Posts Tagged ‘weight loss journey’

Episode 142: Overcoming a Lifetime of Emotional Eating – An Interview with a Freedom Group Member

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Episode 142: Overcoming a Lifetime of Emotional Eating – An Interview with a Freedom Group Member

Listen in with me as I interview Randy, one of the Freedom Group members. Her story isn’t that different from yours.

Overcoming Podcast 142

The Freedom Group – Here’s How You Can Work With Me!

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help.

The Freedom Group is a comprehensive, structured coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We use my unique EAT, THINK, LOVE program to help you lose weight, change how you eat, and lose the whole problem!

Enrollment will open soon, so get on the waiting list and be the first to know when we’re accepting new members. This is a monthly membership and you can stay as long as you wish. I’d love to work with you in the Freedom Group.


After years of dieting and not understanding why those diets didn’t work, Randy has finally found what we all want: freedom!

Randy learned all about the emotions that drove her to eat more than her body needed. She learned that there was nothing wrong with her, but instead with the band-aid fix of just eating less food.

Did you learn at an early age that it wasn’t okay to express your emotions? This is really common. We’re taught to be ‘good’ as children, and that meant suppressing those strong feelings.

Well, those feelings don’t go away. They hide under the surface and create such discomfort, that we turn to something to feel better. That’s what emotional eating is.

I want you to hear how Randy is dealing with her eating, her emotions and her guilt of taking care of herself so that she can permanently end her eating issues. And the end result? Weight loss of course, because she isn’t eating away her feelings.

But more than the weight loss, she has found the way to finally feel at peace with herself and her life.

And this, my friend, is priceless!


Weight Loss Made Real Free Facebook Group

Join my free Facebook group where we will talk about and learn the concepts taught on my podcasts on a deeper level. Join the group here.


Podcast Study Guide

The Weight Loss Made Real Podcast Study Guide was created to support you on your weight loss journey. If you enjoy my podcast and want help taking what you hear and putting it into real life action, you’ll love this workbook!

Collection 1 is all about Episodes 1 – 52, and it contains these great features:

  • Easy-to-read summaries of all the main, most important concepts from each podcast episode.
  • Room for you to take notes that are relevant to you and your life, right there alongside the summary notes.
  • A direct link to each episode for your reference and so you can easily listen while you read the summaries.
  • An action step for each episode, plus links to additional resources mentioned are embedded right into the notes so you can easily access them, if desired… and much more!

Get all the details and purchase your copy today.


Gifts and Important Links

Make sure you get your FREE downloadable copy of my Amazon book, Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss here: https://weightlossmadereal.com/gifts

I always welcome your letters. You may email me with questions and suggestions for podcasts at cookie@realweightlossrealwomen.com

Finally, I’d so appreciate it if you would leave me an honest rating and review on Apple Podcasts at https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/itunes. It will help the show and its ranking in Apple Podcasts a lot!

Here’s how to rate and review on Apple Podcasts: https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/rate. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Episode 141: Take a Deep Dive for Lasting Change

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Episode 141: Take a Deep Dive for Lasting Change

If you aren’t satisfied with your current weight or your eating habits (emotional eating and habitual overeating) then this podcast is for you.

Deep Dive Podcast 141

I know you’ve tried repeatedly to lose the extra weight and change your eating habits. But it never sticks, does it? That’s because the “solutions” you’ve tried aren’t addressing the root cause.

In this episode I’ll talk about the difference between a surface solution and a root-cause solution. I’ll talk about why you need to take a deep dive into your issue if you want to achieve lasting change. And I’ll share three steps you can take to get different results and create a better future where the whole weight issue is permanently solved.

I can’t wait to share these 3 steps with you!


Weight Loss Made Real Free Facebook Group

Join my free Facebook group where we will talk about and learn the concepts taught on my podcasts on a deeper level. Join the group here.


The Freedom Group – Here’s How You Can Work With Me!

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help.

The Freedom Group is a comprehensive, structured coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We use my unique EAT, THINK, LOVE program to help you lose weight, change how you eat, and lose the whole problem!

