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Got the End of Summer Blues? The One Minute Cure

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I’ve got the “End of Summer Blues” and I’ve got ‘em bad! by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Columnist and 50-pound Big-Time-Loser.
As the light days of summer shorten, and the temperature moves from hot to warm to cool to cold, so goes my heart.
How is it that the end of summer sends a good many of us spiraling down into the abyss, extra layer of clothing in one hand, donut in the other?

From Sad to Overcomer- The One MInute Cure!

There are different reasons that we are oh so sad. Let’s take a look at our “suffering syndromes,” and then make that all important conscious shift to energized overcomer!
Our Suffering Syndromes:
1. RSMS – Return to School Mentality Syndrome: Some of us are actually returning to school, as teacher and/or student, or to work after an extended summer vacation. And for some leave ‘early’ Fridays are over. And some of us (I’m guessing most of us) have the belief indelibly etched deeply into our minds that summer marks the ‘end of freedom.’ Ugh!
2. SDS – Short Days Syndrome – The days are shorter; less light. Although September may be lovely, we know that winter is soon to come. A time when we tend to be less active and social. Ugh!
3. SPS – Squandered Plans Syndrome – Some are disappointed because they didn’t get to do all the things that they had planned to do this summer. Whether it was to go to South America, take the Circle Liner around Manhattan (over-rated), or clean out their closets. Ugh!
4. AURS – Agreed Upon Reality Syndrome. People are walking around talking about just how their energy is beginning to wane, how they have the blues, how sad they are (including me; guilty!) Double Ugh!
5. SSS – Summer Style Syndrome. Summer is free, easy, light-weight and it costs less to look good. A simple pair of sandals vs. thigh high insulated boots! UGH!
Be an OVERCOMER! Find something to be in happy about in less than one minute.
1. ISC – Identify Shift Cure. Rather than identifying with “Suffer,”be an “Overcomer.” YAY!
2. SURDC: Soak Up Remaining Days Cure. Truth be told, autumn is quite possibly the most beautiful and comfortable time of year. Get out there, soak up the sun, go for a walk (or two or three), have a BBQ. Make sure you make the most of September and October, so you don’t feel that you squandered the fall! YAY!
3. APJC – The Autumn Photo-Journalist Cure! Capture the last days of summer and the turning leaves of autumn on film. Press some of those gorgeous fallen leaves in a book. You can spend the winter sorting through your pics and creating an amazingly beautiful ‘remembrance album.’ YAY!
4. HWEC – Happy Winter Events Cure. Make a long list of things that you are looking forward to doing this winter. You might include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, St. Valentine’s Day, and Pi Day (March 14 – a favorite in our house) on your list, as well as a possible vacation to a warm place J. Perhaps you can find the time to sign up for that Rumba class you’ve always wanted to take; painting class; healthy cooking class; Photoshop class. YAY!
5. WSC – Winter Style Cure. Layer-Up! Wear colorful scarves and hats. Accessorize up the kazoo! Put those little heat pads for your pockets in your pockets! Woo Hoo, my energy is really starting to pick up! I see shopping in my future! YAY!
Be an Overcomer!!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Boost Happiness: Serve Life with A Cherry On Top (JigSaw Sundae)

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I’ll Have a Platterful of Life, Pretty Please with a Cherry On Top! by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Columnist, Teacher and 50-pound big-time-loser.
This week’s Jiggy JigSaw Sundae (oops, Freudian typo) is served with a Cherry on Top.

faToid: The leading variety of Cherries is Bing. It was first developed in Oregon, just 100 years ago, by a pioneer grower. This pioneer named the cherry after one of his Chinese workmen!

As summer comes to an end, and a part of me begins to feel ‘blue’ (I LOVE summer and I’m hanging onto it for dear life through October, at the very least.), I decided to serve up this holiday weekend with a Cherry on Top, metaphorically speaking.
In doing so, I inadvertently stumbled upon a fun and easy way to boost happiness. Here’s how it works. You simply embrace the theme of adding a ‘Cherry on Top’ to each and every aspect of your day. Just one little extra somethin’ somethin’ to make it a little more special!
Here follows a couple of thing I did yesterday to add a ‘cherry on top.’ Who knows what today will bring!!
1. The Sounds of Silence. It is my habit to jump out of bed, brew a strong cup of joe and get busy. But today, I added a silent cherry. I made my coffee, poured it into a cherry red mug and sat in silence. Wow, what a gift! The sounds of silence!
2. Candles Burning Everywhere. Instead of lighting one or two aromatherapy candles, I lit a forrest of them in my living room last night. What an extraordinary treat – the sight and smell!
3. Heavy on the Exotic Relish. I went hog wild and splurged on gourmet relish for the weekend. It was stupid expensive, but you know what … it added taste, color and fun to my veggie burger!
4. Leopard Spots. In route to a party, we passed an outlet mall and made a quick hard right. Screech! I treated myself to a few pairs of leopard panties!
5. Flowers Everywhere. While strolling the local Farmer’s Market, I picked up 3 (yup, count ‘em 3) bouquets of flowers. When I got home I separated them into ten smaller bouquets, put them in vases and carefully placed them throughout my home. Wow! A happy burst of color, texture and nature’s beauty everywhere!! Quite the Cherry!
How will you add a Cherry On Top to your day?
Please comment below. So FUN to hear your thoughts!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

