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Weight Loss God Wink? No Excuses?

KICKOL-LOGO.jpgDo you believe in God Winks? The dictionary meaning of a God wink is “something taken as evidence that a higher power is at work; a coincidence.”
SQuire Rushnell, author of “When God Winks at New Beginnings,” Beliefnet blogger brother, says that a God Wink gives us a “sense of comfort at a time when you are looking for hope.” God Winks are hugs of comfort from God. Little things that happen every day.
Well, this past week, I think God winked at me, but I’m not exactly sure if He winked, or just gave me a kick in the tush.
As you know, I am a Weight Loss Coach and have been blessed to work with a wide range of people from all parts of the country.

Not to get too side-tracked here, but I have to interject that I’ve learned that no matter what part of the country we come from, no matter our family structure, dysfunction, drama, age, life experiences, or religion, we have much more in common than you might imagine. We are sisters and brothers, we are one. Okay … that being said, I’ll return to my point.

While talking to one client, she came to the conclusion (maybe helped by my coaching?) that her “reasons” for her gaining weight were actually “excuses.” Medication was one really good reason, because it says so on the bottle. “This medication may cause weight gain.” But after closer examination of the actual foods she was eating (pancakes with syrup and bacon), she had to admit that she was using her reason as an excuse.
Another client shared that her husband has “diabetes” and that he needs a sugar lift now and then (when blood levels dip), so she keeps a bag of M&M peanuts in her house for him, which she apparently dips into as well. Her husband’s diabetes looked like a real enough reason. By the end of our session, she was able to come up with an alternative list of appropriate foods to help her husband, something other than her favorite candy.
Okay … are you following me? Reasons vs. excuses! Fast forward, I am standing on the scales of injustice at my doctor’s office, and for goodness sake, I am up 4 pounds up. “How did that happen?” I say incredulously! And then I hear myself saying, “Well, the reason I gained …”
Thankfully, God had winked at me enough times during the week enabling me to see the errors of my ‘weigh’ and self-correct! “No excuses.” I said, “I overindulged plain and simple. Not to worry though, as Our Lady of Weight Loss says You can let the pounds visit but not move back in.”
Nevertheless, I wondered, is God winking at me or just plain giving me a Kick in the Tush?
What do you think? Was God winking at me? Giving me a Kick in the Tush? Or both?
More from the Our Lady of Weight Loss Angels
Does God want you to be fat?
Food Demons and Voices of Doubt
God Eventually: Moments of Weight Loss Grace
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice

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Couch Potatoes Rejoice: Comedies burn calories

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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 “Love Story” than those who watched the comedy “Sweet Home Alabama.” (that’s an extra 115 calories)
A Vanderbilt University study found that laughing out loud for 10-15 minutes per day burns between 10 and 40 calories. A good belly laugh causes one to gasp for air, thus exercises the diaphragm!
One group of University of Maryland volunteers were shown funny videos, while another group was shown stressful videos. The study showed that laughter keeps arteries from hardening, while stress does the opposite!
What’s On Tonight?
Our Lady of Weight Loss consulted the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Funniest American Movies of all times. Here are the top 25. Click here for entire list!

Some Like It Hot
Tootsie
Dr. Strangelove
Annie Hall
Duck Soup
Blazing Saddles
M*A*S*H
It Happened One Night
The Graduate
Airplane!
The Producers
A Night At The Opera
Young Frankenstein
Bringing Up Baby
The Philadelphia Story
Singin’ In The Rain
The Odd Couple
The General
His Girl Friday
The Apartment
A Fish Called Wanda
Adam’s Rib
When Harry Met Sally…
Born Yesterday
The Gold Rush

What’s your favorite funny, fat-burning movie?
More fat-burning laughter:
Recession proof laughs: Cheap and easy.
Laughing at Longevity
Laughter Cracks the Cosmic Egg
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice

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Write Janice Taylor, Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
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Appetites: Filling the Empty Void

