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You're a shining star! Stop pretending that you're not! - Issue #53
January 14, 2014

To lose weight permanently requires faith, faith that there is a bigger life waiting for you beyond food and weight. Faith is an eternal remembrance of home. Home is where the heart is.

We all have heard the small, still voice within. Many of us choose to ignore it. If we were to listen to and heed its wisdom, we would have to do something about it! This voice may whisper some very uncomfortable truths about our lives, our relationships, or ourselves. It often urges us to look for more with its words, “Is this all there is? There must be something more.” Yet we are confused, thinking this “more” must be something outside of ourselves in some external situation, object, substance, or person.

What this voice is really saying is “be more and become more.” Most of us have settled for far less than we really are. We have stilled and silenced this voice and its promptings with food. We have buried it underneath layers of fat and inactivity. What this voice really wants for us is to shine our light out into the world.

This voice knows that there is a higher plan for our lives. It wants what is best for us. When we don’t listen to it, it leaves us with an empty, gnawing, nagging feeling. Try as we might to squelch it with food, we really can’t escape the truth about ourselves.

We are being called into service in the world, but many of us don’t want to take the call. It’s just too scary. It would mean stepping far outside of our comfort zone. Being overweight keeps us safe and small. Dropping the dead weight in our lives and moving forward requires courage. It means opening ourselves and becoming vulnerable to the risks, trials, and rewards of life.

A lot of overweight is really about repressed fear. Underneath all the fear, is the fear of being seen for who we really are. As author Marianne Williamson writes in her book A Return to Love, "It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us the most."

We may ask, "Who am I to shine? And what will happen if I shine my true light in the world? What if no one likes the real me? Or, “What if I make others feel bad and they judge or leave me?"

We may have received messages in our family that it wasn’t OK to be gorgeous, sexual, brilliant, gutsy, or to really shine. When we expressed that aliveness, we may have been put down, shamed, or told to keep quiet in some way. The message was that it wasn’t ok to be who we really are. In truth, we might have threatened our parents and friends because they hadn’t given themselves permission to shine. They wanted us to be as miserable as they were. Misery loves company. Or, they may have wanted to protect us from getting hurt, the way they had been hurt by others.

In order to live the life we are meant to, we, will need to become a shining star! To be a shining star means being lit from within. It means no longer apologizing for being the brilliant ball of light we really are. It is the end of playing small and the beginning of acknowledging our magnificence. As Marianne Williamson says, “We are all magnificent; there are no exceptions.

We must stop making excuses and see them for what they really are - a way to protect ourselves from life. Do we want to truly live? How will we feel at the end of our life knowing that we didn’t live up to our potential? How will we feel about the fact that staying safe and small was more important than living? Do we want a life of regret or do we want a life of fulfillment? That is the choice we have to make.

Safety is an illusion. The only real safety in life is the ability to deal with what life presents to us in the moment, the ability to live from one moment to the next. That is all any of us really have. The one certainty we have in life is that we are going to die someday. Yet, many of us live our lives like it is a rehearsal for our future life. We live lives of someday. Someday I will ___________. A someday life is an imaginary life. There is no someday. There is only now.

Today is first day of the rest of our lives. Today is the day to begin. Today is the day to decide to change. Today is the day to make a decision to say yes to life!

Say out loud, right now, “Today I awaken to my real life! I am through playing small. I want and deserve more. I want a life beyond food and weight. I want to lose weight for good! I want to live! I am a shining star!”

How does that feel?

In what ways do I play small and hide my light? What would happen if I shined my light for everyone to see?

Are you ready to come out of hiding and play a starring role in your own life? How you do food is how you do life! ® Contact me for a free consultation.

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Feast for the Eyes - Orange Poppy - Photograph by Catherine L. Taylor


  • Having a Vision is not enough. It must be combined with imagination, determination, faith, hope and passion. It is not enough to just stare up at the stars...we must become the stars that the stars shine down on.
    ― Victoria June
  • Shine with all you have. When someone tries to blow you out, just take their oxygen and burn brighter. Everything you are used to, once done long enough, starts to seem natural, even though it might not be.
    ― Katelyn S. Irons
  • You can overcome whatever is going on around you if you believe in the light that lives within you.
    ― Justine Edward, Shine
  • Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.
    ― Les Brown
  • Do not hide your light for fear of what others may think of you. Let it shine and be a reflection of what is possible.
    ― Kristi Bowman

Weekly Affirmations

I am ready to answer the call of my soul.

As I shine my light, I give others permission to do the same.

The world needs my light.

I am a shining star!

I have what it takes to inspire others.

I was given strengths and talents to be in service to the world.

Fulfilling my potential and using my strengths and talents gives my life satisfaction, purpose, and meaning.

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Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?

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I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.

This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.

The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®

I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.

Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.

What you call this place -- God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self -- is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.

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Many Blessings,


Catherine L. Taylor
How You do Food is How You do Life!

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