[PODCAST EPISODE 39] Andrea's Weight Loss Journey Week 7Aug 12, 2021
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About the show:
In week 7 of my own weight loss journey postpartum, I hit an important milestone...I finally fit into my maternity pants from when I was 6 months pregnant! I know that's a weird thing to celebrate but I could not be prouder of all the work I've done so far to reach this point. Listen to this episode to hear what happened in week 7 to help me reach this milestone. Use it as motivation and inspiration for you during your own weight loss journey.
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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 39.
Today, I want to give you a little overview of what happened for me during week number seven of my own weight loss journey postpartum.
So as you know, I had a baby a few months ago and my midwife gave me the okay to start losing weight. So I've been taking myself through my own weight loss program, The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program, and I just finished week number seven.
Now, I know you're going to laugh at me. Maybe you'll also be a little bit proud of me too. I'm definitely laughing at myself and proud of myself about this, but I finally fit into my maternity pants from when I was six months pregnant. I know that's probably a weird thing to be celebrating, but I am very happy about it.
I put on a lot of weight when I was pregnant and by the time I was able to start this program, I had about 50 pounds to lose. So fitting back into my maternity pants from when I was six months, pregnant is kind of a big deal.
Now they are not nice pants. They're kind of ugly. They have the elastic waist, but I don't care. I feel very proud of myself for all of the work I've done to this point to get back into those pants. And it's only the beginning. I am still losing weight. I'm continuing with the program. Things are going well.
So anyways, you might be wondering, you know, what am I doing to lose the weight? And if you've been listening to my podcasts up until this point, you know I'm following the five simple steps.
I am following a sleep routine. I'm drinking enough water every day. I'm following a food plan. I'm tracking everything and I'm self-coaching. And I am also stretching every day and walking three days a week minimum.
And something I really want to stress here is I am not trying to do any of these things perfectly. Okay? I am doing imperfect things. I am taking imperfect action and I am still losing weight.
I'm currently in stage four of my program, which is called the practice stage. So I'm practicing my plan. I'm practicing getting better and better at following all of these steps, but I am still not looking for perfection. I never will be. And I have to say, I am doing so much better with all of these things. Seriously, last week and week six, I asked myself an important question and that question really helped me recommit to what I'm doing with my weight loss goal.
The question that I asked was, "Am I taking half-ass actions when it comes to these things?" You know, the steps that I'm taking and my answer was no for some of the things and yes for other things. And it really allowed me to get honest with myself and recommit to this and refocus,. You know, kind of remember why I'm doing this in the first place and, you know, give me that bit of motivation that I need to keep going.
And after asking myself that question in week number six, it helped me really recommit, like I said, and propel myself with lots of motivation going into week seven. So I still didn't take perfect action in week seven. That's okay. I still lost weight, but I am getting better at doing all of these things.
Now, one of the main things that I have been doing is self-coaching. And if you don't know what that is, you can think of it like a form of journaling. It's like the mindset work behind weight loss. It's taking a look at all of those thoughts in your brain, the good ones and the bad ones, and kind of seeing how they're making you feel on a day-to-day basis. And then from that, seeing what actions that you take or what actions you don't take from those feelings, and then what kind of results you get because of all of that.
So the self-coaching has been one of the most important things that I've been doing during my weight loss journey. And in week number seven, I uncovered one little sneaky thought that was really holding me back from losing weight. It was really one of the main reasons why towards the end of the week, every week up until that point, I had been eating off plan or overeating.
So what is this one sneaky thought that I found? The one sneaky thought is "I don't want to be a full-time stay at home mom." That was my thought. I uncovered this thought in week number seven,. And I did a lot of self coaching on camera live for everybody to see and have been working myself through this thought.
If you want to register to see all of my videos, register before August 21st. You can go to mcccoaching.com/andrea and just register for free by August 21st. You'll see everything I did, including all of my self-coaching work on this one thought.
So anyways, I had this thought, "I don't want to be a full-time stay at home mom." And that was really making me feel resistant. Resistant to being home with my children, resistant to, you know, looking at the life that I have right now, and really accepting where I am and that resistance created so much, you know, energy inside of me that made me just want to kind of crawl out of my skin if you know what I mean. And because of that, I was, you know, finding myself sometimes eating off plan or overeating and not really showing up as the mother that I want to be for my children.
