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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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The Power of Gray: Six Succulent, Money-Making, Winning Ways to Power Up

I consider myself an optimistic person. When I was a very little girl the movie Pollyanna hit the screens and I loved it, and I took it in on a cellular level.
Pollyanna starred Jane Wyman (Ronald Regan’s ex-wife), Karl Malden (one of the most dynamic actors of all time), Hayley Mills (loved her!) in addition to Agnes Moorehead, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Egan and a cast of character actors that are simply unparalleled.
The Plot:
Pollyanna lost her missionary parents in an automobile accident. She was taken in by her austere and uber-proper, maiden Aunt Polly, who was rich, rich, rich. However, ‘mean’ Aunt Polly was, she did take Pollyanna on shopping sprees (Aunt Polly didn’t want the town folk to see her in her missionary rags). This was a big part of the hook for me. Oh My! I sure would have loved for someone to take me on a shopping spree to top end stores, whose staff fussed over me and brought out adorable, fabulous clothing.
Anyway, I digress … The central theme of the story was The Glad Game. Pollyanna learned this game from her dead missionary father (clearly, before he died). The premise is that there is always something to be ‘glad’ or happy about, no matter the circumstances.
Which brings me to today … perhaps silly to some (after all, there are plenty of more serious things we could look at from our 401Ks to Afghanistan to Darfur) … but nevertheless ‘this’ is something that is right in front of me, something that I uncharacteristically bitch n’ moan about.
The Gray New York City Skies.
However wonderful New York City is (and oh boy, is it!!!), it manufactures too many drab gray days that drag me down, down, down!
What to do?
First, I take full responsibility for my state of mind. I’m the one manufacturing my blue mood; not the gray skies. The sky is merely there!
Next, it’s time to explore the color itself and find new ways to happily embrace gray!

Six Succulent, Interesting, Useful,
Joy-Filled and Money Making Ways to Experience Gray Skies!


1. Warrior Gray!
Dark gray or charcoal gray, evokes strength and mystery. Therefore, on a dark gray day, I choose to connect with my strengths. I am a (weight loss) WARRIOR! I am mysterious. My masculine side will be activated.
2. The Accessory: Gray!
On a light gray day, I shall imagine that the sky is my hat – an accessory – that I will mix with pastel pinks, blues, lavenders and greens. On light gray days, I will unleash my feminine qualities.
3. Retro Gray!
For a retro look and a fun gray day, I will add hot pink to my wardrobe.
4. Money Gray!
Gray and Green are the best color combination when it comes to money, so I will therefore apply for loans and seek wage increases (or a job) on gray days, in which I will wear a serious gray suit with a green blouse!
5. Decision Gray!
Gray is also associated with the undecided; things that are not quite going right. Gray days are, therefore, the perfect day to look at those things that you are tolerating and an opportunity to come up with a plan!
6. Crown of Glory Gray!
And finally, for those who are ‘gray,’ consider one proverb from the Bible that says, “The gray head is a crown of glory, if it is seen in the way of righteousness.” I shall consider the sky my crown of glory and work toward being a more righteous soul!
What will I do today? I will drape a hot pink scarf around my shoulders. I will pay attention to the gray skies, see its beauty, appreciate all the many nuances of gray, and contemplate how glad and happy I am to be alive in grayness.
What will you do this gray day? Share your happy remedies!
In search of more happiness?
10 Happiness Center Weight Loss Tips
Fill Up On Happiness: A Fun VIDEO!
Three Step Cure: Emotional Eating
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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QUIZ: How Optimistic Are You? (on a NOT so great morning!)

