Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

Is Oprah Hypnotizing You?

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! Testimony to follow at the end of the week!), entitled “Into the LITE:” The Hypnosis Diet for Health, Wellness & Weight Loss; wherein we have explored the possibility that Oprah is, indeed, hypnotizing us!
While discussing the in’s and out’s of hypnosis, the how of it and the various types of hypnosis, I’d sited Oprah as an excellent example of someone who uses ‘direct’ hypnosis (vs. a more permission based, indirect style) very effectively. An example of ‘indirect’ hypnosis is: “As you become more and more comfortable, you might consider … ” vs. the direct route: “You will.”
Think about it … Is Oprah not the best and most master hypnotist ever? After all, when Oprah says, “This book will change your life. Buy it!” you do!
One of the participants in this workshop thought that Suzie Orman might also possess some of these same hypnotic talents. She looks at the screen, points directly at you and bellows out, “My newest book is my BEST yet. Buy it!” And you do.
Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with what they are doing. Their intent is to help you, as they are ‘selling’ genuine, authentic and high quality goods. Further, I seriously doubt they would say that they are hypnotizing you (but they are embedding commands, are they not?).
We all agreed, as we veered off the weight loss charts, straight into financial matters. Said participant then offered a Suzie anecdote, “When a caller dialed into her show inquiring whether or not they should buy a big ticket item even though they were in debt,” Suzie said in her strong, persuasive and hypnotic tone, “Can you afford it?”
How is it, I wondered aloud (skillfully bringing us back to weight loss) that we have no problem asking ourselves when shopping for big ticket items or small ticket items, “Can I afford this?” Particularly in these ‘tight’ (like my prom dress from the ’70s) times, we exercise our ‘say no to spending’ muscles and say, “No. And I’ll hold off on spending!”
What stops you from asking this question when it comes to food? When you consider the serious ramifications of overeating; from self-loathing to heart disease and diabetes, I am now pointing my finger at you and roaring! (Can you hear me roar???) CAN YOU AFFORD IT? Well, can you?
The next time you reach for the brownie, the donut, the extra serving of fries, remember to as yourself “Can I afford this?” And if the answer is “no,” back off buddy and let it go! Say “No!” with conviction. Feel it. Remind yourself of the consequences. Imagine that YOU have the same amount of influence over YOU that Oprah or Suzie have.
Thirsting for more Oprah and Health?
Our Lady of Weight Loss En”LIGHT”ens @ Omega Holistic Institute (FYI, Oprah LOVES Omega!)
Bob Greene: I have 5 Fat-Burning Questions for YOU!
Star Jones: Depressed, Addicted and Honest
Spread the hypnotic word … NOT the icing!
Janice

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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
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Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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SWINE FLU: Avoid It Like the Plague

Our Lady of Weight Loss KILLS the FluA 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 through the day, several times a day!!!
Now, I don’t mean to breathe or sneeze disaster in the air, or into your mind, but the swine flu has health officials concerned. At last count (so the numbers may being changing as I bang away on my keyboard that thankfully no one other than self has sneezed on), the Swine Flu has infected at least 20 Americans in five states, killed 80 people in Mexico and as traveled as far away as New Zealand.
The Swine Flu has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “public health emergency.” And as of this moment (hoping that this news will change), the CDC (Center for Disease Control) says that it cannot be contained or controlled.
WHAT TO DO IN THE FACE (or in the sneeze) OF SWINE FLU?
1. Wash Your Hands and Wash Them AGAIN!! And again. … This may sound like a ‘duh’ moment (vs. an aHa moment), but sanitizing your hands if your best defense! Be sure to use soap and wash for 30 seconds!! No quickies. According to the CDC approximately 80 percent of all infections are spread by hands! If a sink and soap are not readily available, toss a handful of hand-sanitizers that with 60 percent alcohol content.
2. Steer Clear of Crowds – If you don’t have to be in the mix of large groups, simply don’t. It’s a numbers of game, and you are less likely to catch something if less people are sneezing on or around you! If you absolutely must, seriously consider wearing a surgical or dental facemask. They are not foolproof, but helpful. AND if you feel it’s not a great fashion statement, simply draw something clever and colorful on it before wearing. Coordinate with your outfits. Okay, I’m half kidding, but if you can’t laugh, you’re really sunk! Truly, no point to getting depressed and adding to the problem!
3. Treatment (not foolproof, but hopeful) – Swine Flu symptoms are much like the regular flu: fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. If you do not feel well, for goodness sake, go see a doctor. I know that the tendency is to wait and see if ‘it’ goes away, but this ‘it’ may be deadly!
4. Knowledge Equals Health – The swine flu is resistant to two of four antiviral drugs approved for combating the flu: Symmetrel and Flumadine. But two newer antivirals – Tamiflu and Relenza – appear to work. So, go armed to your doctor with this information; just in case your doctor has a case of the Swine Flu him/herself and can’t remember!!! Ultimately, YOU are in charge of your health.
Have a good day!!!! (No, seriously, I mean it!) Be in the moment and enjoy life!
More ‘Enjoyable’ Links:
Scientists Say: Obesity Causes Global Warming
Dr. Laura: Mean-Spirited; Anti-Fat
Starve a Fever? Feed a Cold?
What is the FLU? Will it KILL YOU???
Spread the healthy word … NOT the icing!
Janice
Serious information/source of this article is Ben Sherwood.
I am merely lightening the landscape and helping to spread the healthy word.
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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Healthy Mindset: Psychology Today Talks with Our Lady of Weight Loss

