[PODCAST EPISODE 33] Andrea's Weight Loss Journey Week 1Jul 01, 2021
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About the show:
Listen to this episode to hear how week 1 went for me as I begin my own postpartum weight loss journey. Spoiler alert...I do not talk about my meal plan or an exercise program. I hope you'll join me in this 14 week journey to get started on a path towards long term, sustainable weight loss.
Resources from the show:
- Learn more about The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program
- Register for free to watch or participate in Andrea's Weight Loss Journey
Read the full episode transcript below:
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.
This week, I am really excited to share with you that I have started on my own weight loss journey postpartum.
So as you know, I had a baby a few weeks ago. I have 50 pounds to lose, and I am currently in the process of taking myself through my own weight loss program, The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program. And I decided to document my entire journey and share it with anybody who's interested.
So if that's you, come. You can watch me lose the weight. You can cheer me on. You can lose weight with me. If you want to do this, you'll have the opportunity to ask me questions and get answers from me, a Certified Life and Weight Coach. So it's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be a lot of work. It's going to be very productive and effective. So I hope you'll join me.
If you're interested, you can register for free at www.mcccoaching.com/andrea. And that's spelled just like Andrea. It's A-N-D-R-E-A.
And on today's podcast, I just want to talk to you a little bit about week number one. So I just finished week number one myself. All of the videos are there for anyone to see who is interested. You just have to go register for free to see them. And week number one was really interesting to me.
As you know, I am a Weight Coach. I put together this program, but even me like going into week number one, my brain was like, "Ok, we need to hurry up. We need to lose weight now. We need to do this really fast. We need to look good. We need to get a flat belly. We need to see change immediately."
My brain was feeding me all of these thoughts just like most people deal with, and I had to remind myself and coach myself through it that this program is not about quick fix, super fast weight loss that we can't sustain in the long-term. That's not what this is about.
This program truly helps people get to the core of what's happening for them and solve the problem at the deepest level so that they can sustain weight loss long-term.
So I had to remind myself that I'm not looking for a quick fix. I don't need to go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning and see myself immediately - the 50 pounds gone. It's not going to work that way.
So I dealt with that a lot in week number one. And what I did was I did all of the work for week one and I really learned... I took the time to learn why I'm overeating in the first place. Like what's happening at a basic level with hormones inside my body that are causing me to want to eat more than I really need to. And what's happening with over-desire or the dopamine hit in my brain or the reward cycle in my brain or me just genuinely wanting to eat more. It could be me wanting to avoid certain emotions.
All of these things are basic things that we must learn at the beginning of weight loss because I really believe that once we learn the why, like why we're overeating in the first place, it helps us solve the problem.
We could start with the food plan, we could start with an exercise program the way that a lot of programs do and just jump right in there and get going, but if we don't really understand why it's hard for us to keep going or why we can't really sustain that, like if we don't really understand the core reasons why we're having trouble, then we're really not going to get that far.
So in my program, we start with the why, which I did last week. It was very helpful.
I also created my own personal why. Like why do I want to embark on this journey and lose these 50 pounds? And most of my reasons ended up being for my family.
When I was younger, my reasons were way different. They might have been to look sexy or to look hot or to fit in size two or four or whatever. They might've been more vanity reasons and that's okay. There's nothing wrong with those reasons. I still do have some of those reasons. Of course I want to look sexy and feel good in my skin, but it's not about that so much anymore.
My reasons why now at 38 years old are more wellness and health related and long term and like playing with my children and being able to chase my son outside and not be exhausted, being able to pick up my newborn son and hold him for a long time without really just getting exhausted.
And it's all about that for me now. It's all about being able to go on trips with my family and be energized and want to do things and get out walking and biking and showing my sons what life could be like bringing them up into this world with really good habits around food, with strong, balanced mental and emotional energy and just teaching them all of the things that I wish that I had known as a child.
So, yeah, week number one has been stressful a little bit here and there. I'm not going to lie. Getting started with any new program can be hard. It can be tough because our brains don't like change. They want us to stay exactly the same. And there's nothing wrong with that. That's the brain trying to protect us to stay exactly the same because what's happening now is working, right? We're alive. The brain is all about survival. And so change is hard.
In the first one week of my program, we don't change what we eat, we don't change how we exercise. We don't change anything. Like literally everything stays the same. And that frustrates a lot of people who come into my program because it's such a stark difference from most programs out there.
Usually you come into a program and you immediately have to change the way you eat or you immediately have to start exercising or whatever the case. And that is not what my program does.
So a lot of people come into my program and they're confused - why am I not changing anything in week number one? They're a little frustrated. They want to get started. They're eager. I totally get it. I felt all of those things in this week number one, but it's not the healthiest thing for us to do.
I believe learning the why is very important for long-term sustainable change. So that's exactly what I did in week number one.
If you want to go see all of the videos, I highly recommend you do. I really hope you'll join me. Go to www.mcccoaching.com/andrea. They're all there ready for you to watch right now.
And as I record this podcast, I'm actually in week number two of my program. So I will let you know next week how week two went when I'm all done with it.
I am recording videos every single day for anyone interested in watching me go through this. So definitely go register and you'll get those videos when they're all ready too, ok?
All right everyone, I'll talk to you soon.
If you loved this podcast, I want to invite you to check out The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program. It’s my signature program that’ll teach you everything you need to know from start to finish to lose weight, reach your goal, and maintain it once you’re there. You’ll also learn how to have your own back through the process. Join me over at mcccoaching.com/join. I’ll see you there.