]
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not […]
So YOU wanna’ be PERFECT and NORMAL??? Seriously. Based on emails from Tushkateers* as well as various coaching conversations that I’ve had with a number of my (star – you are all stars) one-on-one coaching clients – the concept of […]
If you, too, have difficulty with your morning Rise & Grind or suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), then you might want to take a look at the Sun Alarm! What will they think of next???
While we may not be battling anorexia, let us pause and consider how obsessed we are – individually and collectively – with the idea of excess pounds. And as we form our list of resolutions for 2011, let’s consider taking ‘weight loss’ off our list and perhaps replacing it with ‘balance, health and harmony.’
Dopamine and norepinephrine increase our energy and level of alertness. Protein causes both dopamine and norepinephrine to be released in the brain. Foods that are connected to the release of these two neurotransmitters are: meat, chicken, fish, nuts, soy products, eggs and dairy products.
In 2011, Feel Better, Look Better, Make Money! Did you know that bosses are 12% more likely to promote people who smile a lot?
It takes more than a good plan, good intentions, and basic nutritional information to override the emotional tsunamis that roll over and through us without turning to food. Managing difficult situations and feelings effectively is a big part of what we are doing here. Emotional eating has all to do with the mind; little to do with the food.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting herbologist, sleep expert, and creator of “Escape to Sleep” tonic, Geraldine O’Keefe. Because I know that getting the right amount of restful sleep is an important part of permanent weight loss, as well as an integral part of our mental health, I asked Geraldine to please impart some sleep wisdom upon me (so that I could pass it on to you)! If you want to live longer, be productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all the day long, then read on!
Labels help us to justify and rationalize the limitations we imagine we have and further help us to hone our ‘victim’ act. Playing victim to food, people and circumstances. Let’s remove those labels before we get to the Thanksgiving Table.
Have you thought it through? Suppose, just suppose, with all those good intentions in place, the sweet potato pie calls your name and you succumb. What will you do? How will you keep it light? Our Lady of Weight Loss to the rescue!
Could it be that we are all that busy? So busy, rushed and stressed that we seriously don’t have time to breathe? Or think? Or reflect? Or take care of ourselves? As one of my star coaching clients – S. Tar. (yes, that is her real name) says, “We are not human beings; we are human runnings. I want to stop running; and start being.”
According to the American Psychiatric Association, “a phobia is an irrational and excessive fear of an object or situation. In most cases, the phobia involves a sense of endangerment or a fear of harm.” For example, those suffering from fat-suit-aphobia fear being trapped in a fat suit, never being able to realize their full potential.
Studies in the US show that pumpkin seeds may help reduce hormone damage to the prostate, which in turn lessens the risk of developing prostate cancer. They’ve been used in certain areas of Europe to treat learning disorders. In China, pumpkin seeds are used to ward off depression, and pumpkin seed oil has been used for treatment of prostatitis.
Are you feeling depressed, defeated and deprived? Are you losing the battle of the bulge? Well, no need to despair. Your Weight Loss Success Coach, Janice Taylor, has the best ever diet tip to share with you, and she can pretty much promise that if you follow it, you will make this journey an easy (relatively speaking) one!
Here’s what you need to know about the essence of being human. You are important. You are valuable. Your core self is unique and fundamentally right and whole and complete. Complete in the sense that you arrive into this world ‘fully loaded,’ fully equipped with what you need. There is nothing ‘only’ about you!
As we head into this holiday weekend, we need to understand that our pre-frontal cortex has a limited supply of energy. Every time we use our ‘veto power’ to say ‘no, thank you’ to the multitude of foods that will inevitably be offered to us, hot off the grill, we are dipping into our limited supply of mental energies. What to do? How to sustain our resolve throughout the weekend? Read on!
Holy Guacamole! Who would have thunk it? According to researchers at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, dieters with an optimistic view and high hopes for a thinner future are less likely to lose weight than their pessimistic counterparts. Optimists have […]
For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. (Source: Wikipedia) Here follow a dozen quotes that fill the soul.
Research recently published in the “Journal of Obesity” reveals that treating yourself for behavior changes (i.e. chewing slowly, using small plates, keeping your house stocked with the ‘right’ stuff) may ultimately help you to lose more weight than rewarding yourself based on the number on the “Scales of Injustice.”
