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Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

How to Let Go of Who You Are and Become What You Might Be!

In Need of Quirky Wisdom? - contact Janice Taylor, Life Coach, Weight Loss Expert and more...

In Need of Quirky Wisdom? – contact Janice Taylor, Life Coach, Weight Loss Expert and more…

Label Me Quirky: Last week, while “networking” (as they say) at a “wellness event,” I took note of the way I introduced myself to my fellow attendees. “Hi, I am Janice Taylor. I am a life and wellness coach, a hypnotherapist, author of the Our Lady of Weight Loss books, creator of the Kick in the Tush Club, a kooky genius (Oprah magazine said so), a mother, a wife, an artist.”

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“Jeeze Louise,” I thought to myself. It’s as if I have a bag full of labels that I’m lugging around with me and depending upon who I am talking to or my mood of the moment, I reach in and slap another sticky label onto my blouse!

Having labels is neither good nor bad. It just is. It’s how we define and in this case, introduce ourselves.

Further, none of us are just one label. We are all a number of color-coded sticky, “Hello My Name Is _________ “ and “I am a ________ “ labels. We are mothers, wives, daughters, sisters (male counterparts if appropriate), teacher, dancer, writer, happy person, lover of cats, lover of dogs, etc. etc. etc.!

And we are the labels that other people “slap” on us. My father used to call my mother lovingly, “The Chief Cook and Bottle Washer.” Hey, it was back n’ the day! (I’d say, “Daddy, what’s for dinner?” And he’d say, “Hmmmm …. Let’s ask the “Chief Cook n’ Bottle Washer.” J

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Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.” ~ Og Mandino

Labels are powerful influences on our lives, yet at the same time, they can be extraordinarily limiting. Labels stick us in a category, slot or tight box where there’s no room to move or grow or change.

Are you aware of the numerous labels that you have adhered to your chest? Your blouse? Or maybe the one(s) someone else has added to you without your permission?

Today is a good day to consider your labels. If they are not a good “fit,”then get out your label maker and make yourself a new one!

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

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Let go of what you are. Become what you might be!
Sometimes it’s just that simple!

For more inspiration, motivation, label making techniques, join Our Lady of Weight Loss’s KICK in the TUSH Club/FB!

Spread the Word …. NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor
wise * fun * utterly useful

Sign up for the KICK in the TUSH CLUB monthly e-newsletter, sign up here.
To join the FACEBOOK/KITT Club, click here!
For one-on-one coaching, contact Janice.

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Dysfunctional Chef: ZUCCHINI and Carrot MUFFINS Oh My!

Your Dysfunctional Chef,  Janice Taylor invites you to eat healthy, feel sated, push away from the table :)

Your Dysfunctional Chef, Janice Taylor invites you to eat healthy, feel sated, push away from the table :)

Get ready People! Here, today, right NOW, Our Lady of Weight Loss has instructed me to share with you the most amazing, delicious and healthy muffins in the history of Zucchini Carrot Muffins!  Get your ingredients together, preheat, mix, bake and enjoy!

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 Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/4 cup grape seed oil
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup shredded carrot
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup raisins

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line your cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.
In one medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
In another larger bowl, mix the agave, almond milk, and oil.
Slowly and carefully mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Fold in the zucchini, carrots, raisins and walnuts.
Fill each liner halfway with batter.
Bake cupcakes for 15 minutes or so.  Until,your knife a.k.a. cake tester comes out clean.
Enjoy hot, warm, cold … for breakfast, dessert, a snack.  Whatever!

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Spread the Word …. NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor
wise * fun * utterly useful

Sign up for the KICK in the TUSH CLUB monthly e-newsletter, sign up here.
To join the FACEBOOK/KITT Club, click here!
For one-on-one coaching, contact Janice.

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This Friendship Day: How to Dump Your Toxic Friends :)

Be Your Own Best Friend ~ contact Janice Taylor, Weight Loss SUCCESS Coach, Hypnotherapist, Author, Artist, Positarian

Be Your Own Best Friend ~ contact Janice Taylor, Weight Loss SUCCESS Coach, Hypnotherapist, Author, Artist, Positarian

Hellooooooo Tushkateers, Devotees of Our Lady of Weight Loss, and those who through divine inspiration have landed on this page.  Did you know that August 2 is Friendship Day? I heard it on NPR just this morning so it must be true.

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I was thinking that I might share a gaggle of friendship quotes and get soppy about how much I love my friends, you guys especially, but Our Lady of Weight Loss interrupted my train of thought and insisted that I share my 7 tips on toxic friendship.

Chewing the Fat
7 Tips:
The Do’s and Don’ts of Toxic Friendships

Dear OLofWL ~  A few weeks ago, based on something I read in one of your books or in one of your blog posts (forgive me, I’m not sure where), I started to notice which people in my life have a negative effect on my weight loss efforts.

One friend, in particular has repeatedly told me that I’m never going to reach my goals (weight loss or otherwise).   I’ve asked her to stop, but whenever I point out that she’s undermining my attempts to move forward in life, she makes light of the situation and basically tells me that I’m too sensitive.

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We’ve been friends for a long time.  On the one hand, I am tempted to cut her out of my life completely, but on the other hand that feels a bit harsh.  Want to do?  Any thoughts on toxic friends?  ~ Mary Beth C., KC, MO

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Dear Mary Beth C., KC, MO ~  Based on your friend’s inability to hear you and ‘own’ her unsupportive comments, I am going to venture a guess and suggest that she is stuck in her own narrow view of life, unable to see beyond her own struggles.

Negative people often do slow us down, drain our energy, as well as create stress and anxiety, none of which is useful or helpful. What to do?  Here are a few thoughts on:

7 Tips:  The Do’s and Don’ts of Toxic Friendships

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1.  Do Not Give Them a Piece of Your Mind.  When people, particularly friends and/or family members, are unsupportive it really ticks us off, because we understandably have expectations as to how they are going to show up in our lives.

