Done with Dieting Episode #27: How to Make Habits Stick

Its so frustrating when we want to cultivate a new habit – we see other people doing it seamlessly – and yet, for us, it seems elusive.  Whether it’s consistently exercising, going to bed on time, or eating a healthful diet, for all of us, there are just some habits that just don’t seem to stick. Why is that? Many of us think that we’re just not trying hard enough. Or that we’re just wired this way. But what if it’s neither of those things, and something that we can change? In this episode, I’ll explain the Neuro Linguistic Programming Logical Levels of Change, and how it applies to your health behaviors – and what to do to finally figure out how to get ourselves to stick to those behaviors that we KNOW are good for us. What you’ll Learn from this Episode Why we can’t rely on environmental changes Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #26: Goal Setting

They say that a goal without a plan is a wish. When we decide that we want to lose weight, run a 5k, or even something as simple as eating healthier, we know what we want, but often, we don’t spend the time to figure out how it’s going to get done. Sometimes, we think about accomplishing something, and although the idea of having that thing is appealing, we don’t want to do the work to make it happen. But when something IS important, something that we really really want, a little bit of forethought can really help to aid in success. In this episode, you’ll learn how to set goals, and then follow through using the obstacles and barriers that perceive to make us successful. What you’ll Learn from this Episode Why we don’t like setting goals, yet why we must. How to use obstacles and barriers as a Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #25: How did I gain 5 lbs Over the Weekend?

Has it ever happened to you where you had a weekend where you indulged a bit only to get on the scale on Monday & be completely discouraged?!? As you get on the scale, you see that your weight is up – 5 lbs?!? All of your hard work down the drain!  It feels like you’re starting back at square one What happened?  Is it possible to gain 5 lbs over the weekend? The answer is yes – and no. I mean, clearly it is, because so many of us have had this experience. But is it truly fat? BUT more importantly, what can you do to get rid of it? In this episode, I’m sharing the exact steps you need to take in order to shed that 5 lbs before your next weigh in. What you’ll Learn from this Episode Why you shouldn’t feel discouraged if you gain weight Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #24: Why Affirmations are BS

Have you ever had the experience where you’ve said to a friend, “OMG! I’ve gained so much weight. I feel so disgusting.” and your friend responds with something like, “You shouldn’t say that. You’re not disgusting. You’re beautiful!”? I mean, we don’t necessarily want our friends to agree with a statement like that, but on the other hand, “You’re not disgusting. You’re beautiful!” feels inauthentic at best. You may even wonder – I know that this body love/self love thing is something that I need to get behind – so many folks talk about how its helpful to treating myself better – and I know that my self esteem is low. But I really can’t get behind the whole “my body is beautiful” thought process. Maybe my body is the exception to that rule. Body like, love and acceptance is available to all of us. We’ve just been doing it Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #23: How many meals should I eat in a day?

Over the years, advice on the number of meals you should eat as well as when you should be eating them has changed. 3 square meals 6 small meals throughout the day Intermittent fasting (IF) One meal a day (OMAD) And if you talk to anyone who has lost weight long term, I’m sure that you’ll find that the answers for what they do as far as their meals is as varied as their personalities. One of the most popular questions I get after “What should I be eating?” Is “How many meals should I be eating per day?” So, if this is a question that you’ve asked yourself, tune in to episode 23 of the Done with Dieting Podcast. In the episode, I’ll outline the steps to take so that you can tune in to the number of meals that are right for you and your body. What you’ll Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #22: The Power of Visualization in Weight Loss

Do you use the power of visualization when it comes to achieving your goals? If you’re not, you’re missing out. I’ve talked about visualization on the podcast before, in a few techniques that I use within my coaching practice, but on episode 22 of the Done with DIeting Podcast, we’re talking about the power that visualization has to create your results: Visualizing what’s going to happen BEFORE it even happens. See, we often use our past experiences to determine if we’re capable of doing something in the future. (Example: I’ve made rice before, so I’m relatively confident that I can make risotto.)  Because weight loss will often take several attempts before we are successful. We often use those past attempts as evidence that weight loss isn’t meant for us. When your confidence and belief that you can be successful in your goal are low, having a vision can help you Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #21: Discomfort Now or Later

I used to think that I didn’t have any self-discipline. That the desire for whatever it was that I was craving was too strong that I couldn’t get over the immediate gratification.  What I didn’t realize was that by giving in to what it was that I wanted in the moment, so that I could be more comfortable mentally, I was giving up what I really wanted – which was to be more comfortable later physically. See, every decision that we make will cause us to feel pain or discomfort now, or discomfort later. It was a lesson that I learned when I realized why I procrastinated so much as a younger woman. Why was I doing that?  I was procrastinating because I was feeling discomfort about doing the thing that I was avoiding doing. As a result, the longer I procrastinated, the worse my discomfort became – until it Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #20: Client Spotlight Annie – Growth in the Plateau

Today’s guest on the Done with Dieting Podcast is a client spotlight: Annie.  You are going to want to listen to Annie’s story because its one that so many of us resonate with: being first aware of our body & how it doesn’t fit in in our early teens, followed by years of dieting with some success only to find ourselves inexplicably gaining the weight back – unable to stop it – and then the cycle continues over and over and over again. When Annie started coaching, she had no solid belief that she would be able to get to her goal and stay there. Listening to her body seemed like a platitude that sounds nice, but what does it actually mean? And the idea that she could sit down in front of a pizza with her family & not want to eat all of it was a pipe dream. Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #19: Clean Slate Habits

Resolving to be healthier at the beginning of the year seems to make sense. Doesn’t it? It’s a new year … full of possibility … it SEEMS like it would be the perfect time to adopt new habits & break ones that we want to shed. Although there’s no bad time to start the process of getting healthier, in this episode of the Done with Dieting Podcast, you’ll learn why there are other times during the year that may yield better results than the new year, how to identify and plan for them.  Don’t get me wrong. Creating better habits is a challenge. But when we reduce the friction & harness the power of the brain, we can make it easier on ourselves. What you’ll Learn from this Episode What are Clean Slate Moments? How to identify & plan for Clean Slate Moments in your life so that you can Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #18: Getting More Cooperation & Appreciation with Michelle Runnels

We women love taking care of others. It’s part of our DNA.  But far too often, we do it so often that we lose sight of who we are as people, what we want, and even what we like to do. We know what everyone else likes, what they want, what their dreams and desires are. But when asked about our own, we seem to be at a loss. Sometimes we take such good care of those folks that we live with, that they become dependent on us – which can feel good, until we need some help. And then, when we ask for the help, it doesn’t come. It gets frustrating, and we become resentful. And then we find ourselves yelling about stupid stuff – which isn’t even the real problem. So what is it? In episode 18 of the Done with Dieting Podcast, my guest, Michelle Runnels, shares Read More . . .