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Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. ~ Andre Gide

janice_headshotHello and How's It Goin' ??? ... Tushkateers !!! 

Last night, I got to 'thinking!!!' (Imagine that!!!)

How can we live an 'authentic life' if we are 'heavily' influenced by others?  How is that other people's opinions and advice color our own experiences and opinions? 

Chew on This:  New findings suggest that a person's ability to fully take-in, chew on and consider the facts that they have gleaned from their own experiences and their ability to go with those facts (vs. others' opinions) may be based, in large part, on genetics!!! 

For instance, let's say that you are on Facebook or another 'chatty' port on the Internet, and your friends and Internet acquaintances have posted positive reviews about a movie that you've seen and not loved - at least not to the extent that your peers do. 

Do you think that maybe you are wrong?  The next time someone mentions that movie, do you say how much you liked it?  How about a 'diet muffin' that people are raving about?  You've tried it and thought it mediocre and not worth the price, but everyone else likes it so much; so you begin to doubt yourself (again) and next visit to the supermarket, you buy a box expecting to like it?

People are subject to what scientists call "The Confirmation Bias."    The disconnect between our 'impressions' or 'experiences' of something and what 'they'  tell us to expect occurs in part because these two forms of information, the advice and the experiential, are processed in different parts of the brain. 

Advice is processed by the prefrontal cortex.  Experience is housed in the stiatum, a more primitive region of the brain.  People tend to depend upon, or believe their prefrontal cortex more times than perhaps they should.  When we 'believe' the prefrontal cortex time and again, it changes the way the striatum operates, and we 'learn' to be 'bias' against our actual experiences.  

Researchers pinpointed one gene, in particular, COMT, which apparently plays a major role in your ability to learn from your own experiences (sometimes known as mistakes!).    Their study indicated that people with different alleles (generally a group of genes) had different propensities to be biased by other peope's advice.  The two versions of the alleles are named 'Val/Val' and 'Met.' 

People who are more likely to toss out other people's opinions and advice in favor of their own experience have the 'Val/Val' allele.  Those who need to experience their experience a few times before having enough confidence to go with it have more likely to have the 'Met' allele.

How is this useful in the Land of Permanent Weight Removal?   
What should you do with this information?  

1.  MET vs. VAL/VAL:  Note which type of person you tend to be, and if you are a person who relies 'heavily' on your prefrontal cortex, if you are a person who is likely have the 'Met' allele, become aware that you are predisposed to 'go with advice and opinion.'  If you are a Val/Val person, then note that you are likely to depend on your own experience and then ...

2.  APPRECIATE Your BRAIN: There are pluses to both sides of the allele group!  Going with advice sometimes turns out to be 'right,' sometimes going with your experience turns out to be 'right.'  The important part is that you become aware of your thinking and appreciate your brain, a most magnificent part of you!

4.  THOUGHT AWARENESS:  Watching your thoughts is an important part of permanent weight removal.  Utilize this new tool to cultivate 'thought awareness.' 

5.  YOUR THOUGHT:  And once again (you may have heard me say this before)  ... Just because you had a thought, doesn't mean it's a good one. (Feel free to quote me on that one!!!)  Ask yourself, "Whose thought was that?"  "Was that a useful thought." 

6.  REVIEW:  Met or Val/Val allele - it is a good idea to STOP - HEAR Your Thoughts - And QUESTION them.

(Source:  The Journal of Neuroscience, Dr. Bradley Doll, April 19)

What do you think?  Wise, interesting and useful information, yes? The very next time I question myself based on other people's opinions and advice, I am going to stop, ponder my genetic make-up and review my thoughts! 

NOW ... it's time for you 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!


And now ... the main course - What else is in this week's KICK in the TUSH e-letter??? 

