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Our Lady of Weight Loss

Has Your Body Betrayed You? Stressed Out and Hungry?

Hormones, Stressors, and Evolutionary Times by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound Big-Time-Loser. (write for free consultation)
When we feel threatened or stressed, our neuroendocrine system kicks into high gear and releases a series of hormones. One of these is Cortisol, which gives us the biochemical strength we need to fight or flee our stressors. Back in evolutionary times, this served us well. We needed to replenish our bodies after a bout with a man-eating lion. It was a survival issue.
In modern times, most of our stress comes to us in a less physical form from balancing our checkbooks, filling out college applications to making car payments. Yet, we are still hard-wired to release the same hunger-causing hormones as our loin-cloth wearing ancestors. The stress is still there, but the physical exertion isn’t.
We can’t help feeling hungry, but we can work at ways to feel less stressed, which will keep the food cravings in check.
Here are some ways to short circuit stress and weight gain.

Eight Ways to Beat Weight Gain and Reduce Stress
from Our Lady of Weight Loss, Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal

1. Exercise: Still the best stress-buster in town.
2. Never Skip a Meal: Keep the blood sugar levels even.
3. Restful sleep: When we don’t get enough rest, Cortisol levels rise!
4. Relax: What activities make you feel relaxed and calm?
5. Deep Breathing Exercises: Take a moment to stop everything and breathe!
6. Meditate: Sit and center yourself. Take a spiritual break.
7. Avoid caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol: All three can cause Cortisol levels to rise.
8. Express YOURself: Feast on your own creativity.
If you can’t keep those Cortisol levels down, and the refrigerator is calling you, choose wisely. Fruit over the three C’s (cake, cookies, candy)!
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If you are remotely interested in meditation, check out Learning Meditation. Great info., plus audio meditations!
(Take a 2:48 minute break at home or office.)
Is there more to breathing than you thought?
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice
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Hungry and Cranky After School

Starving Children Tip Fridge by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, Columnist and 50-pound big-time-loser.
If you had lunch at 11:30 a.m. (or even earlier) and the next time you had access to food was 3:00 in-the-afternoon, what would you do? I know, I’d tip that fridge straight into my mouth!
We can’t blame our children for wanting to hit those devil-filled vending machines, can we? What can we do to help put and keep our children on the healthy path? Here are some thoughtful tips from Our Lady of Weight Loss.

How to Keep Your Kid Happy and Healthy in the Face of School

1. Ask. Listen. Talk. Sit down with your child and, together, come up with a list of healthy snack options. Respect your child’s wishes. Keep the door to healthy living open. Be sure to include some fruits and veggies.
2. Read. Whether your child accompanies you to the grocery store or not; do spend some time reading the nutrition labels and comparing products together. Pay attention to the ingredients, and of course, portion size. Steer away from ‘enriched’ products and foods that have ‘high fructose corn syrup’ in them. (Enriched means that everything good has been stripped out, and the manufacturer had to put something back into it less it has no nutritional value and HFCS is simply unhealthy, in my opinion.)
3. Get Real. You don’t think your kid, at any age, is going to cut up veggie sticks, make pretty little packages of apple slices (squeeze lemon juice on it to keep fresh), did you? If you want your child to eat healthfully, you are more than likely going to have to make pretty, appealing little packages of food for them to have readily available. (In their lunch boxes and at home, for after school arrival.)
4. Make It Fun. As long as you are in charge of the packaging and promoting of the healthy foods, do so with a touch of humor and creativity. And be age appropriate, please. The younger set might enjoy ‘ants on a log’ (celery topped with cream cheese and raisin ‘ants’), whereas the teenagers might like something more sophisticated like cheese and pear slices.
5. The Swap Meet. Kids often swap snacks, or lunches for that matter. “I’ll trade you my healthy ‘ants on a log’ for your Twinkie.” Again … ask, listen and talk. Find out with whom he or she is trading with and ask permission to call the other parent to discuss trading options.
6. Always Ask Permission. Do you like it when people tell you what to do? I sure don’t. No one does. So, ask permission to call the other parent. Don’t embarrass your kid. It’s worse than eating unhealthy snacks.
7. Feel Good. You did your best to provide healthy foods. As the days, weeks, months and even years pass, you will have effectively provided enough nutrition and healthy living guidance to make a difference.
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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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!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Struggling, Stuck and Sick: What to do?

For Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Sake! WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE!!! by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author, columnist and 50-pound big-time-loser.
If your thoughts and words are steeped in negativity, if you are telling yourself that you are struggling, that you are a loser, that you are stuck and that you are sick; what do you think the ultimate outcome, the results will be? More than likely depression and weight gain.
I received the following letter from one of Our Lady of Weight Loss’s readers. Knowing that she is not the only one who speaks in this manner, sees life in this way, and manifests aches and pains, I thought I would share it with you.
Special thanks to “NLP” for being brave and open and sharing her feelings and thoughts with us.
Dear OLofWL ~ I have been struggling with weight all of my life. I am a yo yo weight loser. I am now sort of stuck due to Arthritis and stiffness along with other issues. But I do want to lose weight.
After working 36 years, I retired and got stuck with child caring for my two grandchildren that I love to death. Nevertheless, I hadn’t planned on taking care of them every day. Due to the fact that I was less sick than and not as selfish as the other grandmother, I am stuck with it.
I can lose weight and did, but I needed help. I went to obesity specialists who gave me b-12 shots, appetite suppressants and a diet. This was the only way I could lose the weight. Now I am retired, and I don’t have the monetary resources like I used to.
I have a love interest that I met six months ago online. A very nice gentlemen whom I will one day meet in person. I sent him a picture of me 30 pounds less than I am now and would love to get back to that and more. At least 75 pounds.
I love sweets; junk food; etc. But I know what I need to eat, and I know that I need to have will power. Thanks for any advice. ~ NLP
Dear NLP ~ If I may, I would like to look at some of the language that you are using. It may be useful to explore the thoughts that are getting in your ‘weigh,’ as you think, say and write that you CAN NOT lose weight and believe that you are STUCK, and that you have NO CHOICE.
Our thoughts manifest our realities. If we keep telling ourselves that we are struggling, suffering, stuck, cannot and have no choice, then that is what is so.
Let’s turn it around. There is no such thing as will power, only want power. You have to want to permanently remove the excess weight enough to make inner and outer changes. And I can see that you have plenty of want power! You have grandchildren that you want to be around for; you have a love interest (go girl!) and most important of all, you love yourself and you want to give yourself and your body your best life.
Healthy eating will have a positive effect on your bones, your aches and pains and your mind. Another good reason to pump up the want power.
You are retired (woo hoo!), and you have the time and resources to start your own group. You know what to eat. You said so yourself. And you have the want power. Now create support!
Think Outside the Donut Box. Gather your friends and family and start your own Kick in the Tush Club Chapter. It’s free. You can swap recipes, dish the dirt, support each other and just plain have fun. You can sign up for ‘the daily feed’ for my Beliefnet blog and automatically get a very helpful and witty (if I say so myself) plateful of inspiration, motivation and solid information (almost) daily!
And as for having to be the full-time babysitter. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Practice saying, “No!” Help them come up with alternate plans. It’s selfish NOT to take care of yourself, to give yourself the time you deserve. You can’t give when your batteries are empty!
Now, repeat after me. I CAN do anything I set my mind to. I CAN give myself the time I deserve (after working 36 years). I CAN be the best ME ever. I CAN, I CANI CAN!!!!
Seriously, you can. I so totally believe in you and know that you can. So, get busy now turning your thoughts around first. Your life will follow. Start a KITT Club Chapter! And keep us in your loop. Help yourself to a second helping of LIFE! We are rootin’ for you! ~ OLofWL

Our Lady of Weight Loss is with you every ounce of the weigh!

Spread the word, Not the icing,
Janice

Follow Janice on Twitter! Food facts and tips throughout the day!
Workshops! Come, play with me!
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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!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Get Jiggy: Fish Oil Lady (a jigsaw puzzle that promotes happy weight loss)

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A Jiggy Note from Our Lady of Weight Loss
“Fish Oil Lady,” this week’s JigSaw Puzzle was created by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author of the Our Lady of Weight Loss Books, 50-pound big-time-loser.
The inspiration for this piece had been percolating since Janice blogged about Fish Oil: Modern Day Miracle Cure a few days ago.
Both Janice and I are grateful to those who wrote in expressing their love of JIGGY Day. Janice will do her best to be artfully inspired and create puzzles for you all. They will appear primarily on weekends.
Have fun getting jiggy!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice and Our Lady of Weight Loss

Follow Janice on Twitter! Food facts and tips throughout the day!
Workshops! Come, play with me!
Free Our Lady of Weight Loss E-Cards! Spread the FUN word!
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!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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