[PODCAST EPISODE 46] Top 3 Lessons Learned From Losing 15.4 PoundsSep 30, 2021
About the show:
After having baby Nico, I lost 15.4 pounds in 14 weeks following The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program. I now have everything I need to reach my goal weight and maintain it without any drama. Listen to this episode to hear the top 3 lessons I learned during my journey that helped me reach this point. You'll laugh a little bit, learn a little bit, and you'll be inspired to lose weight in a way that actually feels good to you.
Resources from the show:
- 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 46.
Today, I've got a really good episode planned for you. I'm going to share with you the top three lessons that I've learned from losing 15.4 pounds in 14 weeks on my own weight loss program.
As you know, I had a baby just a couple of months ago, and when I started to feel better after giving birth to him and my doctor gave me the okay, I started my own weight loss journey postpartum. I took myself through my own weight loss program, which is called The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program. It's 14 weeks long, and I just recently completed it.
Now, you can already tell by the title of this podcast that I lost 15.4 pounds on this program. But that's not even the best part. The best part is that I now have everything I need to lose the rest of my weight, which is 34.6 pounds left to go. So I really feel as though it's just a matter of time now.
I don't feel rushed to lose the rest of my weight. I don't feel like I can't do it. I don't feel like it's really hard. I do truly feel like I'm doing everything that I want to do, not only to lose the weight, but also to continue in maintenance.
So my total goal when I started was to lose 50 pounds. I've lost 15.4 pounds. And I have 34.6 pounds left to go. But I learned a lot in those 15.4 pounds down. And I wanted to share with you the top three lessons that I learned. So here they are.
Lesson one. Eat what you want to eat, but make sure you plan it 24 hours in advance.
This is so important. When we go on a diet, a lot of us, my past-self included, used to think that we have to eat only healthy food. Like I'm going to be eating a salad every single day and broccoli and all of these vegetables. And I won't be able to have anything fun and I won't be able to eat bread or carbs or sugar or anything like that. I'm going to be miserable during the weight loss process. And that is not what I'm doing. It's not what I teach my clients to do. It's not what I would recommend for anybody, even my worst enemy.
So lesson number one, eat what you want to eat. Just make sure you plan it 24 hours in advance. Pretty straightforward. Okay. Let's move on to lesson two.
Lesson two. Be patient.
This is a big one because a lot of people, my past-self included, like to rush through the process. Like I have a goal of losing 50 pounds. I need to lose 50 pounds as fast as I possibly can. Tomorrow would be great. Actually, no, I want to lose 50 pounds today. Today would be great. But it doesn't work like that. And feeling that rushed feeling when we're trying to do something big and life-changing like losing our weight, it really doesn't help us at all to feel that rushed feeling.
Being patient is feeling that calm sensation in your body. Feeling like you have everything you need. Feeling like it's just a matter of time. Feeling like I'm doing the things I want to do, not the things I feel like I need to do. You know, there's a difference there.
So when we feel patient, it really generates this calm sensation in our body, in our nervous system, that allows the process to be a lot more fun. And not only that, I mean, you see a lot of these quick fix diets where you lose weight really, really fast.
Like you might hear my results of 15.4 pounds in 14 weeks and be like, “That's not enough. Like she didn't lose enough weight. That's just not worth it to me. I don't want to do that. It's not, it's not fast enough.”
And if you're thinking anything like that, then you are probably thinking about those quick fix diets out there that are really good to marketing to people. And you can lose your weight that way. Right? A lot of people have done it, but the problem is you can't sustain it because you're doing things to lose weight really, really fast that you don't want to continue in the long term.
So you're stuck either continuing to do whatever it is that you did to lose the weight really fast, to maintain it or keep losing. Or we gain the weight back. That's what happens.
So lesson number two, being patient is really important.
And I want to tell you just a quick, funny story about patients in general, that might give you a little example of how to be more patient.
Okay. So this morning I was in the car driving Enzo to school and there was a lot of traffic. I mean, we were on an interstate going, you know, 65 miles an hour. And there was a lot of traffic. All of a sudden, boom, red lights everybody's stopped. Something was going on. I wasn't sure at that point, if it was an accident, you know, or if this is just normal morning traffic, because it's all new to me to bring Enzo to school in the morning, especially going to this new school he's going to.
So we immediately stopped and I was getting really impatient and I was getting really frustrated because I didn't want to be late. You know, I didn't want to have Enzo show up to school being late. And we had left the house right on time. So there was really no room for error if we wanted it to be on time.
