On Edge by Janice Taylor, Self-Help / Weight Loss Artist


Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan. ~ Paul J. Meyer

Anachemowegan (from the Mohican (Mahican, Mohegan) North Americans language) TUSHKATEERS!!! In other words, “Peace!”

Here I am!!!  Bacckkkkkk in NYC and I must say, on the one hand it is absolutely glorious to be back! The spring/summery weather has been perfect; low 70’s and sunny.  Perfect biking weather (see photo to your left), walking weather, walking and talking weather.  Yesterday, I met up with a good friend in Central Park.  We moved our tushes from one bench to another, chewing the fat, dishing the dirt … catching up!

In addition and most heart-warmingly important (sorry dear friend, Ellen), Peter and I had dinner with our kids – who are hardly kids – Abby, our daughter and SIL, Mike – which was lovely!  And we also – upon return –  immediamente – dashed to Harriet (my almost 96-year young mother) at her assisted living residence to find her doing extraordinarily well.  It is good to be back – and relationships remain primo on what’s important in life, yes? Yes!

On the other hand, I do so love the desert, the lizards, the sun, the cacti, the heated pool (yes, even though it was over 100 degrees, the heated pool was extraordinarily enjoyable) and I love our gaggle of Tucson friends.  I floated in the pool, a lot!!! and apparently, I am good at it.  People commented left n’ right, “Wow, you float so well.”  I have declared it to be ‘my sport.’ and the next time someone asks me how I exercise, I will say that in addition to walking a few miles daily (in NYC), I am also an olympic-level floater! Next trip, I’ll take photos of me floating!  I am seriously good at it!!! SERIOUSLY!

Nevertheless … where Here, there or anywhere, I did notice that two things remain constant:

1.)  WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE YOU ARE!!!  No matter where I am – I’ve got the same mind and no matter where I am, I remain aware of my thoughts knowing full well that my actions follow my thoughts.  I do my best to keep them positive, useful and healthy!

2.) REMAIN DETERMINED!  There are ample opportunities when ‘away’ to lose FOCUS and DETERMINATION; to let go of all the good, healthy living habits that I have created over the past decade.  Some of my healthy habits are deeply embedded, some less so.  Which … drum roll please … brings me to this week’s CHEWING THE FAT segment of the KITT CLUB e-letter and this week’s QUOTES to Live By!


Hi Janice (a.k.a. OLofWL),  I read last week’s CHEWING the FAT email from “BD.”  And you know what!?!! …  I could have written the same thing!

Yes, I know all the heath risks with being diabetic (and it scares me too!), but I don’t do what I need to do!  So … I will reread what you answered her and try to work on myself. (Maybe I’ll get my hubby to print it out!!) ~ Madhatter

Dear Madhatter ~ First, I do love the name Madhatter and the tea party in Alice in Wonderland. The Madhatter asks Alice if she would like more tea, to which she replies, “How can you have more if you haven’t had any?”  Brilliant writing … and, yes, I digress.

Please allow me to come out of the rabbit hole and respond to your email, which I greatly appreciate your writing!  I am guessing that there are a good many Tushkateers out there who related to last week’s CHEWING the FAT and are thinking just what you are!

In addition to last week’s CHEWING the FAT TIPS … here are a few more “Points of LITE.”

1. ONE YEAR FROM TODAYWhere do you want to be one year from today?  Get yourself a piece of paper and a pen and on the top write:  It is June 19, 2013, and I am … And then, write out in the present tense where you, how you look, how you feel, who you are with, etc.  Details are important and again in the present tense.  Do NOT write, it is June 2013, and I will be … that implies that some day you will do this or that.  Experience it as if it has already happened.

2.  PLAN, PLAN, PLAN:  You guys (for the most part) are allergic to planning.  You think that it is constrictive and falls into the ‘have to’ category.  When in actuality planning your day, preparing for it is your ticket to freedom.  Once all is in order, you are free to think about other things, enjoy your day, glide through it!  Start your day, your week, your month and this year with a specific plan.

3.  AVOID WIGGLE ROOM (at all costs).  When people tell me that they are on a ‘healthy eating plan’ my ears immediately stand at alert (like a rabbit or a cat).   Is it a specific healthy plan?  Do you know what a really healthy plan looks like?  Are there any limits to your healthy eating plan?  Seriously, one can wiggle their way up the scales of injustice, an easy 5 pounds, if they ‘eat healthy’ without specificity or limits; without real planning and preparing.

4.  GET HIGH on DETERMINATION.  Seriously (for a funny person with a light attitude, I do say ‘seriously’ a lot – but seriously folks, really?) … how determined are you to create a better life?  Step into your healthy living warrior suit and breathe in determination, commitment and see what kind of energy you exhale!  Inhale:  Determination.   Exhale: Extraordinary Energy

5.  IS YOUR LIFE A HOBBY?  Hey, let me ask you something?  Is ‘healthy living’ a hobby?  Just so you know, it’s not a part-time thing.  If it’s an on again / off again thing, if you schedule the gym, a WW meeting, a coaching session and decide, “oh well, I’m busy – I’ll do it another time” – or find that there are no fruits n’ veggies/healthy foods in the fridge, and so … ‘oh well, cherry pie has some fruit in it,’ then, it’s a hobby.  If your life is a hobby, that’s okay (well, is it???), just be honest about it.  Is your life a hobby?  Are you okay with that???

But with the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything. ~ Reese Witherspoon

Madhatter, BD and all Tushkateers alike … was that enough of a Kick in the Tush?  Oh – one other thing.  STOP TRYING!!! Trying never cuts the mustard.  WHAT ELSE do YOU NEED?  Write me/OLofWL!!! 

Spread the word … NOT the icing!

dictated by not read by Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal (excuse all typos)


AND NOW … here’s the link to this week’s fully loaded KITT CLUB e-newsletter!!!  It includes but is not limited to yet another 10 ways to FEED YOUR SOUL, your weekly GET JIGGY Weight LOSS JigSAW Puzzle, a recipe from your favorite Dysfunctional Chef (a repeat of last week’s in case you missed it, because it is oh so good and because I was flying back to NYC on Friday, so there was no time for dysfunctional cooking!)   AND maybe best of all???  This week’s DETERMINATION QUOTES which most definitely kick tush!  CLICK ON!


ONE MORE THING … for goodness sake, if you haven’t already, sign up for my workshop Feed Your Soul, Change Your Weight, which is scheduled for September 16 – 19, 2012 on Hollyhock on Cortes Island, Canada!  It is the most awesome, amazing and life-changing workshop!!!  Worth the trip, the investment in YOU!!!  Bring your friends!

Deliciously yours,


Janice Taylor
Life & Weight Loss Success Coach
wise * fun * utterly useful

FEED YOUR SOUL: Change Your WEIGHT!!! workshop – extraordinary opportunity!
September 16 – 19, 212

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