It’s Not Just About The Weight

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

I know I’ve been talking a lot about my success with Intermittent Fasting lately and how I’ve been steadily losing extra body weight for the last few months.

Getting ready to run outside. Photo by Henry Geddes, Burst

But today I’d like to take this wellness topic from a different angle — namely the bathroom scale doesn’t tell the full story and my wellness coaching is not just about losing weight.

The bathroom scale is just one indicator of your overall health.

Aside from what the bathroom scale says, your efforts to improve your health may be showing up in other ways. Perhaps since you’ve started being more proactive about your health…

  • you’re feeling more confident and outgoing,
  • your clothes are fitting better,
  • you have more energy,
  • you’re sleeping better,
  • you have stronger muscles,
  • someone has noticed your efforts and gave you a compliment,
  • you’re getting along with your friends, family, and co-workers better these days.

For me, on top of shedding extra pounds that I gained from emotional eating over the last couple of years, now my skin in clearer, my hair is softer, my eyes are brighter, I fit into a smaller pant size, and I’m able to run outside for 27 minutes without stopping!

If you’re also experiencing any of these benefits as you’re making better choices for yourself, good for you!

Health and wellness is not just about the weight. Health and wellness is about feeling good about yourself!

As an Ammolite Wellness Coach, I sincerely want to help people feel stronger, wiser, more vibrant, and more empowered than ever before!

Remember: you are not a number. You are not your body weight.

And on that note, you’re not a pant size, hair colour, marital status, or dietary preference, or any other label you can think of. You are a real human being with all kinds of wonderful qualities to celebrate!

Health experts are now recommending keeping weight checks to a minimum, perhaps stepping on the scale as infrequently as once a week.

Body weight can fluctuate for many reasons like:

  • recent intake of salty foods,
  • recent intake of heavy, starchy, high carb foods,
  • recent intake of alcohol,
  • recent vigorous workout,
  • current level of hydration,
  • where you are in your menstrual cycle,
  • the weather,
  • time of year,
  • time of day, etc. etc.

And the calibration of the bathroom scale itself can also make a difference!

Sunbeam Vintage Bathroom Scale.
See, this scale isn’t even accurate to begin with! — Photo by Wellness Coach Maria Koropecky

Take for example, the above photo of this vintage Sunbeam bathroom scale — it doesn’t even start at zero!

It’s time to rethink our relationship with bathroom scales. They may not be so useful after all.

Bathroom scales are great when you’re making progress towards your goals but what if you’ve hit a plateau or if you’ve started going in the opposite direction of your goals?

Often times, the numbers on the scale are discouraging and they just make us feel bad about ourselves.

But seeing high numbers is not the time to throw in the towel!

While some people use bathroom scales for motivation to lose weight or gain weight, consider working with a Wellness Coach to help you stay on track with your wellness goals instead!

We can figure out ways to get through those rough patches together!

If you Constantly Weigh Yourself…

Living by what the scale says on any given day is a slippery slope.

Weighing yourself every day and being overly concerned with your body weight can lead to:

  • obsessing about food,
  • eating disorders,
  • poor body image,
  • binge eating,
  • starvation,
  • dehydration,
  • poor nutrition,
  • low self esteem,
  • unnecessary stress,
  • passing on the limiting beliefs to your children,
  • too many clothes in your closet that you don’t wear, and
  • missing out on social occasions because you don’t want to be tempted to overindulge.

I don’t think it’s worth all of the fuss with weighing yourself everyday because numbers on the bathroom scale don’t tell the full story.

A Little Experiment

A few years ago, I was weighing myself everyday on a digital scale. I noticed that my weight would be lower in the mornings and higher in the late afternoons.

Also, if I didn’t like the number, all I had to do was press a few buttons and fiddle with the settings on my scale and my weight would fluctuate up to 3 pounds within a few minutes. I’d often take the best out of 3 measurements that were all over the map.

One time, I did an experiment and I weighed myself before my shower and again just after my shower just to see what would happen.

Guess if my weight changed at all.

To my surprise, I actually lost weight after my shower! So much for being water-logged.

It just goes to show that the numbers on the scale don’t really mean that much.

home gym workout.
Stretching after a workout. Photo by Jeanette Hunt.

