Greetings Tushkateers and Friends of Tushkateers!
It has been a glorious week, has it not? A week of Easter eggs, Matzoh Brie, and Tulips, galore! Yes, I took a long (lunch break) walk yesterday with my boyfriend (a.k.a. husband of 25 plus years), through the gardens at Central Park.
Glory Hallelujah - the daffodils and tulips were in bloom. And, joy oh fun, even on a Monday, there was a wedding ceremony in front of the fountain. The Conservatory Gardens are "THE" small wedding venue. One must get a permit though, just in case you're thinking you want to get married there. Call City Hall first, lest you get arrested. Anyway ... be sure to: Scroll down to the 'photo of the day' to find a few photos!
Sometimes when the thought of 'exercise' (OMG, I said the "E" word) sets off the rebellion bells and whistles, I tell myself that I'm going out on a photo excursion. Snapping away, having fun, being creative. My juices get flowing and I tend to walk farther and longer, time permitting, than when I set out to walk hard and fast. You dig?
Even if you are simply walking your driveway (I know some of you who live outside the city limits have long driveways, some very long - Holy Cow Girl life is fun outside of the big city), take a camera and find something to photograph. Perhaps, I'll write a blog post about the virtues of "camera walking." (OMG again ... so many OMG moments this morning, I just came up with that phrase. I love it. "Camera Walking!!!") Walk and snap!
Speaking of the E word, Tushkateer Myrna, a writer in her own write/right, was interviewed by TWIN CITIES [dot] com, Pioneer Press, "Northfield Mom Discovers Pedal Power During 30-Day Bike Challenge." Tushkateer Myrna did NOT set out to exercise; not exactly anyway. Read Myrna's PEDAL POWER story, and get inspired, get motivated, get pedalling or petalling!
More Tushkateer news, big congratulations to Bev! Her "Mish Mash Applesauce Recipe" is featured in Taste of Home [dot} com. Not only is Bev's recipe a 5 YUM recipe, not only is it easy because you don't need to peel the apples (sooo happy about that), but it is diabetic friendly and Our Lady of Weight Loss approved! So, click on Mish Mash and enjoy!
And NOW, a Chewing the FAT email change between A.F. and me!
CHEWING THE FAT - WORST THING EVER!
Dear OLofWL (a.k.a. Janice), Yesterday was truly an awful day, and I realized that if I want to permanently lose weight, then I must follow the bite it/write it rule. "If I bite it, I must write it." I want you to know that I am upset to think that I must write 'it' down. This is the worst thing for me to have to do for the rest of my life. .... ~ A.F.
Dear A.F. ~ Before I fully respond to your email, I am asking - not judging - just clarifying, do you mean that keeping a food diary for the rest of your life is the worst thing that could happen to you? Really, the worst thing that could happen? Again, no judgment, just clarifying. ~ OLofWL
Dear OLofWL ~ When you put it that way, it does sound silly of me. Maybe I am a drama queen. I started writing this morning and it wasn't so bad after all. There are a lot of things that I am going to face that will be more dificult than this. .... ~ A.F.
Dear A.F. ~ First I want to say that you are a brave soul. You spoke your truth, felt your feelings, self-reflected and self-corrected. When I first started on my journal to Sveltesville, I felt the same way. I felt that having to limit my intake of food was unfair and burdensome. It felt like a life sentence. I was suffering and I had a 'right to suffer,' as do you. And then after we all suffer, we have an obligation to dig deep into our inner-resources, and find a way to do just what you did; deal with 'the problem' in a positive way, water the seeds of optimism and move on. Good job! Brava! ~ OLofWL
Replying to Chewing the Fat emails is always a challenge, because there's just not enough room on the page for the full enchilada answer. Nevertheless, it is my hope (and intention) that there is enough on the page to give you a 'kick in the tush,' which in turn gets your mental map to shifting a bit, giving you a fresh and happy pespective on this weighty thing called weight loss.
Write Our Lady of Weight Loss. Tell your truth, share your suffering and your rise to happiness. Be sure to put "Chewing the Fat" in the subject line, lest your email gets lost in the sauce!
And now ... the meat n' potatoes of what's in this week's KICK in the TUSH!!! Look to your right --> (no your other right --->) for your SOLUTIONS - GET JIGGY WEIGHT LOSS PUZZLE - GANDI'S INCREDIBLE BREAK THE SUGAR HABIT STORY (a MUST READ) - from Your Dysfunctional Chef - How to HARD BOIL an Egg (You are probably doing it 'wrong.') - and OMG HOW TO LOSE IT: TEN COMMANDMENTS of PERMANENT FAT REMOVAL (REVISED 2012) inspired by YOU! Plus, I'm crying over you!!!
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 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 :)
Spread the word ... NOT the icing!
SIGN UP FOR THIS WORKSHOP - it will change your life in ways that you haden't thought possible.
- 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!
PHOTOS from Central Park!!! Tulips, Daffodils, Cherry Blossoms, Blue Skies, Wedding Vows ...
... What a beautiful day!