Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

Crumbs Count: If you don’t believe me, just ask your thighs.

Who’s Foolin’ Who? by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author, 50 pounds big-time-loser.
Crumbs Count
A bunch of years ago I stumbled upon Nancy, the star of Ernie Bushmiller’s comic strip of the same name, “Nancy.” As I remember it, Nancy was pictured with a box of cookies in one hand and a hammer in the other. Her aunt was yelling from another room. “Don’t spoil your appetite. Dinner will be ready soon.” To which Nancy replied, “I’m only eating the crumbs.”
I carried this image with me and laughed whenever I was carefully creating crumbs! Crumb cake, being an easy favorite. Cutting slivers of cake so thin that they fall apart. I was really good at the crumb thing!
And then one day … the truth roundly adhered itself to my thighs! Even if I’m not counting crumbs, my body is! After all, It comes complete with a built-in calorie-calculator – no extra charge!

A Baker’s Dozen: Who’s Foolin’ Who Compilation of Things We Put Into the Don’t Count Column that Do Count
1. Crumbs don’t count.
2. Eating while standing up, doesn’t count.
3. It’s only one bite.
4. I won’t eat the whole thing.
5. Just this one time.
6. I deserve it.
7. It’s a celebration.
8. I don’t want to hurt my mother’s (my sister, my friend, my boss’s) feelings.
9. Samples at the supermarket are unexpected. Surprise!!
10. Licking doesn’t count.
11. It’s free.
12. They’re eating it.
13. Life’s short.

These ‘thoughts’ might not hold much power on the page in this moment, but when you are of the mind to eat something, they may seem perfectly rational.
There is an infinite assortment of circumstances in which we encourage ourselves to tell little white lies in the Land of Weight Loss (note I did not say Permanent Fat Removal; because there is no need to lie to oneself in the Land of PFR).
In the face of food, fooling oneself, lying to oneself may seem easier, but in the end you are planting seeds of unhappiness, guilt, and well – fat cells! Fat cells in your mind as well as your body.
Tell the truth! Say what you will, you can’t fool your inner calorie-counter!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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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The Secret to My 50 Pound Success: Showing Up

How Will YOU Show Up Today? A weighty question from Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, 50-pound big-time-loser.
People want to know, “What’s your secret to success? How did you manage to permanently remove (a.k.a. lose weight) over 50 pounds of excess weight? What do you eat?”
Truthfully, while food is a consideration, the secret to my successful weight loss plan is less about my food plan and more about how I show up.
The first thing I do each and every day (ok, after I go to the bathroom and make coffee) is to sit down at my desk with one of my favorite pens in hand and write in my “Showing Up” journal.
I invite you to SHOW UP. Here’s how …
Pull together a variety of fabulous pens, front fat to thin, filled with black, blue and red ink, the colors of the rainbow. And one notebook that feels right; from leather bound to a 99 cent composition notebook.
In the morning, before too much thought has flooded your mind, take a minute or two to find a comfortable place to sit, preferably the same quiet and contemplative place each day.
Take your best pen in hand (varies day to day). Bring your attention to your fingers. Become aware of the feel of the pen, relax your muscles, and carefully write in your ‘best’ (whatever that means to you) penmanship, connecting to each and every word “How … WILL … I … Show … Up … Today?”
How WILL I Show Up Today? is a very powerful question. There’s no yes or no in it; there’s no right or wrong in it. And on a subconscious level, the words WILL I … imply that you will yourself to and you will … show up … today. The writing of the question taps into your subconscious mind, which then sends the answers straight through your fingers, through the pen, onto the page. Do not think; just be present with the pen and write. Showing Up may look different from day to day and that’s okay, because each day is different and brings forth different resources that live within.
From my today’s “Showing Up” Journal …
How WILL I Show Up Today?
Today, I WILL Show Up with …
1. Energy.
2. The right words.
3. Compassion and patience.
4. Appreciation.
5. Present and mindful.
6. Focused.
7. Fully committed.
8. A discerning pallet.
Let me ask you, if I didn’t show up with energy, appreciation, mindfulness, commitment and a discerning pallet, would I be successful at losing and keeping off those extra pounds?
Not a snowball’s chance in Hell. I may have mustered up enough energy to lose it, but I would surely have found it (again). Showing up is a valuable tool for your permanent fat removal arsenal. It keeps you focused and motivated.
How will you show up today?
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice
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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The Final Goodbye: A Meditation for Randy Pausch

