[PODCAST EPISODE 35] Andrea's Weight Loss Journey Week 3Jul 15, 2021
About the show:
Finally...I started to take action and follow my plan in week 3 of my own personal weight loss journey (postpartum). In this episode, I share how it went for me and what I learned. Listen now to hear all the juicy details so you don't make the same mistakes!
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- Learn more about The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program
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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.
Hey everybody. Welcome to episode 35.
Today, I want to talk to you about week number three in my own personal weight loss journey postpartum.
But before we do, I just want to tell you that we have kind of a little guest joining us. My two month old Nico did not want to sleep in his crib. He was just really wanting to be near mommy, so he's in one of those baby carriers here with me. They kind of look like that kangaroo pouch that you hold kids in.
He's right here next to the microphone. You may hear him breathing or gurgling or making baby noises, but who doesn't like a good baby noise?
Week number three in The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program, which is my signature program that I'm actually following myself, I'm taking myself through during this postpartum weight loss journey. Week number one, I focused on my why. Week number two, I created my weight loss plan. Now in week number three, I took action on my plan for the very first time.
As I record this episode, I'm actually in week number four right now. Week three is all over, so that's why I wanted to give you a little overview of what I did and what I learned, and hopefully you can use that to help you during your own process.
Leading up to week number three, I was feeling a little bit of nervousness, a little bit of anxiety, a little bit of tension, some anticipation, not really in a good way, a lot of pressure too, because I'm doing this live in front of people. I am losing my weight live. That has a little bit of pressure there. Leading up to it, I was feeling a little bit uneasy through my body.
And then when I started week three, I started to take action on my plan. I really felt okay. And actually, this is so weird and I know it may sound strange to you because most people hate this, but I actually missed following a plan. I know. That's crazy. But to me, following a plan is like freedom. It's like, I don't have to think about food. I don't have to think about weight loss. I don't have to constantly have the thoughts spinning around in my head that aren't useful and that just cause confusion, and they cause me to feel like mentally exhausted.
I didn't have to think about food and weight loss constantly because I had a plan. I know exactly what I was going to be eating. I know exactly what I was going to be doing. I knew everything. All I had to do was work on my mindset to get myself to want to do those things, instead of force myself to do them by using something like willpower, which I would never, ever recommend you do. In week number three, I started to follow my sleep routine that I created the week before.
I started to drink more water, to meet my goal of drinking five glasses of water a day. I started to follow the food plan I created. My husband had already gone grocery shopping. We had already prepared all of the food in advance. There really wasn't that much work to do to actually follow my plan from a physical perspective. There was a little work to do from a mindset perspective, but that's part of this. I tracked everything every single day, and I self-coached, which was my form of kind of like journaling.
You can think of it like that. And journaling in the way that I teach would help you want to follow all of the rest of the things on your plan, like your sleep and drink and food and tracking. This form of journaling or self-coaching is really helpful. Now, if you know anything about my own personal story, my own personal weight loss journey, I lost my weight a couple of years ago as I was doing coach certification, as I was learning all of these life coaching tools. And that was a game changer for me.
That changed my life, the things that I learned and the things that I now teach my clients. And then when I got pregnant last year, obviously I'm not going to be following a weight loss plan when I'm pregnant, so I didn't. And now I'm two months postpartum just about and I'm getting back on my plan. I have 50 pounds to lose. I've done this before. I know what to do. I'm a weight loss coach. I help other people do this. I know exactly how to do it and what to do. I started following it last week, as I said.
One of the really cool things I found last week was all of the work that I did a couple of years ago to lose my weight really was the hardest part for me. A few years ago, I went through it. I did not want to give up foods. I did not want to track everything. I didn't want to self-coach every day. I didn't want to do anything. I didn't want to do anything on my plan, and I struggled. It was very hard, and I stuck with it. At that time a couple of years ago, it took me six months to really get on a groove. But I did it. I did the hard work.
And now this time around, I have to say, it's only been a week, so I don't want to like jinx it here, but I am feeling really good. I'm actually feeling motivated. I'm feeling inspired. I'm feeling willing. I'm feeling determined. I'm feeling like I can do this. I'm feeling like I know exactly what to do. I'm not worried. I'm not thinking about losing the 50 pounds. I have to lose overnight. Nothing like that. This time around it is so much easier.
