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What better way for two podcasters to check in with each other on their weight loss adventures than by starting a podcast about it? Join John (Brand X Podcast) and Emily (The Story Behind) as they try their hardest to shed those pesky pounds and check in with each other every week.

Note: We are not doctors, nor do we play doctors on TV (or in this podcast). Please talk to a medical professional before taking any of our advice.

Hate to Weight John Bukenas & Emily Prokop

    • Comedy
    • 4.2, 20 Ratings

What better way for two podcasters to check in with each other on their weight loss adventures than by starting a podcast about it? Join John (Brand X Podcast) and Emily (The Story Behind) as they try their hardest to shed those pesky pounds and check in with each other every week.

Note: We are not doctors, nor do we play doctors on TV (or in this podcast). Please talk to a medical professional before taking any of our advice.

    Bonus Ep.: Emily Chats with Coach Carolyn from Wellness While Walking

    Bonus Ep.: Emily Chats with Coach Carolyn from Wellness While Walking

    Hello from just Emily today. John has had some health complications and was not able to record this week. Don’t worry, he is on the mend and we will hopefully have our wonderful host and editor back soon enough!
    In the meantime, I wanted to bring you this special interview I did in the Hate to Weight Discussion Group with Health Coach Carolyn Cohen from the podcast Wellness While Walking! She’ll be sharing tips for us on our own health and wellness journeys.
    Watch the LIVE Recording: https://www.facebook.com/emilypeckprokop/videos/10102857442245087
    New to Hate to Weight? Make sure you’re subscribed so you’ll never miss an episode and so you can listen to all the back episodes!
    Don’t forget, you can talk to us and other Weighters while we record by going to the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook. We record Thursdays at 11 a.m.!
    Call in your WINS or RANTS anytime! 760-WINNING -— 760-946-6464
    We are not doctors. Please talk to your doctor before trying any new diet or exercise routine. We try our hardest to link to useful resources we have mentioned. If you have any questions, please email hatetoweight@gmail.com.
    In This Episode:
    Hear about Carolyn’s journey to becoming a health coach and why she pivoted her life toward helping others with their wellness journeys. She was so kind to share lots of ways we can all get more veggies into our diets, which is a goal I know many of you in the Hate to Weight Discussion Group put up as a goal for our Sunday Goal Posts. She also debunks the myth of getting 10,000 steps as a guideline for those of us who want to walk. If you haven’t checked out her podcast, Wellness While Walking, yet, definitely check it out! Later, Weighters! Links Mentioned:
    Wellness While Walking Website Wellness While Walking Podcast Wellness While Walking Facebook Page Wellness While Walking Instagram Don’t forget to check out our resources page! Join Us On Our Journey:
    Join our Facebook group: HatetoWeight.com/Facebook Follow Emily and John on Instagram We have a store for our show! Check it out here! Join us on Twitter: twitter.com/HateToWeight Visit our Website: HatetoWeight.com Email us: HatetoWeight@gmail.com Check out John sometimes on She Podcasts Check out Emily’s other podcast: The Story Behind Like the show and want some sweet, sweet swag? Check it out here!
    And check out T-shirts inspired by Hate to Weight by Mark Des Cotes from The Resourceful Designer and Podcast Branding 
    Meet Your Hosts:
    John Bukenas is a podcast editor from New Jersey. He started the podcast doing keto and intermittent fasting, but is now gearing up for bariatric surgery (probably) later this summer. Emily Prokop is a podcast editor and consultant from Connecticut. She has been doing Intermittent Fasting since April 2018 and has lost about 90 pounds. She started with 16:8 and is now doing 18:6 and in maintenance mode.

