Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

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
ART heart.jpg about Janice
Follow Janice on Twitter:
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KILL Food Cravings! See Red.

Click to Mix and Solve
This week’s Weight Loss Art was inspired by an amazing dish of Kimchi (Korean Spicy Cabbage) that I so enjoyed! It’s spicy flavor left me seeing ‘red!’ And FYI … spicy foods are great for voiding a desire for something sweet.
Try this Kimchi Recipe!
More Fat-Burning Diet Tips:
EMOTIONAL EATING ALERT!
QUIZ: Are YOU a Food ADDICT?
The Alien MADE ME Eat It!
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
ART heart.jpg about Janice
Follow Janice on Twitter:
Facebook!

Creative Exercise: Polish Off a Piece of Cake

Want to polish off that piece of cake? Try polishing the dressers instead.
Given the amount of running around I do, I barely have enough time to sleep, much less exercise and/or clean. (Plus, I resist – neither activity is my favorite). How can I squeeze 30 minutes of exercise into my day?
The Mayo Clinic suggests combining housework and exercise. “Make household chores count. Mop the floor, scrub the bathtub or do other housework. The stretching and lifting are good exercise. Work at a fast pace to get your heart pumping.”
Our Lady suggests we add one mammoth helping of music to the Mayo’s ‘housework as exercise’ workout program. As we know (see Top Ten Exercise Tips ), music activates the same feel good center of the brain that food does.
If we could dust, mop, stretch and sweat to the the beat of Motown, we’d burn calories, have a clean house and get our endorphins (those morphine-like substances that our body produces that enhance the immune system, relieve pain, reduce stress, and postpone the aging process) pumping too.
What songs does Our Lady squat, bend, push, pull and lift to? Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and “Pink Cadillac,” Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl,” Outkast’s “The Love Below,” and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.”
Tasty Tidbit: Housework as exercise is not a new concept. In October, 1901, Good Housekeeping published an article entitled “Housework as Exercise.” The author was an un-named teacher of physical culture. Her message was to . . . . “Unbutton those tight collars, take off the corsets and petticoats, hike up those long skirts and pull the blinds. Whenever possible wear a gymnasium suit for scrubbing and sweeping.”
Housework as Exercise Calorie Chart
Calories burned per hour:
Cooking / 80 (No tasting while cooking!)
Ironing / 60
Mopping Floors / 110
Rearranging Furniture / 200
Scrubbing Floors / 200
Vacuuming / 85
Washing Dishes (By hand.) / 60
Washing Windows /150
Calories burned per minute:
Washing the Car by Hand / 6
Washing Dishes / 3
Vacuuming / 3
Dusting / 4
Rearranging Furniture / 9
Folding Laundry & / 3
Putting Away
General Straightening / 9
Raking the Leaves / 7
Pushing the Lawn Mower / 6
Grocery Shopping (pushing the cart)/ 5
Gardening /4
Kissing / 5
Clicking Burns Calories, Too!
Walking: Cures Constipation and Impotence.
Diet Cheat Sheet!
10 Tips: Happiness Centered Weight Loss
Spread the fat-burnin’ 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
ART heart.jpg about Janice
Follow Janice on Twitter:
Facebook!

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