Wordsmith– I also write books

If a person wants to lose weight, is it productive to beat down one’s ego with negative reminders on the refrigerator?  What about this one, a picture of a hippo

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with the caption, “I hate my thighs” or photos of “saddlebags” or cellulite?  How about “get off your fat, flabby ass?”  Sure, it might sound funny, but ridiculing ourselves does not work.   The better approach is to visualize one’s best self.   In our book, GOLD STANDARD OF THIN, co-author daughter Janice and I researched seven ways to scaffold the weight loss effort and named them the seven secrets in the little gold suitcase.  Secret Number Two is about positive visualization.  We explain in depth how to realistically create positive self images and then make them a permanent part of our mindsets.  As Janice says, “Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you will land in the stars.”

Our book will be released by Sugar and Spice Press in January 2010.

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10 thoughts on “Wordsmith– I also write books

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    Janessa, you’re ten years younger than I am! So naturally, I can relate to the feeling of getting old. Of course during flu and cold season, we catch things and wonder if we’re suddenly OLD! Then we start feeling better. This makes us happy, and we are grateful that we’re up to exercising. Overall, I think it’s good when we can get outside of ourselves.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Yes, it’s Secret Number Seven! Becoming engrossed in a project with other people gets us “outside of ourselves” while we make a connection. We make a new connection to ourselves at the same time. We have devoted two chapters to this topic.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    It certainly is, but there are always new things to do with a recipe! Plus, when people buy the book and embark on the Gold Standard Program, I am here for them if they have questions. We are here. This blog, Petals in the Gazebo, is the support group.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, back to the topic of a positive self image, it really is crucial. When I lost my foot, I went to a psychiatrist who happened to be your dad. He helped me put a positive slant on it. Even now I visualize.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice, you are a beautiful woman inside and out. You’re bright, motivated, and work hard on many levels. All of us need to work hard at feeling grateful.

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