As one of the most sought after weight loss coaches in the biz and a busy mom of two, I thought it would be inspiring to learn more about her own weight loss journey. I hope you enjoy this blog interview with the amazing Susan Hyatt!

Susan Hyatt, owner of Ideal Life Design, is a Martha Beck Master Certified Life
Coach. She works with entrepreneurs and weight loss clients. She lives in
Evansville, Indiana with her husband and two kids. She recently completed a
half marathon.

Susan, how much weight did you lose?

I lost 35 pounds and am now at my natural weight.

How long had you been struggling with your weight?

Since I was about 17. I was a yo-yo dieter.

How long have you kept the weight off?

It has been 18 months since I reached my natural weight….and about two years since I started practicing these tools.

What is so different about this approach to weight loss?

This approach to weight loss is completely different than a diet. This puts your BODY first. It teaches you how to listen to your body’s signals and how to honor your body.  The tools also help you uncover the heavy thoughts and emotions that are manifesting physically on the body. It really is your thoughts creating extra pounds. Once I learned that, it was like I had won the lottery–but better.

I know you weren’t always a big fan of exercise!  Can you talk a little more about the “anti leotard exercise program”?

I was a serious coach potato. I thought that I hated exercise! What I really hated was forcing myself to do certain kids of exercise that I did not enjoy.  What I’ve created is a worksheet to help women think about exercise in a whole different light. I didn’t have to put on a leotard and work out to jazzercise routines if I didn’t want to! I could find other creative ways to exercise that felt good to me.

As a busy mom, what challenges did you overcome while trying to loss weight?

Getting creative with when and how I would work out.  I think that a lot of busy moms give up when they run into a scheduling issue. The real challenge was my crappy thinking. Once I turned that around, I was able to motivate myself and get resourceful. Instead of lamenting that there was “no time” to exercise, I made a commitment to myself to work out for just 20 minutes a day, three days a week. I picked a Pilates video for beginners. I was easily able to do this before my kids woke up.  From that place, I was then able to increase the time and intensity.

Another challenge in my mind was that it was “hard” to eat healthy on the go. I learned how to plan ahead, keep healthy snacks in my purse, and how to order fuel food at restaurants.

How has this program changed your life?

How hasn’t it? LOL I’m so connected to my body and my mind. I have a deep intimate relationship with myself. I put myself first so that I can give more to others.

How has it impacted your relationship with your family?

My family now benefits from a calmer, healthier wife and mother. My kids see a mom who takes care of herself and honors her body and emotions. My husband has a partner who is mentally present instead of obsessing about food and “do these jeans make my butt look fat?” By becoming more intimate with myself, I am able to be more intimate in all my relationships.

As a successful weight loss coach yourself, what percentage of your clients would you say are moms?

98%

What advice do you have for mom’s trying to lose weight?

Be kind and compassionate to yourself always.  Beating yourself thin is never worth it.

I love this quote by Brooke Castillo in her book, If I Am So Smart, Why Can’t I Lose Weight?:

You need to remember that the best legacy you can give your kids is an example of a life well-lived. They may listen to what you say, but they will do what you do. If you tell them to take care of themselves and you don’t do it yourself, what kind of message are you sending?

Can you talk a little bit about what this has to
do with weight loss?

Sure. Children will follow what you do. How they see you acting….not what you are saying. So, if I am filling up on Cokes and Doritos, skipping meals, never moving my body, they see this and think this is normal.  We are a fast food nation. We are supersizing meals to the point that our dinner plates are 30% larger than they were in the 1950′s.  We are raising kids to think that gulping down fake food from the drive through in the back seat of our gas guzzling SUVs is how to live. They see us abusing our bodies through extreme diets and work out regimens. They see us rushing from work to ball practice. They see us glued to our iphones and laptops. This is not taking care of ourselves mentally or physically.

Our kids need to see us taking the time to eat real food, in real portion sizes.  They need to see us taking the time to move our bodies in healthy ways. They need us to dial it down, our schedules, our commitments, our blood pressure, to a rate that feels good to us. They need to see us happy. Above all else, our kids need to see parents who are committed to happy.

They will borrow our belief systems. Pass along one that serves them well.

Why do “smart” women sometimes have more trouble losing weight and keeping it off?

I think smart women have more trouble losing weight because we are so busy running the world, that we forget to take care of ourselves. Let’s face it, smart women are wanted and needed  everywhere. But we cannot sacrifice our health under any circumstances. We have to fill up our own cup first.

What are you working on these days?

I’m coaching entrepreneur and weight loss groups, and writing a book entitled, “Create Your Own Luck.” It’s about making your own luck instead of waiting for life to “happen.” Luck does not happen. It is created.

To learn more about Susan Hyatt, check out her
 website: http://www.IdealLifeDesign.com.

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