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Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

Obama Speech: Get back on the wagon presidential style.

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The holiday weekend is over. It’s time to get serious!
This weight loss riddle will get you back on track, back on the wagon … presidential style. There’s no need to give up!
You’ve decided to make scrambled eggs for breakfast. You take three eggs from the refrigerator. As you are oh so gracefully moving toward the counter, one falls from your hand and smashes on the floor.
What do you do?
1. Clean it up.
2. Make two scrambled eggs instead of three.
3. Get another egg from the fridge.
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4. Throw the other two eggs on the floor and say ‘screw it!’

Weight loss is a process. Falling off the wagon and finding yourself a bit bruised and bloated is par for the course. There’s no need to throw your eggs on the floor and give up!
Those who reach their weight loss goals are simply the ones who get back on the wagon – again and again. (Personally, I’ve fallen so many times, it’s become a part of my exercise program.) Those who succeed experience these setbacks as temporary lapses. They understand that there are no magic bullets, no quick fixes. The turtle wins this race.
Here are a few thoughts and tips to help you pick yourself up and climb back on the wagon!

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How to Pull Yourself Up from the Boot Straps in Seven Easy Steps

1. Practice Loving-Kindness. Please stop being hard on yourself and saying mean things to yourself, too! (If someone else called you a fat pig, you’d punch them in the nose!)
2. Postcards from the Edge. Send an inspirational and motivational weight loss e-card to your friends. Helping others stay on track is a way of keeping yourself on track. (Here’s a link to the BEST e-cards EVER – and they’re FREE).
3. Write Out Your List of Reasons: I want to lose weight because ____________. (fill in the blank and be honest) “Be healthy. Look younger. Be socially acceptable. Make that rat who left me feel real bad.”
4. The 80/20 Rule. No one is perfect 100% of the time. If you follow your weight loss plan 80% of the time, and treat yourself to an occasional treat 20% of the time, you should be able to achieve and maintain your weight loss goals.
5. Five Easy Pieces. Listen to the five “easy” classical pieces played in the movie “Five Easy Pieces” (1970) The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Karen Black), Best Picture and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced.
* Chopin – Fantasy in F Minor Op.49, played by Dupea on the back of a moving truck.
* Bach – Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, played by Dupea’s sister, Partita, in a recording studio.
* Mozart – E-flat Maj. Concerto K.271, played by Dupea’s brother, Carl, and Catherine upon Bobby’s arrival to the island.
* Chopin – Prelude in E Minor Opus 28 no. 4, played by Dupea for Catherine.
* Mozart – Fantasy in D Minor K.397
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Janice

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Write Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
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Peanut Butter Smack: Fat-Burning Info and Recipes

This Beliefnet blogger went nuts when she thought her beloved nuts were not going to accompany her on the road to Sveltesville … Until …
Our Lady of Weight Loss whispered to her, “True enough, little nutty one. Nuts are high in calories and fat, but they are yum delicious, good for you and when eaten in small amounts may help to control your appetite.”
Is She NUTS?
Nuts and seeds are nutritious and are a good source of non-animal protein, fiber, B vitamins, selenium, zinc and Vitamin E. They may reduce the risk of cancer, and they have anti-aging properties! They are infinitely better for you than highly processed, empty calorie snacks!
The fat in nuts is pretty high (50%), but it’s mostly monounsaturated fat – the good kind – that helps increase HDL levels in the blood. Most nuts and seeds are naturally low in saturated and trans fatty acids – the two types of fats that are dangerous to the heart and arteries.
Consider including nuts and seeds as part of your daily fat requirement, rather than the usual vegetable oils, margarines or animal fats like butter.
Nuts eaten in small amounts, might help to control your appetite. The fat and protein combo satiates for a longer period of time than carbohydrate snacks. The stomach empties more slowly and the fiber content gives you a sense of fullness.
Now, don’t go completely nuts! Remember, one tablespoon of nuts equals one fat serving.
The Do’s and Don’ts of NUTS!
* DO sprinkle a tablespoon of nuts or seeds on your salad.
* DO add a tablespoon of nuts or seeds to your sandwich. Nice ‘n crunchy.
* DON’T eat nuts or seeds that are roasted in oil! It’s double trouble!
* DON’T buy nuts or seeds that look old or have mold on them. (Did I really have to tell you that?)
* DO eat your nuts and seeds in a reasonably short amount of time, one month tops, lest they get rancid.
* DO try walnut or pumpkin oil for a variety of taste. Use them sparingly and do not heat them (lest oxidation will occur).
And … here’s a Righteous Recipe from Kick in the Tush Club member Marilyn from MI. who has permanently removed 25 lbs. of excess weight (75 lbs. to go!) Kudos to Marilyn for being healthy! (clap, clap, clap)
“I attended a potluck this weekend (oy vey!) and needed something quick, healthy, and different, so I took a quick inventory of my ‘fridge, and this is what I came up with. Got a ton of compliments and had to write it out for a couple gals on the spot.”
Marilyn’s Salad a ‘la Nutty Granny”
Ingredients:
Granny Smith apple
4 cups baby spinach leaves
2 cups torn romaine
1/2 cup of crumbled Feta
1/2 cup of toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
Instructions:
Very thinly slice a Granny Smith apple. (I use a mandoline for convenience.) Immediately drop slices into a small bowl of cool water into which you’ve squeezed the juice of half a lemon. Set aside.
Combine:
4 cups baby spinach leaves
2 cups torn romaine
1/2 cup of crumbled Feta
1/2 cup of toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
Drain apple slices and pat dry. Toss with other ingredients and dress with fat free raspberry salad dressing. Crispy, crunchy, and refreshing. The pink and green colors would make this a very attractive salad if arranged on a platter instead of tossed.
Peanut Butter Smack a.k.a. PB & Banana Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 small ripe banana, broken in chunks
1 1/2-cups cold milk; 1% or 2% or even fat-free#
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter (natural or organic)
a splash of vanilla
Instructions:
In blender or food processor whirl all ingredients until smooth, frothy and yum delcious! Makes 2 servings.
More Fat-Burning Recipes!
Lasagna!
Lemon Angel Rocks!
Labor Day Pig-Out
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Janice

