[PODCAST EPISODE 44] Quitting Is Not An OptionSep 16, 2021
About the show:
Imagine how different your weight loss experience would be if quitting wasn't an option. What would change for you if quitting were just off the table? Listen to this episode to learn a new way of approaching weight loss that doesn't include quitting. It will change your entire weight loss experience and help you during weight maintenance.
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- Learn more about The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program
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 44.
Today, we're going to talk about a very important topic. We are going to talk about quitting and when quitting is not an option.
But before we get to that, I just want to say that I am a proud, a little bit sad and grateful mama today, because my four month old son, Nico started daycare for the first time last week and Enzo, my almost five-year-old son is starting school for the very first time next week.
So there's a lot of change going on in my household right now. It's all good change. And I'm really excited for everybody to have all these new experiences in their lives. But of course there is a pandemic going on in the world. So of course there are thoughts about what could happen out there. And if you're feeling the same way, I totally get it. I understand there is a lot of uncertainty right now, but guess what? There always is uncertainty. Even when it's not a pandemic.
We make the best choices we can make with the information we have and with our own thoughts about things. And for me and my husband, we made the decision to send Nico to daycare and Enzo back to school, and we feel, for the most part, really good about those decisions and really happy that everybody's going to be, you know, moving on, being with other kids and other babies and having different life experiences than they would have at home in the house.
If you made a decision to keep your kids home, that's totally your decision. I am not judging by any means. I am just talking about my own personal decisions and my own personal thoughts for my family. And I am sad a little bit, I miss my boys, but I'm excited and happy and really grateful at the same time. So anyways, that's where I'm at.
Let's talk about quitting and when quitting is not an option.
What I teach with my clients inside The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program and with my private clients, is that we have to learn from our mistakes.
So if we are following a weight loss plan, we have a food plan, you know, and we eat off plan or we overeat at a specific meal, we can learn from that mistake. And we can turn that mistake into an opportunity. The opportunity is to learn and look at what happened. Look at what thoughts and feelings led us to either eat off plan or overeat. That's a huge opportunity to do work on your emotional life that you would not have gotten if you did not make the mistake.
So what I teach is to turn your mistakes into opportunities and to never, ever, ever try to be perfect. I mean, you might have some weeks where you're like doing a hundred percent of everything perfectly and that's great. It feels really good, right? But it's okay to not be perfect too. You can still lose your weight, you can still reach your ideal weight, reach your weight loss goal without being perfect.
When you make the mistake, just keep going right there in the moment. Don't stop your plan and start up again on Monday. That is wasted time between the time you give up and quit and the time you start again. It's so unnecessary, just keep going right there in the moment, learn about what happened, what thoughts and feelings led you to make that mistake. Then take that information with you and keep going right there in the moment. Keep following your plan at the next meal.
And if your mistake was overeating, go into that next meal with an idea of what went wrong so that it doesn't happen again. And you can practice and do everything in your power to not have it happen again.
Ok. So that's pretty much what I teach and what I do in my own life. And I want to ask you a question and I really want you to stop and consider this. How different would your weight loss experience be if quitting wasn't an option? Seriously. What if quitting was just off the table? It's not even a possibility. It's not even something you're going to think about. Quitting is not an option. What would be different with your weight loss experience?
Here's a couple of examples. Maybe you wouldn't have days or weeks wasted in between when you quit and when you start up again.
Maybe your mindset would change. Maybe you would see weight loss and the whole process as completely different. Maybe you would start to look at it like a lifestyle change instead of like the diet mentality.
Maybe you would start to get rid of the idea of perfection and you would start to see your mistakes as opportunities.
Maybe you would start to also take a look at those thoughts and feelings that led to those mistakes. And you would really start to create a connection with yourself, an awareness of yourself that you haven't had in a long time, or maybe you've never had.
Those are just a couple of examples off the top of my head, but I want to know from you, how different would your weight loss experience be if quitting wasn't an option? If it wasn't even on the table. It was not an option.
And think of it like when you reach your ideal weight, you continue with this mindset in weight maintenance. You continue with the idea that it's never going to be perfect. I'm going to make mistakes. Quitting is not an option. I'm going to continue. This is part of life. This is my lifestyle, and it's never going to look perfect, the way that I really want it to look in my mind. I mean, think about what can happen if you approach weight loss this way, and you continue this mindset in weight maintenance.
There's really no chance that you will fail. There's no chance that you wouldn't reach your ideal way or be able to maintain it because you're constantly looking at it like quitting is not an option and you're going to keep going no matter what. And I love this way of thinking.
I approach this way of thinking, not only with my own weight loss, because as you know, I am currently in my own weight loss journey postpartum after having baby Nico. So I'm going through this again and I am approaching it this way as well. And not only that, I'm a Certified Life and Weight Coach. I have my own coaching practice. I help other women reach their ideal weights and change the relationship with themselves and to be able to continue their lifestyle in maintenance. That's what I do.
I'm a business owner. I have kids, two small kids at home and a husband. I have other things going on in my life that I approach this mindset to. Quitting is not an option.
It's not an option with weight loss. It's not an option with weight maintenance. It's not an option as a coach for my clients. It's not an option for my business. It’s not an option with my kids or my husband or my relationship with them. It's not an option when it comes to me connecting with myself. I will not quit. I will keep going with self-coaching and keep trying to evolve myself as a person and keep moving forward and making my life better in so many different ways. That's how I approach it.
So again, I want to ask you one final time, with your weight loss goal, how different would your experience be if quitting wasn't an option? And how different would it be in weight maintenance? And how different would it be with other things that you want to do in your life?
Maybe you want to start a business and have flexibility so that you can work from home and be your own boss and be able to be there for your children even more in this way. Maybe you want to get a new job or go into a new career line. Or maybe you want to write a book. Maybe you have the goal of writing a children's book someday or another type of book. I don't know.
Imagine if you approached all of your goals in your life where quitting wasn't an option. You do have the power to have this type of mindset in anything that you want to do. I'm living proof of this. And so are my clients.
Alright. That's it for this week. I hope I gave you a lot of good things to think about here.
And if you're ready to start losing your own weight, I am here for you. I can help you. Join The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program and let's get you started. Listen to the end of this audio to learn how to join.
Ok? Alright. I'll talk to you next week.
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