As Oscar Wilde so brilliantly put it, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Some of us embrace the idea of being ourselves – a freeing concept – while others ‘try’ to be themselves – not exactly knowing who they are and a bit reluctant to put it out there! Here follow 8 kick-tush ways for you to be you!
With each ounce that you let go of, take a moment to say, “I thank you for traveling with me thus far, and now I’d like to say good-bye.” You might put your hand on your stomach, your hips or any other part of you that has been holding on to excess weight, as you say this, allowing yourself to get ‘in touch’ with your changing body.
Donna said, “I love to cook for my family for the holidays and I’m not giving it up. My mother didn’t cook or bake for us during the holidays when I was a kid, and I’d always wanted her to. So, I cook up and bake up a storm each and every year for my family, and I am not going to stop! My kids, my husband, everyone – they love it. And, I repeat, I am not giving it up!”
Can’t stop yourself from reaching for those cookies? Well … It’s NOT that there’s something wrong with you; it’s NOT that you have no will power – maybe you’re just stressed.
Food for Thought: If you don’t know the person who resides underneath the fat, if you so closely identify with the excess layers, if the fat is protecting ‘you’ in any way, shape or form, it is difficult to imagine any other weigh or way.
Have you ever imagined waking up one fine day, happily and mysteriously naturally thin? I’ve always wanted to wake up naturally thin, so I could eat whatever I wanted. I thought freedom equaled eating with complete abandon. I hadn’t considered that freedom might be freedom from cravings or freedom from obsessing about food.
I received the following E-emergency note the other night from a client of mine – who by the way – has permanently removed 18 pounds in the past 12 weeks. I thought it worth sharing, because I know that we all have ‘alien’ voices in our heads that ‘make’ us eat the donut, cookie, ice cream, pizza. That’s right … you are not alone. Seems we all have an alien voice that ‘makes’ us go hog wild.
Having traveled from one coast to the other, changing time zones and lugging my baggage (both physical and mental) with me all throughout the day, I found that upon arriving at my destination, my energy was waning. I was in need of a boost! My first instinct was to stop at the local shopping center and grab a cup of coffee, but – as luck would have it – I was distracted by …. Read On!
There are two things that we do that make us miserable; that cause great suffering … optional suffering. The first is to judge; the second is to have expectations.
Just for a moment now, I invite you to imagine what it might look like to be living a “healthy trim” life? Because seeing “healthy trim” is your first step toward manifesting a healthy lifestyle! Visualization is an essential element […]
Who won American Idol? And just how important is it to believe in yourself? Hungry for motivation? Read on!
Today is Chewing the FAT TUESDAY with Our Lady of Weight Loss. Readers write in and she answers!
Halfway through the 2nd round of said mind-altering heavily vodka’ed beverage, Uncle Sy began to wax poetically about his childhood. He shared one enchanting tale after the next, peppered with family photos and memorabilia. But, as all good things must come to an end, so did this happy afternoon.
In a nutshell, in order to have optimal mental health, we need to take care of our bodies. Do you know how to best take care of your body? Our Lady of Weight Loss offers a Kick in the Tush!
In order to permanently remove your excess weight, you’ve got to suffer, right? Wrong!!! I am here to assure you that Permanent Fat Removal does not equal suffering! It’s totally optional!
I was talking to one of my star weight loss clients (you are all stars), who has permanently lost over 35 pound. Yes, JB is thrilled about that, but she is still having difficulty loving herself, because she’s kind of down on her thighs. They are not perfect thighs. They are not stick thin thighs like you see in the magazines; they are not air-brushed thighs. After an interesting conversation that was filled with aha moments, I decided to share a few tips on how to love yourself, love your thighs.
Medical Marijuana – used by patients for cancer, AIDS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease is legal in Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and 14 states; Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Will you demonstrate today?
If Sue Sylvester, the fictional character played by actress Jane Lynch in the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee, can “Vogue,” why not you? Watch the video, Vogue with Sue Sylvester and burn calories!
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James have a prenup that specifically states that he gets no money in a divorce if he cheats.
Laugh Yourself Skinny. Laughter is one of the best aerobic exercises. One minute of mirthful laughter is equal to 6 minutes on the rowing machine.
