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Bonjour et bienvenue!

Join me weekly on a captivating journey into French-inspired wellness. Whether you're intrigued by the allure of French culture, or simply seeking sustainable lifestyle changes for healthy weight loss and maintenance, "The French Weigh" podcast is for you.

I’m Karen Gombault, a Certified Coach who helps women lose weight mid-life, keep it off, and more importantly, adopt lifestyle changes that foster healthy ageing.

I am passionate about helping other women thrive & all things French. As an American who has lived 3 decades in France, I feel fortunate to have had the best of both worlds.

In this podcast, I talk about all things food, movement, mindset, & habits that underpin French women’s weight and joie de vivre secrets. Tune in for insights, practical tips, and inspiring stories to embrace a life that's vibrant, à la française. Follow "The French Weigh" Podcast and take the first step towards your own journey of transformation—the French way.

Looking for further insights? Download free guide, 5 French Secrets of French Wellness and Weight loss.

https://www.karengombault.com/thefrenchweighfreeguide

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Bonjour et bienvenue!

Join me weekly on a captivating journey into French-inspired wellness. Whether you're intrigued by the allure of French culture, or simply seeking sustainable lifestyle changes for healthy weight loss and maintenance, "The French Weigh" podcast is for you.

I’m Karen Gombault, a Certified Coach who helps women lose weight mid-life, keep it off, and more importantly, adopt lifestyle changes that foster healthy ageing.

I am passionate about helping other women thrive & all things French. As an American who has lived 3 decades in France, I feel fortunate to have had the best of both worlds.

In this podcast, I talk about all things food, movement, mindset, & habits that underpin French women’s weight and joie de vivre secrets. Tune in for insights, practical tips, and inspiring stories to embrace a life that's vibrant, à la française. Follow "The French Weigh" Podcast and take the first step towards your own journey of transformation—the French way.

Looking for further insights? Download free guide, 5 French Secrets of French Wellness and Weight loss.

https://www.karengombault.com/thefrenchweighfreeguide

    #40: (Re)Write Your Own Story

    #40: (Re)Write Your Own Story

    Welcome back to The French Weigh with your host, Karen Gombault. 
    What story are you telling yourself about your weight loss journey? That it has been hard? A constant uphill battle? All consuming? 
    How you think about your weight loss journey matters, and it directly influences your energy, attitude, mindset and results. And that’s why, it’s time to look at your past experiences and rewrite them into a story that is empowering and that serves you. 
    I'll be sharing my personal weight loss journey over the past 40 years, and how each experience, whether it involved dieting, emotional eating, or intense training, shaped my mindset and has helped me remain at my goal weight for several years now. 
    We'll explore how positively reframing past experiences can strengthen your resolve and ultimately help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Instead of looking at experiences from my past and only seeing the negative outcomes, I look at the lessons learned. Reframing those moments with compassion allows me to move forward and stay committed. 
    “When I look at my story and just tell myself that I showed up for me, I had my own back. For example, I never tell myself, I need to get back on track, and I never tell my clients, you need to get back on track. You just need to keep going. You just need to take one more step.” 
    Through coaching, mindset shifts, and rewriting my story, I have learned to trust myself and love my journey, and I want the same for you too. Tune in to this episode of The French Weigh and learn to love your story too.
    Key Takeaways From This EpisodeThe Power of Positive Reframing: How positively reframing past experiences can boost mindset and influence current efforts Insight into my decades-long journey and the pivotal moments that shaped me Emphasizing the importance of mindset, as opposed to solely focusing on strategies Emotional eating and mind management Coaching and Mindset Shifts: How working with mindset and macro coaches helped me transform my approach to weight loss Compassion and Self-Empathy: The significance of treating oneself with compassion throughout the weight loss journey
    Contact Information and Recommended Resources The French Weigh One on One Coaching Yes! you CAN feel more confident, energetic and healthy as you age, even if right now it doesn't feel that way. You know if you could make lifestyle changes, lose some weight and generally feel healthier, you'd be able to enjoy this season of life more. Unlock timeless French secrets to shed those pounds and savor life with more joy and confidence than ever. 
    Introducing, The French Weigh - Savor Life and Shed Pounds: The French Art of Mindful Living and Eating. Schedule your free call here.
    Stop Overeating Masterclass Imagine a Life Free from the Struggles of Overeating. This masterclass will equip you with the tools to achieve this freedom. Learn More Here.
    Thriving You Weekly Newsletter Your weekly wellness boost delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here.
    Free Resource, the guide “The French Art of Sustainable Weight Loss” Free Download Here.
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    • 23 min
    #39: Boosting Mental Fitness With Positive Intelligence*

