I had a friend whose family had dinner together. The mother would tuck you in at night and make breakfast in the morning. They even had a spare bike for a friend. It just seemed so amazing to me. ~ Moon Unit Zappa

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Greetings Tushkateers!!! 

Happy Post-Thanksgiving!!! BIG Sighs, Claps and Cartwheels for having made it through the biggest food holiday of the year, no matter!!!  That's right - if you are alive and you sort of have to be alive, or at least partially alive, to be reading Our Lady of Weight Loss's e-newzletter - the famed and fabulous KITT Club - then there is cause to ...   Clap! Clap! Clap!

For those who are lying there impaired and crying, "HELP!  I've fallen and I can't get up," I have included 8 tips with a Kick-Tush Video (see side bar to your right, got it?) that will surely get you back on track! Watch it, pass it forward! Help thy self and thy neighbor!

For those of us who are experiencing something more akin to the holiday emotional roller coaster, I'd like to share an email from Bets (short for Betsy, short for Elizabeth) from New Jersey, as well as my return e-mail to her!

Let's ... Chew the FAT!

Dear OLofWL and Janice ~  My two closest friends keep telling me how 'fabulous' their Thanksgiving was and how they get along with their families in such a way that I simply don't believe them.  They are either in denial, or they have fully accepted their flawed family and are enlightened beings, or they are out n' out liars.  What do you think?

Because, well .... my family isn't soooo bad, but they're not that great either!  My buttons were pushed during Thanksgiving day, and I'm still sorting through it all.   I fear that the emotional toll from Thanksgiving combined with Christmas just a few short weeks away - will send me running to the buffet table, never to return again! ~ Bets

Dear Bets ~ Are there "Norman Rockwell" families out there?   Or were your friends able to 'manage their expectations' and practice loving kindness in the face of family?  Having not met them or spoken to them, I couldn't say.   

But I do understand that - for many of us - the holiday season presents all kinds of emotional minefields. 

What to do?  I don't know if I can fully explain this in an email, but I'm going to give it a shot!

The simple answer is ... 'be the cat.'  (Even if you don't like cats, keep reading.)  Cats tend to observe.  They have the ability to sit and watch.  In the midst of craziness, they steer clear of the drama.   YOU be the cat.  You have the power, the innate ability, to watch them all twirling and spinning and emoting nonsense, while you stay strong, steady and centered.   You do NOT have to get pulled into or be a part of the drama.  You have a choice. 

You may find that the words and actions of others have 'hooked' you, but you can - through awareness and observation - say to yourself,  "Wow, I feel like I've been emotionally sucker punched."  As soon as you 'see' it/observe it, you can create a little space around the 'hurt,' and that is where the magic lies.  In the space.  Giving yourself space is the best tool/gift you could give yourself, because it gives you the ability to move past, above and beyond it all. 

You create space so that you can practice Response-Ability.   Responsibility is about your Ability to Respond.  Or not respond! :)  If we were in a 'session,' we could have a juicy conversation about the specifics and how to you could utilize 'it all' to learn and grow - instead of eating your way through it. 

I'd like to offer you (and anyone who is reading) a CYBER-TUESDAY SPECIAL!!!  If you want to set up a time to talk; one special Holiday Coaching Session, let me know.  One 45-minute holiday session.  You choose the price:  $120, $90, $60 (or anything in between).  Sliding scale available!   Write me for appointment!  Be sure to put: Cyber Tuesday Coaching in the subject line, lest it gets lost in the sauce.  Offer good from now through the end of the year!

It's always a challenge to respond to emails, because there's always so much more I want to know about you and so much more to say.  I hope this helps!  ~ OLofWL (and Janice)

Spread the word ... NOT the egg nog!

Janice

PS: NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS - Our list is growing and color-coded.  This week's additions are in RED!  What kind of New Resolution are you looking forward to?   Write ME! Subject: New Resolutions!


Want to CHEW the FAT with Our Lady of Weight Loss?!  Well, then ... Write her


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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

For a complimentary consultation, write Janice and be sure to ask about her 4 week program! Coaching available in person, on the phone and via Skype. By appointment only! 

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!"

QUOTES to CHEW ON
FAMILY!!! (oy Vey!)

The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended. ~ Robert Frost

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage. ~ Erma Bombeck

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper. ~ P. J. O'Rourke

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. ~ George Burns

Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops. ~ Cary Grant

My whole family is lactose intolerant and when we take pictures we can't say cheese. ~ Jay London

I had a friend whose family had dinner together. The mother would tuck you in at night and make breakfast in the morning. They even had a spare bike for a friend. It just seemed so amazing to me. ~ Moon Unit Zappa

Clearly, no one in my family has read the script that I’ve written for them, nor - I suspect - have I read the script that they’ve written for me! ~ Janice Taylor


RESOLUTION CENTRAL

Tushkateers, join me as we together rethink our Resolutions 2012 list!
This could be the start of something NEW!

For the full skinny, check out the Resolutions KICK, and then send us your 2012 resolutions!

Choose the joyful path. * Step beyond resistance * Unfold the authentic me * Consciously tune in when the 8-track of imagined injustices (and would-be injustices) begins to play in the soundtrack of my life. * Let go of the fear * Shelve the worry * Tap into my imagination, full on! * A fresh coat of paint in every room; both inner and outer rooms!  What color might I paint my esophagus???  Hot pink! * Tune into my inner confidence * Let go of self-doubt * Declutter the basement (and then my mind)

WRITE ME. SHARE YOUR NEW RESOLUTION(S)!

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Ten Most Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions

Lose Weight and Get Fit
Quit Smoking
Learn Something New
Eat Healthier and Diet
Get Out of Debt and Save Money
Spend More Time with Family
Travel to New Places
Be Less Stressed
Volunteer
Drink Less
(Source:  Time.com)



HUNGRY FOR MORE inspiration & motivation, recipes & weight loss puzzles?

VIDEO INCLUDED:  8 STEPS to WEIGHT LOSS SANITY!!!  The simple way to return to sanity after the Thanksgiving weekend.  People LAUGH when I tell them this; but it's the TRUTH and they 'get it.'  Can you 'get it' now? ....  Read more!

***DysFUNctional Chef - GORILLA DIETING:  4 Leftover Turkey Recipes.  Good for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's ... whenever, plus a Kick-TUsh Diet TIP!!!  .... Read more!

*** GET JIGGY Weight Loss JIGSaw Puzzle!  Festive, Stylish, Sensual - This week's GET Jiggy WL JigSAW Puzzle is inspired by the Queen of Pentacles (don't much of a resemblance to the actual Tarot Card, but it spurred my thinking!) .... Read more!

*** QUOTES to Chew On:  Just in case you missed last week's Thanksgiving quotes, here they are.  AND - BTW - you can be thankful on any and all days, not just Thanksgiving, for goodness sake!!! ... Read more!


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Janice Taylor is a kooky kind of genius. See if her diet plan works for you!
~ O, The Oprah Magazine