We are not just turning the clocks ahead by one hour! Tonight, we are also moving our internal clock and the many mechanisms that are governed by it, ahead by one hour, and therein lies the rub. Getting those inner-mechanisms to work on a time schedule!
How to count your blessings, change your life and transform your girdle into an amazing piece of Weight Loss Art. Listen up and Lighten up with Janice Taylor, your weight loss coach and our country’s premiere weight loss artist!
Guilt can overwhelm us and block the rest of our emotions. In other words, you can become so consumed with feeling guilty that you are unable to fully feel joyful or fully feel dreadful! Are you ready to let go and MOVE ON?
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!!!
he Winter Solstice marks a central part of nature’s cycle. It is a time of new growth, rebirth and renewal. It is a reminder that in order to begin anew, the old must end.
It is the time of year when we pay homage to the darkness of life’s mysteries, while still keeping our faith. Spring will come again! Praise Be!!!
This piece of ‘Weight Loss Art’ by Janice Taylor, in loving memory of Brittany Murphy.
Is it time to step up to the plate (so to speak), take an honest and courageous look at your life, and make a commitment to loving yourself? Are you ready to let go of belief systems and habits that no longer serve you? Are you ready to step into a healthier 2010?
A Winter Tip from Our Lady of Weight Loss: Too little sun light can activate cravings for fatty, high-calorie foods like cakes, cookies and chips. Lack of sunlight reduces the brain’s production of serotonin, the mood-boosting brain chemical that not only helps us to feel happy but also suppresses food cravings and bingeing!
What will you bring to Thanksgiving that can help you navigate the screaming children? What will you bring that will keep you strong and able to say ‘no thank you’ to the heavily spiked Egg Nog when the slings and arrows of miss-communication are being sent your way? Seriously?! Janice Taylor and Our Lady of Weight Loss are here to help!
Janice Taylor, Weight Loss artist, author and coach, knows from experience (as I’m sure we all do) that when we start the day on a ‘crappy’ note, it makes it that much more difficult to muster up enough energy to make the best choices, food or otherwise! Here, she shares her secret on “How to Be a Happy Idiot.”
The great Oscar Wilde once said, “One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.” True enough, no? How will you lead your life today? Our Lady of Weight Loss wants to know!
At the end of the day, both Oprah and Janice Taylor agree, “All you have to know is who you are.” Chew on that and join in the discussion.
Want to lose weight, but you don’t know where to start? Being honest with yourself about how you feel, what the number of the scale says and what it means to you is your first step toward emotional freedom and ultimately to winning the Battle of the Bulge.
Did you get your mammogram? In 2009, some 192,370 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, accounting for more than one in four cancers diagnosed.
In 2009, an estimated 40,170 women will die from breast cancer. And what were you waiting for?
I know from first hand experience that depression can move someone toward food. (Yes, this ‘happy idiot’ has had bouts of depression.) And I know – again from first hand experience – that ‘eating for depression’ is counter-productive and counter-intuitive. […]
Are you getting enough sleep? Restful sleep? Tired? Maybe even exhausted? The Our Lady of Weight Loss Snooze Factory has 25 tips for you that are sure to help!
In recognition of International Peace Day, here follow 52 ‘peace-filled’ affirmations. It is my hope that we find peace in our hearts and send a ripple effect of love out into the world.
You might be operating from ‘food victim mode’ if: You think you ‘deserve’ ice cream sundaes, cakes and cookies, because you had a hard day. -or –
You take what happened to you in the past, drag it into the future and keep using it as an excuse over and over again. “I can’t do this, because I was ______________.” Sound familiar?
How much dead weight are you carrying around with you? How is it stopping you from moving forward? Want to get rid of it? Our Lady of Weight Loss leads the way.
Was the “More to Love Good/Bad Game” unnecessarily cruel or just stupid? You decide!
Whoopi Goldberg announced her weight this morning on The View. 174 pounds! And you? Do you have the courage to say the number out loud?
Work the room, chit the chatter, and leave the chips and dips behind. Our Lady of Weight Loss shares her 12 secret tips on how to have a great conversation.
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!”
Letting go of stress is easier than you might imagine. Janice Taylor, coach and hypnotist, offers 7 simple things to do to move you from stressed to refreshed.