I am uncharacteristically in a ‘bad’ mood. I woke up at 3:45 a.m. with a banger of a headache; my husband has the flu and is coughing up a storm (I sure hope I don’t catch it), and when I made my sacred morning cup of coffee and sat down at the dining room table to stare out into space and enjoy the first rush of the day, my foot slid into a pile of cat vomit.
After I cleaned it up, brought my husband yet another box of tissues, I cozied up to my laptop to read my emails and Glory Be! Beliefnet was asking me “How Optimistic Are You?” I thought, “Okay, Beliefnet! You want to see how happy, optimistic and cheery I can be in the face of cat vomit??? (et al) You are On!”
9 easy, fun questions and YAY, I’m actually fairly optimistic today! Not the most optimistic person on the planet, but still … not so bad.
And YOU? Take the How Optimistic Are You Quiz! Quick and easy and fun way to give your day a boost of energy. And then click on the links below, guaranteed to ‘help.’
Oh, and one more thing! I’m ‘on’ Profound Pathways to Healing, Health and Happiness today! Just sign up (it’s free) and the powers at pathways will send you the link to my talk. Thanks! And now … on to optimism!
Quiz: How Optimistic Are You?
Optimism is key to bouncing back from adversity and preventing depression. It’s even good for fighting off colds and heart attacks. Take the quiz to find out your optimism quotient, and then learn how simple changes in your thinking patterns can help you become more positive. … Take Beliefnet’s Quiz! It’s FUN!
HAPPY LINKS: Read these and take the quiz again! Boost your optimism!
Affirmations 101: How to Embed Happiness in YOUR MIND!
The Power of A Presidential Smile
Profound Pathways to Health, Healing and Happiness

Portion Control: What Is a Serving Size?

Our Lady of Portion ControlSize Matters!
In a survey commissioned by the American Institute for Cancer Research, 78% of respondents said that eating certain types of food while avoiding others was more important to their weight loss efforts than eating less food.
Wrong!
By all means, make healthy choices, but … effective weight loss plans place equal importance on both kind of food and amount of food ingested. Portion size most certainly matters, because weight loss is based on how many calories you take in and burn off.
What is a serving size?
A ‘serving’ is simply a measure of unit and often does not represent the amount that you’re actually eating. If you’re confused, you’re not alone. There is no one definition for a serving size. The food pyramid indicates that an English muffin is two bread servings, but the English muffin box indicates that one muffin is one serving. The standard USDA serving for French fries is about 10 (Yikes! I’m in trouble.) Would you like to know how many fries are in a Wendy’s Great Biggie?About 100, at 530 calories.
How to get a handle on portions?
Weigh and measure first. Invest in measuring spoons, cups, and a food scale. While you’re shopping, you might as well pick up a Calorie Count Guide Book and a notebook to honestly keep track of what you put in your mouth! These are great tools in determining portion size and calorie count and are well worth the investment.
Here are some portion (serving) guidelines taken from the USDA Food Pyramid.
Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese
1 cup of milk or yogurt
1 ounce of natural cheese
2 ounces of processed cheese
Meat, Poultry, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts
2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
1/2 cup of cooked dry beans
1 egg
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Vegetables
1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
1 cup of other vegetables, cooked or chopped raw
1 cup of vegetable juice
Fruit
1 medium apple, banana, orange
1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
1/2 cup of fruit juice
Bread, Cereal, Rice, or Pasta
1 slice of bread
1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal
1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta
When away from home, here are some handy guidelines to keep in mind.
Guesstimating Portion Sizes
3 ounces of meat, poultry, or fish are about the size of a women’s palm.
1/2 cup of cut fruit, vegetables, or pasta is about the size of a small fist.
1 cup of milk, yogurt or chopped fresh greens is about the size of a small hand holding a tennis ball.
An ounce of cheese is about the size of your thumb.
A teaspoon of margarine is about the size of your thumb tip.
Dining Out
To limit the amount you eat when dining out, try following some of these strategies:
Order an appetizer as an entree (main dish).
Split an entree with another person.
Cut your entree in half as soon as you get it, and ask your waiter to wrap the other half “to go” ASAP.
If in fast-food restaurants, never ever utter the words “extra value” or “super size” meals.
DIET LINKS:
Your Stay Fat Strategy!
Kill Your Appetite, NOW!
Water Day: Drink Enough Water to Frighten Noah
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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