    • 42 min
    John's Whirlwind Week and Delicious Drive-Thru Options

    John's Whirlwind Week and Delicious Drive-Thru Options

    Another week of quarantine and tensions rising. John ended his last episode recording and the rest of his week was a whirlwind of anxiety, sickness and a death scare! But luckily, everyone is OK. Life isn’t easy for many of us, and while staying healthy is important, there’s a lot we’re all juggling.
    We want to take this opportunity to remind yourself to have grace for yourself and others. Like drive-through? So do we, but we can still make plenty of healthy choices.
    Watch the LIVE Recording: https://www.facebook.com/John.bukenas/videos/10223381456221596
    New to Hate to Weight? Make sure you’re subscribed so you’ll never miss an episode and so you can listen to all the back episodes!
    Don’t forget, you can talk to us and other Weighters while we record by going to the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook. We record every Thursday at 11 a.m.!
    Call in your WINS or RANTS anytime! 760-WINNING -— 760-946-6464
    We are not doctors. Please talk to your doctor before trying any new diet or exercise routine. We try our hardest to link to useful resources we have mentioned. If you have any questions, please email hatetoweight@gmail.com.
    In This Episode:
    John had quite a week since we last recorded. He starts off the episode talking about how getting BBQ turns into a death scare! John’s audio drops are superb! Thank you to our listeners who get a kick out of them and voted on which sound drops have been your favorite! Who else is susceptible to the power of suggestion? John and Emily are. John has some anxiety over not feeling well. And this is after the earlier death scare! Isn’t it weird that you don’t wake up while your fever’s breaking? Only after you’re all sweaty. Anger and frustration can be such a confusing emotion, especially in how people release it. Don’t forget to apologize! We apologize for the delay in getting out episodes — we really appreciate your patience with our episode releases. John is doing his own yoga poses now and made his own yoga playpen. Only 10 minutes a day! Emily’s enjoying getting her vegetables from Mexican food and Taco Bell lately. We love our fast food here at Hate to Weight and over the years, we’ve found that’s not the worst drive-thru food we could get! The Power Bowl is really filling and not too bad! Emily loves Amy’s frozen burritos. Let us know if you’ve had them and which ones you enjoy! Pulled pork sliders with coleslaw, everyone! It’s delicious! We’re all in a state of Decision Fatigue pretty much all the time. Emily put out this theory and you’ll see a Rolling Stone article about it below in the links section. It’s funny that we talked about this weeks ago, but the mask debate apparently doesn’t get old. Speaking of takeout, the Burger King Impossible Whopper is pretty good! Shout-out to Connecticut’s Duchess Restaurants  — they have a great meatless burger, too! #ICantTwitter and #ICantWichYou Emily is done with current events! Why don’t more fast food places have hot dogs? Great #WinningWednesday posts this week! Emily’s session at Livestream For the Cure went great! Spoiler alert: We didn’t do a huge blowout for Episode 100. There was a busy week for current events and we ended up skipping that episode and coming back the following week. Later, Weighters! We’d love to hear your scale and non-scale victories! Come celebrate your wins over in the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook! Can’t click on the links below? Find our show notes at HateToWeight.com!
    Links Mentioned:
    Call Her Daddy podcast She Podcasts I Shake My Head with Lisa and Sam special episode with Jann Arden! Joseph’s are the wraps Emily used when she was doing a low-carb diet called Trim Healthy Mama Google proves Emily’s theory correct —  we’re all in decision fatigue Adam Higgins from Odd Dad Out and ODO Productions Follow o

    • 50 min
    DDP Yoga, Making Healthy Choices for Weight-Loss, and Some Very Salty Language!

    DDP Yoga, Making Healthy Choices for Weight-Loss, and Some Very Salty Language!