Kick in the Tush Club member in good standing, “Thunder Pants,” confesses her ‘weighty sins’ to Our Lady of Weight Loss and receives forgiveness. What’s your dietary sin?
Our Lady of Weight Loss invites you to breathe away the pounds, get energized and jump head first into life.
Kirstie Alley on Oprah today once again discusses her 85 pound weight gain. What does Our Lady of Weight Loss and Janice Taylor have to say about this weighty matter? Plenty!
I am excited to share with you a wonderful interview that Basil & Spice, the #1 syndicated blog site about authors and books on healthy living, posted this morning. The interview happens to be with Janice Taylor (oh, that’s me!), […]
Once upon a time, many fat moons ago, when I was at my heaviest in all possible ways (both body and soul), I took a mid-day break from the madness. Dressed loosely in what could have been characterized as a […]
For those of us who love to snuggle in, hunker down and watch a good flick, I’ve got some interesting information to share with you. University of Mississippi researchers found that ‘movie munchers’ ingested 28% more buttered popcorn when watching […]
Generally speaking, I am an optimist. My glass is half full, and I truly live in a state of gratitude for all that I do have. I am a happy person, living the rules of happiness. Nevertheless, I am not […]
This afternoon I stumbled upon an interesting article in the Las Vegas Sun that got me all fired up as it posed the following question: “If gastric bypass saved you money for morbidly obese people to have weight loss surgery, […]
Motivation is not task driven. It’s all about emotion. It’s fire driven. In order to permanently lose weight, we need to be passionate. And … you’ve got to fuel your passion (just like you have to fuel your body and […]
As Our Lady of Weight Loss was moving into a state of bliss on a leisurely and contemplative stroll on the “Road to Svelvesille,” she bumped into Lord Ganesh, the oh-so-chubby and wise, elephant headed Hindi God, who is best […]
Did you know that approximately ninety percent of Americans believe in God? Yes, it’s true and many people also feel that God has a unique purpose for their lives. Their sense of the divine and their sense of destiny are […]
If cake is your BFF (best friend forever), if the call of Cheeto sends you into an orange-stained spin, if you start to drool at the mere mention of Cinnabon, and/or if you are mad at yourself for giving in […]
It has been a week of loss. Michael Jackson died, as did Farrah Fawcett. And, on the Beliefnet.com home front, Holly Rossi, lost her fascinating grandmother, GaGa. Holly’s heartfelt and eloquent piece, posted in her blog Fresh Living, touched me […]
Feeling stressed? Depressed? Overweight? Help is on the way! Janice Taylor, Beliefnet blogger brings word to you from the far side … Australia! A new Queensland University of Technology study suggests that breathing can be a highly effective alternative to […]
As reports begin to filter in on the behind the scenes life of Michael Jackson, his alleged addiction to Demerol (a narcotic painkiller) and possible cause of death, his rumored marriage to Rwaramba (the children’s nanny), the number of plastic […]
Listen up! I’ve got something to share with you that is going to curl your hair or straighten it, depending! A treasure trove of life-changing information! My friend, neighbor and sister Beliefnet.com blogger, Victoria Moran, is launching her latest book […]
Are you stressed? Irritable? Having trouble sleeping? Do you feel like screaming? Crying? Pouring a jug of water over your boss’s head? We all feel stressed from time to time, so it is essential to have an arsenal of coping […]
Chances are you’ve heard about the Laws of Attraction. The basic concept is that you attract into your life whatever you think about. Positive thoughts and beliefs create a positive life; negative thoughts and beliefs attract negativity. One sure way […]
The hype for The Twilight Saga: New Moon has begun. I caught a trailer for it this morning. Looks good, if you like Vampires, and who doesn’t? And speaking of New Moons, I was wondering if you were aware of […]
Just hours after falling from grace, from an expected sure thing, to second place in the Britain’s Got Talent finals, Susan Boyle was whisked off in an ambulance to a London clinic under police escort, reportedly for treatment of exhaustion. […]
Feeling blue? In need of a fast, quick, lift? Something you can do right now, with or without a friend?! This Beliefnet.com blogger invites you to add to our ‘feel good now’ list. 1. Smile. 2. Breathe. 3. Pick wild […]
It takes a lot of energy for a person to stay stuck, to keep a problem firmly alive and in place. How do you stop yourself from permanently losing weight? People say to me, “No matter what I do, I […]