So I started to realize that I was feeling impatient,that I was feeling frustrated. And what I did was I said to my son, who is almost five years old, I said, “Oh, I just noticed that I'm feeling really impatient right now. I noticed I'm feeling really frustrated. And it's not because of the cars around me being stopped or us being stopped or us possibly being late to school. I'm impatient because of my thoughts about what's happening right now. My thoughts that we're going to be late. That I don't want my son to be late. I don't want the teachers to think of me as a parent who drops off their kid late. I don't want to be stopped. I want to be driving."
You know, all of these things, I was sharing with him my thoughts that were making me feel impatient.
So then I asked Enzo for his advice. I said, “Enzo, do you have any suggestions of thoughts that I can think right now that would make me feel more patient?”
He said, “Why don't you just not think about the traffic?” He said, “Think about something else.”
And I'm like, “Oh, that's a really good idea. That's a good idea for me to think about something else. But in this instance, I might want to think about the traffic a little bit because it's right in front of my face. I can see it right there. So do you have any ideas of what thoughts I can think that would make me feel more patient right now?”
And he said, “Yeah, mom, we'll get to school. Don't worry. Even if we're a little late, it's not a big deal. Don't worry, mom.
And I laughed when he said that. And I was like, “Those are really good thoughts. I like those thoughts. Those thoughts make me feel more patient.”
So that was just kind of a quick little example for you that when you're feeling something like impatient, like me with all the cars being stopped, that feeling of impatience came from my thoughts in that moment. It did not come from the circumstances or the things around me, the cars being stopped, whatever happened. It came from my thoughts and I have control over that. And if I can adjust my thinking, if I want to in that moment, to feel more patient than I can.
Now, if you're wondering it wasn't a car accident, there was a car that actually broke down on the highway and there was a AAA there to help the person. So they're okay. Everything's fine. We got to school. We were like five minutes late, but everything worked out. It was totally fine.
So that's just an example of how to be more patient. By having thoughts about your journey, about your weight loss journey or anything else in your life really, that caused you to feel more patient.
So when it comes back to weight loss, what kind of thoughts can you think that will make you feel more patient with the process?
Like everything is happening exactly as it should be.
I am losing weight at the pace I should be losing weight.
This is a totally normal pace to lose my weight.
I'm losing my weight in a way that feels good to me, is sustainable in the long run, and I'm eating the foods that I want to eat.
Or I'm losing weight in a way that will be easy for me to keep going with and continue with after I've reached my ideal weight so that I can maintain it the rest of my life, unless I get pregnant again of course.
So those are just a couple of examples of thoughts that you can think that might make you feel more patient during the weight loss process so that you can enjoy it and do the things that you want to do for sustainable weight loss.
Okay. So lesson number one was eat what you want to eat, but plan it 24 hours in advance. Lesson number two was to be patient.
Lesson number three. Which is, I think, a pretty fun one, is to celebrate all of your results. Not just the number on the scale, though that is one that you can celebrate too, but celebrate all of your results.
So let me tell you what all of my results were that I could think of by the end of those 14 weeks. So here's my list.
I lost 15.4 pounds in this program in 14 weeks. That is something that I want to celebrate.
I have 34.6 pounds left to lose. That is something that I want to celebrate.
I dropped one to two clothing sizes. It was like one and a half. So it's kind of in the middle there. I dropped one to two clothing sizes.
And at the end of this program, I was able to wear, like comfortably wear, my wedding ring. Which I haven't been able to put on in over a year.
Another thing I have more energy to do the things that I want to do, including playing with my kids. And the way that I know that I have more energy is that I'm being sillier with my kids. I'm like running around in the backyard, chasing them, picking them up, twirling them around in a circle, playing with them on their playset. I am being sillier with them, which is showing me that I have more energy now.
Another thing is I am being more affectionate to my husband. Just I naturally am being more affectionate to him. Being light with him, having fun, being flirty, you know, touching his arm, giving him hugs and kisses, just more affection all around with my husband.
Another thing I've noticed is that I'm feeling less aches and pains in my body like physically. Which is causing me, in a good way, to take less pain medication just to get through my day, if you know what I mean. So that's awesome.
Another thing is that I have a greater sense of pride in myself, accomplishment in what I can do, and trust in myself that I'm going to do what I say I'm going to do. Those 24 hour food plans are everything. Planning out what I'm going to eat 24 hours in advance and actually following through and eating it is building that trust in myself.
Another thing, which is a huge thing for me, is that I'm thinking less about food and less about weight loss. So I'm basically opening up space in my brain to think about other things. You know, I'm not constantly fixated on food or losing weight or the number on the scale or the, you know, the way my clothes fit. I'm not constantly thinking about that anymore. I've opened up space in my brain to think about other things, like my next big goals. And that's important to me.
