[PODCAST EPISODE 24] The Diet Alternative You Need To KnowMar 25, 2021
Join me in this episode as I tell you one of my own personal stories about trying to lose weight. You'll hear about what went wrong, what went right, and what I started doing differently that made all the difference for me. And it just so happens that the thing I started doing differently is the diet alternative that I want to share with you.
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Welcome to the Weight Loss Before and After Pregnancy Podcast. The place you’ll get simple strategies you can apply to your life today to start losing weight. Strategies that’ll help you reach your goal, move on with your life, and focus on the things that matter most to you. I’m your host, Certified Life and Weight Coach, Andrea Scalici. Let’s get started.
Hey everybody. Welcome to episode 24.
Today, we’re going to talk about the diet alternative you need to know. And I want to start by telling you a story, one of my own personal stories, that you can probably relate to.
This story will sort of set the scene for what many of us do when we go on a traditional diet. And it’ll give us a visual for how it usually turns out. Not that you need one because you probably already know. But we’ll do it anyways and then I’ll tell you about what changed for me, what I started doing differently, which I consider to be a diet alternative, that actually worked. I actually lost the weight and kept it off, until I got pregnant again of course.
Which, as you know, I’m in my eighth month of pregnancy right now. Oh, and speaking of my pregnancy, not to go off on a tangent or anything like that, but I want to tell you something real quick before we get into the story.
So, I listen to my own podcast because I like to make sure everything works properly, all the tech and stuff, and I like to remind myself of the concepts I’m teaching to you on the podcast so I can plan future episodes.
And lately, as I listen to my own podcasts, I notice my voice has been different than usual. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not but it’s definitely been different. And I know it’s because of my pregnancy.
I’m super pregnant right now and creating these episodes has taken me like double the time because I’m sort of having trouble breathing over here. You know, nothing major, just a baby pushing on and squishing my organs. No big deal.
But I wanted to say something real quick in case you’ve noticed. I’m doing my best over here to keep these episodes rolling. And if my voice sounds weird or labored or anything like that, oh well. It just is what it is right now. And hopefully it’ll get better after the baby is born.
Ok. So I just wanted to share that with you real quick before we jump in to today’s episode because literally as I talk to you right now, I’m huffing and puffing in the background and taking a bunch of breaks in between sentences just to breathe. Totally fine. Totally normal. I’ll get through it. Being a pregnant woman is awesome.
Now, if you’ve been listening to my podcast since the beginning, you know a little bit about my own personal story. You know I got married in 2011, when I was at my ideal weight, and I started putting weight on pretty soon after I got married.
You know I was overweight for about six years. And during those six years I tried many different things to lose my weight. Some were successful temporarily. Some didn’t work at all. And some I actually gained weight on.
One of the diets I tried, which I consider to be a traditional diet, a common thing people do, is the thing I want to talk about with you today.
So, I was overweight. I had a thought one day that I’d start a new diet on Monday. I did a little clicking on the Internet to find healthy meals to put on my meal plan. I found an exercise program on my tv. And I put both the healthy meals and the exercise program together on a piece of paper and declared that as my diet, my plan, which I’d start on Monday.
The Saturday and Sunday before I started my plan, I spent eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and overeating for what felt like all day on both days. I went to the ice cream stand multiple times. I went and got burritos and cheeseburgers. I really went all in on stuffing myself before my diet even started on Monday.
So, then Monday morning came, and I felt physically sick from all the food I ate over the weekend. And I thought to myself, “Maybe I should wait a day and start tomorrow on Tuesday. Or maybe I should wait a week and start next Monday. I don’t feel like doing this today.”
But then a follow up thought came into my mind and said, “No. You’ve got to do this now. Your eating is out of control. You need to get yourself back in control. And you are so out of shape.” So, because of this follow up thought, I quickly re-committed to starting my new diet that day. Monday morning.
And to make a long story short, I was able to stick to my new diet, my new plan, that included following a meal plan filled with what felt like nothing but salads and exercising, for about three days. It was on Wednesday or Thursday when things started to fall apart.
On Wednesday or Thursday I started thinking, “This is too restrictive. I don’t like this. I don’t want to workout. I’m too tired. I don’t want to eat salads everyday. I really want an ice cream or a burrito or a cheeseburger. I deserve them. I can have whatever I want. This is stupid. I’m an adult. I should be able to eat what I want.”
Oh yea, all these types of thoughts flooded my brain on Wednesday or Thursday and I gave into them.
I found myself back at the ice cream stand, the burrito shop, and driving through the drive thru for cheeseburgers. Not even one week later.
So frustrating. I’d eat everything in sight that day and the next day. Then, I’d start to think about starting the same diet again this coming Monday.
It was a terrible cycle. And one I found myself in a lot. And I know many of you can relate to this.
It’s like, I’m smart, I’m educated, I’m strong, I’m capable, so why the heck can’t I figure this weight loss thing out? Why can’t I stick to my plan for more than a few days? Why can’t I stay away from ice cream, burritos, cheeseburgers, and all that unhealthy food? Why can’t I control myself?
