TUSHKATEERS!!! Greetings to YOU, one n' all!!!!   

Are you ready for yet another fabulous August day!!!   Are you ready to spread your wings and fly through the summer skies (vs. crawling through the heat of summer)?  Isn't the above Rumi quote amazing?  Isn't Rumi amazing!

This past weekend, we visited with friends in our building (building friends are great, for many reasons, two of which are: (1) there's no real travel time; and (2) you can visit each other in pj's and slippers) and together, we watched the documentary, "I AM."  (I posted the promo for this on my facebook page, if you're interested in watching!)  

Rumi, a 13th Century Persian, Muslim poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic was quoted a number of times throughout the film, each quote more beautiful and meaningful than the next, which is why this week's Quotes to Live by (side column, to your right --->) is overflowing with Rumi!  

Another Rumi favorite ...

This being human is a guesthouse. Every morning is a new arrival.  A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor...Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice; meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

which brings me to the Chewing the Fat section of today's KICK; an email from "Mary in Trouble" ... who says "Every single morning ... "


Dear OLofWL ~ Every single morning, I look myself in the mirror and I say, “You are NOT waiting until tomorrow!  You are getting into gear right now, for the entire day; morning till night and that’s it!”  

And it works (sort of) ...
... I automatically shift into ‘healthy eating mode / happy lifestyle existence’ and amazingly enough; I pack my lunch as well as lots of healthy treats to munch on throughout the day. I am almost whistling, I’m so happy and on point, but then…

… The sun sets.  Nighttime comes and I am deep sixed by whatever.  Could be ‘real’ obstacles, helter-skelter thoughts, who knows.  But that’s the end of that and I head straight to the fridge and the pantry and empty the contents of same down the hatch.

Please, I am begging you.   I’m going to lose my mind.  Give me the biggest most illuminating kick in the tush ever!  Desperate for a painful kick ~ Mary in Trouble


Dear Mary in Trouble ~  Thank you for your very real, honest and funny email.  (Dare I say it – but you did make me smile, which is always a good thing; meant to be a compliment.)   I am positive (100%) that your plight is shared by manyAfter all, how many of us do 'well' all day long BUT and that’s a big BUTT, are led astray, lose focus, and give up by nightfall?  Answer:  Too many of us!!!

Here follows  4 TIPS: How to Stick To It ...  Day AND Night , which will hopefully be a strong and enlightening enough Kick in the Tush to get your into full fly mode!  or - 4 Tips ... How to Spread Your Wings and FLY!

1.  LISTEN!!!  Yes, first and foremost listen to the words and information that you are feeding to both your conscious and unconscious mind!!!  You have basically instructed yourself to “get into gear right now, for the entire day, morning till night and that’s it!”   

Do you hear the directive?  You’ve told yourself to gear up until nightfall … and that’s it!   You are (your unconscious mind is) simply following ‘orders.’  Come night, it’s over!   Try providing a new directive,  a positive affirmation or mantra that takes you past night fall and into your compelling future:  “I am committed to creating and living a healthy lifestyle in every way from this moment forward.” (No end in sight.)

2.  OUTLINE IT!!!  If you were to look at the words “creating and living a healthy lifestyle in every way,” you’d realize that your vision is vague at best.  God is in the details!   So … you’d best detail (and I mean detail in great detail) what a healthy lifestyle looks like to you, sounds like, smells like, feels like, and even tastes like.  Provide both your conscious and unconscious mind, as well as your body-mind, with complete details. 

3.  REPEAT!!!  How do we learn?  Through repetition!  It is vital that you take in your vision for healthy living on a cellular level, and the only way to do this is to repeat, repeat, repeat.    There are many ways that you can do this:

  • A)  Write it out and read through your vision several times a day.  Lest you forget and unconsciously go for the donut, so to speak.
  • B)  Record it and listen to it several times throughout the day.
  • C)  Create a Vision Board!!! Cut, paste and make a board that reflects your inner-vision.   Lose yourself in your vision board.  Work on it for way more hours than you’d imagined.  Post it in a place that you can see it and frequently mindfully look at it throughout the day!

4.  Seek Support!!! Work one-on-one with a Life & Wellness coach (or in a group) who supports your healthy living vision and who can help to ‘grow it.’  Or - join a group (like Kick in the Tush Club, on facebook, too - for easy chatting) who can do same. 

Make sure that there are no defeatists or negative Nelly’s in your group.  Energy – both positive and negative can and does have an effect on your thoughts, your feelings, your being!
  (Scroll down for Visual Thoughts on negative Nelly's.)

I think that’s a good start; don’t you?  A mighty kick in the tush?  If you’ve got any questions, feel free to write me/us again, and keep us in your loop!   As far as your concer about losing your mind.  Not a bad idea.  As Albert Einstein says, "You can't solve a problem with the same mind that created it."  So, Mary in Trouble, Lose your mind!  Go ahead. :)

Remember, Our Lady of Weight Loss is with you every ounce of the weigh!  ~ OLofWL

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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)


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I posted this on both my Our Lady of Weight Loss Facebook page, as well as 'A Kick in the Tush' Facebook page (join with us and discuss) to great success, as in comments, et al.  Much interest and thought going on. 

What do you think?  Join in and post your comments!  Who would you like to 'let go' of?  Hmmm ... food for thought!






Quotes to Live By

This being human is a guesthouse. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor...Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice; meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.

Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.

Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
"You owe me."
Look what happens with love like that.
It lights up the sky.

Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.

Sausage Links!!!

PLAY: Weight Loss JigSAW - OUR LADY of the SQUASH BLOSSOMSThis week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, entitled “Our Lady of the Squash Blossoms” was inspired by squash blossoms! Did you know that summer squash blossoms?  And that those blossoms are edible? Bright orange Squash Blossoms are primarily found at farmer’s markets and specialty stores, and often served fried.   But for those us who steer clear of ‘fried,’ there are several other ways to cook ‘em up! ... Read more! 

DYSFUNCTIONAL CHEF:  BANANA RICE PUDDING - This afternoon, just as I was thinking, “I sure am in the mood for something sweet,” lo n’ behold, right there on the kitchen counter sat three ripe bananas, begging to be mashed! “Mash me,” they sang.
“Okay, I will,” I replied, as I quickly reviewed my rolodex of recipes and found my tried and true, always delish Banana Rice Pudding. ... Read more!

4 STAGES of READINESS to CHANGE - People call me, text me, email me, and sometimes even send massively long missives the old fashioned way, via the United States Postal Service, to let me know that they not only want to change, but they are ready to change. They say that they are ready to do what it takes to let go of, drop, send those extra pounds of excess weight a packin’. But when it comes down to taking action, doing what one needs to do in order to reach their goal, people sometimes find that they are in a different stage of readiness than they initially thought. ... Read more!

Dear Our Lady of Weight Loss,

I’ve heard you say that one should, if one really wants to lose weight,
you should “make your home your safe haven.”  What exactly do you mean by that?
– One Confused Mary.  ...  Read more!

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