New Fitness Program from Weight Watchers!

For our latest installment of the Girdle Chronicles, I’m here to offer you the easiest way to get in shape while following the Weight Watchers nutrition plan. It’s called Momentum and the program places emphasis on filling foods and the importance of tracking for greater success. Weight Watchers is also now featuring 10 minute videos from fitness expert David Kirsch that’ll help you get in shape. I don’t know about you, but if I only had to exercise 10 minutes a day and that would still trigger weight loss, I am totally there. Best of all – David even offers tips on working out at home and in the office so if you’re thinking of blowing off your workout, you’ve got no excuses! Just click on a video and follow this fitness expert who’s been a featured trainer on Extreme Makeover. Weight Watchers is also now featuring 10 minute videos from fitness expert David Kirsch
In the meantime, if you’d like to share your best fitness tip that’ll shed pounds quickly (I’m heading to Florida next week and need all the help I can get), please let us know and you can win a Weight Watchers cookbook!

13 Ways to Transform Your Life

by Our Lady Of Weight Loss author Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach and Featured Contributor for Beliefnet and the Huffington Post

janice before-after.jpgDo you like the way your life is unfolding? Would you like to change some of it? Change direction? Reinvent yourself? Lose Weight?
You can, you know. Reinvent yourself! I know because I did!
Here are 13 steps to a new and improved (not that you need any improvement), reinvented you!
Learn how you can transform your life.
1. Leap of Faith: Ready, Fire, Aim!
It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. — Muhammad Ali
We all have dreams — things that we want so intensely that we can taste them. Dreams that we can see in our mind’s eye and feel in our hearts. As excited and as enthusiastic as we may be, it is sometimes hard to take the first steps that can turn our dreams into our realities.
Often doubt comes rolling in and knocks the wind out of our sails. Our energy start to fade. The negative self-talk begins: “What if I fail?” “Who am I kidding?” “This will never work.” “I can’t do it.” Your first step is to realize that this is a natural phenomenon. We all have negative thoughts. Smile at these thoughts, and then get on your mark, get set, and Ready, Fire, Aim! Yup, you heard me right. Fire first; aim later.
2. Breathe and Energize
Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry. — Muriel Rukeyser
Take in a deep cleansing breath! You just jumped through the portal into life. Congratulations, and whew!
Breathing is an important part of the life-transformation plan, and it’s something that we often overlook, because we think we already are breathing. Well, of course we are, but usually not in a deep and meaningful way. Breathing releases endorphins that helps make us feel happy, enhances our appearance, and makes us feel instantly stronger and more confident. Breathing also revitalizes and energizes every cell in our body, as well as brings us back to center. So take a deep one!
3. Be Yourself
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde
That line from Oscar Wilde has got to be the one of the best ever uttered. Truly, wishing to look like, act like, or be someone else is an enormous waste of time and energy. You are fabulous and, happily, no one can be you, it’s already taken! Discover and explore each and every part of your being, your psyche, your soul. Embrace yourself fully — who you are, and who you will become as you transform your life.
4. Expect the Best
Transform Your Life gallery “Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.” — George Bernard Shaw in Pygmalion
It is called the Pygmalion effect and it’s a fact: If you expect the worst, you get it. Thoughts are not just insubstantial bits of information that enter our minds and fade away into the ether; thoughts are concrete things. Our words, ideas, and beliefs shape our daily lives. So get out of victim mode. You are worthy. Your dreams are within your reach. Imagine positive situations with happy outcomes.
Instead of asking yourself, “Well, what’s the worst thing that can happen?” Ask yourself, “What’s the best thing that can happen?” Expect the best!
5. Reframe Failure as the “F” Word
“There are no failures — just experiences and your reactions to them.” — Thomas Krause
Do you remember when you were a kid and you were playing a game and made a fumble, and yelled, “Do-over — do-over — do-over?” Well, grown-ups can yell “do over” too.
We’ve been conditioned to think of failing as a big, fat, shame-filled “F,” bringing forth punishment (like summer school). Truly though, failure is just a word that sets off a reaction in us. Let’s take failure, change our reaction to this “F” word, and reframe it.
Okay, so things didn’t turn out the way you wanted, or go the way you planned. Take a look at the situation without judgment. Ask yourself, “What really happened here? How can I experience this as feedback? What can I do differently next time?” No judgment, just learning. No failures, just feedback.
6. Use Your “Want Power”
There is no such thing as will power; only want power. — Our Lady of Weight Loss
It’s not about your “will,” it’s about your “want.” “Using your “want power” means that you want something enough to make the necessary changes in your lifestyle to get it, and to make sure that you have all the tools and support that you need to make those changes. It’s the preparation that guarantees success. Want power means that you are willing to do what it takes to get what you want. Get on your walking shoes, because you are about to go that extra mile!