How to Measure your Progress without a Bathroom Scale

Start by being kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. Focus on what you want to create for yourself and be grateful for everything you can think of!

Judging yourself or comparing yourself to other people or even your younger self isn’t helpful.

The numbers on the bathroom scale don’t tell the full story by far!

Don’t let a few pounds or kilos here and there ruin your day or your new lifestyle!

Meanwhile, think about making an appointment with me, Maria, Ammolite Wellness Coach. You might be amazed at your results!

And for everyone out there who is working your asses off 🙂 congratulations for being more proactive about your health!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!

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Morning Turmeric Drink Recipe

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

I’m so happy to say that since I’ve stopped eating snacks and desserts three months ago, I’ve lost 20 pounds and am able to run 14 minutes straight on the treadmill!

If you’re curious to read the whole story, please read my blog post, “Intermittent Fasting: How I Lost 12 Pounds During Lent.”

Morning Turmeric Detox Drink Recipe.

Here’s a recipe for a warm Turmeric Drink that has helped me along. My friend told me about this concoction and although I don’t drink it every day, I believe it’s a good drink to put on the menu every now and then.

I personally like the sourness of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar but the honey certainly helps balance things out.

A note on honey — whenever you can, eat local honey made by local bees. It will help you get acclimatized to your environment and may even reduce your allergy symptoms! Thanks, Bees!

As for the Cayenne pepper — that special kick will help you absorb the Vitamin C and the nutrients in the drink, so make sure to include it in your recipe.

I hope you make this drink for yourself. If you do, let me know how you like it. And don’t think it’s just for the morning — I personally like to drink it at lunch time.

And if you want some wellness coaching in regards to losing extra body weight in a sustainable and healthy way, by all means, contact me and make an appointment. I’d be happy to share from my experience with Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss.

Morning Turmeric Drink

Ingredients:

1 cup hot water
freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
1 TB local honey (or real Maple syrup)
1-2 TB Apple Cider Vinegar (make sure it’s the kind with the “Mother”)
1/4 tsp Turmeric spice powder
pinch of Cayenne Pepper (or Black Pepper)

Method:

Boil the water. I like to set my kettle to 95 degrees Celsius. In the meantime, squeeze the juice from half a Lemon into a mug. Add Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, and Cayenne Pepper. Pour the hot water into the cup over the rest of the ingredients. Mix, taste, adjust seasonings if necessary, and enjoy!

Intermittent Fasting: How I Lost 12 Pounds During Lent

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

On Fat Tuesday, I went to a birthday party and ate a few slices of really good pizza along with a piece of fancy birthday cake from a bakery.

Two days later on March 7, I spontaneously decided to give up eating snacks and desserts for Lent.

I really like to eat potato chips, cookies, and ice cream whenever I have the chance but during the six weeks of Lent, I was only allowing myself to eat three square meals a day, with nothing in between, often for five, six, seven, eight plus hours each day, my version of Intermittent Fasting.

sushi on the table.
Photo by Sarah Pflug @ Burst

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a scheduled eating plan that is more about when you eat than what you eat. If you leave several hours between meals, (rather than eat a little bit here and a little bit there and a lot over here), you give your body a chance to process and digest your food more efficiently.

Basically, I ate whatever I wanted during my three meals a day (including bread, potatoes, meats, and cheeses) but that was it to the next meal.

To me, Intermittent Fasting is related to the Keto Diet in the sense that Ketosis occurs when the body burns stored fats for energy rather than using quick sugars and carbohydrates.

It’s like going back to the warehouse to buy something rather than taking it off the shelf in the store.

Once you start burning fat for fuel, you’ll start losing weight. But remember, one little grape will knock you out of that process, so it’s important to not introduce any sugars what-so-ever into your fasting time.

Did you know the word “Breakfast” comes from “breaking the fast” from the last meal you had the day before?

I had tried Intermittent Fasting a couple of years ago with great success so I already knew what I was getting myself into but this time was quite different from the first.

The first time I tried Intermittent Fasting, I basically coasted through it.

I didn’t realize that this time I’d be embarking on a spiritual quest, filled with days of emotional upheaval.