I don’t mean to be a buzz-kill … and I do offer my heartfelt weighty congratulations to Helen Phillips for losing 54.47% of her initial weight (now weighing in at 117 pounds), and for gaining $250,000 and a new attitude. […]
This article, written by Beliefnet blogger Janice Taylor is featured in both The Huffington Post and USA Today! Read on and be sure to comment! People say that we only get ‘what we can handle,’ that there are ‘lessons to […]
This week’s jigsaw puzzle was inspired by and is for those who grapple with the numbers of the scale. Do NOT let the scales of injustice put you into a tail spin! People listen up, the number of the scale […]
Did you know that music activates the same feel good center of your brain that food does? It’s true! Listen to music: Lose weight. (Wow, that was easy!) And … there’s more . . . Fight Off the Common Cold: […]
No one is an island, unto themselves. People belong to wider systems, and it’s useful to think through, to know how a change will affect those systems. As you let go of your excess weight, become slim, fit and healthy, […]
Food for thought … Now, just imagine … What IF weight loss were no longer an issue? What WOULD you do with all that time and energy? How often do you think about your weight? How often do you think […]
Dramatically Increase Your Ability to Survive Swine Flu Avoid airplanes, subways, confined spaces and BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!!! Imagine that your immune system is your own personal army. Your troops guard against attacks from ‘alien’ forces, and they defend against […]
How Can I Lose Weight???!!? I received an email from a reader enquiring, “Can you give me some pointers on weight loss?” To which I replied, “might you please be more specific?” After all, I could write volumes on the […]
Is Oprah not the best and most master hypnotist ever? This Beliefnet blogger and reporter is coming to you ‘live’ from Kripalu Yoga & Health where I am leading the most remarkable and enlightening workshop ever (No doubt about it! […]
A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. and then ‘it’ LANDS with a thud on door knobs, hand railings, elevator buttons, grocery carts, telephones … on anything and everything that you mindlessly and automatically touch on […]
Chewing the Fat: Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., Creating In Flow blogger for Psychology Today and Janice Taylor, author, blogger, weight loss coach dish the dirt, chew the fat, and talk ‘creative weight loss.’! THE INTERVIEW: Get Creative, Lose Weight, Find […]
KICK ‘em and TWIST ‘em Exercise Tips for Exercise Drop-Outs. Our Lady of Weight Loss wanted me to share some exercise ideas for those of us who are NOT gym bunnies … some creative ideas to loosen us up, get […]
How mean are you? To others? To yourself? Our Lady of Weight Loss has received hundreds if not thousands of emails from readers who ‘confess’ their self-sabotaging and mean-spirited words … all directed at themselves! Words, thoughts and sentiments that […]
Oh My … more bad news for those (34% of Americans) who are obese. In a study released by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine scientists found that overweight people emit more carbon emissions than slim […]
United Airlines is the latest airline to jump on the anti-fat bandwagon and penalize their overweight passengers by charging them, should they not fit ‘comfortably’ into one seat, for two seats! They say that they are doing this because they […]
This week’s jigsaw puzzle was inspired by Susan Boyle, whose inner beauty radiates outward; whose inner beauty made the world smile; whose authenticity made us cry! Here’s to you Susan Boyle! Thank you!!! More Beauty TIPS? Salt: from Food to […]
People tell me that they “deserve” cake, or a burger or fries, or a binge. They tell me that they have had a stressful day and “deserve” to, in effect, go hog wild! When you use food to comfort yourself, […]
My friend and colleague, Susan K. Perry and I were discussing how Bo Obama, the first puppy, rollicks on the White House lawn in a natural state of joy, exuberance, with complete abandon; essentially in a constant state of Flow! […]
This is a favorite of mine; something that Kick in the Tush Club members look forward to receiving! Something you might want to consider on Easter Day (and the days that follow) … … here follows some vital Eastern Candy […]
Oh Goody! Just what we needed; another War! There’s the War on Terror, War on Poverty, War on Drugs … and now the War on Obesity! Governor Paterson announced in a recent press release that he is declaring “War on […]