Enrollment will open soon, so get on the waiting list and be the first to know when we’re accepting new members. This is a monthly membership and you can stay as long as you wish. I’d love to work with you in the Freedom Group.


Podcast Study Guide

The Weight Loss Made Real Podcast Study Guide was created to support you on your weight loss journey. If you enjoy my podcast and want help taking what you hear and putting it into real life action, you’ll love this workbook!

Collection 1 is all about Episodes 1 – 52, and it contains these great features:

  • Easy-to-read summaries of all the main, most important concepts from each podcast episode.
  • Room for you to take notes that are relevant to you and your life, right there alongside the summary notes.
  • A direct link to each episode for your reference and so you can easily listen while you read the summaries.
  • An action step for each episode, plus links to additional resources mentioned are embedded right into the notes so you can easily access them, if desired… and much more!

Get all the details and purchase your copy today.


Gifts and Important Links

Make sure you get your FREE downloadable copy of my Amazon book, Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss here: https://weightlossmadereal.com/gifts

I always welcome your letters. You may email me with questions and suggestions for podcasts at cookie@realweightlossrealwomen.com

Finally, I’d so appreciate it if you would leave me an honest rating and review on Apple Podcasts at https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/itunes. It will help the show and its ranking in Apple Podcasts a lot!

Here’s how to rate and review on Apple Podcasts: https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/rate. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Episode 134: Do You Expect to Lose Weight on Day 1?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Episode 134: Do You Expect to Lose Weight on Day 1?

In today’s coaching session we’re going to talk about what you expect when you start a new weight loss plan or program.

Expect Podcast 134

You’re so excited (and a bit scared) when you get started. You’re ready to really do it this time, aren’t you?

You may not want to admit it, but secretly you’re hoping to get on the scale tomorrow and see big changes. When you don’t, you get discouraged. And most likely, the new plan doesn’t last.

If that sounds familiar, listen in as I talk about this topic.

There are six things I’ll cover:

  1. What your expectations are when you start a new weight loss plan.
  2. Why you have these expectations.
  3. What happens when reality doesn’t match your expectations.
  4. The results of this pattern (it’s a never-ending cycle.)
  5. What is realistic to expect when you start a new plan.
  6. And what that reality requires of you.

Understand why you expect this and why it’s unrealistic. And these expectations are unrealistic. (We’re keeping it real here – I’ll always tell you the hard truth.)

How do you stop this cycle of starting a new weight loss plan, having unrealistic expectations, getting discouraged, and then quitting? Learn what to do instead of repeating that pattern.

I’ll show you how to see what is required of you if you want to succeed. And I’ll teach you what’s needed so you can stay on plan, stay on the path, and achieve your goal.

Join me for this coaching session and let’s put an end to the cycle of start-stop-repeat. It’s not getting you the results you want. It’s time to learn what to do instead.


Weight Loss Made Real Free Facebook Group

Join my free Facebook group where we will talk about and learn the concepts taught on my podcasts on a deeper level. Join the group here.


The Freedom Group – Here’s How You Can Work With Me!

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help.

The Freedom Group is a comprehensive, structured coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We use my unique EAT, THINK, LOVE program to help you lose weight, change how you eat, and lose the whole problem!

Enrollment will open soon, so get on the waiting list and be the first to know when we’re accepting new members. This is a monthly membership and you can stay as long as you wish. I’d love to work with you in the Freedom Group.


Podcast Study Guide

The Weight Loss Made Real Podcast Study Guide was created to support you on your weight loss journey. If you enjoy my podcast and want help taking what you hear and putting it into real life action, you’ll love this workbook!

Collection 1 is all about Episodes 1 – 52, and it contains these great features:

  • Easy-to-read summaries of all the main, most important concepts from each podcast episode.
  • Room for you to take notes that are relevant to you and your life, right there alongside the summary notes.
  • A direct link to each episode for your reference and so you can easily listen while you read the summaries.
  • An action step for each episode, plus links to additional resources mentioned are embedded right into the notes so you can easily access them, if desired… and much more!

Get all the details and purchase your copy today.


