Saturday, July 11, 2009

I Heart Books!

After all that pondering about what to do and why, etc., ad nauseum, I got on the scale this morning and I've lost 1.6 lbs. Woo Hoo! I'm fine with that. And for now, stepping on the scale of terror will just be how I roll. I get too anxious if I don't know where I'm at on the long road to thinnsville. I'm too much of a detail person, so as many of you suggested, I'll just do what is right for me at this moment.

Books are as necessary to me as water. They give me sustenance and energy like no serving of food ever could. I always have several books on my nightstand and at times they spill over on to the floor. Bookmarks are in short supply and sometimes I have to resort to using gum wrappers, lol. Right now I'm digesting these great low calorie servings of inspiration:

Our Lady of Weight Loss by Janice Taylor

Something More (Roxie suggested) is about finding your authentic self. I think I've lost my true self in a pile of rubble somewhere and I'm hoping to dig her out. Little known fact about me is that I once called myself an artist. I painted and sketched and made awesome batik and mixed media wall hangings. Where did I put this artistic side of me? I want to find that part of me. I need that part of me.

The two books by Janice Taylor are fun and inspiring. She is a weight-loss coach, certified hypnotist, weight-loss artist, and creator of an e-newsletter Our Lady of Weight Loss's Kick in the Tush Club ( I'm finding these two books to be loaded with humor and insight that are helping me "lighten up" and go with the flow. Life is too short to face everyday with dread. Janice has a great definition of creativity: "The quality of being creative. Your choice - you can create fat or fun." I'm for creating fun! I love the light-heartedness of her books and yet what she shares is pure wisdom.

The last book is on my list because, someday, I want to ride a long distance bike ride. I dream about riding along the Pacific Coast or in Vermont, really anywhere. When I reach my goal weightloss, I hope to do a distance ride. I'm a member of Adventure Cycling, a group whose mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. They have lots of maps and they even have supported group rides you can take.

Today I've got to go to Walmart, blek. My little fan that I use at night crapped out on me last night. I don't know why, but I have to have a fan stirring the air at night. Ocean dreams? Who knows. Saturday is not my fav day to go to Walmart because it's so crowded, but I'll just get in and get out.

Have a good weekend, stay cool, and let humor lead the way!


  1. Well done on the loss! I heart books too!

  2. "You can create fat or fun" - I'm loving that. Taylor sounds interesting - I'll have to check her out.

    I think (hope) that when he rediscover our authentic selves that we can live our lives for ourselves, answer only to ourselves, and leave the fear and shame far behind. We will be completely responsible for our own lives and our own happiness. We will have developed the trust and knowledge that we, as we are, are enough.

  3. lol @ scale of terror ... this weight loss thing feels like an amusement park sometimes

    Agreed on the books!
    I have 2 of those ... something more and our lady of weight loss.

    Want some help with digging out from that pile of rubble? We're all here for you!

    Your cycling group sounds very interesting.
    Won't that big the biggest kick when you fulfill that dream? What an adventure that's going to be!

  4. Humor, in everything, is definitely KEY. Have you heard of the vacations you can take where you bike through a country? It's all planned for you, they give you bikes and follow you along in case you need a van pick up? My friend has done this through France, Italy, Croatia, and Greece. It's too expensive for me, but it sounds divine!

  5. I'm going to definitely have to pick up the Something More book. Thanks for the book recommendations and for sharing your dreams about the cycling. And WTG on the loss!

  6. Hi Tena,
    I read "Something More" about 8 years ago, lent it to a friend and didn't get it back...But I've thought of getting it again because I didn't really do the things Breathnatch suggested at the ends of the chapters. Now I would.
    I would also like to suggest "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron (I'm sure you've heard of this one too) I found it really helpful, a lot of work, but good. And, that you might like to join the site . I really like it, it has reviews, group discussions and is a great way to track your finished novels...I've been compiling mine forever...
    :) Enjoy your current reading!