[PODCAST EPISODE 37] Andrea's Weight Loss Journey Week 5

Jul 29, 2021
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Oops...I made a mistake! Listen to this podcast episode to hear how week 5 went for me during my own weight loss journey postpartum. You'll hear all about the mistake I made. And you'll hear what I plan to do differently in the future to avoid this from happening again. It's a common mistake that you might be making right now. So, hit play now! 


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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 37.

Today I want to tell you how week five went for me during my own weight loss journey postpartum.

And I think you're going to find this episode really helpful because what happened with me in week five is pretty common. So I'm going to share with you what happened, what I learned, and what I'm taking forward into week number six.

Okay. So let's get right into it.

Now, if you remember in week number one of my journey, I was not taking action on a plan. I was learning the why.

Then in week number two, I was still not taking action on my plan. I was creating my plan. I was creating my sleep routine. I was creating my plan for how much water I was going to drink every day. My food plan, my plan for tracking everything, my plan for self coaching, and also my plans for movement or exercise for my body.

Then in weeks three and four, I started to follow that plan without making any adjustments to it. What I was basically doing in weeks three and four was getting myself used to following a plan again. So the actual food that I was eating was less important during those weeks, because I was really just trying to get myself into the habit of following a plan again.

Then in week five, I started to adjust the plan. And what I decided to do, which may be completely different than what you would decide to do. So don't do exactly what I did here. This is just for my own personal weight loss journey. But in week five, I decided to reduce the amount of bread that was on my plan and the amount of fruit that was on my plan. And with those minor adjustments, I did start to see weight loss again.

Well sort of. Let me tell you what happened.

So the first part of the week I was doing great following my plan. The scale started to go down. I was feeling really good. I was feeling like less bloat in my belly area. I was feeling like I wanted to eat food less. I was feeling less cravings for certain foods. I was feeling really good.

Then in the second half of the week, I felt like things went in the opposite direction. Things were not feeling good anymore.

And I didn't realize what was happening until one conversation with my husband. I think it was like Thursday night of week five. So he asked me how I was doing, like how I was progressing with my weight loss journey. And I responded quickly with just one sentence. And I didn't even know I was thinking this until I said it out loud to him, but I'm so glad I did because it really gave me awareness why I was feeling the way I was feeling, which was pretty much frustrated.

So my husband asked me how I was doing with my weight loss journey. And I responded with, "This is happening too slowly." Yep. "This is happening too slowly." This is the thought that was in my brain that made me feel frustrated.

So at that point in my journey, I had lost 5.4 pounds. And I was thinking, "This is happening too slowly." Which led me to feel frustrated. And that night I ate off my plan. And I overate because of this feeling of frustration and thinking that it's happening too slowly.

My result of all of this is that my weight either maintained the rest of the week or, you know, kind of slightly went up a little bit. So I basically delayed my progress. I made it even longer for me to lose the weight because I was thinking all of these frustrating, self-defeating type thoughts.

And it's not even true. If I stopped to really think about it. Weight loss is not happening too slowly. It's happening exactly as it should. How do I know? Because that is what's happening. You know, when we are losing weight, we tend to judge so much. We judge ourselves, we judge our progress. We look at all these before and after pictures on the internet and we just like want to have the end result right away, but that's not how it works.

And that's one of the main reasons that I wanted to show you my own weight loss journey to show you, this is really how weight loss, you know, sustainable weight loss, things that you can do for the long run, things you want to do for the rest of your life. This is how it looks.

It may feel slow, especially if you're looking around, you know, social media and seeing all these before and after pictures, but it's really not slow.

So in week five, I started the week out great. It was because my belief was there. I believed everything was going as it should. I believed everything was, you know, the, the weight loss was happening exactly as it should. 

And then at the end of the week, I sort of fell out of my belief. I started to believe that it was happening too slowly for me. I started to believe that there was something wrong or I was wrong, or the program is wrong. I started to do all of these things opposite of following the plan, right? I ate off plan. I overate, which led me into the opposite direction with the number on the scale.

So this one little comment from my husband, "How you doing honey?" led me to uncover what was happening in my brain. It was really helpful to see.

And at the end of week five, I did an evaluation, which was really helpful for me to see, you know, what was working that week, what wasn't working that week and what I need to work on going forward into week number six.

So during my week five evaluation, I decided to keep my sleep goal the same, keep my water goal the same. I started to tweak my meal plan a little bit though. I reduced the amount of bread I was eating even a little bit more. And I reduced the amount of meat that I was eating a little bit. I decided to keep the amount of fruit that I was eating on there. That felt really good to me. I decided to continue tracking the same way, and self-coaching the same way. I decided to continue stretching every day and doing the exercises that Dr. Julie Berube gave me for my abdominal separation issue. I decided to continue walking as much as possible with a minimum of three days a week. So that felt really good to me.

And the most important one. And this is what I really want you to hear. I decided that if I started to feel frustrated again in the future, I would become immediately aware of it as soon as I possibly could. Anytime I felt that frustration feeling in my body. And I would sit and do self coaching.

I would take the time, however long I needed to sit there and figure out why I was feeling frustrated, especially if I was feeling that way around meal time. I definitely didn't want to go into another meal feeling frustrated because I know that would lead me to eat off plan or overeat or something like that. And I don't want that to happen again.

Now I'm not looking to be perfect with my plan or anything like that. There will be times that I eat off plan or that I'm not perfect. Of course I'm human, but for me, I know that when I feel frustrated, I tend to eat off plan or overeat. So I want to be really aware of that for myself.

So, like I said, next time I feel frustrated. I'm going to become immediately aware as quick as I possibly can. And I'm going to sit down and coach myself through it.

I'm going to ask myself, "Why are you feeling frustrated right now?" And whatever that answer is, although it might feel like a circumstance or a situation in my life, 99% of the time, the answer to that question is going to be a thought in my brain that's completely optional.

So I'm feeling frustrated.

Why are you feeling frustrated?

Well, I'm feeling frustrated because my four and a half year old son is running around screaming in the house. The baby is crying. My husband isn't home.

You know, all of these things may feel like the problem, but they're not. It's my perspective of what's happening. It's my opinion about what's happening.

You know, I have a choice in that moment. I could either allow myself to feel frustrated and allow myself to feel like a victim to my life, but I don't want to do that. I want to take responsibility for the feeling of frustration and know that it's coming from my thoughts. It's not coming from my family. It's not coming from, you know, the pandemic or being stuck in the house or anything else. It's not coming from the heat or the humidity outside or the mosquitoes. I hate mosquitoes, but it's not coming from all of these things. It is coming from thoughts. That is it.

So next time I feel frustrated. I'm going to figure out why I'm feeling that way, coach myself through it, and really decide what I want to believe in that moment.

All right, that's it for this week. If you want to register to see Andrea's weight loss journey, register before August 21st, 2021. You can register at mcccoaching.com/andrea.

Get all of the videos. I've been documenting everything I'm doing inside there. I'm losing weight without willpower, without any crazy diet stuff. And I'm documenting it all for you to see. So get on over there and register. And I will talk to you soon.

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