Gifts and Important Links

Make sure you get your FREE downloadable copy of my Amazon book, Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss here: https://weightlossmadereal.com/gifts

I always welcome your letters. You may email me with questions and suggestions for podcasts at cookie@realweightlossrealwomen.com

Finally, I’d so appreciate it if you would leave me an honest rating and review on iTunes at https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/itunes. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes a lot!

Here’s how to rate and review on iTunes: https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/rate. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Episode 112: Why You Should Use Non-Scale Goals and Non-Scale Victories

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Episode 112: Why You Should Use Non-Scale Goals and Non-Scale Victories

Does your scale frustrate you?

Non-scale podcast 112

Does getting on the scale sometimes give you a great day, and then you go celebrate with extra treats?

Or maybe it gives you a bad day, and then you attempt to cheer yourself up with extra food your body isn’t hungry for.

Either way, it feels like you are giving your scale too much power in your life.

Who wants to be told whether to be miserable or joyful based on a number on a piece of plastic and metal?

Yet, you do want some way to set goals, and then measure your progress toward them.

Here it is!

And here’s what you’ll learn today:

  • What are non-scale goals and non-scale victories?
  • Why you might want to consider divorcing your scale.
  • Understand the appeal of the scale and the numbers.
  • What might change for you with non-scale goals and victories.
  • How to use different goals and checkpoints along the way to measure your progress on your weight loss journey.
  • The best way to stay motivated in your quest to eat naturally and drop your extra weight.
  • Some of the amazing benefits you will get as your eating normalizes, that have nothing to do with the number on the scale.
  • And, how your focus on the number of pounds on your body can negate any progress you’ve made.

Please join me as we dive into the scale and its alternatives.


Weight Loss Made Real Free Facebook Group

Join my free Facebook group where we will discuss and learn the concepts taught on my podcasts on a deeper level. Join the group here.


The Freedom Group – Here’s How You Can Work With Me!

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help.

The Freedom Group is a comprehensive, structured coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We use my unique EAT, THINK, LOVE program to help you lose weight, change how you eat, and lose the whole problem!

Enrollment will open soon, so get on the waiting list and be the first to know when we’re accepting new members. This is a monthly membership and you can stay as long as you wish. I’d love to work with you in the Freedom Group.


Podcast Study Guide

The Weight Loss Made Real Podcast Study Guide was created to support you on your weight loss journey. If you enjoy my podcast and want help taking what you hear and putting it into real life action, you’ll love this workbook!

Collection 1 is all about Episodes 1 – 52, and it contains these great features:

  • Easy-to-read summaries of all the main, most important concepts from each podcast episode.
  • Room for you to take notes that are relevant to you and your life, right there alongside the summary notes.
  • A direct link to each episode for your reference and so you can easily listen while you read the summaries.
  • An action step for each episode, plus links to additional resources mentioned are embedded right into the notes so you can easily access them, if desired… and much more!

Get all the details and purchase your copy today.


Gifts and Important Links

Make sure you get your FREE downloadable copy of my Amazon book, Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss, plus other gifts. Get them here: http://weightlossmadereal.com/gifts

I always welcome your letters. You may email me with questions and suggestions for podcasts at cookie@realweightlossrealwomen.com

Finally, I’d so appreciate it if you would leave me an honest rating and review on iTunes at https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/itunes. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes a lot!

Here’s how to rate and review on iTunes: https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/rate. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Episode 86: Getting Over the Hump

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Episode 86: Getting Over the Hump

Whenever you try to change what you typically do, it’s really common to hit the wall. The wall of your old habits.

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Changing these old habits involves a little discomfort. I like to call the act of dealing with the discomfort: getting over the hump!

Once you get over the hump, and you’ve been willing to temporarily feel some discomfort, a whole new world will open up to you.

You won’t be controlled by your habits. And we know habits play a big role in how you eat.

So settle in and join me in this coaching session and learn how to get over the hump of discomfort to make real change in your eating and in your weight.

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help. The Freedom Group is a coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We’d love to have you in the group!


Weight Loss Made Real Free Facebook Group

Join my free Facebook group where we will discuss and learn the concepts taught on my podcasts on a deeper level. Join the group here.


