Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

Chewing the Fat: Miss Chocolate Chiffon Calling Your Name?

Craving Chocolate? by Janice Taylor, Life & Weight Loss Coach, Anti-Gravity Expert (come fly with me)!

Craving Chocolate? by Janice Taylor, Life & Weight Loss Coach, Anti-Gravity Expert (come fly with me)!

Dear Our Lady of Weight Loss ~ I was sitting at my desk, feeling just fine, minding my own business, thinking about work, all the things that I needed to do, and then out of nowhere. I swear, out of NO-Where, a craving came rolling through that literally knocked me off my “tush,” and landed me straight in front of a vending machine.

Quarters, dimes and nickels in my hand (again, where did they come from), I inserted my change into the machine, hit buttons and out came a candy bar to my liking. Next thing you know, I am back at my desk chomping through the bar, and finally licking the packaging that it had been wrapped in, hoping for another quick jolt of “heaven.”

Can you explain this to me? Where did the craving come from? How did I manage to have the right amount of change in my hand for the vending machine? It’s not like I planned any of it. It just happened. ~ T.W.

Dear T.W. ~ A craving, a.k.a. an intense desire that leaves you longing for a certain kind of food, can be triggered from a variety of places.  Situations can trigger food cravings, conversations, commercials on the radio or television, pretty much anything.  It’s different for each of us.

I know that it feels like the craving is in control and that you are powerless, having an out of body experience.  Still, there are ways to get a grip And NOT succumb to the craving.

The KEY!!! Cravings are Thoughts.  Instead of experiencing cravings as cravings, see them for what they really are. They are just thoughts.

Cravings are just one of the many thousands of thoughts that we have each day. They are not “concrete” in nature. They are like the clouds rolling in and out.  They are simply suggestions.  A thought is a suggestion, which means that not every thought needs to be acted upon.

Wave hello to the “craving thought,” and say, “Hi Craving … Nice to see you.  Here’s your hat.  What’s your hurry?!” Send the craving thought on its way!

Make “I do not have to act on my thoughts. I have a choice!” your mantra.

I know that there are some people who are reading this and thinking that seeing cravings as thoughts and making a conscious choice won’t work, or maybe it’ll work for other people, but their cravings are too strong, etc.  More thoughts, more suggestions are being produced by your very clever minds.

How resistant are you to trying something that works?  Remember that thoughts are suggestions and that you do not have to follow them.

I hope that helps, TW, and all who have had or will have cravings (every single one of us). ~ OLofWL

How to you manage your cravings? Share your thoughts below or join Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club/FB.

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Spread the Word-–NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach ~ Come Fly With Me!
Weight Loss Expert, Positarian, Author, Artist
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Depression: 11 Ways to Reignite Your Joie de Vivre

"Your gain is my pain. Call me."  ~  Janice Taylor,  Anti-Gravity Coach, Helping You to Rise Above and Go Beyond (self-Imposed) Limitations

“Your gain is my pain. Call me.” ~ Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Helping You to Rise Above and Go Beyond (self-Imposed) Limitations

After yesterday’s shockingly sad news about the death of Robin Williams, his alleged suicide, and the knowledge that he was battling severe depression, each and every person I spoke to brought the topic “depression” to the table.   Those conversations informed today’s post, which highlights a few simple strategies to move past depression.

Please note that I am not suggesting that I have come up with a few simple ways to move past a serious, clinical depression.

Depression ranges in gravity. Clinical depression a.k.a. major depressive disorder is the more severe from of depression. If you believe you are suffering from a severe depression, please contact a mental health professional.

These strategies are for those who are experiencing a certain level of low energy, who are feeling lackluster, who have misplaced their joie de vivre.

Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Top Eleven Ways to Reignite Your Joie de Vivre!

1. Sleep. Lack of sleep magnifies the effects of depression. Log in 6 to 8 hours each night, and try 15 – 30 minute catnaps throughout the day. Feeling rested, alert and awake is so important for feeling good. It is the foundation of a vibrant, dynamic life.

2. Move. If you are feeling low, move. Just the act of moving from one place to another creates ‘movement,’ and ‘movement’ can help to move feelings of depression out!

3. Exercise. When we exercise or are physically active the brain secretes chemicals, such as endorphins, which make us feel so much better.

4. Meditate. Meditation reduces stress, helps us to sleep better, thus alleviating depression. Consistency matters. So if you can only ‘sit’ for 5 minutes a day, that’s all right. Do what you can. Hint: when you meditate the same time each day you are creating a positive habit, which will anchor the positive mood that is activated by meditation.

5. Wear Red. Bill Blass says, “When in doubt, wear red.” What great advice!! Dark clothing tends to increase the effects of depression. Color can stimulate positive feelings and red is a real energy color. Reds and oranges are traditionally worn by spiritual seekers in India and Asia: they understood that vibrant colors create a vibrant energy field around the wearer of these wonderfully bright clothes.

6. Eat Healthfully. You’ll feel lighter. Isn’t it a great feeling to know that you’re taking care of yourself? Rather than doing yourself in!