Now, I hate to use the word easy when it comes to weight loss, because most of the time you hear the word easy and weight loss and it's like, no, those two words do not go together at all. But to me, that's honestly how last week was for me. And again, I don't want to jinx it, but I did all the work a couple of years ago, and this time around it is so much easier. Hopefully you can use that for a little bit of inspiration and motivation and your own journey in case you decide to do the work now and then get pregnant and put on some weight and have to do it again.
Do the hard work now. Get it out of the way. Another cool thing that I do normally, but that I did on camera for everybody to see, and again, you can register and see the videos, but I did an evaluation at the end of the week to how I did. And in the evaluation, you'll see what I didn't do perfectly what I did do well, what I want to work on this week in week number four, as I'm going into week four. I did an evaluation, and I did that evaluation without any emotion attached to it, without making it mean anything terrible about myself.
It was a really helpful thing to do. And I hope that it helps a lot of people who actually see that video. I mean, many times we do an evaluation like that or we think about how we did with our weight loss, and we have all these thoughts like, "Oh, I didn't do perfectly. I'll never lose my weight. This isn't going well. I can't do this." And we have all these self-defeating thoughts that lead us to feel defeated, feel terrible and just completely fall off of our plans. Those are not helpful. Definitely don't go that route.
If you're going to evaluate what you did, do it with no emotion attached to it. Don't make any of the data mean anything about you. Literally just do it because you want to find out what to work on the next week, right? I mean, I know from doing my evaluation last week that I need to, just as an example, focus more on drinking water. I did not hit my five glass a day water goal at all. That's one of the things that I'm focusing on this week. I know exactly what I need to focus on. I'm not hyper-focused on it.
I'm not driving myself crazy about it or anything like that, but I am more conscious during the day. If I want to drink five glasses of water a day, just as an example, I want to drink two of them before lunch, and then three of them the rest of the day at least. That's kind of what I'm looking at. So if I don't have two glasses drank before lunch, then I know I need to kind of up a little bit with my drinking of water. And it's not like I'm overly thinking about all of this stuff all day.
I don't want you to think that I'm just constantly focused on thinking about food, thinking about water, thinking about my goals. I'm not obsessed with it. I'm literally just aware of it and taking the actions I need to take towards it. Is it going to be perfect? Probably not. I probably won't drink five glasses of water every single day, even though that's my goal. I'll do another evaluation at the end of week four and find out how I did. And that will tell me what I need to focus on in week five. This is just kind of how it works, right?
We're humans. We're not perfect. We need to constantly evolve and grow and learn and evaluate. It's totally fine. Another cool thing that I'm really excited about is my husband and I decided to invest in a treadmill. Now, I do not teach people that they need to invest in treadmills or gym passes or any large equipment like that for exercise. I do not teach that. I, however, love exercise. I love it. I want to do it. I'm excited to do it. It doesn't bring me down or anything like that. I enjoy it. I decided to invest in a treadmill that was delivered on Friday.
My husband put it together, and it is there for me to use whenever I want. I love that. If you love exercise too and you want to consider it, then definitely consider it. But if you don't love exercise, I teach not to force yourself to focus on exercise at the very beginning. Focus on your food and getting to a place where you can manage your food well before you think about exercise. But again, for me, I love exercise. I look forward to it. We decided to invest in a treadmill. And that's pretty much it. That's pretty much how week three went for me.
During my evaluation, I did a quick calculation and found that I followed my food plan 95% of the time in week three. My goal was 80%, but I did 95%, so I'm very happy with that. And not being perfect, not being 100% perfect, I still lost a couple of pounds in my first week. Now, of course, all weight loss programs need to say like, "We can't guarantee your results," blah, blah, blah. You've heard it before. But this is what I personally did in week three the first week that I was following my plan.
I lost a couple of pounds, and I ate 95% of the time following my meal plan. I am happy with that. So now I have everything I need to continue. Like I said, I'm recording this in week four. I have everything I need to continue in week four. And on next week's podcast episode, I'll let you know how I did in week four. Who knows? Maybe things will actually get way harder for me than they were in week three. We'll see. Stay tuned for that.
And again, if you want to register for Andrea's Weight Loss Journey to see all of the videos, to see how I'm doing this, to see my mindset work behind this, register for free at mcccoaching.com/andrea. Register before August 21st. Okay?
And if you're already a member of The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program, you do not need to register. You already have this inside your member portal.
All right, everybody. That's it for now.
Nico and I, who you might have heard breathing through this whole thing, he's sleeping now, Nico and I are going to go cuddle and enjoy the rest of our day. I'll talk to you next week.
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