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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
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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

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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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