Now, just to clarify, so you know what I'm talking about here. I have a four and a half year old son named Enzo and I have a three month son named Nico and they are both going to, you know, Enzo is going to be going to school in September and Nico is going to be going to daycare.
We finally worked out his daycare situation. I'm so excited. So I only have about one more month left with them at home, but it's one more month of me being a full-time stay at home mom before I can get right back into my coaching business on a full-time basis.
So anyways, I was thinking the thought, "I don't want to be a full-time stay at home mom," I was feeling resistant. I was doing things that I don't want to do. And I wasn't doing things that I wanted to do. Which was giving me just terrible results. It was causing me to eat off plan or overeat towards the end of the week, pretty much every week up until this point, because you know, at the beginning of each week, I would start the week out with so much energy and be present with my children. And I was coming off the weekend where my husband was home to help me. And then towards the end of the week, mama was tired. You know, I just couldn't keep it up. And my thoughts were terrible. My thoughts were not helping me at all because they were generating feelings that were just depleting me, this feeling of resistance in my body. So uncovering this thought was really helpful for me.
Now as a Life Coach, I know there's many different things that you can do once you uncover a thought that you don't like. You can change the thought, you can do nothing and just let the thought be there, you can accept the thought, or you can change your feelings associated with the thought.
So in this specific example, this thought that I'm having, I decided that I don't want to change this thought. I want to have this thought. "I don't want to be a full-time stay at home mom." I want to have this thought, but I want to change the way it makes me feel. I don't want to feel so much resistance towards all of that.
So instead I did the work inside my self-coaching sessions to start change the way I felt about this thought and the change that I was going for was feeling confident. So "I don't want to be a full-time stay at home mom" - instead of feeling that resistance in my body, now when I think that thought, I feel confident, I feel like this is the right choice. This is the right thought for me. I feel like I can take a look at this thought and ask myself, "How is this serving me? How is it serving my children? How is it serving my son and our entire family?" And I was well to answer those questions in my self-coaching sessions.
Doing the work to change the way I feel from resistance to confident, when I think the thought, "I don't want to be a full-time stay at home mom," has helped me in so many ways.
Now, how is this serving me? The answer to that question is a lot of different answers. So I want to be the woman who has a vision for her life, who goes after her dreams, who lives her passions, who helps other women lose weight before and after pregnancy, who shows her sons and even her husband, what she can do. You know, be an example to them, of someone who has this ambitious goal, this ambitious dream who wants to go help other women. And does it, you know, I don't sit around thinking about doing it. I don't, you know, dream about it in my room at night, I am doing it. I am helping women lose weight before and after pregnancy. I am an entrepreneur. I am a Life Coach. I am making my dreams come true and helping other people at the same time.
So "I don't want to be a full-time stay-at-home mom," I could sit here and feel very terrible and heavy about that and not be a Life Coach. Or could take ownership of this thought and feel confident about my decision and see how it's going to affect my life, my children's lives, and my husband's life in such a positive way. I want to be an example to them and to you. I want to help you lose your weight before and after pregnancy, just like I'm doing for myself right now.
So it's very interesting to uncover these thoughts during self-coaching sessions, and really start to see what they're creating for us. What type of energy, what type of actions and behavior, what results we're getting from them.
Do we want to change the thought? Do we want to keep the thoughts? Do we want to know change the way the thought makes us feel? We have choices when it comes to our own thinking. And for me this week, I uncovered this thought and I changed the way I felt about it and I could not be prouder.
Now I'm feeling so amazing when I think this thought, and I am not overeating or eating off plan because of this thought. So I know I have a lot more thoughts like this floating around in my brain that I have to figure out, you know, uncover them, become aware of them and decide what I want to do with them. And then do the work to either change them or change the way I feel or just accept them for what they are. And you have the same choice for yourself.
Ok. So that was week number seven in a nutshell. I am moving on to week number eight and I could not be prouder of myself for fitting into my maternity pants from when I was six months pregnant.
I hope you're having an awesome week and I will talk to you soon.
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