Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

Poetry Month: Love. Loss. God, my co-pilot.

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This week’s Our Lady of Weight Loss ART was inspired by the poem ‘Yesterday’ written by Cody Walker. Walker’s book “Shuffle and Breakdown“, combines a pinch of Walt Whitman with a dash of Richard Pryor. Readers can expect to be pulled in many wonderful directions.
Here is a taste …
Yesterday
by Cody Walker

I had the thought to create an elixir
(or really, a conjuring agent) in a giant mixer -
enough to summon a ghoul or two,
so that I might stop obsessing about you.
God, my co-pilot,
told me to file it
under “Ridiculous Ideas I’ll Soon Regret.”
But nothing else has worked, yet.
For more poetry fun, stay tuned-in; April is National Poetry Month!
The Haiku Weight Loss Challenge
Poem in Your Pocket
Spread the POETIC 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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The Weight Loss HAIKU Challenge

Haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry, is a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. In Japanese, this convention is a must, but in English, which has variation in the length of syllables, this can sometimes be difficult.
In other words, do your best.
Weight Loss Haikus help to melt away the pounds, because your mind is so occupied with the 5, 7, 5 thing, there’s absolutely no room for food to enter the picture. And, dig it, thinking is an energy consuming activity!
1 hour of thinking, sitting or standing burns 110 calories!
Here follows one of my favorite Weight Loss Haikus (by me :). I worked for hours and hours and melted at least 1/4 pound of excess weight on this one!
Celery and dip
Over my lips. A clean crunch.
Like Eating Water
Please comment and post your Weight Loss Haikus below!
How many calories did you burn thinking?
Mental Links :)
Need more Mental Swabbing?
How about some Mental Fitness?
Spread the POETIC 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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Kathy Ireland: Overweight. Overwhelmed.

Top model, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl, Kathy Ireland, plumped up and packed on 25 pounds “without even knowing it! ”
Kathy, like HOLA! I gained 3 pounds last month and could tell immediately; as soon as my ‘love muffin’ (more than just a top) came peaking out and then tumbling over my very tight jeans.
Still, I get your point. You stopped taking care of yourself and went into denial. Your mind was so cluttered with business matters and family matters that you didn’t matter. And, I’m guessing here, that you did, indeed, have some idea that you were gaining weight – one can only blame the dry cleaners for shrinking their clothes for so long and 25 pounds is the equivalent to three sizes (8 pounds per size) – but ‘it’ spiraled a tad out of control, so you buried your feelings in food, and jumped another size. You were on the “downward spiral. ”
Nevertheless, you turned it around, got it together, didn’t you? You reached out to a nutritionally sound friend. Smart! Support is key! You learned from it; and have made it a part of your story (a talking point for your new book – Real Solutions for Busy Moms). You are now on the “upward spiral.”
Busy moms (busy women) take care of everyone else first; from the kids to their partners, their significant other, spouse, job, boss, family member, community obligations, friends and goodness knows what else/who else.
And Kathy’s photo in People Magazine told her tale. When you put everyone before yourself and stop paying attention to your own needs, stop doing the things that you love to do, stop connecting to yourself, you effectively don’t exist. You’ve lost your identity.
I’m BIG on real conversations and would love to have one with Kathy Ireland. Here’s how I’d kick-start the gab-fest.
Kathy, how specifically are you taking care of yourself; putting yourself first? When Oprah spoke of her personal battle with weight on her TV show, she said that she was taking care of herself first by putting exercise on her calendar. Sorry, that doesn’t cut it for me. Yes, put exercise on the calendar! Great idea. I’m curious to know, how will you nurture your soul? Stay connected to your core being?
Your goal, praise be, is NOT to schedule a bikini- appearance on Oprah. Rather, your goal to be healthy, to be there for your husband and your children. What does that look like, exactly? I’d love to hear more because that’s such a pat answer, and I suspect you are deeper than sound bytes.
Kathy, write me; let’s talk!
Note to Our Lady of Weight Loss fans: Those three pounds I gained merely visited; they did NOT move back in!
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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Janice Taylor permanently removed over 50 lbs. 7 years ago.
She is the author of the Our Lady of Weight Loss books.

Star Jones: Addict, Depressed and Honest.