Today is National Walking Day. In commemoration of this day, here follows … … The Benefits of Walking by Janice Taylor (excerpt from her best-selling book, Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of […]
Adam Lambert closed down American Idol last night singing “Mad World.” Another amazing performance, bringing Simon to his feet! Standing Ovation! However, American Idol ran 5 minutes over on the East Coast and for those who recorded the show, for […]
I’ve not been a fan of Star Jones, but I am now.I tuned into Oprah yesterday: “Fat to Thin (and possibly back again) In the Public Eye” (my title; not Oprah’s), which featured Valerie Bertinelli, Marie Osmond and Star Jones. […]
I consider myself an optimistic person. When I was a very little girl the movie Pollyanna hit the screens and I loved it, and I took it in on a cellular level. Pollyanna starred Jane Wyman (Ronald Regan’s ex-wife), Karl […]
I am uncharacteristically in a ‘bad’ mood. I woke up at 3:45 a.m. with a banger of a headache; my husband has the flu and is coughing up a storm (I sure hope I don’t catch it), and when I […]
Tune In * Turn On * Drop Out … We are about to travel back to the ’60s. Get your Flower Power sign, your tied-dyed T-shirt out of storage (or borrow your parents’)! Get ready to “Tune In” … again!Hair […]
dFor those who participated in Earth Hour (and for those who did not) here follows a link to Earth Hour Las Vegas, as well as Earth Hour Kuwait, San Francisco and more! Videos galore!For more green, energy saving ideas …… […]
Research shows that gardening has the power to change your mood, lower your blood pressure, improve the quality of air, alleviate depression, and increase levels of happiness. So what better thing to do than to grown your own Kitchen Herb […]
On Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 p.m. EDT, I am taking part in Earth Hour-a global event in which millions of people will turn out their lights to make a statement of concern about our planet and climate change. […]
David Letterman married his long-time main squeeze Regina Lasko. Will marriage change them? Will all this publicity add stress to their relationship? Janice Taylor, Life & Happiness Coach, has some tips on how to talk it out when you and […]
This morning’s hot topic (literally and figuratively)… “Alaska’s Mt. Redoubt volcano erupted late Monday and early Tuesday in “four large explosions,” sending an ash plume an estimated 50,000 feet into the air, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.” … brought to […]
This week’s Our Lady of Weight Loss jigsaw puzzle was inspired by the Jewish proverb … “No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.” For tips on how to listen … go to: Listen Up! For […]
An affirmation is a form of auto-suggestion a.k.a. self-hypnosis, in which a statement is made about the future in the present tense, as if it had already happened in the past. Yes, that’s right. Repeat, please … An affirmation is […]
“No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.” ~ Jewish Proverb Imagine what it would be like if we really listened to each other? You know, instead of half-listening; instead of ‘sort of’ paying attention while […]
It’s St. Patrick’s Day and this blogger is curious how the color green is going to affect her day. The Psychodynamics of Green by Janice Taylor Color can create balance and harmony within us, on all levels: physical, mental, emotional […]
One of the Kick in the Tush Club members and participant of the Fill Up On Happiness e-diet coaching program wrote me and asked for a few simple diet tips. Dear Our Lady of Weight Loss ~ I am loving […]
Friday the 13th: Luck By Chance? by Janice Taylor Luck is thought to happen by chance; it’s not thought to be something you can plan for or obtain by intention. Some say luck is decided by our fates, or believe […]
It’s official!!! I have 1,001 friends! AMAZING!!! True – many of my new friends are ‘virtual’ friends; people with whom I communicate on-line and not necessarily in person. Nevertheless, a friend is a friend, and I am grateful to call […]
When we are energized, feeling good, hydrated, smiling and breathing in the poetry of life, we are less likely to gravitate towards food as a form of self-medication and more likely to open up to living la vida feliz … […]
Our Lady of Weight Loss takes a happiness centered approach to weight loss. It is her mission to make weight loss fun … to make weight loss a joyful experience. Here follows ten of her top tips that she feels […]
It’s a YUM MONDAY!!!!… Snowing like MAD in NYC and it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday! What an awesome combo.In honor of the great Dr. Seuss here follows my infamous GREEN EGGS n’ HAM Recipe! (See below for more recipe links to […]
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