    #39: Boosting Mental Fitness With Positive Intelligence*

    Welcome back to The French Weigh with your host, Karen Gombault. 
    Ever feel like your mind is always on autopilot, tossing negative thoughts at you left and right? Today we’re going to talk about Positive Intelligence, a coaching philosophy that I use in my every day life in order to respond to life’s daily challenges with positive thoughts, instead of negative ones. 
    So, what’s Positive Intelligence*? Founded by Shirzad Chamine, this coaching philosophy combines neuroscience, performance science, cognitive behavioral psychology and more to help us navigate life’s challenges with a positive mindset. Just like you’d train your muscles at the gym, you can train your brain with this method. It is 100% possible to build mental muscles that boost your performance, wellness, and relationships, having a ripple effect on every aspect of your life. 
    We'll chat about the foundations and short exercises aimed at keeping those negative thoughts, aka “saboteurs”, in check. Think of these saboteurs as your inner critics—like my hyper-achiever and controller tendencies. Recognizing them is the first step to quieting them. We’ll also talk about how to manage them - by tapping into your sage powers, you can handle stress like a pro and break through the mental roadblocks. 
    Dive into the episode and discover how Positive Intelligence* can reshape your everyday challenges.  
    "Mental fitness is your capacity to respond to life's challenges with a positive rather than negative mindset... So if you are going to the gym regularly to build your muscles that are on your body, mental fitness that is taught by Positive Intelligence* does the same thing. It builds that mental muscle." Key Takeaways From This EpisodeExplanation of mental fitness and how it compares to physical fitness in building mental muscles The concept of Positive Quotient* repetitions and their role in commanding the mind Identification and understanding of Saboteurs* Overview of the five Sage Powers*: empathy, explore, innovate, navigate, and activate Transformative client stories showcasing weight loss, improved relationships, and increased confidence Daily practices for reinforcing Positive Intelligence* principles through reflection and exercises
    © 2024 *Positive Intelligence, LLC. All rights reserved. POSITIVE INTELLIGENCE®, PQ®, PQ COACH™, CERTIFIED PQ COACH™, and P+ logo™ are trademarks of Positive Intelligence, LLC. 
    DISCLAIMERS: The coach identified herein is an independent member of the PQ Coach program and not an employee, agent, or representative of Positive Intelligence, LLC.
    Contact Information and Recommended Resources The French Weigh One on One Coaching Yes! you CAN feel more confident, energetic and healthy as you age, even if right now it doesn't feel that way. You know if you could make lifestyle changes, lose some weight and generally feel healthier, you'd be able to enjoy this season of life more. Unlock timeless French secrets to shed those pounds and savor life with more joy and confidence than ever. 
    Introducing, The French Weigh - Savor Life and Shed Pounds: The French Art of Mindful Living and Eating. Schedule your free call here.
    Stop Overeating MasterclassImagine a Life Free from the Struggles of Overeating. This masterclass will equip you with the tools to achieve this freedom. Learn More Here.
    Thriving You Weekly NewsletterYour weekly wellness boost delivered straight to your inbox. a...

    • 20 min
    #38: The Tour de France

    #38: The Tour de France

    Welcome back to The French Weigh with your host, Karen Gombault. 
    Today, let’s talk about the fascinating world of the Tour de France and the learnings you can take away regarding your health and weight loss goals. 
    If you haven’t watched it – go binge the Netflix documentary on the mythical race. I loved it and as we roll into July 2024, it’s the perfect time to chat about what these elite cyclists can teach us about our own weight loss journey. 
    From the get-go, I was surprised to learn that the race is much more than just pedaling to the finish line. It’s a strategic endeavor where teamwork and the dynamic between the leader and team play crucial roles. I drew so many parallels to weight loss here—it’s really about having a clear goal and a support system. 
    We’ll cover how the riders deal with doubt and adversity, and how they show incredible grit and determination. Plus, I’ll share why it's crucial to have a strategy tailored to your strengths, just like these cyclists do. And remember, when plans go awry—which they will—it's all about how you show up and adapt. 
    Tune in to hear what the toughest bike race in the world can teach us. Enjoy the journey, celebrate the process, and keep pushing your limits. 
    "Find something that works for you. There is never a one size fits all, ever. … play to your strengths, play also to things that you like and that you can stick with."Key Takeaways From This EpisodeOvercoming self-doubt is essential for success Navigating unforeseen challenges and setbacks using resilience and determination Discovering personal strengths and leveraging them for success in various goals Embracing the journey with gratitude and finding joy in the process Drawing parallels between elite sports training and weight loss strategies Viewing setbacks as learning opportunities and adapting accordingly Finding inner resilience and staying committed to your goals
    Contact Information and Recommended Resources The French Weigh One on One Coaching Yes! you CAN feel more confident, energetic and healthy as you age, even if right now it doesn't feel that way. You know if you could make lifestyle changes, lose some weight and generally feel healthier, you'd be able to enjoy this season of life more. Unlock timeless French secrets to shed those pounds and savor life with more joy and confidence than ever. 
    Introducing, The French Weigh - Savor Life and Shed Pounds: The French Art of Mindful Living and Eating. Schedule your free call here.
    Stop Overeating Masterclass Imagine a Life Free from the Struggles of Overeating. This masterclass will equip you with the tools to achieve this freedom. Learn More Here.
    Thriving You Weekly Newsletter Your weekly wellness boost delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here. 
    Free Resource, the guide “The French Art of Sustainable Weight Loss”Free Download Here. 
    Connect with Karen Gombault KarenGombault.comInstagram a...

