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Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

janice_headshotTushkateers!!!!  How are you, Tushkateers, one n' all???

It's been quite the week here; chock-a-block with life. (Five Oy Veys and Six Hail Mary's on that one!)  It included but was not limited to brain scans, birthdays and red velvet cake! 

Half way through the week, on Hump Day (aptly named), I celebrated my birthday. I have a long and happy history of birthday celebrations. 

My first recollection of happy birthday celebrations dates back to my 5th birthday, on which day I awoke early.   Early enough to find both my mother and father sitting at the kitchen table, enjoying their morning coffee and toast; my father's always slathered thick with marmelade, as they listened to the local radio station.

Miraculously, within minutes after my arrival, the radio announcer, in his deeply seductive announcer voice, said, "We here at WBDY wish Janice a Happy 5th Birthday!  Janice, if you look under the living room sofa, you will find your gifts!"  I scurried and slid into the living room with the speed and determination of a major league baseball player sliding into home, as I reached for and retrieved my gifts.  I remember not a even one present, but I do remember the excitement! 

Fast forward to this birthday, if you will.  The 'big' celebrations with my favorite people on the planet - my kids - were scheduled for the weekends, thereby leaving the actual day wide open to celebrate in any manner that I wished.  A no-brainer, really!   Given my mother's age (nearing 96 years old - come July) and her recent decline (not mammoth but the 'cracks' are beginning to show), I chose to visit with her.  Not to be maudlin, but who knows what next year might bring.

I arrived with a bowl of freshly cut pineapple, grapes places around the edges.  Sorry that I do not have a photo of it, because it really did resemble a birthday cake, and I do believe y'all would have enjoyed it!!! 

Anyway ... when I arrived my mother was a bit foggy about it being my birthday.  We reviewed the date a few times, but at the end of the day, it still didn't seem to register in the way that one might expect it to.  At the same time, mom is fully aware that she cannot remember.  Essentially, she remembers that she can't remember. And she remains determined to find a way to remember.  So, she suggested, "Why don't I note your birthday on my calendar.  Then I won't have to actively remember."   So - we did just that.  We wrote in big letters on this particular hump day, "Janice B.day." 

Once that was out of the way, we sweetly remembered all the birthday cakes that had come before this fruity one, as well as radio announcements, et al.  Then in a nonchalant way, mom inquired as to the results of the CT brain scan, wanting to know if she was officially 'crazy.'  I told that the scan showed small changes but nothing to speak about, which was true.  No point in speaking about it!    And I assured her that she was not crazy, which is true as well.  Perhaps she is lacking a bit of oxygen, but not crazy.  

As I road the 20 minute subway ride back home, I reviewed the day, past birthdays, past cakes and I decided with awareness (no lying to myself, no guilt, no shame, no strings attached) to stop at the best bakery in Harlem, Lee Lee's, and pick up a slice of red velvet cake with icing atop. 

To be clear, I was not eating cake to push down, submerge or anethetize my feelings.  I am in favor of feeling whatever is 'there' for a myriad of reasons.  This slice of cake was planned, measured and counted.  If you check out the calorie count online you'll see that red velvet cake w. icing ranges from 250 to 780 calories.  To the best that I could figure, my slice weighed in at 450 calories.

I waited for Peter to get home from work (not that I had any intention of sharing my slice of cake, but I thought it more festive to eat it with someone).  We cued up American Idol (Top 3)!  We watched, and during commercial breaks, we muted the TV as I savored the bittersweet flava' of the day.  

And then it was time to Move On!  Into the rest of my life.

Which brings me to this week's KICK in the TUSH CLUB e-letter, fully loaded and overflowing with inspiration, motivation, dysfunctional yet righteous recipes, play and lose it jigsaw fun and more!    Enjoy!!! 

AND for goodness sake, sign up for my next workshop.  It's coming fast!!!!  Feed Your Soul, Change Your Weight / Sep 16 - 19, 2012 workshop!   If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.  It's going to be an amazing workshop! Scroll down, as well, for more info!

Feel free to WRITE to  Our Lady of Weight Loss.  Tell her what's on your mind!!!  Got any advice you'd like to share?  Looking for advice?  We're serving platters full of the stuff, to be sure!  AND YOU be sure to put "Chewing the Fat" in the subject line, lest your email gets lost in the sauce! 

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Both OLofWL and I seriously love hearing from you!  And if you are interested in my coaching services, then scroll down, read on - and contact me for a free consult.  It is my pleasure to meet Tushkateers across the land!  Be sure to  Write "CONSULT" in the subject line!  And - AGAIN!!! - consider signing up for my workshop Feed Your Soul: Change Your Life (your body, your mind, your pocketbook, your outlook, your thoughts, your being ... your everything :)  YOU WON'T BE SORRY!!! TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH AND GO FOR IT!!! 

I think that's it!!!  Enjoy and THANK YOU!!!!  Happy Week!!!
 

