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Skype Sessions for Weight Loss

Anne came to see me for help to lose weight and to stop her sugar addiction. She had tried many diets over the years, shakes, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig to name a few, she would lose weight at first only to regain it once she stopped the diet. She worked in an official position and was finding her work uniform too tight to wear because of the extra weight she had gained. She had travelled to Brisbane for a short holiday and decided to do the 4 session Hypnoresults Gastric Mind Band Program. She had the first session in my Brisbane clinic and the following 3 sessions were done a week apart on Skype when she was back home. At the first session Anne told me she felt lazy and had no motivation to exercise and was at the heaviest she had ever been in her life.

Three months later I received this email below from Anne.

Hi Lorna… I thought I would let you know how I have been doing.  As you know I was 93kg when I came and saw you and had sugar addiction I was struggling to combat. After our sessions finished I had lost 5kg in 4 weeks and not really dieting. This was great but I was finding it hard to get motivated to exercise but lucky for me I got selected for our local radio station for a competition which was an 8-week Weight Loss/ Transformation Challenge. Well I found the motivation all right and worked extremely hard especially towards the last couple of weeks training up to 2.5 hours every day.  

I was on a mission to win and ended losing a further 15.4kg weighing in at 73.5kg (starting weight was 88.9kg in the 8 weeks (losing 20.95% body percentage) and came runner up in the comp (not that I got a prize) and only lost by 0.85% (530 grams) however all my effort was still rewarded as I helped our team win the competition so we won a 12 months’ gym membership which is fantastic.

I was so happy with my results as I had dropped a few sizes and lost 12cm around my stomach alone.  I believe your sessions helped me to get through this competition with such ease as I never had cravings, stuck to my Hypnoresults healthy eating plan and never strayed, worked hard to exercise and have finally completed something that I had started for once without dropping out or giving up.  I don't believe I could have done this by myself and feel grateful to have found your Hypnoresults hypnotherapy sessions as an answer.  This is not a temporary situation either as I feel confident to want to continue this new lifestyle as I have actually enjoyed being this active and healthy for the last couple of months. And admittedly I am on a 10-week weight loss challenge while doing the 4-week transformation program which I will probably extend for another 8 weeks. I appear to now be addicted to be healthy, fit and happy.

Thank you so much for everything and I have also recommended a couple of people I know and my sister is also spruiking to her friends about my amazing weight loss journey and has asked for your details to pass on to her friends and hope they contact you too so you can help change their lives too.

Kind regards

Anne Bryant

Disclaimer: (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

Co-dependence and Weight Loss Client

I see a lot of clients for weight loss, especially for the gastric band program which is four sessions of hypnotherapy, preferable held once a week. I saw a lovely lady for the hypnoband program a while ago, she wanted to take off 25 kilos. At her first session she told me that she felt uncomfortable being overweight.

She ran a hobby farm in the country and wanted to lose weight because she wanted to learn to ride her horse, so she could round up the cattle on her property. Her clothes were all getting to tight and she was also worried about her future health, some of her family members had heart conditions and she didn’t want to end up like them. Her mother and sisters were also very over weight.

She told me she had been neglecting herself over the years, especially since the surgery on her knee, putting on a lot of weight since then. She was eating a lot of junk food, but she also had a problem with alcohol, drinking up to six beers or a full bottle of wine every night. She felt she had no identity, she felt lost and out of touch with her own needs and desires.

Once I began to ask her about her life, it became apparent what was behind her problems. During her early childhood her father was a violent drug addict and alcoholic, abusing her and her mother many times. Her mother didn’t protect her from the father and she felt totally abandoned by both her parents.

Money was tight and food was scarce, mainly because her father spent money on drugs and alcohol. Leaving home at age 14, she lived on her own for a few years until meeting her husband. He turned out to be similar to her father, violent and controlling. As a child she had been closer to her grandmother, rather than her own mother. At age 14 she was walking to her grandmother’s house and she saw her grandmother driving her car out of the driveway and straight into an oncoming car. Her grandmother died instantly and my client never saw her grandmother again, and wasn’t allowed to go to the funeral, which prevented any closure.

This client began drinking alcohol as a coping skill to repress her feelings towards her husband, her painful traumatic childhood and the death of her grandmother. Because she had experienced severe childhood trauma, including physical and emotional abuse, it was no wonder she was using alcohol and food to repress her feelings.

She had also become co-dependent on her ex husband, feeling so depressed she couldn’t leave him, even though he regularly abused her. Eventually she got the courage and left him, and was now remarried to a lovely man, but her pain followed her as it does unless it is resolved internally.