Another thing is that I feel more excited for the future and more excited for my present. Like today. I'm happy where I am right now. And I'm still excited and looking forward to, in anticipation of the future, of my future self, who reaches the ideal weight. So I'm not hating myself through this process. I love who I am today. And I love the woman that I'm building in my future.
Another thing is that I'm having more fun. Like I said, I'm being sillier with my kids and I'm having more fun going on dates with my husband. I'm definitely putting myself into more social situations now. So that's been fun.
Another thing is emotional balance. This program, which I have created, has strengthened my ability to reach emotional balance every single day. So I'm not feeling those super high highs, those super low lows, like I used to. I mean, don't get me wrong, sometimes I do feel those high highs and low lows, but it's way less. Most days I reached that really nice balance of my emotions. And that's causing me to show up in the world as a mom, as a wife, as a woman, as a coach, as a weight loss coach, all of these things, that's causing me to show up with everybody in my life, including my clients in a much calmer way.
With that in mind, another thing that I'm celebrating from finishing this program is I now have a greater sense that I can emotionally handle any situation. I mean, seriously, think about every single day of your life and what situations come your way.
Maybe it's something with your kids, something with your husband or partner, something with your kids' schools, something with your mom or your dad or your brother or your sister, or just anything in your life, your boss, your job, who knows. Something happens every day in everybody's life, right? There's us situation. And I feel like I can emotionally handle any situation, without blaming anybody else for my emotions and without feeling disempowered or feeling like I don't have control. It's amazing.
And the last thing that I'm celebrating after completing The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program is that I now have a genuine desire to take care of myself better. And I'm not talking just physically, though that is part of this. I'm talking emotionally. Mentally and emotionally.
I want to take care of myself better because I now see, clear as day, how me taking care of myself emotionally, mentally, physically, all of it, pours out into the world around me. With my kids, my husband, my family, my friends, everybody that I interact with, my coaching clients. The desire for me to take care of myself better pours out into the world in so many other ways.
So that's my list. That is all of the things I'm celebrating from finishing the program that is way more than just the number on the scale.
I am so proud of myself. I am so proud of all of my clients who went on this journey with me, who are currently in their own journeys still with me because I'm not done yet. Like is that I have 34.6 pounds left to lose.
But the cool thing is, as a surprise to all of my clients inside The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program, I have decided to continue shooting videos with updates of my progress, which will help them feel supported and guided, and like they're not alone, which is very important during the weight loss process.
So if you want to lose your own weight in a way that feels good to you, where you eat what you want to eat but you do plan in advance, where you learn to be patient through the process and actually enjoy the process, and where you're encouraged to celebrate all of your results, not just the number on the scale, though that is nice too, then join The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program today.
Inside there, you'll learn everything you need to lose your weight, reach your ideal weight, and maintain it once you get there. You'll learn how to do it in a way that feels good to you, that is you basically changing your lifestyle, instead of just quickly losing weight and feeling miserable through the process. It is not like that at all.
So join the program. Inside there you have a couple of bonuses, but the one bonus that I'm talking about right now is called Andrea's Weight Loss Journey. And you have one video from me going through my own journey during these 14 weeks, one video a day, which will help you feel supported and not alone through this process. I will guide you through the way that I've lost this weight that will help you lose your weight too. And because I still have 34.6 pounds left to lose, I am now going to do a monthly update video and add it right to that bonus. And I plan to do that monthly update every single month until I get to my ideal weight. I don't know if it'll take me six months, a year, a year and a half, or longer. I don't care. The timing means nothing to me because I am doing this in a way that feels good to me.
But I am committed to continuously shoot monthly videos until I reach my ideal weight so that you don't feel alone in the process yourself.
On top of all that, inside the program you also get email coaching directly with me. So anytime that anything comes up in your life that's bothering you, or that causes you to feel disempowered, or that causes you to overeat or eat off plan or anything happening in your life, you just send me a quick email, tell me what's going on, and you will get expert advice back from a Certified Life and Weight Coach.
I want to be your weight coach. I want to be there with you through this process. So, if you want to lose your weight, join The 6 Stages Weight Loss Program today. You will get everything I talked about. And I cannot wait to help you reach your ideal weight in a way that feels good to you. Listen to the end of this podcast to learn where you can go to join.
And if you think it's not enough. If you think that you want more support, more accountability, more coaching, I also offer private coaching, which is where we would meet one-on-one. So if you're interested in that, just go to www.mcccoaching.com/coaching to learn more about that. Apply for a free consultation. We'll schedule a time to meet one-on-one and talk about you and your goals. And you can decide at that time, if private coaching is right for you or not.
All right? It's painless, it's fun, and all of these things are designed to help you reach your weight loss goal in a way that you want to do it, while feeling empowered and actually enjoying the process.
All right, that's it for this week. I'll talk to you next week.
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.