Telling someone off, giving them a piece of your mind is a very bad idea, because it is negative in its own right. I rarely use absolutes like ‘never’ and/or ‘always, but in this case it is appropriate.   The recipient of your negativity will never see it your way.  They will defend their position.  You will defend your position.

2.  Do Feel Your Upset.  To be clear, I am not suggesting that you do not feel your upset, your anger, and/or your frustration and disappointment.  Breathe into it, feel it, and release it.  This will allow you to come from a place of clarity.

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3.  Do Create Boundaries.  You can either, with love in your heart, slowly but surely let the person go; or you can limit the time you spend together.

In these modern times, we are blessed with caller i.d., which means that you do not have to pick up every phone call.   Nor do you have to accept every invitation.  If you do choose to get together with this person, tell them that you can meet from say 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm for tea at a certain café that serves fruit.  You decide where – a place that supports your healthy living goals; you decide the amount of time that feels okay for you.

4.  Do Not Apologize or Justify Your Actions.  You simply do not have to explain yourself.  Please take that in on a cellular level and hence forth, when you find yourself launching into your ‘reasons’ why you can ‘only’ spend one hour together, or why you are choosing a fruity location … stop mid-stream.  Again, there is no need to, you don’t have to justify or explain yourself away.

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5.  Do Be Open to Healing.  Each and every one of us is traveling on our unique paths, which are circuitous in nature.  You just never know when your friend (or relative) is going to have an aHa, mind changing moment.  To be clear, that does not mean that you have to keep them in your life as you once did, but you can ‘hold a space for healing.’

6.  Do Not Feel Guilty.  You are a good person, a kind person, and you need to be your own best friend; in fact, you need to be your own good mother.  You are not dumping your friend, you are not abandoning your friend; you are simply letting go of the current state of friendship, as you hold a space for change.  Guilty is heavy; let it go.

7.  Do Seek Positarians.  Positarians are people who may not have much in common with the exception of their positive mindset about life.  But, hey, that’s enough, isn’t it?

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The best way to find the positarians is to keep an eye and ear open, and when you hear someone saying things like “Good Morning” with great enthusiasm, or when you see someone finding the most positive way of negotiating life in the face of obstacles, know that you have stumbled upon a positiarian.

Positiarians are lovers of life, and their goal is to spread the happy word. (NOT the icing! Sound familiar?)  They look at the bright side, and they are gifted at finding silver-linings.

I hope that provides enough to chew on, Mary Beth (and any and all who are reading this) to give yourself permission to let go of the toxic people in your life – either by letting them go entirely or greatly limiting your interaction with them.

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Happy Friendship Day!!!!!

For more fat burning friendship, visit:  Kick in the Tush Club/ Facebook page!!!

Spread the Word …. NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor
wise * fun * utterly useful

Sign up for the KICK in the TUSH CLUB monthly e-newsletter, sign up here.
To join the FACEBOOK/KITT Club, click here!
For one-on-one coaching, contact Janice.

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How to Be Eccentric, Clunky and Chunky.

Your Gain Is My Pain!  Contact Janice Taylor, Weight Loss SUCCESS Coach, Hypnotherapist, Author, Artist, Positarian

Your Gain Is My Pain! Contact Janice Taylor, Weight Loss SUCCESS Coach, Hypnotherapist, Author, Artist, Positarian

Lo n’ behold, in the not too distant past, I was invited to deliver a motivational talk for a prestigious company who was hosting a wellness immersion program, to which I wholeheartedly responded, “Yes.”

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They asked me what I’d like to call my talk. They needed a [juicy] title for their program. I said, “Blow the Fat Cells Out of Your Mind.” Seriously, folks – is that not that best talk title ever? They wondered, however, if I had a less “out there” (my words, not theirs) title.

“How about ‘Feed your Soul. Change your Weight?’” I countered.

To which they replied, “Great! But could we tweak it just a little bit to “Feed your Spirit. Change your Health.”

I said, “Sure. Fine. Go for it!” And I meant it, because it was a fine title, and I felt that they know their audience, and Soul to Spirit isn’t such a stretch, and I am in the business of surrendering and so I did. Surrender.

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Then, the person with whom I was speaking said, “Thanks for understanding.”

“Oh,” she continued, “and we love you. You want you to still be you.”

Good thing, hey? ‘Cause seriously folks, I wouldn’t know who else to be.

Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

After the phone call, I began to wonder if my talk was going to be too “racy” for them. What might they think or do when I pulled a “sexy vegetable” out of my bag?

Ready to Explore Your Authentic Self? - contact Janice Taylor, Life and Weight Loss SUCCESS Coach, Hypnotherapist, Author, Artist, Positarian

Sexy Vegetable Series:  The Cucumber by Janice Taylor

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What would they think when I announce that I hear voices and the patron saint of permanent fat removal is my BFF? Will they honk a horn and pull me off stage, call the “white coats” and take me away to the funny farm, or grin n’ bear it and never call me again for another talk?

The wheels of doubt were set in motion. It took me a minute to reel myself in, but I did. And then I remembered the following quote.

We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide exempla for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves. ~ James Hollis

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You are a unique serving, slice, sliver, piece, portion of Life. You are a rarity. Own your distinctiveness. Be eccentric, clunky and chunky!

For more fat burning authenticity, visit:  Kick in the Tush Club/ Facebook page!!!

Spread the Word …. NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor
wise * fun * utterly useful

Sign up for the KICK in the TUSH CLUB monthly e-newsletter, sign up here.
To join the FACEBOOK/KITT Club, click here!
For one-on-one coaching, contact Janice

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