The Freedom Group – Here’s How You Can Work With Me!

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help.

The Freedom Group is a comprehensive, structured coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We use my unique EAT, THINK, LOVE program to help you lose weight, change how you eat, and lose the whole problem!

Enrollment will open soon, so get on the waiting list and be the first to know when weíre accepting new members. This is a monthly membership and you can stay as long as you wish. Iíd love to work with you in the Freedom Group.


Podcast Study Guide

The Weight Loss Made Real Podcast Study Guide was created to support you on your weight loss journey. If you enjoy my podcast and want help taking what you hear and putting it into real life action, youíll love this workbook!

Collection 1 is all about Episodes 1 ñ 52, and it contains these great features:

  • Easy-to-read summaries of all the main, most important concepts from each podcast episode.
  • Room for you to take notes that are relevant to you and your life, right there alongside the summary notes.
  • A direct link to each episode for your reference and so you can easily listen while you read the summaries.
  • An action step for each episode, plus links to additional resources mentioned are embedded right into the notes so you can easily access them, if desiredÖ and much more!

Get all the details and purchase your copy today.


Gifts and Important Links

Make sure you get your FREE downloadable copy of my Amazon book, Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss here: https://weightlossmadereal.com/gifts

I always welcome your letters. You may email me with questions and suggestions for podcasts at cookie@realweightlossrealwomen.com

Finally, Iíd so appreciate it if you would leave me an honest rating and review on iTunes at https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/itunes. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes a lot!

Here’s how to rate and review on iTunes: https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/rate. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Episode 74: What Will Really Be Different When You Finally Lose Weight?

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Episode 74: What Will Really Be Different When You Finally Lose Weight?

Do you dream about how things will be different in the future? You know, once you lose weight. Once you eat differently. Once you stop bingeing. Or once you truly start taking care of yourself.

Different podcast 74

This dream sounds so smart. It makes you feel excited to move forward and make changes. But changing who you are and how you live is an inside job. It doesn’t automatically happen when your weight changes.

Changing your body comes from new thinking and eventually new eating.

But truly changing your future is available to you right now. Even with whatever you weight today.

If weight loss is your goal and you reach it, no doubt you’ll have a smaller body.

But surprisingly, some things will be better and many more will still be the same.

So how do you motivate yourself to move forward and learn to act and think in new ways, while understanding that weighing a certain number doesn’t change your life?

You start right here. With me today, in your coaching session.


Weight Loss Made Real Free Facebook Group

Join my free Facebook group where we will discuss and learn the concepts taught on my podcasts on a deeper level. Join the group here.


The Freedom Group – Here’s How You Can Work With Me!

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help.

The Freedom Group is a comprehensive, structured coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We use my unique EAT, THINK, LOVE program to help you lose weight, change how you eat, and lose the whole problem!

Enrollment will open soon, so get on the waiting list and be the first to know when weíre accepting new members. This is a monthly membership and you can stay as long as you wish. Iíd love to work with you in the Freedom Group.


Podcast Study Guide

The Weight Loss Made Real Podcast Study Guide was created to support you on your weight loss journey. If you enjoy my podcast and want help taking what you hear and putting it into real life action, youíll love this workbook!

Collection 1 is all about Episodes 1 ñ 52, and it contains these great features:

  • Easy-to-read summaries of all the main, most important concepts from each podcast episode.
  • Room for you to take notes that are relevant to you and your life, right there alongside the summary notes.
  • A direct link to each episode for your reference and so you can easily listen while you read the summaries.
  • An action step for each episode, plus links to additional resources mentioned are embedded right into the notes so you can easily access them, if desiredÖ and much more!

Get all the details and purchase your copy today.


Gifts and Important Links

Make sure you get your FREE downloadable copy of my Amazon book, Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss here: https://weightlossmadereal.com/gifts

I always welcome your letters. You may email me with questions and suggestions for podcasts at cookie@realweightlossrealwomen.com

Finally, Iíd so appreciate it if you would leave me an honest rating and review on iTunes at https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/itunes. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes a lot!