    • 19 min
    #37: Be Your Own Cheerleader

    #37: Be Your Own Cheerleader

    Bonjour, and welcome to another episode of The French Weigh with your host, Karen Gombault. Today, we’ve got a very important topic to explore—being your own cheerleader! 
    Whether you’re just starting your weight loss journey, midway through, or already at your goal weight, having someone cheering you on is crucial. I think no matter where we are in life, we could all use the extra support from someone on the sidelines, rooting us on. However, most of us don’t have a coach whispering motivational lines in our ears 24/7. That’s where becoming your own biggest fan comes in, and it's all about developing your internal cheerleader skills. 
    Indeed, in midlife, weight loss can feel like climbing a massive mountain, especially with hormonal changes, past dieting mishaps, and health considerations. Your brain loves to remind you of how tough it is. Instead, let’s counteract all the negative talk from the saboteur and make it our job to celebrate ourselves. 
    Throughout this episode, I dive into practical tips on celebrating your small wins—those little steps forward that prove you're making progress, and the impact it has. From hitting your step goal to not overeating at a family buffet, it's essential to recognize and celebrate all these moments in your journey. 
    And, remember, your opinion is what truly matters in your weight loss journey. I share personal stories and examples to illustrate the importance of standing firm in your own beliefs, despite what others might think or say. So, let’s get into the habit of cheering ourselves on and valuing our own opinions. 
    Stay positive, celebrate those wins, and be your own cheerleader. Until next time, keep thriving and keep that positive chatter going. Au revoir et à bientôt! 
    “Your opinion is what matters in your weight loss journey. You know what is best for you. Your opinion matters. So listen to yourself, have your own back and please be your own cheerleader. And I guarantee that you will take and keep your weight off.” 
    Key Takeaways From This EpisodePractical strategies for reversing negative thought patterns into positive ones Daily practice of celebrating small accomplishments to build a foundation of positive evidence Significance of maintaining a positive to negative thought ratio to support weight loss Real-life examples of small wins and how they contribute to overall success Importance of valuing your own opinion over others when making health and wellness decisions Techniques to stay motivated in social situations that may hinder your weight loss goals Developing a routine that aligns with personal health objectives, even during vacations or unexpected changes Encouragement to consistently back yourself up and maintain belief in your journey 
    Contact Information and Recommended Resources The French Weigh One on One Coaching Yes! you CAN feel more confident, energetic and healthy as you age, even if right now it doesn't feel that way. You know if you could make lifestyle changes, lose some weight and generally feel healthier, you'd be able to enjoy this season of life more. Unlock timeless French secrets to shed those pounds and savor life with more joy and confidence than ever. 
    Introducing, The French Weigh - Savor Life and Shed Pounds: The French Art of Mindful Living and Eating. Schedule your free call here. 
    Stop Overeating Masterclass Imagine a Life Free from the Struggles of Overeating. This masterclass will equip you with the tools to achieve this freedom. a...