    Watch the LIVE Recording: https://www.facebook.com/John.bukenas/videos/10223313740288740/
    We are starting to focus on making good choices and John is even trying out yoga! We also got a bit carried away with our discussion and we run a little long in this episode.
    Also, STRONG LANGUAGE ALERT around 55 minutes in — we mark our podcast as explicit anyway, but we want you to know that the C-word is used quite a bit. While we're comfortable saying it, not everyone is comfortable hearing it. We want to be respectful to listeners by giving you an advanced warning if this offends you.
    When we record this, we are currently in the midst of the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic. We strive to be as accurate as possible on our podcast, but we are not experts. Please refer to the CDC website guidelines for information or any questions you may have.
    New to Hate to Weight? Make sure you’re subscribed so you’ll never miss an episode and so you can listen to all the back episodes!
    Don’t forget, you can talk to us and other Weighters while we record by going to the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook. We record every Thursday at 11 a.m.!
    Call in your WINS or RANTS anytime! 760-WINNING -— 760-946-6464
    We are not doctors. Please talk to your doctor before trying any new diet or exercise routine. We try our hardest to link to useful resources we have mentioned. If you have any questions, please email hatetoweight@gmail.com.
    In This Episode:
    John’s feeling just PEACHY! Emily is doing Maintenance Mode and doing her thing in her plateau. She can see her progress but still getting comfortable with her “new” body. We’re transitioning the show to be less about looking at the scale, but more about trying to get healthy. John’s worried about getting “stuffocated” by brisket and corn bread. John’s going back to more compression on his legs and the whooshie pill again. What was the last vegetable you ate? Usually when Emily’s in a funk, she’ll ask herself that. Even though Emily finds she doesn’t have to count calories, she still realizes that eating healthy will make Future-Emily happy. John’s thinking of trying yoga! We have a nice big yoga discussion and Emily geeked out because this is her favorite form of movement. John likes to use this podcast as a form of therapy, Emily uses her journal for the same reason. Being able to hear or see your own words can help you get a lot of clarity into what you truly feel. John’s best form of dealing with the news is to find the humor in it, and then the internet arguments start. We have some great #WinningWednesday posts, and we’re putting some new prompts in the group! Gratitude is the Attitude! Emily became a certified life coach  — and will soon be certified in mindfulness, as well! Dut-dut! We talk a bit about podcast editing and our workflows toward the end. If you ever wondered what podcast editors do, you might enjoy it! We talk about being people pleasers, both in our work and in our own heads with our self-esteem. STRONG LANGUAGE ALERT! If you are offended by the C*** word, around the 55:00-56:30 mark we say it quite a bit. Oh, we get so silly when we’re procrastinating the weigh-in, LOL. Later, Weighters! We’d love to hear your scale and non-scale victories! Come celebrate your wins over in the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook! Can’t click on the links below? Find our show notes at HateToWeight.com!
    Links Mentioned:
    Dave Jackson from School of Podcasting, Building a Better Dave, and the Logical Weight Loss podcast Check out Diamond Dallas Page Yoga She Podcasts Emily’s yoga DVDs she followed to learn what she does now Emily’s other podcast, The Story Behind Daniel J. Lewis is another one of our podcasting buddies and his podcast is The Audacity to Podcast Want to check out Emily’s first podcast? Here you go! Don’t forge

    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Question About Sweetener and Intermittent Fasting

    A Question About Sweetener and Intermittent Fasting

    Watch the LIVE Recording: https://www.facebook.com/John.bukenas/videos/10223238426085932/
    We got a question before the show we spend some time going through about using sweetener with Intermittent Fasting and we go into it a bit. We also talk about how COVID is affecting our lives — we’re in the Northeast so it’s pretty much all around us. And can you tell our ADHD went a little wild on this show?
    When we record this, we are currently in the midst of the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic. We strive to be as accurate as possible on our podcast, but we are not experts. Please refer to the CDC website guidelines for information or any questions you may have.
    New to Hate to Weight? Make sure you’re subscribed so you’ll never miss an episode and so you can listen to all the back episodes!
    Don’t forget, you can talk to us and other Weighters while we record by going to the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook. We record every Thursday at 11 a.m.!
    Call in your WINS or RANTS anytime! 760-WINNING -— 760-946-6464
    We are not doctors. Please talk to your doctor before trying any new diet or exercise routine. We try our hardest to link to useful resources we have mentioned. If you have any questions, please email hatetoweight@gmail.com.
    In This Episode:
    Thanks, Corona! John has been finding a lot of his usual favorites are not available in grocery stores as much, oh no! We got a question in our chat (thanks Don!) before going live that we talk about a lot in this episode about using sweetener during Intermittent Fasting. While we are not experts, we explain some of where our information came from that we go by. Neither of us can do cheat days, so it’s interesting to learn how other people use them. Emily is using IF to feel good and no longer to lose weight. She’s in maintenance mode. Are you a rebel and a rule-breaker like John? (And Emily the rule-breaker comes out every so often.) John talks about his opinion about wearing a mask and gives us a very visual analogy about why using a mask is important, oh my! There is a lot of COVID-Talk in this episode. It’s still on the top of our minds. And a lot of our food choices have also been affected. What if we knew there was an asteroid coming to the earth, what would you go out and buy? Emily thought it would be food, but it turns out, when she really thought about it, it would be a pack of cigarettes (and possibly a cigarette holder?) John is finding his anxiety is driving his eating disorder a bit. And we are now noticing just how prone to germs and infection we really are. We are getting a lot of therapy by doing this podcast, especially when John edits and Emily writes the show notes. What do you think of the virus talk? Do we need to cut back? Let us know! Amazing #WinningWednesday posts! Including some virtual workout ideas! Do you look at your phone as soon as you wake up or do you wait a bit? Want more joy on social media? #FollowMoreArtists (Theresa’s links are below!) Should we do weekly goals instead of weekly weigh-ins? What do you think? Let us know in the group! Later, Weighters! We’d love to hear your scale and non-scale victories! Come celebrate your wins over in the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook! Can’t click on the links below? Find our show notes at HateToWeight.com!
    Links Mentioned:
    Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stevens Delay, Don’t Deny Facebook Group The Intermittent Fasting Podcast The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss Follow our amazing listener Theresa Crout because her art is amazing. Website | Facebook | Instagram  Want to check out Emily’s first podcast? Here you go! Don’t forget to check out our resources page! Join Us On Our Journey:
    Join our Facebook group: HatetoWeight.com/Facebook Follow Emily and John on Instagram We have a store for our show! Check it out here! Join us on Twitter: twitter.com/Ha