Spread the word ... NOT the icing!

Janice



SIGN UP FOR THIS WORKSHOP -  it will change your life in ways that you haden't thought possible. 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS - I know it's a bit of a stretch, to ask you to think about what you are doing in September, but before you know it - September will be here!!! And with it an opportunity for you to join with OLofWL and ME at the most amazing wellness center - Hollyhock on Cortes Island, Canada!  for the most awesome, amazing and life-changing workshop!!!

Feed Your Soul, Change Your Weight
Sep 16 - 19, 2012


Forever change the way you experience health, wellness, dieting, food, and yourself. Make health and weight loss fun through hypnosis, visualization techniques, strategies rooted in positive psychology and super-sized platters of creativity. Make peace with the mechanisms and patterns that underlie your self-sabotaging thinking and behavior. Strengthen your commitment to yourself, create healthy habits and learn to feel comfortable in your body. Free yourself from your food obsession and cure emotional eating. Take home tools and techniques that make the journey fun and motivation that lasts. ... Read more!

 

Quotables!!!

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. ” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~ Roy Disney

“Values aren't buses... They're not supposed to get you anywhere. They're supposed to define who you are.” ~Jennifer Crusie

“If you're honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you're forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal. This puts you metaphysically on the run. America is full of metaphysical outlaws.” ~ Tom Robbins

I think honesty is the most heroic quality one can aspire to.” ~ Daniel Radcliffe

“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.” ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset

“If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats.” ~ Richard Bach

“The more choices you have, the more your values matter.” ~ Michael Schrage

Sausage Links!!!

For more life and wellness  from Janice Taylor, Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, author and Self-Help Artist, click on!

I am UPLOADING - HAPPY WAKE UP MUSIC (almost) DAILY on my FACEBOOK PAGE!!!  Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle with ME!

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PLAY and LOSE:  WEIGHT LOSS JIGSAW PUZZLE  -  Seeing the World through Gerbera Colored Glasses -  The Gerbera symbolizes beauty and cheerfulness which is attributed to its many colors, which range from light to dark yellow, orange, pink, scarlet and deep red just to name a few. ... Read more!

FEED YOUR SOUL TIPS 21 thru 30:  Do NOT Worry About YOUR WORRIES (Double Worry???) I am not even a quarter of the way through the list and there are moments when I have brain freeze!  Will I am be able to create 200 Ways to Feed Your Soul: Change Your Weight to share with you all and with those who attend the workshop???   We’ll see.  In the meantime, please be sure to add your ways to FEED YOUR SOUL to mine!
And now …
… 10 MORE Ways to Feed Your Soul : Change Your Weight (Tips 21 thru 30)   ... Read more!

THE ORIGINAL OF BIRTHDAY CAKE - Yes, today is my birthday, and I am celebrating and experiencing it ‘modern day style’ – via social media.  My Facebook page is amass with birthday greetings, which I must say is a splendid way to start the day!  I’ve spent the past hour reading through the birthday wishes, listening to birthday songs, hearing from old friends and new ones alike, and writing thank you notes in kind. ... Read more!

WEIGHT LOSS TIP Extraordinaire!  HOW TO READ THE MENU! - This morning, one of my star clients (you are all stars) said to me, “Janice, your restaurant tip did the trick.  I’ve not been able to make good choices, but now I can!"  ... Read more!

DYSFUNCTIONAL CHEF: BLACKBERRY SALMON -  This week’s Dysfunctional Chef Recipe shines the spotlight on blackberries, a.k.a. “black caps,” an extraordinarily healthy food.  Black Caps are high in antioxidants, a substance that protects the body by neutralizing free radicals or unstable oxygen molecules, which are known to damage cells and are a source of disease and aging. ...  Read more!


PHOTO-TIME!!!

This week's photo ...
We were in Washington DC this past weekend, celebrating some more, and I got into photographing the greenery, the flowers, the plant-life, which of course gives no hint of where we were or what we were doing, but nevertheless, I loved getting lost in noticing the nuances of the leaves.

Getting up close and personal with greenery does it for me!!!  What tickles your creative juices? Flowers, people, animals, the clouds, the moon???  It's all fabulous!!!!

 

Is Coaching for YOU?

It's NOT about your WEIGHT; it is about YOUR LIFE!Dog_art_suit_small
 

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!"
     
  • Hypnosis can Strengthen your Personality
    Hypnosis can focus on increasing your positive personality traits. It can influence you to become more confident, outspoken, assertive and generally more aware of positive aspects that make you more positive about yourself and your abilities. The power of suggestion can provide a trigger to increasing your awareness of your own personal development. Suggestion can also release negative, and unwanted, behaviour patterns, change emotional feeling and can also improve the way you think.
     
  • WRITE ME: YES, I AM INTERESTED in LIVING LIFE LARGE (in a healthy body).