    • 17 min
    #36: The Impact of Asking Powerful Questions

    #36: The Impact of Asking Powerful Questions

    Bonjour, everyone, and welcome to another episode of The French Weigh with your host, Karen Gombault. In today’s episode, we’re talking about something that can truly transform your life—asking powerful questions. This might sound simple, but the questions you ask yourself make a world of difference in how you navigate life’s challenges. 
    My husband and I recently went golfing for the first time in a while, and let's just say, my irons weren't cooperating. I spent the whole game bombarding myself with negative thoughts like, "Why can't I get better?" and "Why don’t I just give up?" But then it hit me—these negative questions were holding me back, big time. 
    So, I decided to flip the script and ask myself empowering questions instead. That one small shift had a huge impact. By asking "How can I make this fun?" and "What one small change can I do differently?", I came up with a list of 20 fun and innovative ideas to improve my game.  
    This technique is a game-changer for any struggle you’re facing. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or master a new skill, the quality of your questions will determine the quality of your results. "When you ask your brain negative questions, it's going to find all the evidence to support the negative question." 
    I'll also explain how this ties into my coaching philosophy of Positive Intelligence. We’ll touch on recognizing your saboteurs and tapping into your sage powers like empathy, curiosity, and innovation to flip those negative thoughts on their head. 
    Grab your coffee, sit back, and let’s explore how the right questions can set you on a path to a happier, healthier life.
    Key Takeaways From This Episode The transformative power of asking yourself quality questions and how it impacts life. Negative self-talk and comparisons can hinder progress in any endeavor. Recognizing negative thoughts and how they affect performance and well-being. Sage powers such as empathy, curiosity, and innovation can be used as tools for overcoming challenges. Practical ways to implement powerful questions in daily life for self-improvement and weight loss. Setting action goals rather than just outcome-based goals to drive consistent progress. 
    Contact Information and Recommended Resources The French Weigh One on One CoachingYes! you CAN feel more confident, energetic and healthy as you age, even if right now it doesn't feel that way. You know if you could make lifestyle changes, lose some weight and generally feel healthier, you'd be able to enjoy this season of life more. Unlock timeless French secrets to shed those pounds and savor life with more joy and confidence than ever. 
    Introducing, The French Weigh - Savor Life and Shed Pounds: The French Art of Mindful Living and Eating. Schedule your free call here. 
    Stop Overating Masterclass Imagine a Life Free from the Struggles of Overeating. This masterclass will equip you with the tools to achieve this freedom. Learn More Here. 
    Thriving You Weekly Newsletter Your weekly wellness boost delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here. 
    Free Resource, the guide “The French Art of Sustainable Weight Loss” Free Download Here.
    Connect with Karen Gombault a href="https://www.karengombault.com/"...

    • 21 min
    #35: Navigating a Major Life Event With Ease

    #35: Navigating a Major Life Event With Ease

    Welcome back to another episode of The French Weigh with your host, Karen Gombault. I’m excited to share my latest adventures with you, and today's topic is one that’s close to my heart—choosing your thoughts and showing up as your best self. 
    In this episode, I get real and personal about my recent move and all the chaos that came with it. Imagine movers showing up a day early, a bank account mysteriously dipping into negative six figures, and our washing machine giving up the ghost—all within a span of a few weeks. Yep, things got intense! But this isn’t just about my moving saga; it’s about how I managed to keep my cool and navigate these challenges with positive thinking and deliberate action. 
    I explore the concept of managing your mind and thoughts, a skill that I've cultivated over the years through coaching. You'll hear how I tackled each of these 'situations' (because they're not problems if you choose to think differently) and the mantra I kept repeating: "It is not a problem. We are going to find a solution." 
    One of the key takeaways is the importance of deliberately choosing your thoughts. As I say in the episode, "Choosing how you want to think about something will change your life." I look at practical ways to shift from a victim mentality to proactive problem-solving using the five sage powers: curiosity, empathy, innovation, big picture thinking, and laser-focused action. 
    Whether you're dealing with your own move or just everyday obstacles, this episode is packed with tips on how to show up as your most empowered self. So tune in, take a deep breath, and remember that you have the power to choose your thoughts and transform your life. 
    Au revoir and talk to you soon! 
    Key Takeaways From This Episode The skill of choosing how to think and its transformative impact Understanding the brain’s default tendency to avoid risk and change The importance of setting boundaries in stressful situations Embracing curiosity and empathy in problem-solving Utilizing positive intelligence and sage powers in daily life Managing stress during significant life changes with coaching techniques The benefits of proactive and solution-focused thinking Appreciating the outcomes of intentional mindset shifts and decision-making 
    Contact Information and Recommended Resources The French Weigh One on One CoachingYes! you CAN feel more confident, energetic and healthy as you age, even if right now it doesn't feel that way. You know if you could make lifestyle changes, lose some weight and generally feel healthier, you'd be able to enjoy this season of life more. Unlock timeless French secrets to shed those pounds and savor life with more joy and confidence than ever. 
    Introducing, The French Weigh - Savor Life and Shed Pounds: The French Art of Mindful Living and Eating. Schedule your free call here. 
    Stop Overeating Masterclass 
    Imagine a Life Free from the Struggles of Overeating. This masterclass will equip you with the tools to achieve this freedom. Learn More Here. 
    Free Resource, the guide “The French Art of Sustainable Weight Loss” at https://www.karengombault.com/thefrenchweighfreeguide 
    Thriving You Weekly Newsletter 
    Your weekly wellness boost delivered straight to your inbox. a...

    • 20 min

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