It’s so frustrating. Yet, I would pump myself up to do it all again on Monday.
Looking back now, I want to grab myself by the shoulders and shake as hard as I can. I want to tell myself to stop doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. I want to tell myself that I’m focusing on the wrong things. And I need to look outside the box for a real solution.
If you’re stuck in the diet cycle, like I was, this is your moment. This is me grabbing you by the shoulders and shaking as hard as I can. This is me telling you to stop doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. Stop focusing on the wrong things. You’re wasting your time and energy. Stop focusing on what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising only. It’s time to look outside the box for a real, long term solution. And I’m going to tell you about that in this episode.
Ok. So, I found myself in this diet cycle. It was terrible. But I kept doing it anyway. And although it wasn’t a fun place to be, there’s still a lot I can learn, a lot you can learn, from this situation.
Let’s look at three things. First, what was wrong with what I was doing. Second, what was right about what I was doing. And third, what I finally did differently that made all the difference. This is the diet alternative that I’m going to share with you.
So, first, what was wrong with what I was doing?
I can pretty much sum this up in one sentence. I was focusing on eating healthy and exercising only.
That’s what I was doing wrong.
So, what was I doing right?
I can also sum this up in one sentence. I was eating healthy and exercising.
Funny right? It’s like the things I was doing wrong and the things I was doing right are the exact same things. But not really. Because I was right to work on eating healthier and I was right to get my body moving by exercising. But I was wrong to only focus on those things and nothing else.
Does that make sense? I think you know what I mean there. But if you don’t, let me tell you about what I learned and started doing differently that made a huge difference. This is the diet alternative that I wanted to tell you about. This is thinking outside the box from the traditional diet that most of us have come to know and hate but keep doing.
Here’s what I learned and started doing differently. I can pretty much sum it up in one sentence. I started taking a holistic approach to weight loss that included both physical stuff and emotional stuff.
Which is how I came up with The 5 Simple Steps to Losing Weight, that you may have heard me talk about before.
I started looking at my life as a whole and seeing obvious ways I could improve things, holistically, and make a big change to how I was feeling physically and emotionally. And the combination I found ended up being exactly what I needed.
So, what that actually looked like, was me creating and following a sleep routine. Because we all need sleep to be at our best and make solid decisions during the day.
It was me drinking tons of water everyday and keeping myself hydrated.
It was me creating and following a meal plan that made my body feel good but didn’t restrict me and keep me from ice cream and burritos and cheeseburgers all the time. It didn’t keep me eating salads at every meal.
It was me tracking everything so I could see my progress and make sure I was doing the right things. Things that were working.
And it was me coaching myself, or taking a look into my own brain, into my own emotional life and being able to balance all of it.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is this. Forcing yourself to do anything you don’t want to do sucks. It will exhaust you. And it won’t last long. Forcing yourself to follow a meal plan that you don’t like or exercising even when you haven’t for awhile, is a waste of your time and energy.
You’ll just end up, most likely, in that terrible cycle of starting on Monday.
Instead, you can take a different approach, which I like to call the diet alternative. And you can take a more holistic approach to losing your weight.
You can look at your sleeping habits. At the amount of water you’re drinking. At how you want to eat and fuel your body for the rest of your life, not just for a short time starting Monday. You can look at why you might be so opposed to tracking things, to writing them down. And you can take a deep look inside of your brain to see what’s happening there that’s causing you to feel the way you feel. And what’s causing you to stay in that terrible diet cycle.
It’s all there, all the answers you need, they’re there inside of you.
That might sound weird, but it’s true. And the sooner you take a holistic approach to losing weight and take an honest look at what’s happening in your brain, the sooner you’ll be able to finally figure this weight loss thing out for yourself and move on with your life.
That’s exactly what happened with me. And I’m not saying it was easy. It wasn’t. But I had to look outside the box, I had to find a different approach, I had to stop doing the same things over and over, to finally get the results I wanted.
At the time, I wasn’t happy that I had to do all this. But looking back now, I am. Because looking back now, I see how my lack of control with food was directly related to my lack of control with my emotions. And doing this work to figure both things out at the same time, was exactly what I needed to lose the weight and feel better on the inside.
The tornado of emotions that was inside of me, finally calmed down, and I felt like I could breathe for the first time in my life. I finally knew what feeling calm and in control was like. And that’s exactly what I want for you too.
So, if you’re stuck in the diet cycle, like I used to be, just know that there is a way out. The way out is to take a holistic approach by healing things physically and emotionally. Because they are connected. And working on them at the same time is the diet alternative that you need to know about.
If you need any help with this, I definitely recommend you work with a Life Coach. Me or someone like me who can help you through this.
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Alright. Thanks for listening. And I’ll talk to you on my email list and on next week’s episode. Have an awesome week everybody.
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