Here’s how to rate and review on iTunes: https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/rate. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Episode 66: Why Taking a Pause in Your Weight Loss is Good, But Why It’s Not Good to Stop

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Episode 66: Why Taking a Pause in Your Weight Loss is Good, But Why It’s Not Good to Stop

Have you ever made a plan to eat differently, and then failed? Failure in my eyes may be different from how you see failure in yourself.

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To me, making a mistake is not a failure. But making a mistake and falling down and not getting back up is the true definition of failure.

What I’d like to coach you about today is learning how to create a pause instead of a stop.

A pause where you evaluate what’s going on and what you might need to adjust to move on.

And moving on is definitely part of the picture.

I think one of the most common mistakes my clients make is falling down and staying down.

Do you do this? It sure takes a big toll on you and how you see yourself. And it doesn’t have to be this way.

Join me in this coaching session where we talk about the different ways of handling a slip, and how to learn from it vs. just stop.


Weight Loss Made Real Free Facebook Group

Join my free Facebook group where we will discuss and learn the concepts taught on my podcasts on a deeper level. Join the group here.


The Freedom Group – Here’s How You Can Work With Me!

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help.

The Freedom Group is a comprehensive, structured coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We use my unique EAT, THINK, LOVE program to help you lose weight, change how you eat, and lose the whole problem!

Enrollment will open soon, so get on the waiting list and be the first to know when weíre accepting new members. This is a monthly membership and you can stay as long as you wish. Iíd love to work with you in the Freedom Group.


Podcast Study Guide

The Weight Loss Made Real Podcast Study Guide was created to support you on your weight loss journey. If you enjoy my podcast and want help taking what you hear and putting it into real life action, youíll love this workbook!

Collection 1 is all about Episodes 1 ñ 52, and it contains these great features:

  • Easy-to-read summaries of all the main, most important concepts from each podcast episode.
  • Room for you to take notes that are relevant to you and your life, right there alongside the summary notes.
  • A direct link to each episode for your reference and so you can easily listen while you read the summaries.
  • An action step for each episode, plus links to additional resources mentioned are embedded right into the notes so you can easily access them, if desiredÖ and much more!

Get all the details and purchase your copy today.


Gifts and Important Links

Make sure you get your FREE downloadable copy of my Amazon book, Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss here: https://weightlossmadereal.com/gifts

I always welcome your letters. You may email me with questions and suggestions for podcasts at cookie@realweightlossrealwomen.com

Finally, Iíd so appreciate it if you would leave me an honest rating and review on iTunes at https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/itunes. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes a lot!

Here’s how to rate and review on iTunes: https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/rate. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Episode 64: How to Stop Making the Same Mistakes

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Episode 64: How to Stop Making the Same Mistakes

Do you keep making the same eating mistakes? Over and over again?

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You know how bad it feels. You see what you’re doing. You see it happening. It’s almost like watching a movie, starring you.

And you feel helpless to step in and make a change.

Here’s how to do it. Here is the process you’ll take once you understand how change unfolds.

From unaware.

To aware but without responsibility.

From taking responsibility yet still doing what you don’t want to be doing.

And then to, voila, change!

When you see things differently, you will act differently.

Click here for a copy of the poem I love that so beautifully illustrates this concept.

Which chapter do you see yourself in? Does it help to know what’s next?

Let me know how you do.


Weight Loss Made Real Free Facebook Group

Join my free Facebook group where we will discuss and learn the concepts taught on my podcasts on a deeper level. Join the group here.


The Freedom Group – Here’s How You Can Work With Me!

Do you struggle to lose weight or stop eating emotionally? If you do, click here to learn how The Freedom Group can help.

The Freedom Group is a comprehensive, structured coaching program with me as your coach and a group of like-minded women who will help you reach your goals. We use my unique EAT, THINK, LOVE program to help you lose weight, change how you eat, and lose the whole problem!

Enrollment will open soon, so get on the waiting list and be the first to know when weíre accepting new members. This is a monthly membership and you can stay as long as you wish. Iíd love to work with you in the Freedom Group.


