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Kick Tush Tuesday: Weight Loss Through Creativity

sunskayThis morning, while taking a long walk through the desert (yes, this is the desert; no, I wasn’t walking the Sahara) with Our Lady of Weight Loss by my side (always), she and I were (once gain) discussing the difference between trying to control the day, control our lives, control what we eat and creating a kick tush day. That’s right–the difference between control and create–and it became abundantly clear that the answer to our struggles is to not struggle.

Ohhhh…I like that: The Answer to Our Struggles is to NOT Struggle! Simple enough. How to do that? How to put a new spin on the topic, create a fresh take? Explore the words “control” and “create”! Ready? Okay!

The word: Control

According to Webster’s dictionary control means to exercise restraint; to hold in check; curb; to eliminate or present the flourishing or spread of.

I don’t know about you, but when I look at those words, especially “exercise constraint” – I’m like ‘get me outta’ here.  It sounds restrictive and feels exhausting. My world view starts to close in on me. Did you have a similar visceral reaction to the word ‘control?’

The words we use are important and if one doesn’t ‘fit’ our psyche, best we look for a new word, a new experience, a new way to frame and reframe. Create a new empowering perspective!

Rather than trying to control food, control our habits, control our thoughts and ourselves; let’s look at the word create.

The Word: Create

From Webster’s Dictionary, “create” means to bring into existence. (God created the heaven and the earth. — Genesis 1:12) To produce or bring about by a course of action or behavior to make or bring into existence something new. Wow!

Doesn’t the word create feel expansive? Doesn’t it sound like we are more likely to succeed if we move out of control and straight into create? Can you feel the door to infinite possibility opening? (I hear creaking noises; does it need to be oiled?)

Control vs. Create

Control = constrictive, limiting
Create = expansive, limitless

INTENT of the DAY:  Instead of battling control, let’s CREATE! Today, let’s choose to be CREATORS. Let’s open up to the possibilities and create a fun-filled, fabulous, healthful day!

IF you are hungry for more creative weight loss, as well as motivation, inspiration, fun, play, then visit Our Lady of Weight Loss’s BLOG: this past week’s posts include but are not limited to: Puzzled? The Watermelon Angel; #OneWord Thursday-Dare to be #YOU!; Review of Healthy Choice’s Steamers–and much more!

AND to discuss all, be sure to join Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Club: Kick in the Tush Club/FB.

Deliciously yours,

Janice Taylor
wise * fun * utterly useful

Super Thoughts: 5 Ways to Make Yours Empowering

Beata Zita“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.” ~Author Unknown

I’m a long-time believer in the power of our thoughts, and I tend to focus on the positive. But, sometimes, those darn thoughts just spin out of control and go on their own little tangent, taking us along for the ride. This happened to me recently, but it served as a good reminder of just how powerful our thoughts are.

I was messing around online when an article caught my eye. There was a local headline about a fatal motorcycle crash. Eeek, bad news, for sure. Normally, I would avoid clicking on such an article just because I prefer not to fill my conscious with the gruesome details of the unfortunate things going on in the world. However, I couldn’t help but click this time. You see, my father sometimes rides a motorcycle and the crash happened within a few miles of his home. I felt a strong urge to read more. When I clicked on the article and started reading the details, my heart sank. While the identity of the motorcyclist was not released, the details of the crash had it taking place on a road, in a direction, and at a time that could have easily been my dad. I gulped. Very aware of my own body, I could suddenly feel my heart rate quicken and my breathing become more shallow as my chest tightened up. It was an uneasy, although not completely unfamiliar feeling. I started to feel a deep sadness and worry. I did not like it at all.

“Okay, wait a second,” I said to myself. I had no idea how many motorcycles drive down that road on a given morning, but it had to be a lot. It was a very busy intersection, after all. Plus, I didn’t even know for sure if my dad drove his bike that day, or if he even took that route. There was no real logic behind the sudden panic feeling. I was being crazy, and I knew it. In fact, I did confirm shortly thereafter that all was well with my father. Phew.

This example of the human mind at work is something we can all relate to. It’s just how we’re wired. From back in the caveman days, we were programmed with a “fight or flight” trigger, which used to have a very real purpose (you know, running away from dinosaurs and such). Though we have evolved quite a bit since then, our brains are still wired very similarly. The reaction I felt in my body was actually a defense mechanism. My brain was preparing me for danger. And, despite the incredibly low probability of that bad news actually pertaining to me, from a logical perspective, my brain treated it as if it was actually happening to me. In fact, the feeling was so real that it was indeed my reality for those few moments while the feelings took place. I had created my own illusion just like each and everyone of us go around creating our own illusions on a daily basis. Our perception is our reality.

I tell this story to help others become more acutely aware of their own thoughts and just how incredibly powerful they are. Isn’t it funny how our brains work? From worrying about something that hasn’t even actually happened to reliving a moment in the past to making assumptions that what other people do or say has anything to do with us at all – these are all ways that our mind likes to create illusions for us! And, yes, we are ALL a little bit “crazy” like this at times.

The good news is that as powerful as our thoughts are, we can work to take control of them and harness that power for good. Here are a few pointers on how to do just that.