ART randy pausch.jpgThe Garden of Peace: Where Spirits Pass and We Say Goodbye by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Certified Hypnotist, 50-pound big-time-loser.
For those of us who have lost a loved one and/or are feeling the loss of Professor Randy Pausch, best known for his “Last Lecture,” given to his students in the fall of 2007, nearly one year after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, I offer you “The Final Goodbye” meditation.
Imagine a Garden of Peace…
A place that you might see in your mind’s eye; a peaceful place where calm and harmony are natural; a place where spirits pass from this world to the next. Perhaps your Garden of Peace is overgrown with wild flowers or weeping willows. The birds sing songs of love as the bees buzz from one flower to the next.
While we cannot enter the garden, as it is not our time, we are able to see and experience this garden in a real way.
Those who have passed to the other side are no longer inhibited and influenced by the matters of the world – they are free to see the universal truths and wisdoms. And all we need to do to communicate with them is say their name.
They will ‘appear’ in the Garden of Peace in some way, shape or form. Remember that they are no longer in their bodies; they are in spirit form. I don’t know how this person will present himself to you, but you do. Perhaps, he or she may speak to you through your favorite flower, sending a beautiful fragrance your way; or you may mysteriously feel an Angel brushing your cheek, or you could see the person in their old form sitting cross-legged under the weeping willow, or on a bench in the middle of a honeysuckle grove.
Look and listen and when the time is right, offer your prayers, your final goodbyes. This is a time you can be sure that all that you need to say can be said; peace can be yours.
You might want to simply let this person know that you love them, that you will carry them with you, always. I don’t know what you need to or want to say, but you do. And when you are finished reach out for a final touch, a hug, and say your last goodbye.
Take a moment to process your feelings, take it in on the deepest level, in every cell, molecule and atom, all that is useful and good from this meditation and carry it with you always.

* * *

My Farewell to Rancy Pausch . . .
I see Randy under the weeping willow, doing push ups, smiling and inspiring still and I say to him … Thank you for living life fully, for being a beacon of light, for going after your dreams and inspiring me through your words.
“Brick walls are not there to keep us out. The Brick Walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The Brick Walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly. They are there to stop OTHER people.”~ Randy Pausch
And now, Randy smiles and waves goodbye, leaving with me with feelings of peace, love, a calmness of spirit, a sense of renewed purpose. I take these feelings in on the deepest level.
And I move on … making this day count, knocking down the brick walls that are surely not meant for me (or you).
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice
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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Ideal Beauty: Bold n’ Brave In Your Underwear

A Perfectly Beautiful Conversation with Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, 50-pound big-time-loser, and Natalie Fournier, photographer and performance artist.
Janice: You are bold and brave, in your underwear … and clearly making a statement about your body, the collective body and how we see beauty, and about your relationship with Minnie Mouse … please, tell us!
Natalie: It started early on … Like most little girls, the fantastical world of Walt Disney, with its princesses and fairies, inserted itself in my mind. Those Barbie-like princesses became my ideal of beauty, with their small waist, their perfect legs and long silky hair. As I became older, actresses in movies and models in magazines replaced those princesses.
Janice: I know what you mean. I was taken with Snow White and now Catherine Zeta-Jones, who could play Snow White! I know it played with my mind, making me feel less than … longing to be that form of beautiful.
Natalie: Exactly. This picture of what “perfect beauty” looked like contaminated my mind, as well, and played with my self-esteem. After putting myself down over and over again, it became pretty clear to me that I would never be able to attain that ideal (or myth) of beauty. I realized that trying to be something that I’m not is just simply ridiculous.
Janice: It is ridiculous! Did you know that twenty years ago, models weighed 8% less than the average woman. And today they weigh 23% less. It’s a total myth! Airbrushed photos, you know. Nobody is that perfect, especially in the morning. And now … how do you feel about your ‘real’ body?
Natalie: Over these last couple years I have learned to love my body, and its every curve!
Janice: Your work speaks so beautifully to this love and acceptance of self. I admire your ‘performance.’ Your form of expression.
Natalie: Through my art, I try to expose the absurdity of trying to look like something else than yourself, of the ridiculousness of wanting to fit in a mould of what is
“desirable” or “beautiful.”
Janice: No point in trying to be someone else … as Cornell Wilde says, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Natalie: Great quote!
Janice: And finally, your reference to Minnie?
Natalie: Even if Minnie Mouse and her friends don’t think I fit in with them, in my eyes, I am beautiful and that’s that!
Janice: You are beautiful! And that is that! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your art!
For more Natalie go to Inplainsight.ca!
Spread the word, NOT the iciing!
Janice

Image from the “Desire” series “Minnie Mouse”, inkjet print, 34″ x 42″, 2007, by Natalie Fournier, Photograph, Performance Artist, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ipsgallery
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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