    • 41 min
    Hello From the Other Side of Weight-Loss

    Hello From the Other Side of Weight-Loss

    Watch the LIVE Recording: https://www.facebook.com/John.bukenas/videos/10223160054606694/
    John is wrestling with Impostor Syndrome when thinking about starting a new podcast and we discuss the reactions to Adele’s stunning weight-loss and the picture she posted on Instagram. Emily is gearing up to go into maintenance mode for a while with her weight-loss and starting to reprioritize in her life.
    When we record this, we are currently in the midst of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. We strive to be as accurate as possible on our podcast, but we are not experts. Please refer to the CDC website guidelines for information or any questions you may have.
    New to Hate to Weight? Make sure you’re subscribed so you’ll never miss an episode and so you can listen to all the back episodes!
    Don’t forget, you can talk to us and other Weighters while we record by going to the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook. We record every Thursday at 11 a.m.!
    Call in your WINS or RANTS anytime! 760-WINNING -— 760-946-6464
    We are not doctors. Please talk to your doctor before trying any new diet or exercise routine. We try our hardest to link to useful resources we have mentioned. If you have any questions, please email hatetoweight@gmail.com.
    In This Episode:
    John is getting ready to start a new podcast and finds himself with Impostor Syndrome. Adele’s Instagram photo she posted recently for her 32nd birthday showed a dramatic weight-loss and we talk a bit about the reactions. John-spiration — “Just because someone else is praised for losing weight doesn’t mean you should be ashamed for not.” John gets motivated by an Inner Drill Sergeant sometimes. What do you think? Are you more motivated by negativity or positivity? Emily has a lot of Marketing (Conspiracy) Theories if you ever get her started on why something or someone is trending. John’s new organizational system is going well! Emily is re-evaluating her own scheduling system and routine, but she still likes to get everything out of her head on paper and work off of that every day. She has also realized losing weight for her is not a priority. She still enjoys Intermittent Fasting and Yoga, but feels like focusing on other areas in life and putting weight-loss into maintenance mode. This isn’t her breaking up with the podcast, BTW! Maintenance Mode is HARD! Emily looks at pictures of Target aisles because she misses it! LOL! Facebook is just like a scrolling tabloid all the time! Emily closes Facebook as soon as she gets angry. She hasn’t been on very often anymore. You’re never going to change someone’s opinion on the Internet. And the best part is, because we can’t go out, it’s not like we even need to see them! Great job everyone! Yay for the #WinningWednesday posts! Emily never took a lot of Before Shots, and definitely none without a lot of clothes on. Later, Weighters! We’d love to hear your scale and non-scale victories! Come celebrate your wins over in the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook! Can’t click on the links below? Find our show notes at HateToWeight.com!
    Links Mentioned:
    Want to check out John’s old podcast? Check out the Brand X Podcast (Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts) NaPodPoMo - National Podcast Post Month Adele’s Instagram Photo Check out our friend Nick from Epic Film Guys and his success with the #DropTheSugar Challenge Don’t forget to check out our resources page! Join Us On Our Journey:
    Join our Facebook group: HatetoWeight.com/Facebook Follow Emily and John on Instagram We have a store for our show! Check it out here! Join us on Twitter: twitter.com/HateToWeight Visit our Website: HatetoWeight.com Email us: HatetoWeight@gmail.com Check out John sometimes on She Podcasts Check out Emily’s other podcast: The Story Behind Like the show and want some sweet, sweet swag? Check it out here!

