Our Lady of Weight Loss's KICK in the TUSH Club
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When tough times come, it is particularly important to offset them with much gentle softness. Be a pillow.
~ Vera Nazarian
Good Morning My Dear Tushkateers,
I do hope this Kitt Club e-letter finds you well, enjoying the new year!
It has been weeks since we last “spoke.” As both Christmas and New Year’s Day fell on a Tuesday, OLWL insisted that we take off.
She headed off to some beach or another with low-calorie umbrella drink and sunscreen in hand, while I headed off to the desert (not dessert). To my beloved Tucson, where the air is crisp and the sun warm; where people are friendly and supermarkets are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables (as opposed to being in my beloved NYC, a grand city for other reasons, for sure).
I digress, but you get the picture, yes? And—while in Tucson, we were telephoning my 96 year-with-it mother early and often, as the saying goes. And when we did, she entertained us with stories from “independent/ assisted living,” until, one afternoon while speaking to Peter (DH), she had a stroke.
We dropped everything and headed straight back to New York City, to find her “Where Heaven Touches Earth.” (I posted a bit on my Beliefnet blog because people started wondering where I’d disappeared to.)
With regard to sending out the KITT Club e-newsletter, last Tuesday came and went, as you can well understand. But today, I am able to carve a few hours out of my morning and write to you; an act that brings me great comfort, joy and balance.
During this time of stress, I’ve watched/observed my actions and reactions, noting the actions that I do take that help to keep me in a balanced place, which I am about to share with you all. Are you ready? Good!
5 Essential Ways to Be Happy, Stay Health in Crisis
-or- Be the Pillow
Eat Healthy. As you might imagine, one could be tempted to eat the entire box of Entenmann’s, order up a pizza; to take the “I’ve had a stressful day--I deserve comfort food” route. But you know, as well as I know, that at the end of the day you will feel physically, emotionally and spiritually drained, exhausted and unhappy.
Ask yourself, “What do I truly deserve?” How about energy, a clear head, a happy heart and a hydrated body?
Keep some fruits, carrot sticks, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and nuts on hand and snack when hungry.
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha (c. 563 BC to 483 BC)
Walk/Breathe. Put down your bag of stress, get out in the daylight, take a walk and breathe in fresh air; clear a space in your mind for an utterly useful thought.
All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. ~ Frederick Nietzsche
Meditate. In the morning, before the day has an opportunity to flood your mind, sit for 10 minutes in silence.
The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms. ~ Thich Nhat Hahn
Gather the Troops a.k.a. Your Support Group. Friends and even family often know not what to do. Feel free to ask for what you need, be it moral support, a ride, or someone to help organize, arrange and execute whatever tasks need to get done. Reach out.
We don’t heal in isolation, but in community. ~ S. Kelley Harrell
Be Grateful. Choose Happiness. A daily gratitude list really does help to shift your focus; allowing for a boost of happiness and motivation.
I choose happiness in this moment and in this moment and in this moment. ~ Janice Taylor
What do you do when crises hit? How do you stay healthy and happy? Feel free to add to these five essential ways to Be the Pillow.
"Talk" to you again, soon, I am sure! In the meantime, thank you for being there, for reading my missives and for sending happy and healthy vibes.
Spread the word--NOT the icing!
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TESTIMONIALS / What clients say about working with
Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach
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"I love this [working with Janice/her affirmation program]. It's so easy for me AND it WORKS!" ~ Christine H., Florida
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Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow. ~ Terri Guillemets
My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant
Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while. ~ Author Unknown
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I am with you kid. Let's go." ~Maya Angelou
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. ~George Bernard Shaw
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~Havelock Ellis
Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~Charles Schulz
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Life is the sum of all your choices. ~Albert Camus
I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. ~Audrey Hepburn
Links to Chew On
Most POPULAR LINKS of the WEEK!!!
JIGSAW MADNESS: ONE WAY or ANOTHER - … This week’s Weight Loss Jigsaw Puzzle, “One Way or Another” was inspired by a one-way sign I stumbled upon that points in both directions, which reminded me of the Blondie song, One Way or Another. ... READ more!
DYSFUNCTIONAL CHEF: POACHED FIGS - This dish is so good, it takes all kinds of restraint NOT to eat it before it hits the table, which frankly I seem to be lacking. I’d be lost without my duct tape (hilarious video!)! It is DIVINE! I dare you to try it!
Oh…and it’s Holiday Worthy, too! ... READ more!
ARE YOU TOUCH STARVED? - When I heard that neuroscientists found that touch activates the brain’s cortex, which is linked to feelings of reward, my weight loss bells and whistles went off. ... READ more!
12 WAYS TO RELEASE STRESS - Feeling Stressed? Here are 12 quotes that inspire, motivate and provide a “call to action.” A call to action are words that urge the reader, listener or viewer — you – to take immediate action. Without action there is no change. ... READ more!
CHEWING THE FAT: 10 TIPS for HELLISH TiMES - Dear OLofWL ~ I am having a rough time of it. The short of it: I sold my house as a “short sale,” a long and complicated method, albeit a necessity. As I enter month seven, after having been told that the sale was approved and escrow opened, I am now being told that the 2nd lien holder has not approved the sale. ... READ more!
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TESTIMONIAL: Janice is an insightful brilliant conductor who orchestrates a seemingly infinite mix of the exact right skills, insights and attitudes at the time when I need them the most. With heaping portions of brilliant, quirky, yet grounded approaches - in the end; success appears, and everything is different, not just the scale. Janice has helped me carry myself differently in the world and I am forever grateful. - Susan
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Once your complimentary consult has been scheduled, please be sure to:
Check all preconceived notions about weight loss (and life-in-general) at the door.
Bring: Pen, paper to the (45 mins. approx.) session. (I'm likely to say something 'smart' enough to write down! You are likely to have an aHA moment that you'll want to write down.)
Bring: Your questions. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please write them out before our session and bring with you or e-mail in advance of appointment (at least 24 hours in advance).
Bring: A glass of water. (Hydration is always a good idea; and I rarely speak in absolutes.) But NO FOOD. These sessions are NOT zoned for food, even if you are in a rush. starving, and working with me during lunch time.
Send me your phone # (I will ring you at the appointed time, unless otherwise arranged.)
Note that these sessions are strictly confidential.
NOTE: Video SKYPE for International Clients (as well as those nearby) is available. A note from Janice: "Tushkateers, Skype w. Video has made it possible for me to work with people across the globe! Most recently from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, as well as Germany. If you are interested in Skyping, let me know! Phone or Skype - extraordinarily effective! Complimentary introductory sessions are available to those interested in coaching. Let's see if we are a good 'fit!' Hope to hear from you soon!"
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