Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

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
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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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Weight Loss Motivation: How to Stay Permanently Inspired and Jazzed

How to Stay Permanently Jazzed? Diet Like an Olympic Swimmer. by Janice Taylor, Hypno-Coach*, Author, 50-pound big-time-loser!
As is the case with many of us, we decide to lose weight because we are disgusted, depressed, in self-hating mode and vow that we are going to do something about it. And, you know what? That’s not as bad as it sounds. Yes, it’s a negative place to be, but at least it has motivated us enough to get off our tushes and do something about those growing rolls of fat.
We find a food plan and we psych ourselves up. Sometimes, we even generate enough electricity to light up Times Square! But as the weeks or months pass, our resolve fades. We have, once again, lost the Battle of the Bulge.
How to stay permanently jazzed! (excerpt from All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journal to Sveltesville)
Have you ever watched an Olympic swimmer push off the side of the pool? It is quite amazing, isnt’ it? The thrust, the power, their determination is enormous. Often the strength of this one solitary push can propel the Olympian right straight to the middle of the Olympic sized pool.
When we decide to go on a ‘diet,’ we essentially push off from the side of the pool of discontent. We gather a vast amount of energy from not liking ourselves, being disgusted, and ashamed of how we look. We don’t like ourselves. No, we sure don’t.
Sometimes this energy takes us half way to our goal weight. Sometimes all the way … 10, 20, 30, 100, 200 pounds lost. Then what?
Unlike the Olympic swimmer who has a plan; who is moving toward her big win; who sees herself as a champion and knows with every cell and fiber of her being that she is the victor, we only know ourselves to be losers. We are basing this attempt on past attempts to lose, which have failed.
It is easy to get lost if you don’t know where you are going.
If you want to be victorious at the game of Permanent Fat Removal a.k.a. Weight Loss, then you need to have a compelling future. You need to know where you are going; what you want; what truly moves, shakes and feeds your soul. The fat does not live alone. This is a holistic event.
How to Stay Permanently Jazzed, Motivated and Inspired
Have a Vision.
The root of the word motivation is “motive.” The definition of “motive” is “A reason to act.” You need a reason to act. You need both an external and internal vision of the new you. You need to be moving towards a compelling future! What’s your reason to act?
Be Passionate.
Motivation is not task driven. It’s all about emotion. It’s fire driven. You’ve got to fuel your passion (just like you have to fuel your body and fuel your car!). You have to set yourself a goal that connects to an all consuming desire. What moves you?
Stay Focused.
The more focused you are the more results you’ll be getting. The more results, the more motivated. It’s called the ‘upward spiral.’ Don’t worry about getting dizzy. You’re getting lighter and lighter. Keep on spiraling, Up, Up, Up!!
Build on Your Successes.
If you permanently remove a pound, be proud. When you drop a size, get fired up. Woo hoo! Keep on going!
Acknowledge All that You Do Well.
We have a tendency to negate our wins by focusing on the minor slips of the day. If you said “No, thank you” four times. ” Rejoice. What else did you do today that was stupendous? (It could be as simple as filling up a bowl with fresh fruit for the kitchen counter. Filling the room with good energy.)
Positive Messages
Read positive books, listen to good music, anything with an uplifting message. Fill your brain with stories of successful people. It will take hold. Think positive!

New point of view: You are a fat-burning Olympian. No one removes fat as furiously or efficiently as you do.

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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*Hypno-Coach – a combination of coaching and hypnosis techniques.

Dead Weight: Lose It Now!

