Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am the author of Stress Less, Weigh Less, a practical manual on reducing stress, so we can peacefully create the bodies and lives we love. I am a mother, stepmother, wife, lawyer, business owner, healthy lifestyle expert and yoga teacher. But in spite of those roles I play, I think of myself as simply a seeker.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I write and speak about the potency of the mind-body connection and how to realistically create emotional and physical well-being, no matter how old you are or where you find yourself. I promote what I call “Opting Out,” which is learning to say no to demands, requests, invitations and activities that leave you overloaded with stress and no time for yourself. Those overabundant stress hormones not only suck the joy out of our lives and make us ill, they also make us fat! Currently, I am compiling my second book, a follow-up to Stress Less, Weigh Less, that will contain more stress reduction tools, and 100 more of my ridiculously easy (and tasty!) 5-ingredients-or-less recipes. Did I plug that well enough?
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I hit a wall ten years ago when I turned forty. I had been remarried for a few years, and my husband, Rob, and I each had two children from previous marriages. We were trying to “blend” our family…not too successfully, I might add. I was gaining weight and losing energy, and I was terribly stressed and deeply depressed. If this is what I felt like at 40, where would I be at 50? Once I stopped feeling sorry for myself, and took control of my negative patterns of thought, that devastation became my launch pad for creating the life and body of my dreams. Here I am at age 50, enjoying the peace, health, vitality, and physique that I dreamed of decades ago. I am sharing the tools I developed to bring me there with the world. It’s so much easier than people think–and it’s fun.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. He rocked. This is a man who came to the United States from India–by himself–in 1920, struggling with English, and dedicated his life to teaching practical spirituality to westerners. His mission was to incorporate the best qualities of the East and the West, to establish a golden middle path of activity and spirituality combined. He wrote, “Our eagerness for worldly activity kills in us the sense of spiritual awe.” I agree. I think this imbalance is the cause of much of our stress and unhappiness in today’s overloaded culture. It is the proper balance of the internal spiritual needs with external activity that results in peace, and coincidentally, a healthy and fit body. That’s what I found.
5: What book is your bible?
My book, Stress Less, Weigh Less. It not only contains all of my practical tools and techniques to reduce stress and easily lose weight, it really is my private manual for peace and happiness. It includes all of the practical nuggets, tools, and wisdom I learned and developed over decades, many times through trial and error. It is the book I wish had been available to me when I turned 40 and hit that wall. Had I gotten it in my hands in my 20’s, even better. I would have avoided much unhappiness and misery, as well as decades of being tortured with my weight!
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love red wine, coffee, and pizza. I love using myself as a guinea pig to test accepted “wisdom,” discovering if it holds true or not, then sharing my findings with others. I love opting out of societal expectations that encourage us to overschedule ourselves with activities and obligations that lack promise for us and cause us to miss out on creating the lives we love. And I love getting older!
I hate stereotypes and societal rules about what we “should” do with our lives. And I have no tolerance for people who are not straight-shooters.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To be a walking example of the benefits of integrating spiritual principles into a normal, Western lifestyle. To demonstrate that to get older can be a marvelous thing. I certainly wouldn’t go back.
8: What is your favorite color?
Deep sky blue. It feels the most calm.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Wonder Woman, of course. I am a child of the 60s, bred on Gloria Steinem’s views of what women can do. At this stage of my life, I have tempered those views a bit, but Wonder Woman still rocks. And have you seen Lynda Carter lately? Still gorgeous and sexy coming up on 60. Love it. It inspires me.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Eataly! Especially La Piazza, the wine bar. It is the best place to meet up with friends for great wine, great food, and great conversation. You stand at marble-topped tables, surrounded by huge wheels of cheese and tantalizing Italian fare. The atmosphere is just cool. But no matter what I’m hungry for, Eataly has something that satisfies. The place is just brilliant.
11: What turns you on?
Joy. Particularly laugh-out-loud joy. And a sick sense of humor.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
“What brings you peace?”
Healthy lifestyle expert, Holly Mosier, is the acclaimed author of Stress Less, Weigh Less, a unique manual combining well-researched nutrition and exercise approaches with time-tested stress management tools. The most permanent weight loss blueprint on the market, Stress Less, Weigh Less is the culmination of Holly’s lifelong passion to find the weight loss and exercise techniques that would give her the body she desired and the inner peace that comes from living a less stressful life.
Working through the mind-body connection, Holly shows us that by “opting-out” of unnecessary and unfulfilling activities that rob our time and leave us depleted, we can peacefully create the bodies and lives we love. Holly has a unique ability to connect with people and bodies of knowledge, explore the potential that lies within, and distill and share powerful, practical solutions that can make a significant impact on our lives. Holly’s simple 31-day, clearly mapped formula shows that by managing stress first, healthy eating and consistent exercise follows naturally, bringing with them a healthy and fit mind, body and life.
Stress Less, Weigh Less introduces readers to practical stress-reduction tools and beautiful photo-illustrated yoga exercises that will help readers find mental-stress relief, the answer to permanent weight control. Holly also serves up a simple yet extraordinary culinary guide of 5-ingredients-or-less recipes—each with the correct balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat for optimal weight loss. The plan includes instrumental tools for the busiest of lifestyles such as “10-Minute Yoga,” tips for eating out, and ways to incorporate exercise into everyday activities.
A former actress who has landed roles on “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives” among others, Holly became a successful trial lawyer at age 34 when her two children were in elementary school. It was here where Holly developed a true fervor for medicine and medical research, inspiring her to start her own practice specializing in medical malpractice.
Over time, Holly developed her lifelong struggle to lose weight into a new career and became a yoga instructor and later, owner of LA Boxing in Lake Forest, California. It was her in-depth study of yoga and fitness that rounded out Holly’s understanding of the pivotal role stress plays in weight control.
Today Holly enjoys spending her time with her husband, Rob and their four children at their home in Orange County, California.
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Questions by PMc Magazine
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Holly Mosier, 2011, Courtesy by Janell Vantrease