Ep #49: How to Get Started

How to Get Started

The question I receive most frequently is around how to get started on this journey of weight loss. It can be so overwhelming when you’re inundated with tips and tricks, and even my new Transform bosses can feel a little daunted at first. So today, I’m sharing three simple tips for getting started.

Your brain is going to want to do all the things at once, but I’m urging you to start slow and steady this week. It can be so counter-intuitive when you’ve been dieting for so long to start making a food plan with things you actually like on it, and it takes time to settle into this new way of losing weight, so have grace and kindness for yourself.

Join me this week as I share my three tips for getting started on your weight loss journey. Applying these tips consistently will start shifting your mindset, and you’ll be able to learn new ways to keep commitments and let go of old diet beliefs.

And here are this week’s transformational questions:

  1. What one thing are you going to start with?
  2. What is holding you back from making your realistic plan?

If you love listening to this show, I would love to have you come check out my Transform weight loss program. It’s my monthly coaching program where we take this work to a new level and I help ladies figure out how to lose weight for good. And, we’re having our first live virtual event this October! Click here to check it out, and I can’t wait to see you there!

What You’ll Discover:

  • What I mean by “diet brain.”
  • How to make your plan realistic. 
  • My 3 tips for getting started. 

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Full Episode Transcript:

You are listening to the Weight Loss for Successful Women podcast with Shannan Christiansen, episode number 49.

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 loves. I am so happy to be back with you. I am just excited about today’s show. Can you believe that we are almost at episode number 50? One more week, love. I have something so special for you next week so make sure you’re listening.

In today’s show, we are going to talk about how to get started. So many ladies email me, message me, and just ask me like, where do I even begin? So we’re going to get into that today.

But as always, first, I want to give a listener shout-out. This is where I read a review of the podcast every week. This week’s listener shout-out is to Robin. She wrote, “These tips and lessons have been so helpful. I’m dedicating myself to this journey with these tools you have supplied for me. Thanks.”

Thank you so much Robin. I love these reviews. I love that you ladies are listening. And if you’re loving the show, please rate and review the show on iTunes. I would so appreciate it. Also, subscribe to the show so every Wednesday and Friday the show is just waiting for you wherever you listen to podcasts.

Ladies, it has been so much fun lately. We have been welcoming all the ladies into The Transform weight loss program, and it just fills me up with so much excitement and love. I love watching them when they first come in. I can tell they’re a little scared, feeling overwhelmed, but really excited too.

And then I watch as about a month in, I can already see progress. One of my ladies who has been in Transform for about a month was just telling me how she’s already seeing her mindset change and she’s already using the brain hacks that I teach.

I just – I love it so much. My team and I have been working, ladies, long days. We have been learning a lot. We have been doing a lot of virtual events and a lot of research and just learning a ton. And now we’re taking all of those learnings and we’re in the implementation phase.

I wake up thinking about all the fun stuff and amazing results my ladies are going to get. It has been hard to take breaks because I’m just so excited about what we are creating. And love, have I told you about my team? I just have to give them a shout-out. They are so amazing. They work hard, they’re so talented, and they just keep asking how can we get our ladies more results easier and in a way that they can always do?

So I just want to give a big shout-out to Paul, Taylor, Teelan, and Jen. They have been working so hard and I just love all of them so much. So let’s get into this show. When ladies first start, it can be overwhelming. They most likely have failed at many diets and still have what I like to call diet brain.

Diet brain is where we think we must restrict all the food and then do all the things, like 52 things. One of my ladies started with me and she was making her realistic plan, coming to the coaching calls, and showing up. She then messaged me, “Shannan, I keep eating off plan. I feel like I want to quit. I cannot seem to do this right.”

I told her to show me her realistic plan, and as suspected, it was a diet plan. She could not go from eating all the things to eating diet food. I told her, make your plan more realistic. Not idealistic. Even put extra stuff on at first.

Love, it is not about the food. It’s about learning to keep commitments and eating on plan. It’s about learning to change your mindset so that you can start to believe different things, so that all of those years of diet beliefs and thoughts, you now get to decide to change the ones that you want to.

Okay, so back to my lady. So when I told her to make it more idealistic, she decided she was going to. I mean, she didn’t really want to because she didn’t really believe me, but she did. And she started to make her plan more realistic.

And then love, you know what happened? She lost some weight. She started seeing some success. She started feeling better. She started thinking, well, I don’t really want to quit. She started to believe that she could lose weight and still eat things she liked.

It’s counterintuitive when you’ve been dieting for so long to start making a plan with food you like, with a mix of fuel and non-fuel food. I see this so much with my new ladies. It takes about a month for them to settle into this is different. It takes some time for them to be patient with themselves, to have some grace for themselves, and to trust me.

At first, I mostly just tell them do what I say. I promise, it’ll all turn out great. So for all of you ladies who are just getting started, including all my new Transform bosses, I have three tips for you.

Number one, make your realistic plan. If you’re new to me and you don’t know what I’m talking about, go to bflycoaching.com/6. It’s episode six of this podcast. This one thing can help you lose weight. It’s the beginning, it’s one of my basics, it’s foundational to what I teach, so start with your realistic plan.

Number two, ladies, I need you to hear me on this because your brain is going to fight me on this. I know love. Only do one to two things at a time. Don’t try to do everything, change everything, don’t go from eating all the things to chicken and salad. Don’t go from never moving your body to trying to run a mile.

Start slow and steady. You know that old saying, slow and steady wins the race, it actually makes me think of baseball. If a team just hits base hits, they most likely will win the game. But if they keep trying to hit home runs, they most likely will lose. Just let that one sink in for a minute.

Number three, this is really important, love. Have some grace and kindness for yourself. Just some good old-fashioned love for yourself. Love yourself madly. It is the best.

So today’s transformation questions are number one, what one thing are you going to start with? And number two, what is holding you back from making your realistic plan? So good, my loves. See you next week where I’m going to share all my secrets about one topic, and it is going to be so good. Seriously, all my secrets.

And I’m going to give a big bonus, so tune in to episode number 50. I know, next week loves. I cannot wait. Alright, bye for now love.

If you loved listening to this podcast, I would love to have you come check out Transform weight loss program. It is my monthly coaching program where we take this work to a whole new level and ladies learn how to lose weight for good in a way that they can always do. Join me over at bflycoaching.com/join. I’d love to have you join me in Transform weight loss program.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Weight Loss for Successful Women. If you love what you heard today and want to learn more, come over to bflycoaching.com. That’s B – F – L – Y coaching dot com. See you next week!


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