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 a happy idiot.
There are some very troubling facts circulating out there about our environment that many people seem to be glazing over, not terribly interested in and/or think that these facts just can’t be real. Denial is a wonderful thing.
I was so troubled by the way we are treating our precious Earth and ourselves that I sought out Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder and senior adviser of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (the largest adult center in the United States focusing on health, wellness, spirituality and creativity), and author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and A Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure, hoping that she might help me make sense of our collective consciousness or unconsciousness, depending on how you look at it, and to learn about the progress that Omega is making in the field of sustainability.
What gives? Are we human beings on a self-destruct mission? Are we so attached to large piles of money, big houses, big cars and large portions that we can’t see the forest from the trees? How much longer can we go on this way without imploding?
Here follow the facts, followed by the highlights of my conversation with Elizabeth Lesser.
The Hard Facts
The majority of the world’s scientific experts agree: the environment is in trouble. The amount of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere annually will have catastrophic effects on the earth’s climate. As global warming escalates, more extreme weather patterns will emerge.
In addition, World Bank reports that 80 countries are already experiencing water shortages. The worldwide demand for water doubles every 21 years. As the population increases and our cities grow, our water supply simply cannot keep up with this demand.
Action is needed now. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), a state of the art education center and natural waste-water treatment facility leads the way.
Slated to come online in summer 2009, the “Eco Machine” will treat more than 5 million gallons of waste-water annually. The OCSL will offer visitors a direct experience with the most recent, cutting-edge technologies in green building and sustainable living, and will show, in an experiential, accessible way, how we can move forward together.
Omega is reaching out to the world, reconnecting people to their every day decisions that impact on the environment, but is the world ready to listen?
Planet Earth: Difficult Times, Insatiable Appetites, Doomed?
a conversation with Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

Water: Wars Will Be Fought
JT: Elizabeth, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me today about Omega’s leadership role in environmental sustainability and spiritual fulfillment.
EL: Happy to be here. We at Omega have been working on personal transformation and sustainability since 1976, our beginnings. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living continues this tradition. It gives me great pleasure to know that the world is beginning to wake up.
We are saving what is going to be the most precious resource on earth — water. With global warming and the population explosion, people say that water is going to be the most valuable resource in 20 to 50 years. Oil has always been thought of as the traditional cause of war in the Middle East, but the water wars will be far worse.
JT: The fact that water scarcity already exists in California and Arizona and that the Colorado River shows up dry in Mexico is terrifying. Admittedly, I am only first coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem. Are people ‘getting it’ enough to make real and lasting lifestyle changes … before it’s too late?
EL: No. Not enough people are getting it, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t get it in the future. I think that everyone here on Earth is at different levels of personal evolution; learning what they need to learn in this lifetime. We are an evolutionary work in progress, but we haven’t learned the meaning of “enough.”
Insatiable Appetites: Filling the Empty Void
JT: So interesting that you use the world, “enough.” As a Weight Loss Coach, the concept of “enough” often surfaces in the guise of food. What does it mean to be full, to be satiated? When is enough, enough?
EL: You could draw a parallel. It’s the same in the environmental issue. We human beings are pretty crude creatures. We want more, more, more. We have insatiable appetites. We do everything in excess, in both our personal and collective lives. The fruit of this appetite is now spread out in front of us.
Just as we have not taken care of our bodies, we have not taken care of the body of the Earth. What we have now is a plea from the Earth, itself, to recalibrate. We have to do a deep reckoning of what is enough and what is the cost.
JT: Where does this insatiable appetite come from? Why are we compelled to “fill up” way past full?
EL: At the crux of it, we are in denial that life is difficult. We rush to fill every moment — to move away from the discomfort we experience with life itself and ourselves.
Our biggest difficulty is accepting the fact that we die. Life is a series of cycles within a big cycle. Creation leads to demise and destruction. This may sound gloomy, but it’s not. It’s real. We grow through pain. Women who are ‘laboring’ experience enormous pain and out of that pain comes a baby. When we work consciously through life, when we are not in denial, we grow the pain and we come through it.
We can cultivate a spiritual attitude and know that we will leave our body and something new will be born. We can fear less and have faith that change can always bring with it rebirth. We can consciously participate in life or kick and scream and go into denial.
JT: Well, I do see your point and agree with you, except to say that I gave birth to my son in the car. No labor pains, just joy!
EL: (Elevated voice; laughter) … Oh My! You blew my whole thing.
Be the Change
JT: (Laughter subsides) … Okay, so let’s see if I understand this. We are in denial. Our need to fill every moment, to run away from our discomfort, leads to excessive behavior, and we are using up the limited resources that the Earth offers. We need to change.
EL: Ultimately, change happens as people do. “Be the change,” as Ghandi said. It is very important that we walk our talk.
We need to ask ourselves, “What is enough is my own life? In the material world? In my psychological and spiritual world? Am I satiated? Am I full? Do I really need another helping of food, attention, clothes, car, vacation?”
There are billions of people on earth who need to be kept fed, clothed and warm, but there are limited resources. If each one of us doesn’t ask, “Is this enough?” … We are going to be in trouble.
Those who have ecological consciousness do have a duty to raise the consciousness of other people.
The Spiritual Plane: The Practical Plane
JT: What specifically can one do on both practical and spiritual planes? Small steps to get us going in the right direction.
EL: On the practical side, we can conserve water. We can drink tap water (instead of bottled water). We can turn the water off while brushing our teeth, take shorter showers, maintain smaller lawns, and run full loads of laundry and dishes, rather than half loads.
Spiritually, the tool of meditation is a powerful teaching tool that can help you to make peace with the moment just as it is. It is only when you can rest peacefully in a string of moments that you can stop long enough to know why you are doing something. Rushing through every moment leads to unconscious decisions and excessive behavior.
JT: Thank you, Elizabeth, for your time, thought provoking words and for your amazing work at Omega.
EL: You’re very welcome.
I’d like to end with a quote from Wendell Berry, writer, environmentalist.
“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and foster its renewal is our only hope.” ~ Wendell Berry
Blow the Fat Cells Out of Your Mind:
F is for FATTER than EVER!
Our Insatiable Appetite
Eat GREEN: Lose WEIGHT
Spread the word … NOT the icing,
Janice

