Suzanne and I had such a fun conversation and it was my absolute pleasure getting to know her. Among other things, Suz gave practical tips to help us win at losing weight. We also discussed body image, how women can start to FEEL GOOD NAKED and of the common misconceptions that Suz sees in women struggling with their weight and body image.
Prefer to listen rather than read? Head over and listen to Episode 12 of the Mind Over Motherhood Podcast!
Suzanne Carpenter is an approachable, sincere, fun-loving, and passionate leader who loves to see personal improvement and transformation in those she teaches. Through her successful 10-year nutrition career, Suzanne saw a gap in the industry and a trend in society.
Women are more confused and overwhelmed than ever when it comes to knowing how to actually losing weight and how to keep it off.
To address this, she has created a virtual nutrition education company called CarpenterOne80 whose mission is to provide affordable and simple programs that can clear up food confusion so that people can win at losing weight.
Suzanne is a Certified Nutritional Consultant, the CEO and Founder of CarpenterOne80, as well as the creator of SOS (Suz On Your Shoulder), Babysit My Plate, and The Food Peace University, three different virtual bite-sized nutrition courses. They were designed to teach you what you need to know to create sustainable results in your weight loss.
“WOULD YOU CHANGE FOR YOUR KIDS?” – SUZANNE’S STORY
Suz shared her journey with me in the most fun-loving and entertaining way. She is a wife and mother to four kids (and that’s a lot of kids!)
Initially a first-grade teacher, Suz became a stay-at-home mom to help her husband build his career after the birth of her second child. After a medical emergency when her twins were 2 years old, Suz spent an entire month in the hospital and was given strict instructions from her GI specialist about exercising for her abdominal health.
At the same time, her husband’s very stable job was no longer that way and life changed dramatically. Luckily, her husband secured a job in a separate state that allowed him to be home at night with the family, but was a significant budget cut to their household income. Suz began exploring options to help offset the financial loss and initially started with direct sales.
What initially started as a side hustle, she started to find herself enjoying entrepreneurship and hungered for more. What she recognized though as she worked for this direct sales diet company was that there was a TON of food confusion among people trying to lose weight.
After a critical turning point (listen to the episode for details), Suz realized that she could no longer hide her biggest and most hidden secret in her life: an eating disorder.
She realized that the negative self-talk she engaged in about her body and her weight, the poor relationship she had with food and the dark beliefs she carried about her worth NEEDED TO CHANGE.
Suzanne realized that by sorting out her own food confusion and and healing her relationship with food, she could be the healthy role model she wanted to be for her own children. Through this journey began CarpenterOne80 to help others do what she had done.
“BY LOOKING DEEP INSIDE OF OURSELVES, FINDING WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE AND WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED THROUGH OUR OWN STRUGGLES…WE CAN BRING THAT BACK OUT AND TRANSLATE THAT INTO SOMETHING THAT HEALS THE WORLD BECAUSE WE’VE HEALED IT WITHIN OURSELVES.” – Carly Crewe
CLEARING UP FOOD CONFUSION SO YOU CAN WIN AT LOSING WEIGHT WITH SUZ
Suz shared with our listeners some of the most common misconceptions around dieting and weight management:
EXERCISE IS NOT PART OF THE WEIGHT LOSS EQUATION
Suzanne shared with us that exercise is not part of the weight loss equation, it is part of the weight management equation.
After sharing her own story about excessive exercise as a means to purge, Suz explains that excessive cardio actually results in a stimulation of appetite, and not weight loss.
Exercise plays an important role in lean muscle development, cardiovascular health, community and mental wellness – but is not actually a part of the weight LOSS equation.
WEIGHT LOSS IS LIKE AN OVEN, NOT A MICROWAVE
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE with weight management.
It is important to realize that while we live in an immediate-gratification world, if it didn’t take a day to put on the weight, it is not going to come off quickly. Furthermore, diets that result in dramatic and rapid weight loss are typically excessively restrictive and are not sustainable long term.
In order to create sustainable results, it is critical to create a pattern of eating that we are able to maintain throughout our lives and into our later years. If you are able to eat in a pattern that creates a deficit of calories without causing hunger that is SUSTAINABLE, then you will get permanent results.
Furthermore, Suz shares that if you plan to make ANY kind of restriction in your diet (whether cutting out carbohydrates or your favourite foods), be honest with yourself if you plan to never put those things back in your diet. It doesn’t do much good if you restrict your favourite food for months because it will ultimately result in overindulgence down the road.
The key to losing weight is creating a LIFESTYLE rather than following a diet.
LOW SELF-ESTEEM HOLDS WOMEN BACK FROM THEIR GREATNESS
As women, we naturally want to be beautiful and we are the hardest critics of ourselves. We look at other women and see beauty, and want that for ourselves. Yet we are often the ugliest voice in our heads when speaking to ourselves.