  1. What are you thinking? Notice whenever your mind starts reeling and also take note of the physical changes in your body. Knowing really is half the battle. A mentor of mine, Angela Jia Kim of Savor the Success, says there are really only two types of thoughts: empowering ones and dis-empowering ones. Simplify it to that level, and learn to ask yourself in any given moment, how is this thought serving me?
  2. Check Yourself. Don’t get me wrong sometimes we really are in danger … but, usually not. Is there really a “dinosaur” chasing you? Is it really about you? Give your self an ego-check. In addition to trying to protect us from (often imaginary) danger, our ego likes to make us feel really special and like everything is about us. But, upon a little logical reasoning, we can realize that whatever dis-empowering thoughts we are having are not actually about us or even real at all. With this awareness in hand, we can then work towards changing them.
  3. Just breathe. This simple nugget of wisdom can be applied to just about any uncomfortable situation. Breathe it out. Deep breathing actually has a physiological effect on our nervous system that sends out neurohormones to basically tell the stress hormones to take a chill. Visualize as you practice breathing. Inhale peace slowly and deeply through your nose into your diaphragm and exhale stress slowly and completely out through your mouth. Continue this until you feel calmness restore.
  4. Fill your consciousness with positive and uplifting ideas. Since thoughts are energy and they turn into our reality, why not feed your brain with some good stuff? From the articles you read to the people you hang out with, to the TV you watch (or not), you are setting the stage for what kind of thoughts will go into that beautiful little noggin of yours. Fuel your mind with knowledge that empowers you. Surround yourself with people who lift you up.
  5. Practice Mindfulness. I can’t recommend a mindfulness practice enough. It helps us become so much more aware of our thoughts and what’s going on with our bodies. It keeps us connected with our core being and intuition. While meditation is definitely at the top of the list of becoming more mindful, there are many other ways you can practice. Yoga is another wonderful one. However, it can also be taking an introspective walk or doing your favorite in-the-flow activity: maybe painting, sewing, or playing an instrument. Regularly practicing these mindfulness enhancers will help you stay grounded, and to keep those crazy thoughts at bay.

Learn to harness the power of your thoughts and enjoy the reward of unlimited peacefulness and joy!

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One Of The Most Empowering Ways

 Friday, 9/16

“One of the most empowering ways you can see the world at this pivotal moment in history is to know that Creative Solutions Abound!  It is obvious that nothing less than a miracle may be necessary to solve world situations that appear dire and immediate.  The Law of Creative Solutions is provided by a benevolent Universe for you to have a foundation where you can center for new hope and expanded perspectives in your life and in the world.  The higher frequencies of Divine Light working on the earth can offer far reaching, seemingly miraculous, and very Creative Solutions when put into action.  God Exists in all Circumstances.”

–Archangel Gabriel as channeled by Shanta Gabriel

Steve Farrell

Humanity’s Team World Wide Coordinating Director

 

One Of The Most Empowering Ways

 Friday, 9/16

“One of the most empowering ways you can see the world at this pivotal moment in history is to know that Creative Solutions Abound!  It is obvious that nothing less than a miracle may be necessary to solve world situations that appear dire and immediate.  The Law of Creative Solutions is provided by a benevolent Universe for you to have a foundation where you can center for new hope and expanded perspectives in your life and in the world.  The higher frequencies of Divine Light working on the earth can offer far reaching, seemingly miraculous, and very Creative Solutions when put into action.  God Exists in all Circumstances.”

–Archangel Gabriel as channeled by Shanta Gabriel

Steve Farrell

Humanity’s Team World Wide Coordinating Director

 

There Isn’t a Ceiling on Possibility: 5 Ways to Tap Into Your Greatest Potential

 For years, women have been held back by the infamous ‘glass ceiling’ – while both men and women have been challenged daily with restrictive glass-ceiling thoughts running through their minds:

 ‘Why even try? It’s too hard. It will never happen.’
 
When resignation and anxiety weave through our minds like a sticky web of confusion – it’s time to play the game of “ The Possibility of Five.
 
We all have to deal with the practical of life where at times the path we have taken appears blocked. When we realize it might be happening to inform us of ‘adjustments’ we need to make – a door to possibility opens. It’s then we can choose new ways to approach where our mind has been spinning in misery and misconception.
 
The Possibility of Five:
Look for what challenges you most. Find the five possibilities that create a solution – that make you love life again – that allow you to know the world isn’t black & white – but many shades of exquisite gray.
 
Ø      Slow your mind and connect with the source of inspiration by tapping into Stillness, whether it’s in a few breaths or you have time for a longer session.
Ø      Review the question in your mind that has you asking for new answers. Let it stroll through the Stillness… until ideas arise.
Ø      List at least five possibilities in a journal that make you smile.
Ø      Feel the weight being lifted from your shoulders as you see there is always more than one-way-it-has-to-be… with anything!!
Ø      Take action on the inspiration… and if need be… sit and create another Possibility of Five – until you find that win-win that makes everyone smile.
 
No matter whom the individuals are that surround you, no matter what cynicism grips them – you – connected to Stillness – are a generous, empowering, inspiring energy that can shift concepts in a moment and bring the power of possibility alive.
 
When we are connected to that core of strength, love and potential that exists within every human being – doors open to more possibility than we ever dreamed. Why not try it now… with your child, yourself, and your mate. Let the games begin…

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