Look to your right --> (no your other right --->) for your GET JIGGY WEIGHT LOSS PUZZLE - JON HAMM & MAD MEN BOWL W. OLofWL ... really???  - from Your Dysfunctional Chef - SLOW COOKING ROTISSERIE CHICKEN (to die delish) - and ...EXPERIENCE Quotes that will Change YOUR EXPERIENCE about YOUR EXPERIENCES ... plus fascinating faToids about MAY DAY.  It is MAY DAY, you know!! Are you going to dance around the May Pole?  AND, for schizzel-me-timbers, be sure to scroll down and read about my FEED YOUR SOUL workshop.  YOU do NOT want to miss this one!!!  It's in September, so no excuses!  If you are thinking of signing up, do so now!!! Both parts of your brain will thank you for it.


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!!! 

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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!


This week's photo ...
from my Pinterest 'things I MUST Have" board!

Is this cool or creepy?  I can't decide, but I do know that it's captured my imagination!!!  Are you into Pinterest?  Visit me:


UnderGOing Experience ... Quotes

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience. ~ Don Marquis

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. ~ Andre Gide

Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde

Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience. ~ Randolph Bourne

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. ~ Douglas Adams

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. ~ Samuel Butler

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~ John W. Gardner

Real love is a permanently self-enlarging experience. ~ M. Scott Peck

The only source of knowledge is experience. ~ Albert Einstein

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!

PLAY:  WEIGHT LOSS JIGSAW PUZZLE  -  "Jon HAMM and MAD MEN BOWL w. OLofWL"  -  Our Lady of Weight Loss‘s cousin, the patron saint of strikes and spares, wants you to know that BOWLING BURNS calories and it is big fun.  In fact, so much fun and fabulous, Jon Hamm and his Mad Men team bowl it up!!!  ... Read more!

DYSFUNCTIONAL CHEF: SLOW COOKER - to die for ROTISSERIE CHICKEN!!!- This Dysfunctional Chef loves her slow cooker rotisserie chicken, for a variety of reasons.
1.  It’s really hard to ‘mess it up.’
2.  One-pot clean-up is a dream.
3.  The chicken is tender, moist and guaranteed to fall off the bone!!! ... Read more!

CELEBRATE: 11 POETRY IN MOTION QUOTES  -  In celebration of Poem In Your Pocket Day (Thursday, April 26), I have pulled together quotes about poetry that are sure to inspire a poem – or – at the very least, give a poetic feel to your day. ... Read more!

GET MOTIVATED:  4 TIPS TO END CRAVINGS NOW!!! -Are ‘cravings’ a gateway to binging?
It’s worse than we thought!  “They” (as in researchers and scientists) tell us that not only can giving into cravings tip the Scales of Injustice into the wrong direction, but food cravings have been known to trigger binge-eating episodes, which can in turn contribute to obesity and eating disorders. ... Read more!

FaToidS - MAY DAY !!!

  1. May Day is Beltane, which means 'day of fire'. It is an ancient Pagan festival. Bel was the Celtic God of the sun.
  2. May Day marks the seasonal transition from Winter to Summer and celebrated the first spring planting.
  3. Putting a Maypole up involved taking a growing tree from the wood and bringing it to the village to mark the coming of Summer. Single men and women would dance around the Maypole holding on to ribbons until they became entwined with their (hoped for) new loves.
  4. May Day is a celebration of fertility. In the old days whole villages would go to the woods and all sorts of temporary sexual liaisons would take place.
  5. Parliament banned May Day festivities in 1644.
  6. Unlike Easter, Whitsun, or Christmas, May Day is the one festival of the year with no significant church service.
  7. In previous centuries working people would take the day off to celebrate, often without the support of their employer.
  8. May 1st was declared a holiday by the International Working Men's Association (First International) in Paris in 1889. This was to commemorate the Haymarket Martyrs of 1886: 8 anarchists were wrongly accused of throwing a bomb at police and 4 were executed.
  9. The USA and Canada do not recognize May Day. The US government attempted to erase the its history by declaring that May 1st was 'Law Day' instead. They pronounced that Labour Day was to be on the first Monday of September, a date of no significance.


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).