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How much dead weight are you carrying around with you? by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, 50-pound big-time-loser
I suspect you are unaware, as was I, that dead weight is heavy, both metaphorically and literally, and that we are individually and collectively carrying around extreme amounts of it.
Dead Weight: Yours and Mine
I’d read about a teacher who asked her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to class. For every person the student refused to forgive, they were to write the person’s name and date of upset on a potato and put it in their plastic bag. Their bag began to fill up quite quickly. The moral of the story was that they were lugging around some pretty hefty amounts of anger that was clogging their spiritual development, big time. I call it dead weight.
This got me to thinking. Not only am I carrying around a lot of anger at all the people in my life who clearly haven’t read the script I’ve written for them, but I’m also cartin’ around barrelfuls of upset and anger at myself for my dietary transgressions, lack of exercise, snappishness here and there directed at my loved ones . . . and who knows what else.
Imagine if I dropped a potato in my proverbial plastic bag every time I was upset with myself and dragged it around with me all day and into the night. Whoa! That’s some heavy duty, weighty bag that is robbing me of my energy, focus and determination.
Dead Weight Starts at Home
Take a moment, a minute, an hour – the entire day! – depending on how long your ‘self-upset’ list is … and write out each upset on one of a potatoes.
You can either draw your own potato, or use mine (print above potatoes).
And NOW … put them into your bag of choice and carry them around with you all day long. I know your bag of paper potatoes won’t have the same physical effect as a heavy bag of real potatoes, but it may have the same mental-cize impact.
Plus, I am saving you lots of embarrassing questions from friends, family and co-workers. “Have you seen Janice and her enormous bag of potatoes? Jeeze-Louise, she is a kook-ball!”
At the end of the day, take a look at your stack of paper potatoes. How much upset do you aim at yourself? Ceremoniously rip or shred each potato and put them into a little container.
Now … feel lighter.
All Is Forgiven, Move On!
Spread the word, NOT the icing,
Janice

For more dead weight removal, 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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Salmonella: Killer or Cancer Cure?

Salmonella Sleuthing: It’s Not All Bad by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, 50-pound big-time-loser, eternal optimist

With all this talk of toxic and noxious tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, as well as Salmonella poisoning, this Beliefnet blogger, determined to unearth something good about Salmonella, did a bit of salmonella sleuthing.
Salmonella 101
Salmonella is a bacteria. It enters our digestive tract via contaminated food and can cause severe food poisoning. The infection from the bacteria is called Salmonellosis. Hospitalization may be required, depending on the level of dehydration or the very nasty side effects (i.e., diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps), which bacteria is known to cause.
Salmonellosis symptoms start within 12 to 72 hours from transmission of the bacteria, Salmonella. The symptoms hang in for 4 to 7 days. The good news is that most people recover without any treatment. The folks who end up in the hospital are primarily admitted due to severe and uncontrollable diarrhea.
It gets uglier! For those unfortunate souls, there is a risk that the Salmonellosis may spread from the intestines into the bloodstream or to other parts of the body, which can ultimately lead to death.
To avoid death, these high-risk patients are given antibiotics. (Thumbs up to scientists who brought us antibiotics!)
Something Good about Salmonella
Salmonella bacteria can go where no chemotherapy has gone before. It travels deep into cancerous tumors where conventional chemotherapy can’t reach.
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Neil Forbes of the University of Massachusetts Amherst a four-year grant of more than $1 million for the specific intent to research killing cancer tumors with Salmonella bacteria.
Forbes has programmed the Salmonella to release a drug that triggers a receptor in cancer cells to kill themselves. He calls it the “death receptor.”
“When we get the Salmonella bacteria into the part of the tumor where we want them to be, we’ve programmed them to go ape,” says Forbes. “We have the bacteria release a drug to trigger a receptor in cancer cells called the “death receptor,” which induces cancer cells to kill themselves. We’ve already done this in the lab. We’ve done this successfully in cancerous mice, and it dramatically increases their survival rate.
“It sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it?” Forbes continues “But Salmonella are little robots that can swim wherever they want. They have propellers in the form of flagella, they have sensors to tell them where they are going and they are also little chemical factories. What we do as engineers is to control where they go, what chemical we want them to make, and when they make it.”
Forbes’ work may well change the chemotherapy landscape into one that is more specific, effective and easier on the patient!
Bottom Line: Let’s keep Salmonella in the laboratory!
Spread the optimistic 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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