Yes, I often felt hungry and cranky and tired but I stuck with my eating plan because I realized that I no longer wanted to stuff down my feelings and numb myself out with food. Emotional eating wasn’t going to be my coping strategy anymore and I wanted to face my feelings and my demons head on.

In my mind, as hard as it was to get through the rough patches, the intense emotions actually meant that I was dredging up a lot of old emotional junk that I had been hanging onto for decades.

Each day as I fasted, I was releasing and clearing tons of emotional baggage so it wouldn’t weigh me down anymore and keep me from living the life of my dreams. Being emotional was actually a good sign!

To me, snacks and desserts represent too many extra and unnecessary calories and I was trying to run on approximately 1500 calories a day, without actually counting anything. I’ve learned that we really don’t need as many calories as we think we do.

The good news is, as of Easter Monday, I’ve managed to release 12 pounds in just over 6 weeks, which is less than 2 pounds a week, which is a very healthy and sustainable pace. I plan to keep going.

drinking tea.
Photo by Matthew Henry @ Burst.

My Guidelines for Intermittent Fasting

Of course there are many approaches you can take if you want to try Intermittent Fasting and/or the Keto Diet but here are the guidelines that I personally follow.

  • Talk to your doctor before attempting any kind of significant dietary changes.
  • Know your big why — I happen to have a big 50th birthday coming up so that’s motivation enough for me!
  • Weigh yourself and record the weight in a journal. It’s not really about the weight and how many pounds you lose but it’s a good idea to know where you started. The real evidence is how you’re feeling about yourself.
  • Reduce carbs and sugar — less bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice.
  • Eat more fat because it helps you feel full and it helps your brain function better and it helps keep things running smoothly.
  • No snacks, no desserts, no wine or alcohol.
  • Drink lots of water and tea. In another blog post, I’ll share a Turmeric drink that I discovered that I found helpful and I really enjoy.
  • See websites that talk about Ketosis and Intermittent Fasting.
  • Eat three times a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Try not to eat past 7pm.
  • Eat mindfully and taste each morsel of food you put into your mouth. Food does start tasting better and better as you go along.
  • Take supplements including: Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Omega 3’s, Women’s Daily or Men’s Daily, and Magnesium.
  • Take Wellness Walks 4-5 times a week.
  • Workout and lift weights at least once a week.
  • Train to run — I’m up to running 8 minutes!
  • Find an Acupuncture Clinic and go as often as you can — they can tailor your treatments to help support your digestion and weight loss efforts and it’s really relaxing!
  • Do stretches daily.
  • Reach out to old and new friends and have one meaningful conversation, (preferably face to face and in person), each day.
  • Get a good night’s sleep every night.
  • Crystals that might help include: Amethyst, Angelite, Bloodstone, Blue Apatite, Calcite Alabaster, Carnelian, Citrine, Garnet, Labradorite, Red Jasper, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Sunstone, Tiger’s Eye, Turquoise.
  • Good foods for weightloss include: Low carb/high fiber veggies, avocados, Greek yogurt, eggs, cheese, olive oil, coconut oil, berries, nuts, dark chocolate, fish/seafood, meat, poultry.
  • Eat lots of orange foods like carrots, salmon, and mango — they’re about honouring the Divine Feminine within all of us.
  • Meditate every day.
  • Check weight at least once a week and record your progress in a journal along with any other significant details (like your mood or wins or the weather, etc).
  • Practice daily self-care.
  • Relax and manage stress.
  • Clear clutter in your environment.
  • Live from your essence and take your ego out of it.
  • Assure yourself that this isn’t starvation and that you’re doing this for your long-term health and you will eat lots of good food every day.
  • Talk to a Wellness Coach, like me!

Intermittent Fasting isn’t easy but eventually you get used to not eating as often. Somehow, I managed to get through baking without sampling, cooking breakfasts for crowds, 3 dinner parties, 1 restaurant lunch, potato chips in the house, and Easter brunch without giving into temptation.

Now, my skin in clearer, my hair is softer, my eyes are brighter, my pants fit better, and I’m living more as my authentic self. To me, that’s worth it and I’m planning to continue to eat like this for the foreseeable future.

If you have any questions about Intermittent Fasting or would like some Wellness Coaching, please contact me, Maria, by email.

Wellness Coach Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness.