It’s a short musing today but super relevant. We have many dieters that ask this. I totally understand the question. There you are feeling awesome on Phase 1, you are keen to move into phases 2, 3 and 4 and are feeling confident you will exercise and eat well forever and you are thinking you could (or should be able to) shed the last ten pounds on phase 4. We just never see that happen. Phase 4 is balanced eating and is not designed for weight loss. If you’ve not lost weight before from exercise and changes to your eating then it’s unlikely to work now. Phase 1 works like a charm, leverage it, reach your goal and then transition. Tune in for a short musing on this topic. I don’t usually have advice or strong opinions on what others should do but in this case I do. But experience is the best and for some you just have to try it and see what happens. I get it, I’m like that too 🙂 But maybe this podcast will help you see things from another point of view. The whole point is to reach your goal, enjoy the journey and feel awesome. Have fun!
It happens. Some of us have to go back on Phase 1 (almost all of us). It’s actually the design of phase 4 to have a trigger weight and pop back into phase 1 to nip the regain. We also know that we often ignore the trigger weight, stop coming in for check ins, and it can happen fast we feel like we are right back where we began. And weight wise it may be the case or even heavier than before. But you are a different person, you have new knowledge, you know you can lose weight, you are in a new present moment. Mind mastery is super important and one of the gifts of the weight loss journey, you are almost forced to review what you are thinking, what you are feeling and fine tune your focus. Listen to the podcast for some insights and musings on being a “returning dieter” and how to do it with more grace and ease.
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Going to bed is a time to wind down, let go of the day, and allow your body to relax and rejuvenate. You got done what you got done and the rest will just have to wait. When I had my zen productivity company everyone wanted to be more productive in fewer hours. But what I noticed is what bogged people down was all the thinking about all the things they were not getting done. The focus was on that huge huge huge list of things you will likely never ever have enough time for. They might be getting amazing things done but the focus was always on not getting enough done. And with email now it’s endless.
How does this connect to weight loss? Well you likely did some great stuff today that moved you towards your goal. Perhaps you tried a new veggie, perhaps you ate lunch sitting down or perhaps you took a deep breath before eating. The weight loss journey includes trying new things to have a new relationship to eating, food and your body. For sure there’s some info that can really help, for example eating a fruit is better than having just juice. But here at Mibo Musings we are looking mostly at the non food aspect of weight loss.
Here is a wonderful gift you can give yourself every day before going to bed. Enjoy!
Rise and shine. Greet the day and yourself with love and compassion. I know I know sounds romantic and a little too good. But seriously, you are on a weight loss journey and that includes making some lifestyle changes and having a wee bit of time for you first thing in the morning is truly good news for you, your body and the folks around you. My daughter always checks if I’ve done my meditation as she knows I’m way less grumpy. Today at bedtime she said “Mom, you forgot to do meditation this morning but you were happy all day how come?”. It’s true I love to meditate for just 15 minutes every day but it does not always happen.
SIDE NOTE: a meditation guide I follow said life is for living and you only need to meditate 15 minutes a day to quiet the mind and give yourself the benefit of flowing with and tapping into universal energy. So 15 minutes is all I do and I have no goal or ambition to do hours of meditation. For some, long meditations is something they deeply enjoy but I think it’s a barrier for many to start meditating as they think it requires hours every day.
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Most dieters I have met love food and love to eat. Many even think that loving food is a problem and they come in wanting to tame this part of themselves. They want more will power, they want to eat less, they want to not feel so trapped by their love of food. I start with letting them know it’s okay to love food and you can love food and lose weight and keep it off. “But I’m Italian” or “But I’m from Iran!” or “You have no idea my family is Greek” – from what I have seen food is central to all cultures, hence, why so many of us have a lot going on around food.
Most people will nod in full agreement that they have emotional eating going on. But what does that really mean? Emotional eating is a form of disordered eating and is defined as “an increase in food intake in response to negative emotions” and can be considered a maladaptive strategy used to cope with difficult feelings. (thank you wikipedia). Some people use food to alleviate stress, boredom or negative feelings but it does not negatively impact their life. For those that fall in the category of disordered eating, using food to cope is having an undesired impact on their life. If you want to lose weight, feel good and not feel suppressed by food you will likely need to find more peace and flow in your life around your relationship to food. I have found this does not happen over night but it’s a fabulous path to explore new ways to feel good (besides food).
Personally, I had a phase (10 years at least) where I thought nothing could be better than eating chocolate to feel better. And, I would eat chocolate and enjoy it tremendously. Sadly, I also would then feel guilty and mad at myself for eating something that I believe makes me fat. And that is the classic pattern for many of us. We focus in on food to feel better and forget that it’s really not a great solution for the bigger picture. Listen in to the podcast for some more musings on this topic.
And you will hear me reference the Beck Diet Solution book and workbook. Click here to buy it from Amazon. The Beck Diet Solution points out that people with no weight issues do not even think of using food to feel better, it’s simply not a go to for them. Isn’t that interesting?!
Dieters often focus on food and forget to pay attention to what they say to themselves. Negative self talk has a huge impact on your success. A coach can help you identify what you say to yourself and start some new kinder habits.
Gina has an amazing way with clients. She’s straight, insightful and yet so compassionate and understanding. She knows it’s not easy sometimes but she knows it’s worth it to hang in there and be kind and gentle with oneself.
We briefly mention the Beck book (The Beck Diet Solution by Judith S. Beck). This tool is invaluable. Gift yourself this book and gift yourself the time to read and implement it. Best $25 you will ever spend. Available on Amazon.
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Peggy has a long history of dieting. She recalls her mom putting her on a diet at age 8 and then giving her treats a few days later (for doing well). It’s been a roller coaster for Peggy to find peace with her body and food. She has an amazing story, hides nothing. You will be inspired and you will want to follow her journey. I promise to have her back soon on the show.
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Interview with 74 year old Marcia. Marcia heard about our clinic from her daughter and had to wait for heart issues to be resolved before she could start the program. At age 71 she lost 80lbs on the Ideal Protein protocol, she stopped drinking and started working out at the gym. We explore the world of weight loss, maintenance and some of the struggles she faced. She talks freely about thinking she was free to eat what ever she wanted after phase 1 and how that went :).
She has an amazing life story, a solid sense of who she is, and some great advice for others.
This is one of my first interviews. I will interview her again because there is so much more to discover from her and I’m improving my interview skills by the minute. Hang in there with us at Mibo we are just getting started. And having loads of fun as we do it.