We are going to wrap up the fourth pillar in the Transform Cheat Code to Weight Loss, and it is success. Again, love we are in the middle of a four-part series and it is so good. If you’ve missed the previous three, you for sure want to go back. Our brains are wired to look for danger, for all of our failures. Remember Lizzie wants to keep us safe. So when you start to have some success, then Lizzie starts to tell you all the reasons why you can’t do something. She tells you how you’re going to fail. This pillar is so important in your weight loss journey.
Join me tonight as I talk about the two components for success. I will teach you two tools for setting yourself up for success. You have to become the scientist of your own body and figure out what foods fuel you and what foods do not. It is different for everyone. I will show you how to look for your success instead of focusing on what we “should be” doing or what we’re not doing. Success compounds success. All the little simple successes compound and add up. And whatever you think and believe is what will come true.
You are listening to the Weight Loss for Successful Women podcast with Shannan Christiansen episode number 82. Welcome to Weight Loss for Successful Women, a podcast for women who are ready to break the diet cycle and end their struggle with weight for good. Here’s your host, fortune 100 executive, and certified life coach, Shannan Christiansen.
Hello love. So happy to be back with you. I, of course, you know me, I’m so excited about today’s show. We are going to wrap up the fourth pillar in the Transform Cheat Code to Weight Loss, and it is success. Again, love we are in the middle of a four-part series and it is so good. If you’ve missed the previous three, you for sure want to go back.
But first I want to give a listener shout out. This week’s listener shout out is Deb Lowe. I’ve been doing the Transform program and now going back and relistening to all of the podcasts from the beginning. I love this program and Shannan, and relistening to episode one reminded me why I started on this journey. Love it. Thank you, Deb. I love me some Deb. If you love this show, please rate and review it. It helps other women find this amazing work.
So love, I have to tell you the Transform virtual event is coming up, and by the time you listen to this episode it will be over. We do a biannual one-day event in Transform. It is where I teach, coach, give awards. I mean, there’s a lot of dancing, prizes. I change outfits three to four times. I love these events. I love watching ladies show up for themselves. My ladies in Transform are going to receive a package in the mail for the event. It has some fun hand signs, a new tool actually that I’m rolling out in the event, and this really super cute door hanger. The door hanger it is so cute, it says Sshh, Transform Boss Inside, because these ladies have told their families, bosses, roommates, that they’re busy on the 17th because they’re showing up for themselves. I just want to give a shout out to all my Transform clients and my bosses. Oh, I just love them so fiercely and I am so proud of them. It does get me super emotional thinking of them. Ladies are changing their lives, their stories forever. And I am just so grateful that I get to be a part of it.
So let’s get into the show. The last pillar of the cheat code. Ooh, it’s so good. Success. Our brains are wired to look for danger, for all of our failures. Remember Lizzie wants to keep us safe. She wants to keep us the same. So when you start to have some success, I mean, you’ve seen this probably so many different times. You started to have some success and then Lizzie starts to pipe up. She tells you all the reasons why you can’t do something. She tells you how you’re going to fail. She tells you you’re tired.
She starts giving you, you know, kind of all these excuses to quit on yourself. I mean love, this happened to me too. So many times with so many different areas of my life. So this pillar is so important in your weight loss journey. Now there are two components I’m going to talk about today. The first one is setting yourself up for success.
Now you get to decide on purpose, as always, how are you going to set yourself up for success? Weight loss can be easy. It can be fun. I have to tell you a quick story. We have a good amount of new ladies that are now in Transform that came in in March, and we do tons of fun things in Transform, like challenges, all sorts of fun things. And she commented on one of the lives. She’s like, I can’t believe like I’m having fun, losing weight. And I just want to offer this to you ladies, that you can lose weight in a way that feels fun, easy, like love instead of punishment, restriction, all the old diet ways.
So in setting yourself up for success, I want to give you a couple tools that I teach that really can help you set yourself up for success. So the first one is water. Love, I know we overlook this because we just do, but our bodies are made up with a lot of water, mostly water. And because of this, we need it. It helps our bodies function properly.
And when we’re dehydrated, it makes us feel tired. And it’s a trigger to overeat. Sometimes we think we’re hungry when really all we need is, you know, some water, just a glass of water. Now ladies always ask me like, can I put a drink mix or whatever? You can, but I recommend just trying like one glass. Even if you’ve, if you drink no water at all, one glass of pure water. And I know ladies tell me I don’t like it Shannan. I get it. When I first started drinking water, I didn’t either, but you know, it’s so crazy over time, you will start to love it. And I know this because this happened to me. I love water. I don’t even drink cold water. I drink like plain, like out of the filtered water, just like it’s just room temperature. And I tell you, it’s just possible my love. So start with just a glass of water.