Write Janice for free ‘life’ consult!
Follow Janice on Twitter! Food facts. tips and motivation 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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Your Belief System: Your Weight

A Penny to Change Your Thoughts by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Columnist and 50-pound big-time-loser.
What is a Belief System?
A belief system is a series of ideas that your mind has organized in order to project an image of what is ‘real.’ It encompasses everything you think about yourself, others and the world-at-large. It is filled with should have’s and ought to’s.
These groups of thoughts (ideas) that we believe to be true come from and are formed through our interactions with others, such as our parents, friends, teachers, institutions, newspapers, television, etc.
Our beliefs are formed throughout our childhood, and generally acted out in adulthood without much thought or examination. These ‘systems’ are mighty powerful, and they have a profound impact on the way in which we lead our lives. Our beliefs tell us how to feel, behave, and they are the foundation from which we approach our lives,our world.
To change how we feel and how we act and react to situations, we must first understand what our core belief systems are and where they come from.
If we do not challenge our belief systems, they will remain unchanged. You may find that some of your beliefs are empowering. Great! Keep those beliefs and build on them. It’s the outdated and limiting beliefs that are in need of an overhaul!
Your belief about your ability to lose weight and keep it off strongly influences your internal dialogue, which in turn, strongly influences your choices.

Do you believe that you are in control of your weight loss? Or – Do you believe that some alien force has taken control and force fed you?
Do you believe that you can set realistic goals, measurable goals and achieve them, no matter what? Or – Do you believe that when things aren’t going your way, when you’re having a bad day, you’re just gonna’ have to eat?
Do you believe that you can lose weight and keep it off? Or – Do you believe all those photos of heavy relatives of yesterday determines your weight and size?
Do you believe that your past attempts at weight loss were learning experiences and those who are successful are often not successful the first time out? Or – Do you believe that your inability to lose and keep off those extra pounds is a sign of your being a loser (the ‘bad’ kind of loser) and that you are doomed?
Do you believe that you are really buying those cookies for the kids? (Oh, come on!)

What are your beliefs (not limited to weight loss)? What set of guiding principles do you believe to be true about yourself? Where or from whom did they come? How can you change them and yourself?
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

Write Janice for free ‘life’ consult!
Follow Janice on Twitter! Food facts. tips and motivation 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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My Soul Has A Hair Style

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My Soul Has a Hair Style … As Does Michelle’s, Cindy’s and Hillary’s! by Janice Taylor, Life Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Columnist, 50-pound Big-Time-Loser
I’m having a ‘nervous breakdown.’ Somewhat dramatic – but nonetheless, in the midst of a rather busy week, I’ve managed to make time to visit my hair salon, not once, but twice! The hair-raising problem is that while the stylist did a ‘lovely’ job, it’s just not me. And I am simply NOT going to be ‘okay’ until I am ME.
Which brings me to ME. Or the existential question … “Who Am I?”
I’ve read enough Eckart Tolle to know that I am more than my physical being. As Wayne Dyer says, “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” Wayne, you omitted hairstyle. My hairstyle completes me.
They say that 93% of what is communicated is non-verbal. With that in mind, what does our hair say about us?
Michelle Obama’s ‘straightened’ hair conveys a clear message; “Yes, I am Black, I have my hair straightened, and please note: I am not Angela Davis. I am measured, sane, safe, and it’s okay to trust me.”
Cindy McCain’s hair is first and foremost tight, blonde and straight. Vogue may have attempted to revamp her, but the fact remains that she is buttoned up, severe, and keeping up appearances. It makes me wonder, “Who is the real Cindy?”
Hillary Clinton’s hair is also straight, neat, and blonde. Hillary’s hair exemplifies control, and ‘highlights’ her straight-forward character. Her hair speaks to her ability to step up, ignite and blaze on (as do her pant suits).
And as for me … my hair, curly, bouncy and (when) boldly highlighted, says, “I do not play it safe, I have a unique point of view, and I bounce (back n’ forth)! I permanently removed over 50 pounds of excess fat 7 years ago, and Hello, World, I’m ready!”
How do you communicate in non-verbal fashion? What does your hair say about you (or not say about you)?
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

Write Janice for free ‘life’ consult!
Follow Janice on Twitter! Food facts. tips and motivation 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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