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Write Janice Taylor, Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
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Gastric Bypass Surgery: How much is ‘fat’ costing America?

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, would you suggest they do it?”
The article clearly skewed toward “the knife,” listed a variety of interesting statistics that argued that fat people are costing the taxpayers lots of money.
As the number of obese Americans grows – currently 1/3 of our population, about 72 million people are overweight – and the number of Americans at least 100 pounds overweight multiplies, I need to ask:
Is this the answer to our problem? Sign everyone up for surgery?
In 2007, about 205,000 Americans underwent the surgery. What will the number be this year and next year? What is the long-term success rate? How many people gain the weight back?
As a Weight Loss Coach, I have worked with many who have had surgery and gained it all back. Why? Because people insist upon treating only the food and exercise aspects of weight loss.
Obesity is a complicated issue. It is not solely about how many calories you eat and burn in a day. It is about the food industry feeding us foods that are addictive, it is about our larger-than-life lifestyles, and it is about how we think.
Surgery or no surgery, if you want to lose weight, you need to look at your life as a whole. Who are you and how do you function in all areas of life? It’s not about your fat, it’s about your life.
It’s not that I’m totally against gastric bypass surgery. I just think that people need to think it through and – again – whether you opt for surgery or not, you still have to change your life and in order to do that you have to change your thinking.
Take an honest assessment. Ask yourself, how do I handle the rest of my life? Am I happy? Am I motivated? Where have I been successful? How can I utilize those strategies with my weight? How can I educate myself about healthy eating? What will losing weight give me that I wouldn’t otherwise have? How will my life change when I lose 100 pounds? How will I handle these changes?
See the movie: FOOD INC. Learn the truth about the food you eat.
Read Dr. Kessler’s book: The end of overeating. Learn the truth about the food you eat.
Read Diets don’t work: A kick in the tush does. Think it through!
Spread the word, not the icing!
Janice

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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, Health & Wellness 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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