Now I want to tell you about another way that you can set yourself up for success. And that is sleep. Love, we are busy as a culture, as a society. We run ourselves ragged. And because of this, we, you know, stay up late at night on social media, watching TV or, you know, doing all the things for all the humans in our lives. And we then wake up early to get everything ready for the day for everyone else.
And what we do is we don’t get enough sleep. And when we don’t get enough sleep, then our body can not regenerate. Our body can not restore itself. It can not repair all of the things that it needs to repair in our bodies. Remember love, we have these beautiful, amazing bodies, and we just have to allow them to work the way they were supposed to.
And part of that is sleep. Now water and sleep, I have a whole in-depth episode. So if you go to episode 11, I really go in depth about sleep and water. You will not want to, you know, put these aside for your weight loss journey, because when you’re dehydrated or when you’re tired, it is a huge trigger to over eat.
And then love, weight loss starts to feel hard. So listen to episode 11. Now, another way that you can start to set yourself up for success is by becoming the scientist of your own body. Now, if you’re new to me you’re like what? Loves, we have had other people, other humans, the diet industry, our society tell us what we should be eating.
They give us a diet plan and then we start to eat it. And it doesn’t feel good in our body. We don’t feel energized. And I’m just here to say that just like your fingerprint, you are unique. Everyone in this whole planet has a different fingerprint, and you have different body. What feels good in your body, what food fuels you is different from what fuels me.
And you have to start to pay attention to become the scientist of your own body. And this is understanding how food feels in your body. There are foods that are labeled “healthy” that don’t energize me, that don’t feel good in my body. They are not fuel to me. And I had to go through a process of learning how to become the scientist of my own body, to see how food feels in my body. And I really, I tell you, I just don’t believe that there’s healthy or non-healthy food. It just either fuels me or it doesn’t. And I have a mixture of both on my realistic plan. Mostly I eat fuel food because I love the way it makes me feel. I love eating food and feeling energized.
So if you really want to go in depth, which I recommend that you do, because it’s so awesome, listen to episode nine. Episode nine is how to start to fuel your body and how to start to become the scientist of your own body. Oh, it’s so good my love, like so good.
Now I want you to also make things simple. Like how are you going to immerse yourself? How you’re going to set yourself up for success. Remember, you don’t want to start out with 52 things to do. You want to start out with one to two simple things? If I think about like immersing yourself in the work, like have your earbuds in an easy accessible place. You know, if you’re going shopping, put them in or you’re getting ready. You want to make this as simple as you can, so you can set yourself up for success. And also make food easy. Right? So how can you make it easy? And it’s different for everyone depending on what you like, what fuels you. But I do some different things. I will, I have a meal delivery service that I really like, and I really love their meals, and we eat them a couple times a week and it just makes it easy. I do a lot of things in the crock pot because it’s so easy. It’s like so easy for me. So just think, how can I make food easy?
Now the second component is looking for your successes every day. Love, our lizard brains, our automatic brains, we are just consistently looking for what we’re doing wrong or what we “should be” doing. Remember, it’s just how we’re wired. Nothing’s wrong. It’s just the way that our brain is wired. And so we have a difficult time looking for our successes. We have a difficult time finding the things that we’re doing right. Because our brain is always scanning for danger and telling us like, Whoa, be careful, you’re failing. And also telling us what we “should be” doing.
I tell you, I have coached so many of my clients and they come and they, they tell me all the things they should be doing and what they’re not doing, and they’re beating themselves up. And then I just ask them this simple question, tell me what you have been doing. And it’s, so I’m telling you 9 times out of 10, it’s maybe even 10 times out of 10, it’s all the things. They’re like doing their realistic plan. They’re doing like all the things and they’re having success, but because they’re not looking for it, they’re looking for what the lizard brain tells us we should be doing or what we’re not doing.
So love, success compounds success. And what I mean by that, it’s kind of like compound interest. And so over time, if you put money into a savings account, the interest will continue to accrue and it compounds. And so this is how success. You take one tiny little success, you acknowledge your success, and then over time, your simple successes start to compound.
So success with more success, it just gets greater and bigger and bigger. But love, remember failures compound too. So if you’re always looking at your failures, you’re always looking at the things that you’re not doing, that compounds too. And so this is why it’s so important to look for your success. Whatever you think and believe is what will come true.
And so if you start to believe that you’re having success and you’re looking for your success, that is what will compound. Love, I say this all the time, it’s one of my very favorite sayings, time plus consistency equals results.
So number one, set yourself up for success and look for all of the ways to make things simple and easy. And number two, success compounds success. So you want to look for your successes. You want to find them and you want to write them down. Ooh, my love.
The transformational questions are number one, How can you set yourself up for success? Number two, What routine are you going to put in to look for your success every day?
And if you need help implementing the tools that I teach and going deeper on this work, I invite you to join Transform Weight Loss Program. This program is based on three elements: coaching, community, and a weight loss course. This program will help you implement the tools so you can live your best life in a body. You go to bflycoaching.com/. Ooh, so good love. So much love for you.
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