7. Show Up!
Eighty percent of success is showing up. — Woody Allen
Each and every morning I show up. Simple as that. I start the day by asking myself a very simple yet powerful question. “How will I show up today?” And then I take out my “show up” journal and write.
There’s no yes or no in it; there’s no right or wrong in it. And on a subconscious level, using the words “will I” in the question implies that you will yourself to and you will show up today. Writing down the question each day taps into your subconscious mind, which then sends the answers straight through your fingers, through the pen, and onto the page. Do not think; just be present with the pen and write. “Showing up” may look different from day to day and that’s okay, because each day is different and brings forth different resources that live within.
8. Motivate
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily. — Zig Ziglar
Isn’t that the truth! Showing up and getting motivated go hand-in-hand.. Having shown up, I remind myself each day of what my goals are and what I need to do to move successfully throughout the day, toward my goals. At first, it may seem that staying motivated takes conscious effort, and it does! But once you are in the habit of showing up and motivating yourself, it will become as automatic as brushing your teeth.
9. Give Yourself Permission
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” — Nelson Mandela
Reinvention and transformation come with new challenges. By stretching your envelope, your limits, and your thoughts, you are able to achieve more than you ever imagined. Give yourself permission to dream big, to do more, to believe in yourself. In other words, give yourself permission to be you. Take the time to show up and take care of yourself. Give yourself permission to do, be, act however you need to so that you can give yourself whatever it is that you truly want from your life.
10. Practice ForgiveMess
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” — Lewish B. Smedes
No, that’s not a typo. You really are creating quite a mess for yourself when you carry around years and platters — full of anger, upset, and resentment towards others and yourself. And while you may well be justified in your anger, because what so-and-so said and/or did was truly horrific, think about it. Who are you hurting? Yourself.
Frustration and aggravation can weigh you down both metaphorically and literally. Free yourself from guilt, anger, and hurt. Let the bitters go! Create space for success, abundance, prosperity, love, happiness, and enthusiasm. Repeat after me, “All is Forgiven, Move On!”
11. Choose What You’ll Tolerate
“A leaky faucet, a barking dog — those are things you tolerate.” — Candace Gingrich
What are you putting up with, what are you stomaching? What’s getting in your way? What are you tolerating? It could be as simple as the dust behind the refrigerator, or could be a more complicated matter like a certain person in your life, or it could be one of those really tough things — bad hair days!
Any time you sincerely want to change your life, one of the first things you must do is change what you demand for yourself and raise your standards. Imagine all your “tolerations” as stones, twigs, and rocks — maybe even fallen trees — which you have essentially placed onto your path and have to maneuver around every day.
These stumbling blocks slow us down and sap our energy. As you clear your path, you will travel faster and more smoothly It will become increasingly easier to recognize and to say no to anything that could slow you down. Clear your path, and you will create space for your best self.
12. Toss Reality Out the Window
“I reject your reality and substitute it for my own.” — Adam Savage
Yes, I am advising you to set unreasonable goals if you want to transform your life. As “they” say, it’s the journey that matters, not whether you reach the exact destination you thought you were heading towards. After all, the act of pursuing a goal activates the release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine affects our capacity to feel pleasure and pain. Once the goal has been reached, the pleasure stops. So, it makes sense then to set a totally unreasonable goal, outside your comfort zone, and create small goals on the way to it. As you work toward your big “G,” you will accomplish many little g’s. It’s a win/win!
13. Fear: What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing!
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. — Dorothy Thompson
“They” say that you have to be fearless. I say, “Be real. Who’s not afraid?” The thing about fear is that you simply do not want to let it paralyze you, stop you from moving forward, or get in your way.
How can you do that? What if you make friends with fear and invite it in? “Hello fear! Come on in.” When you do this, you will soon realize that you have survived your fear. You can let it go now. Knock fear out of the ballpark, circle the bases, and head on home. You are the champion of your newly transformed life!
I reinvented myself 7 years ago. I went from an overweight, unhealthy, job-holder leading a life of compromise to a slim, healthy, self-employed, fulfilled life & wellness coach and author. Instead of holding a job, I now do my life’s work.
If I can, you can!