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 Flow & Happiness
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At first, I couldn’t find the connection. Janice Taylor, a friend and fellow blogger, specializes in helping people lose weight. She also does crafts. After a few brief conversations with her, I got it: she’s found a route to a productive happy life because she no longer feels the need to torment herself about weight. And she no longer has a weight problem because she found that doing creative stuff pulls her into flow and away from the nibbles. She’s funny, too. I mean, sexy vegetables? …
Taylor and I recently went back and forth via e-mail. The results reminded me, yet again, of how flow can change a life. Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, a seminar leader specializing in reinvention, transformation and weight loss, and the author of Our Lady of Weight Loss, and All is Forgiven, Move On. Here’s how our conversation went:
Q: Janice, your big thing (no pun intended) is weight loss. You’ve said you learned to craft, to be creative, rather than mindlessly eating. How does that work in reality? Is it mainly that you always have some not-overly-demanding projects that you can turn too when you feel like nibbling?
A: On my fattest day ever, I rolled myself out of bed and made my way over to one of those weight loss centers where people obsess about food and weight. I stood on line, weighed-in, and it was my highest number ever. And then joined the rest of the folk for the lecture part of the meeting. I felt completely defeated, depressed and deprived before I’d even begun, and I thought, “I’m never going to make it.” That’s when I heard ‘the voice,’ which later I learned was Our Lady of Weight Loss.
“If you think you’re never going to make it, you never will,” the voice told me. “You’re an artist. Turn weight loss into an art project.” My attention shifted back to the meeting. Sheila was talking about ‘juicy red peppers.’ And in that moment, I did a complete 180. I got happy and excited and decided that I would use the meetings as inspiration. I would collage sexy vegetables. And I did. One after the other, I made art about food instead of eating it.
It was clear to me that our actions follow our thoughts. And we create what we focus on. Rather than obsess about food, I decided that I would eat healthfully and make art. My focus was on cutting and pasting! And let me tell you: it is difficult to eat when you have glue and glitter on your hands.
Q: Flow, of course, as I discussed in my first post at this blog is not a means to an end, but a lovely by-product with benefits of its own. So Janice, which of your activities really gets you into flow, where you lose track of time?
A: I can readily get into an “Elmer’s Glue Flow.” Any time I am working on any kind of art, I go into flow, into a trance state. Time disappears. I am so involved in color, composition, in the intuitive process that the chattering mind and time fall away.
Self-hypnosis has been a big part of my process, as well. I close my eyes, follow my breath. And I float way up high, imagining/feeling that I am rising above thought. If a thought comes, I see it unfold below me, separate from me. Again time and space are separate from me.
Q: If you were to gain back those 50 pounds, what would you be willing to trade? Would you take them back for a bestselling book, a great husband, peace on earth, a guaranteed no-illness future? (I know you’ll understand how a silly question like this sometimes brings forth unexpected insights.)
Those pounds can visit, but they can’t move back in! Every once in a while the scale spikes three or so pounds, and then I lose it fast. I don’t think of the pounds lost as making me happy. I think of this way of living as a healthy framework from which I can create my life.
Now, I am assuming that you mean that I would have to gain those 50 back and keep them, yes? I would do anything to keep my children safe and healthy and happy. And my husband, too. World peace. Okay. But everyone would have to sign an air-tight agreement, no loop holes to wreck it. (I don’t trust it. What guarantees can you give me?)
Bottom line: I don’t think the weight off is the prize. The prize is that I’m not beating myself up each and every night. The prize is that I took control of my life, and food was the first and surprisingly easiest place to do that.
Q: How do you integrate exercise and healthfulness into a lifestyle that is mainly about sitting still, writing, doing therapy, and making stuff?
A: I love to walk. Walking is a creative act of weight loss. My mind clears; it feels good. The endorphins rush in. I am in a flow state at times when I’m listening to music and walking. I can get very high, too. Wow. Better than any drug. I live 10 blocks from the northern end of Central Park, so I’m a frequent visitor of the Conservancy Gardens. You can go into flow sitting on a park bench, with the sun shining and the flowers blooming.
For more Susan K. Perry, Creating In Flow, Psychology Today
Creative Links that Stretch the Mind:
6 Ways to Flow with Bo: Learn About Creativity and Joy from the First Puppy (by Susan K. Perry & Janice Taylor)
Creative Words to Chew On = Weight Loss
Six Thinking Hats!
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice
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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Exercise for the Exercise Phobic

ART our lady of weight loss exercise.jpgKICK ‘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 us movin’ and shakin’. What gets you moving???
1. Pretend your Madonna: Blast the music and dance in your underwear (when no one’s home, of course).
2. Remember the Hula-Hoop? Let’s start it up again! Why not?
3. Hopscotch was the one and only game I could play effectively when I was a kid. Grab some chalk, your kid or your neighbor’s and hit the sidewalks.
4. Walk backwards. Get your friends together and do it in reverse. It works an entirely different set of muscles. And makes you laugh!
5. Twister. Twist away w. your partner and end the night in a heated sweat.
Healthy Links:
Recession proof laughs.
Keeping Perspective
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice
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Janice Taylor is a Life & Wellness Coach, specializing in weight loss, reinvention, transformation & happiness, author, seminar leader and 50-pound-BIG-Time-LOSER! Write Janice for an Introductory Coaching Session.
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
“Janice Taylor is a certain kind of kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Follow Janice on Twitter:
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