Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

Sunday’s Puzzle and … Porky, Jumbo and Butterball ~ The sad history of dieting.

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Have you ever wondered when people started to obsess about food and weight? There was a time when no one ‘dieted’ and nasty fat words didn’t exist. Oh yeah – cave men didn’t call each other fat slobs. Those types of words weren’t created until the late 1800’s! In fact, the first corpulent words were “porky” in the 1860’s; “jumbo” in the 1880’s; and “butterball” in the 1890s.
There are some documented cases of dieting that go back more than 1,000 years, but in the United States, our obsession with dieting took root at the end of the 19th century.
By the time World War I rolled around, being fat was seen as unpatriotic!

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The Origins of the Birthday Cake … YUMMY! Have a sliver.

Yes, today is my birthday! I’m such a baby. When I was a kid, I did a 100 day countdown. I announced it at breakfast each and every morning for 100 days. My brothers nearly killed me. You can imagine. 100, 99, 98, 97 … But once an adult, they actually called me 100 days before and on my birthday and we had a good laugh.
As for the origins of the birthday cake, I hadn’t thought about the tradition until we were out celebrating my mother-in-law’s 88th birthday, and the waitress started to tell us (whether we wanted to hear it or not – she may as well have pulled up a seat and joined us!). Her story was a little fuzzy around the icing (I think she had partaken in a mighty slice of rum cake). Nevertheless, I was left craving not just a slice (well, sliver) of the cake, but the birthday cake story, as well.
Here follows my very scientific findings from my detailed research!

A number of historians believe that the birthday cake was first cooked-up in ancient Greece. The Greeks formed round or moon shaped honey cakes or bread and took them to the Temple of Artemis to honor the Goddess of the Moon. They placed candles on the cake so that it would glow like the moon, and the smoke of the lit candles carried their wishes and prayers to the Gods who lived up above, in the sky.
Others think that the ritual originated in Germany during the Middle Ages. Reportedly, a sweetened dough was made in the shape of the baby Jesus and was used to commemorate his birthday. Later on – the Kinderfest – birthday celebrations re-emerged in celebration of young children. The Germans placed a large candle in the center of the cake to symbolize ‘the light of life.’
In medieval times, the English placed symbolic objects inside their cakes. Sometimes coins or thimbles were mixed into the batter. The person who bit into the coin was sure to be wealthy, while the poor person who found the thimble would never marry. (Oh my! Imagine that.) Needless to say, if the cake fell while baking it was believed an ominous sign and the poor birthday girl or boy was guaranteed an entire year of bad luck.
Today, we believe, that if we blow out all our candles in one breath, our wish will come true. (By the way, if there are 88 candles on your cake, it’s okay to ask others to blow with you.)
Here’s to luscious birthday cakes, sweet dreams and delicious wishes.

All Is Forgiven, Move On

Seven years ago, Our Lady of Weight Loss, patron saint of permanent fat removal, came to my rescue at one of those group meetings where people obsess about food and weight. With a quick twist of my neck, she performed a chiropractic move of mega-magnitude. She snap-crackle-popped my mind into a new place.She made it absolutely clear that this time was going to be THE time. This time was going to be different than any of the other numerous times that I’d either set out on the weight loss trail and failed or actually succeeded in losing 10, 20, 30 even 40 pounds, but ultimately – there they were! Yup, I found them plus a few extra pounds for ‘good measure.’ (Did I find your lost pounds, too?)New point of view: If I lose it, I may find it. For the first time, I get it. Weight loss is passé. Permanent Fat Removal is the goal.I approached ‘weight loss’ from this fresh angle. My perspective shifted; a paradigm shift occurred. In other words, the tectonic plates within my mind shifted, loosened, lifted and a new me came to be.Our Lady of Weight Loss said, “Weight loss is primarily a mindset and while food is an integral part, it’s not the main course.” (Imagine that!)Our Lady of Weight Loss continued, “Weight loss can be utilized as a vehicle for transformation and reinvention.” She said that it wasn’t just about losing weight and exercise. We were embarking on a holistic happening. In fact, this journey is a spiritual one. Our Lady of Weight Loss promised me that as I filled my heart with joy, explored happiness and laughter, as well as forgiveness and put some energy into doing the things that I’ve always wanted to do but never seemed to have the time to do, the excess weight would mysteriously melt off leaving a fat trail behind me.As my size would decrease; my energy, joy, spirit – my life – would expand ten fold.New Point of View: Food is not the main course.ALL IS FORGIVEN, MOVE ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville is a roadmap that leads you to your best self – your higher self – your wise self. It’s about uncovering the real you who lives underneath those excess layers of weight, who is bustin’ to come out. Free yourself now!End the TortureTake the JourneyMOVE ON … into YOUR ‘lite’ ALL IS FORGIVEN, MOVE ON hits the book shelves today! It is jam packed with all of Our Lady of Weight Loss’s permanent fat removal secrets. Guaranteed to lighten!

How to Get Unstuck & Miraculously and Mysteriously Melt the Fat Away NOW!

Are you stuck? In a ‘bad’ mood? Feeling blue? Discouraged? Are those old feelings of defeat surfacing? Are you covered in crumbs and you don’t know how it happened?
Is the Fat Monster about to take over?
Here is a simple and easy ‘step’ you can take to STOP the Fat Monster in his tracks, put a smile on your face and love in your heart.
The Our Lady of Weight-Loss Cheerleaders present a song … *
“Melt the Fat Away”
(Sing to the tune of “Row, row, row your boat.”)
Melt, melt, melt the fat,
Eat less every day,
Melt, melt, melt the fat,
Watch it fade away.
Melt, melt, melt the fat,
Exercise every day
Melt, melt, melt the fat,
Watch it fade away.
Melt, melt, melt the fat,
Pedal it away,
Melt, melt, melt the fat.
Watch it fade away.
I guarantee you … as you sing this song in your head or aloud, all day long, with or without friends, you will set your mind to melting the fat away. Your resolve with triple with each round of Melt the Fat Away. You will mysteriously and miraculously make wise and healthy choices.
More proof positive that you don’t need to be ‘heavy’ to lose weight.
*Special thanks to Kick in the Tush Club member, Myrna M. for submitting this song.
Join with me at Omega Institute – June 8 through 13 – for an amazing and uplifting fat-burning workshop.
For more fat-melting magic, pick up a copy of All Is Forgiven, Move On.

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