Done with Dieting Episode #6: Do we need to Move More and Eat Less?

There’s no doubt that calories in vs calories out is the foundation of weight maintenance and weight loss. Yet, anyone who’s been on a diet and drastically cut calories, logged every morsel that’s passed her lips, knows the frustration and truth of being confronted with the math not working out when standing on the scale and not seeing the number that she had hoped for. So what’s that about? How is it that we can live in a calorie deficit and not lose weight? Truth is that although calories are in fact the way that we gain and lose weight,BUT  there are many things happening within our bodies that are so complex – that we really don’t know why two people can eat and do the same things, and while one person will lose weight, and another won’t. In this episode of the Done with Dieting Podcast, we’re going to Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #5: Why We Give Up

When we start a new diet, we’re motivated. We’ve seen how effective this diet is – for example our friend Jane did amazingly well on it. And so we believe that we’ll do just as well. It happens all the time – doesn’t it? That we start a diet, initially we get some good results, and then WHAM! We step on the scale one day & we don’t lose weight – or worse, we gain. We think to ourselves, “Why are we doing this?” “This is so much work & we’re not even getting results!” “It’s not working. We should just give up.” The thing is, that we KNOW that our results (losing weight) is because of what we’re doing (eating healthier or exercising, or a combination of both) and that returning to our previous habits are going to result in our previous weight. We know that if we stay Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #4: Self-Sabotage

When we’ve decided that we want to become healthier & develop healthier habits, it’s easy to slip back in to old ones – ones that don’t necessarily serve our needs, and often are in direct conflict with what we truly want.  Self Sabotage is common – when we do things like when we decide to bake an entire cake knowing that no one is around to eat it. Or not being realistic in our schedule enough to know that we need to buffer in more time so that our workout time doesn’t suffer. Now – some of these things are just learning how to get good at this new behavior. But sometimes we know that we’ve totally sabotaged ourselves. Why do we do that? And more importantly, how do we stop?  What you’ll Learn from this Episode Learn 2 tools that will make awareness of what we’re doing & why Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #3: The Foundation

Sure! We want results fast. BUT fast results often lead to fast burn out too – because the changes that we need to make are drastic. One of the biggest problems that I see with diets is that we’re trying to game the system. We’ve been told by folks trying to sell the latest fad that we can eat all we want of the foods that we desire and STILL lose weight – if we follow their plan. And so we buy into the idea that we can follow their diet rules, still eat endless amounts of hyper-palatable foods, and lose the weight that we desire. It can take more time, but if we have a solid foundation of lifestyle habits, we will feel good, we won’t get huge energy fluctuations, sleep soundly, and reduce our cravings for those salty or sweet cravings that we get. This podcast episode details Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #2: Why Dieting Doesn’t Work

Diets have been around for centuries as a form of manipulating our weight and bodies. And so it would be impossible to escape any messages that we have received – overt or implied – about the worthiness of our body, and therefore how to increase our worthiness by shrinking our body through restricting calories and/or over-exercising. But diets can have negative side effects on the dieter, from negative body image, low self-esteem, but there can also be biological implications to eating lower calorie counts than the body requires that result in increased hunger and the body rebounding from the lower than required calories by increasing body fat stores. Dieting and negative body image are inextricably linked. So how do we get ourselves out of this cycle? And what are the next steps? What you’ll Learn from this Episode Learn the difference between diets with a big d versus small d Read More . . .

Announcing the Done with Dieting Podcast!

Welcome to Done with Dieting, a podcast for the woman who wants to lose weight, but is done chasing diet after diet, feeling like a failure because they never work out as planned, but still wants to look good in her clothes, have confidence and feel good again. If you want to lose weight for good, a fad diets and over the top exercise programs don’t work. AND for women over the age of 45, years of dieting and our hormones completely change the way that our bodies respond to traditional diet techniques. The techniques that we used as younger women don’t work for us anymore. Gone are the days of cutting back after a big weekend, or doubling down on our workout efforts. I know what it’s like to feel frustrated and like a failure when you stand on the scale hoping and praying that it will reveal a number that Read More . . .

4 things I learned from logging my food & exercise

At some point along my weight loss journey, I realized that I wasn’t going achieve my goals and have them be life long habits if I was implementing radical and quick fix solutions. I needed to think about sustainable habits. What were those things that I could do and keep doing for years and years, and still be successful? AND if I was going to do something that wasn’t sustainable, I would acknowledge it, but if it could get me to a goal and then I could safely transition off of it, the technique would be worth a try. An example of this is food logging and wearable fitness trackers. In my guide, 7 Mistakes I made in my Fat-Loss Journey, one of the 7 mistakes that I made was being too dependent on the calories in versus calories out approach. And that’s true. I used my fitness trackers and Read More . . .

What would future you eat?

Almost every Mom that I work with, who have young kiddos, struggles to get their kids to make healthier choices. Too often when given the choice between apple slices and french fries, kids will make the decision to get the french fries. And who can blame them? French fries are tasty. Sometimes, we adults do this same thing. We have salad on the menu. We even have all the ingredients. And yet, we choose to get take out for dinner instead. What is that? And what’s it about? Past, Present, and Future There are 3 people who live inside of me (so to speak): Past Elizabeth – that’s me from 1 minute ago all the way back to when I was born. All of Past Elizabeth’s decisions, choices, impulsivity and planning have gotten me here, to where I am right this second. Future Elizabeth – that’s future me. She has Read More . . .

Ever wish you could do a Do-Over?

For our 10th wedding anniversary, Gary & I went to Italy. It was an amazing trip. We started in Venice & then travelled to Tuscany & ended up in Rome. One day, when we were in Venice, we were trying to get to the Rialto Bridge, and it seemed that no matter which direction we headed out, we’d end up in the same square! The first few times, it was funny. But then it became irritating. How often do we find a similar result in our lives? Life is not a straight line. We think it’s going to be, but most often, it’s far from that. Occasionally we’ll realize that we’re headed in the wrong direction in our lives, or not where we expected to be, I was recently listening to a podcast interview with a woman who published a crochet magazine. Although I don’t crochet or knit, and don’t Read More . . .