    • 49 min
    Boosting Productivity and Becoming Mindful

    Boosting Productivity and Becoming Mindful

    Watch the LIVE Recording: https://www.facebook.com/John.bukenas/videos/10223068259791881
    Are we in a “New Normal” yet? For us, we both work at home so the dust is beginning to settle, but there are still a lot of changes we haven’t anticipated. John has started a new organizational program and Emily has been adding more veggies to her meals and trying to be more mindful about why she finds herself in the kitchen.
    We talk a lot about our current situations, which as you may know if you’re listening to this around the time it comes out, is the COVID-19 social distancing stuff. It’s important to mention, as we do every episode, we are not doctors. Please refer to the CDC website guidelines for information or any questions you may have.
    New to Hate to Weight? Make sure you’re subscribed so you’ll never miss an episode and so you can listen to all the back episodes!
    Don’t forget, you can talk to us and other Weighters while we record by going to the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook. We record every Thursday at 11 a.m.!
    Call in your WINS or RANTS anytime! 760-WINNING -— 760-946-6464
    We are not doctors. Please talk to your doctor before trying any new diet or exercise routine. We try our hardest to link to useful resources we have mentioned. If you have any questions, please email hatetoweight@gmail.com.
    In This Episode:
    Are we coming out of this yet? (Not for us. We’re both staying in as much as possible.) Are you already sick of “New Normal” usage? For us, the dust is starting to settle for us. John has begun an organizational program by Carl Pullein (see links below!) John and Emily both have ADHD and are always learning how to navigate with it, which has been a part of our weight problems, as well. We apologize for the delay in episodes lately. We are fixing it as fast as we can and we thank you so much for your patience with us. There are so many things in our lives that we are trying to optimize to help us become more productive with our time. For some people, productivity can bog them down. But for us, we really appreciate routines and systems. John gives his breakfast frittata recipe! Check it out! Emily loves the idea of being proactive before being reactive. “Everybody has a routine and until your routine becomes a habit, you gotta keep working at it.” — This week’s John-spiration! Sometimes, we just want a Food Hug. “What kind of comfort am I looking for?” — Emily when she finds herself in the kitchen. John will hopefully give us more Geese Updates! Emily has decided this week to add more veggies to her diet this week and getting more mindful with her eating, as well. One routine that’s probably NOT good for us is our cereal-eating routine. We get into a discussion about masks. We’re pro-mask, by the way. Emily’s declarations: No tomatoes as a default and please stay 6 feet away! Woo-hoo for the #WinningWednesday posts! What do you think about a plank challenge? Let us know in the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook! Have you joined yet? → https://www.facebook.com/groups/413099472471015/ Later, Weighters! We’d love to hear your scale and non-scale victories! Come celebrate your wins over in the Hate to Weight Discussion Group on Facebook! 
    Links Mentioned:
    COD — The Simple, Easy To Use Productivity System Anyone Can Learn. Carl Pullein Boomerang Gmail extension Google Calendar ToDoist Evernote Don’t forget to check out our resources page! Join Us On Our Journey:
    Join our Facebook group: HatetoWeight.com/Facebook Follow Emily and John on Instagram We have a store for our show! Check it out here! Join us on Twitter: twitter.com/HateToWeight Visit our Website: HatetoWeight.com Email us: HatetoWeight@gmail.com Check out John sometimes on She Podcasts Check out Emily’s other podcast: The Story Behind Like the show and want some sweet,

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

KevinBurciaga ,

Great Banter

If you struggle with weight, eating disorders, or have some bad eating habits, then you will enjoy Emily and John's banter and conversation. It's fun to listen to while you drive and will make you feel a little better in this time of crisis.

WellnessWhileWalking ,

So human

In a world where we put up facades and project false realities online, this show is raw with a spectrum of emotions. The hosts, Emily and John, are so vulnerable about where they have been and where they are heading on their weight loss journeys. All of us who have faced being overweight can definitely relate, and it's rare to be able to be so privy to others' trials, and to benefit from knowing we are "all in this together." Don't get me wrong, though -- this is not a predominantly heavy or serious show. While there are moments of heartache and frustration discussed, these two have an incredible rapport and shared sense of humor, and I always feel uplifted after listening. I look forward to every episode!

Glassesgirl79 ,

Funny, honest and inspiring

I was looking for a new podcast about real people and their journey to get healthy/lose weight through intermittent fasting. Love their honesty, friendship and sense of humor. Although I’m vegan, I also appreciate that they aren’t judgmental about different ways a person goes about reaching their weight loss goal. I also love that they don’t only focus on the number on the scale but cheer non-scale victories as well. I’ve listened to all the shows and have joined the Facebook group and am excited about what this podcast is planning to do next!

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