Suz states that as mothers who struggle with self-esteem and body image issues, it requires us to take a trusting step forward to get out of the cage of low self-esteem that prevents us from loving our bodies. Our bodies are amazing and we make things happen.
But when we find ourselves in the closet in the morning with ill-fitting clothes and feeling terrible about our bodies, it starts our day off on the wrong foot. Poor self-esteem and body image is a thief of joy and creates an underdog feeling first thing in the morning.
It is hard enough already to get into the place of working in your genius and creating amazing things in the world, and Suz is passionate that your body image and low self-esteem should not be another obstacle in your way!
WIN AT LOSING WEIGHT WITH SUZ’S SIMPLE SYSTEM FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Confusing diets are not helping anyone.
Suz recommends focusing on three main things when you set up your eating plan: protein, fat and fibre.
When you combine these three macronutrients on a plate, it works in our bodies to turn off at least 8 hunger hormones.
If you can put your hungry hormones to sleep throughout the day and you’re not fighting cravings in the evening, how much less likely are you to jump into the pantry to solve your problems and manage your emotions?
“PROTEIN, FAT AND FIBRE AT EVERY MEAL MAKES MAINTAINING OR LOSING WEIGHT NO BIG DEAL.” – Suzanne Carpenter, Mind Over Motherhood
Want to be more specific? Listen to this episode to learn even more specific tips from Suz!
QUIET THE CHAOS IN YOUR LIFE BY GETTING YOUR EATING UNDER CONTROL
If your eating, body image and weight management is contributing to chaos in your life, it is SO important to work to get it under control.
When we can quiet the chaos (whatever it is) in your life – you are able to focus more on what makes you unique and what you can bring to the world.
When we bury whatever it is that is our true purpose in the world, we cage it up in chaos. Whether that chaos is your mindset, your anxiety or your body image and weight, by taking one brave step forward to manage the chaos that we get swept up in, we take the power back and become the intentional curators of our life and can more fully express our purpose in this world.
SUZ’S TIPS TO ENJOY BEING NAKED AND WIN AT LOSING WEIGHT
Suz asks us to consider: What can I do every single day over a period of time to lead me toward feeling good about myself and loving what I see in the mirror?
Some practical tips:
Instead of using a scale to track your weight loss success, use GOAL PANTS.
Suz recommends finding a pair of pants that is maybe 1-2 sizes smaller than your current size that you would like to fit into. Every single Monday try them on. After a week or two of intentional eating, you are going to find your goal pants are fitting a bit better. This is going to bring you joy. Each time you fit a bit better into those pants, you’re going to become closer and closer to loving what you see in the mirror.
YOU EARNED YOUR STRIPES, MAMA
You grew humans in your body and the cost of that experience was wider hips and a few stretch marks. Suz encourages moms to give your body the love and respect it needs.
Remember, your body is not supposed to look like a 20 year old all the time.
You grew a human, and that is pretty amazing!
WEIGHT LOSS IS ULTIMATELY A CALORIES IN – CALORIES OUT EQUATION
There is no getting around this equation. There are some parts of this equation we can control and some things we cannot. We can control what goes in and whether you can cause weight loss without hunger, deprivation or denial in your weight management journey. What we cannot control is how much energy your body spends.
When you understand this truth, you can take practical steps forward to get real results. It’s OK that it is hard. It is going to be hard.
Compromise and discipline are required for success in other areas of our lives, and that is also what is required in eating and weight loss. It will take work and it will take time, but you can do it!
MORE OF THE GOODS:
- How we handle our own food relationship, body image and weight management is not just about us. As mothers, we are important role models to our daughters and sons about how to love and respect our bodies the way that they are. We also need to model for them how to fuel our bodies in a healthy way so that we can live long and healthy lives.
- Carly shares a funny story about her daughters seeing her nude and the importance of how we talk about our bodies in front of our children.
- Realizing that what you’re doing for yourself with your body and self-esteem is not just for you. If you do not love yourself enough to take healthy care of your body and eat well, can you do it for your children instead?
- Discomfort is required for all growth – whether it’s managing your weight or managing your mindset – we need to first get nitty-gritty and granular about what’s hiding under the surface. So often, women want to avoid looking closely at their eating behaviour and relationship with food, but this uncomfortable place is exactly where we need to start in order to make true change.
- Facing the emotional turmoil of food and eating.
- The OREO Factor and Emotional Scale – Practical tips for uncovering your relationship with food and how food helps us manage our painful emotions.
Connect with Suzanne on Instagram.
Carpenter One80 website – www.carpenterone80.com
Thanks for listening!