couldn’t – shouldn’t – had to – tried to – failed
I was on the phone with one of my star permanent fat removal (a.k.a. weight loss) clients.
Jo was pretty much in the dumps, feeling defeated, telling me how she couldn’t resist this or that … how she had to get in her car and head straight to the closest supermarket and buy stuff that she shouldn’t … she said she was trying really hard. And finally she indicated that she pretty much felt like a failure. “Why can’t I lose weight? I really want to.”
Today’s TASTY TOPIC is for all who have ever felt like the above on one occasion or another or fear that this place of “couldn’t – shouldn’t – had to – tried to – failed” could be looming in your future.
I listened to what Jo had to say and then it hit me, like a ton of brick walls. Jo is a major success!
I said, “Jo – you know you really are a major success.”
“HUH?” she replied.
“That’s right. You are quite successful at NOT losing weight. I’m not sure if you aware of it or not, but you have put a brilliant strategy in place.”
Another “Huh?” …
“We all have our strategies to navigate our worlds. Most of these strategies were formed long ago, and operate on an unconscious level, but nevertheless, we have figured out a well-formed strategy for everything, including NOT losing weight.”
A simple strategy would be your morning wake-up, get dressed and get to work (reasonably) on time plan. I’ve worked out strategies that relate to my hair (how to keep it curly and high so I look like Cher in the movie, Moonstruck); how to get my husband to take out the garbage without me asking. (I tie-up the plastic bags and hang them on the front doorknob of our apartment. He automatically grabs the bag on his way out and dumps it in the avac room.)
Most of these strategies are things I’ve worked out and stored in my mind. I’m on auto-pilot when it comes to my hair!
Your strategy is your plan, your approach, your plot!
And the plot thickens!
I asked Jo to make a fun list (fun being a part of the plan; strategy to catapult her out of the “I can’t” rut) of her Top Ten Strategies for Not Losing Weight. Jo laughed. Her energy shifted dramatically. We agreed that she would send me the list within 24 hours, but she was so into it, she wrote out the following for me within 10 minutes. Jo got it!
Here’s Jo’s unedited and unabridged list … just as she wrote it.
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About Our Lady Of Weightloss"Janice Taylor is a 'kooky genius'"
~ O, The Oprah Magazine
Janice Taylor is a Weight Loss Coach and Certified Hypnotist, author, artist and motivational speaker. She is the author of Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal and All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss's 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville (publication date May 15, 2008). Janice is also the creator of the popular e-newsletter Kick in the Tush Club and a 50-pound big-time-loser.
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