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Join the Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Write Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
Visit Our Lady of Weight Loss.
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Unexplained Phenomenon: The size of your appetite

People say, “I really don’t understand why I am always hungry. It’s this crazy thing, like an alien has taken over.” People ask, “Can you shed ‘lite’ on this unexplained phenomenon? How can I kill my appetite?”
Our Lady of Weight Loss replies, “Instead of trying to kill your appetite and treating it as though it were your mortal enemy, how about making friends with your appetite?”
Consider making appetite your friend. Truly, there’s no need for such violence. A valuable, intelligent friend who you pay attention to! Be grateful that you have an appetite! It’s ‘normal!’ Even the skinny-minnies out there have appetites, don’t they?
In the past, you’ve paid attention to only half the signal from your appetite. The “I’m hungry. Feed me.” part. That’s the part of the signal that tells you to eat. (Nothing wrong with your hearing! Again, it’s ‘normal.’)
When that feeling of hunger first starts to disappear, your appetite says, “I’m satisfied.” It’s important that you pay attention to that piece of your friend’s advice. Did you note that I said when that feeling of hunger FIRST starts to disappear!?
That’s right. You want to stop eating long before you are full. The chances are that once you hit full, you have probably grossly overeaten and remorse is right around the corner.
(Personal Confession: Before Our Lady of Weight Loss entered my life and introduced me to my friend, Appetite, I would eat until I couldn’t breathe. Gross, indeed! And dangerous, too!!)
Pay attention. You don’t want to feel full; you do want to feel satisfied. Your appetite is your friend. Your appetite tells you when you are hungry and when you are satisfied.
Listen to your appetite. Your eating is no longer driven by emotions. Now that you have met your friend, Appetite, you can be in close contact with her as she guides you to ‘satisfied.’
New Point of View: Your appetite doesn’t need to be killed off. There’s no place or need for violence in the Land of Permanent Fat Removal! I hope this explains the unexplainable!
More Weight Loss Warrior Tips:
Size Matters!
Ceremonial Chocolate!
Do you suffer from ‘dead weight’ syndrome?
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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Required Reading:Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal an OPRAH BOOK CLUB pick: Summer 2009 – Buy NOW!
Join the Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Write Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
Visit Our Lady of Weight Loss.
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Back to School: Hungry and Cranky Kids

Love Your Inner Chubby Child.jpgIf you had lunch at 11:30 a.m. (or even earlier) and the next time you had access to food was 3:00 in-the-afternoon, wouldn’t you be hungry and cranky, too?
We can’t blame our children for wanting to hit those devil-filled vending machines, can we? What can we do to help put and keep our children on the healthy path? Here are some thoughtful tips from Our Lady of Weight Loss.

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How to Keep Your Kid Happy and Healthy in the Face of School

1. Ask. Listen. Talk. Sit down with your child and, together, come up with a list of healthy snack options. Respect your child’s wishes. Keep the door to healthy living open. Be sure to include some fruits and veggies.
2. Read. Whether your child accompanies you to the grocery store or not; do spend some time reading the nutrition labels and comparing products together. Pay attention to the ingredients, and of course, portion size. Steer away from ‘enriched’ products and foods that have ‘high fructose corn syrup’ in them. (Enriched means that everything good has been stripped out, and the manufacturer had to put something back into it less it has no nutritional value and HFCS is simply unhealthy, in my opinion.)
3. Get Real. You don’t think your kid, at any age, is going to cut up veggie sticks, make pretty little packages of apple slices (squeeze lemon juice on it to keep fresh), did you? If you want your child to eat healthfully, you are more than likely going to have to make pretty, appealing little packages of food for them to have readily available. (In their lunch boxes and at home, for after school arrival.)
4. Make It Fun. As long as you are in charge of the packaging and promoting of the healthy foods, do so with a touch of humor and creativity. And be age appropriate, please. The younger set might enjoy ‘ants on a log’ (celery topped with cream cheese and raisin ‘ants’), whereas the teenagers might like something more sophisticated like cheese and pear slices.
5. The Swap Meet. Kids often swap snacks, or lunches for that matter. “I’ll trade you my healthy ‘ants on a log’ for your Twinkie.” Again … ask, listen and talk. Find out with whom he or she is trading with and ask permission to call the other parent to discuss trading options.
6. Always Ask Permission. Do you like it when people tell you what to do? I sure don’t. No one does. So, ask permission to call the other parent. Don’t embarrass your kid. It’s worse than eating unhealthy snacks.
7. Feel Good. You did your best to provide healthy foods. As the days, weeks, months and even years pass, you will have effectively provided enough nutrition and healthy living guidance to make a difference.
Healthy Kids!
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3 Recipes that Your Kids Will Love!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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Required Reading:Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal an OPRAH BOOK CLUB pick: Summer 2009 – Buy NOW!
Join the Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Write Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
Visit Our Lady of Weight Loss.
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