7. Drink Water. Studies show that dehydration can be a cause of depression. So bottoms up!

8. Light. As the season changes from summer to autumn, so goes the light. Research shows that getting 20 minutes of sunlight per day, even by sitting at a window, helps fight depression. Don’t we all feel so much better waking up to the sun’s smiling rays?

9. Smile. What came first, the smile or the good mood? It’s hard to tell. Famed spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hahn has advised that smiling leads to Godliness….and don’t forget the mind-body connection. Our body often affects our mind. Just try this experiment: smile and see if you don’t feel happier. The mind is conditioned to experience smiling with feelings of joy and happiness. Ha ha ha!

10. Breathing. Breathing helps release stress and anxiety which are components of depression. Focusing on the breathing and releasing tightness in the body and worry in the mind lifts the spirit. Breathing exercises have always be an important part of stress reduction programs. Take a few moments throughout the day to just exhale the tension out and breathe in some calm.

11. Pamper yourself. Take the time to see a movie ( a comedy of course!), go to a show, buy some flowers ( the color and scents provide color therapy and aromatherapy which lifts the spirits), talk to a friend–embrace life! You deserve it!

Share your thoughts below or join Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club/FB.

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Spread the Moon-MAGIC-–NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach ~ Come Fly With Me!
Weight Loss Expert, Positarian, Author, Artist
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visit Janice: Our Lady of Weight Loss
Sign up for the Kick in the Tush Club newsletter!

Puzzled? What Happens When You Howl at the SuperMoon?

Our Lady of the Super Moon by Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Weight Loss Expert and WeightLessNess Expert.  helping you to ...  Let go of that which weighs you down.

Our Lady of the Super Moon by Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Weight Loss Expert and WeightLessNess Expert. helping you to … Let go of that which weighs you down.

This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, “Howl at the SuperMoon,” is inspired by the SuperMoon!

Last night, the moon called to me, “Janny, come outside NOW!”  (Yes, the moon calls me Janny, because we are tight; she is my BFF!)  The Moon continued, “I am the supermoon.”

“Yes, you are super! In fact, you are super-duper-pow,” I smiled.

“No, Janny!  I am The SuperMoon.”

This went on for a minute or two or maybe even three, because I am rather dense, at times.  Finally, a moonbeam smacked me upside my head, and I got it!

The distance from Moon to Earth varies throughout the month and the year.  The full moon was as close to Earth as it would get this year, making it appear huge, larger than any other night, in super form.

For those who missed it, take heart for the next supermoon will be here Sunday, September 27, 2015!

Mark your calendars and then, click through this week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, “Howl at the SuperMoon!”  Remember, clicking burns calories!

Send “Howl at the SuperMoon e-card” to a friend!

Did you see the supermoon? Share your supermoon moments, below or join Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club/FB.

For the full skinny as well as Anti-Gravity Specials, sign up for Janice Taylor’s (monthly) Kick in the Tush Club newsletter!

Spread the Moon-MAGIC-–NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach ~ Come Fly With Me!
Weight Loss Expert, Positarian, Author, Artist
——————————————————————————-
For the best life, wellness and weight loss wisdom,
visit Janice: Our Lady of Weight Loss
Sign up for the Kick in the Tush Club newsletter!

#OneWord Thursday: 13 Quotes that #SparktheImagination

Quirky Wisdom Melts Fat - Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach, Weight Loss Expert ... Come Fly With Me! Yesterday, when working with one of my clients, I asked her to fill in the blank: “Imagine,” I said, “Imagine that it is the end of the day and you are feeling great…and then fill in the blank.

I am feeling great, because I _____________.”

I asked my client to imagine, because imagining is a form of planning.   It is a way to “see” what steps need to be taken to move you from here to there.   There being the place that you aspire to be.

Imagination is one of the greatest, most powerful, awe-inspiring gifts that each and every one of us has endless supply of.  Yet, it is the most under-utilized gift.

Whether you want to let go of those excess pounds, or create your dream house or birth three perfect children or write the great American novel, your first step is to “see it.”  Your first step is to “imagine it.”

Read through these
13 Quotes to Spark the Imagination and then “fill in the blank.”

Our imagination flies—we are its shadow on the earth. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Imagination governs the world. ~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination. ~ Mark Twain

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. ~ Oscar Wilde

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Everything you can imagine is real. ~ Pablo Picasso

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. ~ Albert Einstein

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. ~ Albert Einstein

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination. ~ John Keats

Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection. ~ Victor Hugo

Fill in the blank: “I am feeling great, because I _____________.”

Please share your “blanks” with us! Either comment below or join Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club/FB.

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Spread the word–NOT the icing!

Janice Taylor, Anti-Gravity Coach ~ Come Fly With Me!
Weight Loss Expert, Positarian, Author, Artist
——————————————————————————-
For the best life, wellness and weight loss wisdom,
visit Janice: Our Lady of Weight Loss
Sign up for the Kick in the Tush Club newsletter!

 

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