Podcast Study Guide

The Weight Loss Made Real Podcast Study Guide was created to support you on your weight loss journey. If you enjoy my podcast and want help taking what you hear and putting it into real life action, youíll love this workbook!

Collection 1 is all about Episodes 1 – 52, and it contains these great features:

  • Easy-to-read summaries of all the main, most important concepts from each podcast episode.
  • Room for you to take notes that are relevant to you and your life, right there alongside the summary notes.
  • A direct link to each episode for your reference and so you can easily listen while you read the summaries.
  • An action step for each episode, plus links to additional resources mentioned are embedded right into the notes so you can easily access them, if desiredÖ and much more!

Get all the details and purchase your copy today.


Gifts and Important Links

Make sure you get your FREE downloadable copy of my Amazon book, Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss here: https://weightlossmadereal.com/gifts

I always welcome your letters. You may email me with questions and suggestions for podcasts at cookie@realweightlossrealwomen.com

Finally, Iíd so appreciate it if you would leave me an honest rating and review on iTunes at https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/itunes. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes a lot!

Here’s how to rate and review on iTunes: https://realweightlossrealwomen.com/rate. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Put On Some Socks!

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I have to admit it; I love Raymond.Put on some socks

I mean, I love ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’.

Every single corny, over-watched, laugh-tracked episode.

With the familiar characters that almost everyone can find some version of in their own families.

It makes me laugh.

So a few nights ago, I watched as Debra and Ray were seeing their priest for some pre-marital counseling.

It seems that Ray was getting a little nervous before taking his vows, and wanted to make sure that Debra really loved him. He worried that in reality, maybe she was a little out of his league.

Well, my favorite line was when Debra yelled at Ray, “I don’t care if you’ve got cold feet. Put on some socks!”

And it made me think: maybe that’s what we all need.

A good old kick in the butt.

A reminder that a little fear isn’t the end.

Do what you need to do and get over it.

So of course I think about my dear clients.

They are brave and smart.

They figuratively climb mountains all the time in their life.

And sometimes they get scared.

But scared doesn’t mean stop.

It means getting help.

It means looking at your thoughts and questioning their validity.

It means tweaking what you are doing.

But it never means, “Stop! Turn around, and go back down that mountain…”

It simply means, “Put on some socks!”

How to Keep Going on Your Weight Loss Journey

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

journeyHow many times have you started on a weight loss program, and as soon as you run into a challenge, just stop and say, ‘I’ll start again Monday’?

Or you’ve been eating when you’re hungry, and stopping when you’re satisfied, and now the holidays are coming. So you conveniently slip off your plan, and tell yourself you’ll start again after the holidays.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday, the holidays, the beginning of the next month, before summer, after summer or next New Year’s Eve.

What matters is you are telling yourself you took a break, you took an action that is not the direction you want to go in on your journey, and so now you will just totally stop AND wait a while until the calendar tells you it’s convenient to restart your weight loss journey.

(Now that was a long sentence but I am really passionate about this. So forgive me.)

Well.

I disagree.

Life isn’t perfect.

You aren’t perfect.

And neither am I.

And when we’re learning something new, it’s completely natural and expected to hit a wall, learn from it, get up and keep going.

Hitting a wall doesn’t stop us from reaching our goals.

But hitting a wall and then consulting the calendar about when it might be convenient to reconvene your effort, well that’s what stops us from reaching our goals.

As weight loss expert Brooke Castillo has said, you don’t go shopping, reach a red light and turn around and go home.

You expect the red light, stop until it turns green, and then keep moving forward on your journey.

With our weight loss efforts, when something derails us, too often we stop, turn around and go home.

And then after some time passes, we gingerly poke our heads out, look around and give it another shot.

But what happens when we do this often enough is that we lose our perspective.

We start to think of ourselves as quitters.

And we get demoralized.

We lose our mojo.

We start to believe we can’t do it.

And that is a lie we have all told ourselves.

So here’s what to do:

Get up.

Now.

I don’t care if it’s a Tuesday or a Thursday, or if next Sunday is the vernal equinox.

Get up and start again.

And no more sitting down when you slip.

Errors are part of learning.

And I hope you make a lot of them.

So your learning will be really deep.