Shedding LBS. With My Weight Loss Coach

q2X7LfsrLaPySr2iktVrGsoDRXHuhAHN.jpgSo it’s Monday and that means only one thing – seriously buckling down and focusing in on shedding some serious poundage this week. I even tried out a new game on my Nintendo DS called My Weight Loss Coach. It’s pretty fun to do – you select whether you’re a girl or a guy, and they coach you through your day and even give you a pedometer to record the number of steps you’ve taken during their challenges. In fact, at one point, it told me to walk 500 steps and so I spent several minutes confusing my cat as I waltzed around our coffee table to reach my goal.
Of course, I haven’t picked up the pedometer since Saturday but guess what? My kids did. My son and daughter were having a competition last night – who can walk the farthest? While my daughter clocked over 2000 steps, my son was determined and managed to log more than 3000 paces on the pedometer. If only I had my son’s energy – between basketball, skateboarding and the pedometer, I’d be a fitness superstar by now, rather than a flabby blogger.
My burning question is, how many calories can you burn while typing? I think it’s probably about 10 calories an hour – but at this rate, it’s not going to cut it. So today, after I spend the morning at jury duty (I’ve been a juror for what seems like a lifetime), I am going to come home and do my Wii Fit or strap on my pedometer and start walking!
Now I know I haven’t actually shared whether I’ve gained or lost weight yet, but I promise I will release my status by Friday on my Blog Talk Radio Show. In the meantime, I’ve got to bolt so that I don’t get thrown in the slammer because I got caught up writing my latest weight loss essay and was late for jury service.
So my final thought for the day fellow losers – and I mean that in the kindest sense of the word – Nothing tastes as good as thin feels – that’s a favorite quote I got from a Weight Watchers leader back in the eighties. Simmer on that one for a while before you put that piece of chocolate in your mouth (unless of course it’s a Weight Watchers candy!)
Have a weight loss tip to share? Then what are you waiting for? Comment now!

Day 3 – The Girdle Chronicles

Making Spaghetti Squash…
It’s day three of my self-imposed weight loss and fitness plan and today we decided to try our hand at concocting some nutritious eats for dinner. And so, after a 15 year hiatus, I brought back a dish I used to make back before I had kids…spaghetti squash. While I have to preface this by saying that making spaghetti squash can be a total hassle, it is easy to do and it’s filling if you add some protein like turkey meatballs and tomato sauce. So here’s my simple recipe for spaghetti squash.
Spaghetti Squash & Turkey Meatballs
1 – Spaghetti Squash
1 Pot
Directions: Boil water with spaghetti squash in it. It’ll take at least 30 minutes for the spaghetti squash to get soft. After a half hour, drain the pot and cut the spaghetti squash in half – length wise.
Once the squash is cut in half, clean out the middle of it with a fork – remove the seeds and discard them. Once the seeds are cleaned out, you can then start scraping the squash with a fork and suddenly, little strands will start to appear that look surprisingly like spaghetti! (but it’s crunchy). Put all the strands back in the pot and then place either homemade or ready made tomato sauce (I used Ragu light – I know, I’m such a great chef) and turkey meatballs.
How to make turkey meatballs:
One container of ground turkey
Two eggs
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
Parmesan cheese
Directions: Mix everything together, roll the concoction into small meatballs and then place on a broiler pan. Then broil the turkey balls in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Once the balls are broiled, you will then put them in with the spaghetti squash. Also – you can also turn the turkey into a meat sauce – crumble up the turkey balls and put them in the spaghetti squash and tomato sauce and bam! You have spaghetti squash with turkey meat sauce.
Add a little parmesan cheese, and there you have it…spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs. While I don’t have the exact Weight Watchers point count, I do know that it’s pretty low since the squash is like 0 points. Anyway, if you have a better recipe, please feel free to share it.
Will let you know in the morning if I’m any thinner. And with that, I’ve completed day three of my diet.
More to come tomorrow!
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The Girdle Chronicles

holiday-weight-gain-obesity-1.jpgEarlier this fall, I wrote a post about the fact that I was forced to wear a girdle after spending the entire summer eating bad food and drinking way too much wine. I vowed after that fateful day in September when I couldn’t squeeze into a new Ann Taylor Loft dress without it fitting badly in all the wrong places that I was taking a stand and heading back to the place that taught me how to eat right and lose weight the old fashioned way, Weight Watchers.
And so, I joined again, went to a few meetings, lost 3 pounds, gained back two and never returned. Every week, I had another excuse about why I couldn’t make it and now, nearly three months later, I’m up nearly 10 pounds, my Wii Fit called me fat and I’m ready to take lose weight for good this time.
I plan to chronicle my weight loss journey on this brand new page, titled The Girdle Chronicles. On this special section dedicated to weight loss, fitness, healthy recipes and more, you will hear why I have been obsessed with my weight for most of my life. And hopefully, as I share my triumphs and my many falls off the weight loss wagon, you will find a place where you too can relate, laugh and commiserate.
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