I’ve not been a fan of Star Jones, but I am now.I tuned into Oprah yesterday: “Fat to Thin (and possibly back again) In the Public Eye” (my title; not Oprah’s), which featured Valerie Bertinelli, Marie Osmond and Star Jones. Mercifully, Valerie’s and Marie’s segments were relatively short, affording them enough time to pump out their low-calorie, no-fat, product-paid sound bites … … which brings me to Marie’s answer to Oprah’s question, “Why did you pick Nutri-systems?” Marie’s answer, “Because it is a heart-healthy plan.” Like HOLA? Marie!!? How about, “Because they paid me a ton of money?” You’re not a volunteer, are you? I’m not saying that the plan is not heart healthy, but please, be honest. Tell the whole truth. Marie went on to say that she’s gotten over the ‘need to be skinny.’ Like HOLA? Again! Marie is a size 2. Marie, YOU ARE SKINNY. Yes, you are! Perhaps, you’ve given up being anorexic??? Another Skinny Minnie, Valerie Bertinelli happily announced that she was now ‘sane’ and could live with/accept ‘her muffin tops.’ You know, the ‘fat’ that ‘hung’ over the back of her bikini bottom. I had to look at the video 3 times before I could figure out what she was talking about. It’s not fat. Valerie. Listen up – it’s called flesh. If you put elastic around anything, the flesh bulges. Yes, Valerie appeared in a bikini; via videotape. A commercial she was shooting for Jenny Craig. A bit disappointing. I thought she’s strut her stuff on the show. Anyway, Valerie said (I’m paraphrasing), “If I could do this; create this body. So can you.” HOLA!!! Valerie, not true. Yes, we can create our best selves; and yes, we can exercise and build muscle; and yes, we can connect with our higher selves. And oh YES! Weight loss is a vehicle for reinvention and transformation (which is what I’ve been preaching for years now)……However, Valerie, some of us have intrinsically disproportionate bodies, and no matter how much we exercise, how thin we get, the extra ‘pockets’ remain. Short of surgery, it ain’t going away! I agree in that I tell people, after a lifetime of yo-yo’ing, I permanently removed over 50 pounds, and so can you! But, I do not tell people that you can have the body of Valerie Bertinelli or even me, for that matter, and I’m far from perfect. Whew! (After 50 pounds gone, you think my belly button is tight?)All we want is to let the ‘real us’ out; we want AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS. And yes, Star Jones hit on that topic. She let her ‘real self’ out. She had surgery to tighten her tummy; and she had her breasts lifted. I could see that this was hard for her to say; but yay for the truth! Star, in an honest and measured way said, “I’m still 300 pounds in my head some days,” and she added, “… I was an addict for all practical purposes, that I had never stuck to a real diet, that I’d never stuck to a real exercise program, and that when confronted by my doctor and the doctor said if you don’t make changes, you will die. I had no choice.” Jones said. “When you hear people say, oh, you took the easy way out, I would have longed for an easy way. It was not an easy way. It was this — the hardest struggle of my whole entire life and I still struggle.”Star was the only one who spoke of the psychological side of weight loss; the need to be coached through the various stages of weight loss; the need to connect to a new identity. Star, you have a new identity – or rather you have connected with your ‘real self.’ You cleared out the layers of shame, self-loathing, and allowed yourself to be honest and vulnerable. That’s what helps people. The truth. NOT Hollywood fairy tales.I caution you, however, as one who has walked the talk and knows ‘maintenance’ like no other … you say ‘you were an addict.’ You still are. Me too. The call of the Cheeto has greatly lessened since I lost my 50 pounds 8 years ago, but there are times that the alien voice takes over. Anytime an alien voice tells you to do something that you do not want to do and you do it, in my book (literally – go buy my book Star!), it is the voice of addiction. And now to Oprah. Oprah, it seemed to me that you knew in your heart and soul that the Valerie and Marie parts of your show were ‘weight loss fluff’ meant to please the advertisers. I don’t fault you; just making an observation.Your being, your affect and energy shifted dramatically when talking with Star, because that was a real conversation.Have more REAL conversations, PLEASE. Want more Oprah? KITT Club members Weigh-InThe Golden Globe of Weight Loss5 Fat Burning Questions for Bob Greene and OprahSpread the REAL word … NOT the icing,Janice———————————————————————————–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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