Jo contacted me because she wanted to develop a healthy relationship with food and to lose weight. Whilst her own health was a high priority for her, her main motivator was to be a positive role model to her two beautiful young daughters and not wanting to pass on her own food issues to them.
She had developed what we become to refer to as ‘the black lab syndrome’ – if there is food around, it needs eating! She felt that every day she had a battle with food.
In therapy, it is important to have a goal to work towards. Jo’s goal was to lose 2 stone and to get into a specific dress that was in her wardrobe.
We had 4 sessions spaced over approx. 10 weeks. Hypnotherapy for weight loss is not something you do weekly but more a case of developing new habits and these take time. I challenged Jo after each session to do some ‘homework’ and her success is strongly influenced by her commitment to helping herself by doing the activities suggested.
6 months after our first session, Jo reported that she had lost 42lbs and the weight was still reducing. Here is her story in her own words:
“I am now a healthier, more active person. I have become more in tune with my body's needs and make simple daily choices that simply didn't feel available to me before.
My daily routine was focused around food...notably, what I couldn't eat battling what I wanted to eat and a destructive pattern of starving and stuffing.
I am now more contented, at peace with food and generally have a calmer, more confident attitude to life. I do not think about food anymore and trust that what I put in my mouth will not only be delicious but also exactly what my body is telling me I need. As Caroline said, my body is not a bin.
I can now have crisps, chocolate and snacks in the house without the nagging fear that I might quickly stuff them all in in a bid to get rid of them. I can take or leave them and feel no guilt if I simply fancy a piece of chocolate.
Food has taken on a new place in my life. I think more about what I would like to eat rather than what I can't or shouldn't eat. Menus and flavours are suddenly more interesting, I drink more fluids and have a lot more energy.
Before I visited Caroline my life was on a very unhealthy destructive path. I feel like this process has not just enhanced my life by losing weight and starting to enjoy food but it has made me healthier and given my body a new form of protection.”
The thing that I love about hypnotherapy when it comes to weight management is reflected in Jo’s words – it is not about being on an eternal diet but having a relationship with food that is positive. ‘Treats’ can still be a treat and enjoyed but food ceases to be a constant focus.
If you have been inspired by Jo’s story and want to know more, please get in touch.