People who are co-dependent are dependent on something outside of themselves in order to have an identity. Co-dependency is a disease and is fostered in unhealthy family systems. Everyone in an alcoholic family becomes co-dependent on the alcoholics drinking, because the drinking can be life threatening to each family member, they adapt by becoming chronically alert and hyper vigilant.

Over time people living with chronic distress lose touch with their own internal feelings, needs and desires. Children who grow up in a family of violence learn to focus solely on the outside and over time lose the ability to generate self esteem. Co-dependent behaviour indicates that the persons childhood needs were unmet and therefore they cannot know who they really are.

When a coping skill such as drinking alcohol or eating in excess is developed, especially early in life this coping behaviour eventually becomes a habit. A habit can be seen as a program that is operating in the subconscious mind. Habits are created because they have a purpose, often to help us to feel better in certain situations. In the case of my client, the behaviour of binge drinking and over eating was to repress her deep childhood pain.

When my client returned for her second Hypnotherapy session she was smiling as she proudly told me she hadn’t had any alcohol all week and she no longer felt the need to reward herself with alcohol or food. She had lost 2 kilos in two weeks and was feeling better than she had felt for a long time.

Disclaimer: (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).

Food Cravings Resolved

Resource Therapy Session for Weight Loss

With some of my weight loss clients I need to find out the cause of their cravings to change them permanently. This particular client craved snacks while watching television in the evenings. She described this craving as a feeling in her mouth that was looking for something sweet and crunchy to eat.

I asked her to tell me about the last time she felt the urge to eat when she wasn’t hungry and she told me she was sitting on the couch watching television feeling distracted because of a craving for food. I encouraged her to tune in to the feelings of being distracted and thinking of food and to tell me more about this.

She said her mind kept going away from the television show, and thinking of having something to eat. I asked to tell me what she felt when this happened and she said she felt frustrated.  She knew she wasn’t hungry and shouldn’t need to eat, or want anything but the thoughts keep distracting her.

After asking her again how she felt in her body, she said she felt fidgety and kept moving around in her chair, but she still didn’t know if this was because she wanted to eat something or if it was something else.

I asked her to tell me how this fidgety feeling felt and she said she didn’t feel settled.  I encouraged her to go even deeper into the fidgety unsettled feelings and she said that her mouth wants the food but her head is frustrated because part of her didn’t want to eat anything. She felt really frustrated because she knew she wasn’t hungry.

I guided her back to the time in her life where the restlessness in her body began, the feeling of needing and wanting something. 

Her story emerged slowly and began with her seeing an image of her dad in her mind, she described this image was like a picture in the air of her dad just before he was sick. She was about age 20 and told me they always had snacks in the house before dad got sick. Her mum liked something salty to eat while watching television and there would be packets of chips, biscuits or something else in the pantry. But when dad got sick they didn’t get them anymore because dad wasn’t allowed to eat those kinds of foods because of his heart condition.  It wasn’t hard not to have them back then because she wanted her dad to get well.

I guided her back further to another memory in her life to where she first began to eat the snacks while watching television.

She went back to age 10, her family had just moved to the city from the bush and she said there wasn’t any place to buy snacks when they lived in the bush, they hardly had them back then. Having snacks was like a special treat and it was easier to buy now they lived in the city because the shop was just around the corner to where they now lived. They could just walk to the corner shop after school, and she also had tuckshop at school which she didn’t have when they lived in the bush.

She felt excited and special to have the different foods available, like a treat she could have every day, but the city kids didn’t see it that way, to them it was normal to have all the many different foods available.  They had fresh iced finger buns and she could smell the fresh baked bread at the school tuck shop. Her parents let her have the different foods and they developed a habit of eating snacks in the evenings while watching television.

I asked her to tell me how she felt about having these new foods available whenever she wanted them.  I was surprised when she said she felt hungry and alone. She explained she didn’t think about other people when she ate, it was like she was only concentrating on the food and she wasn’t thinking about anything else.  I asked her if she felt the food distracted her from other things and she said yes it was like it was just her and the food. Like a treat that she might not get again so she concentrated and appreciated the food fully. She always liked trying new foods and new things, and viewed this as something special.

This is the childhood resource state that appreciated new things especially food when they lived in the bush and then moved to the city and I asked her what could I call this part of her that really appreciated food and trying new things. She decided on Appreciate and she said yes that it was okay for me to call this part of her Appreciate.

I began to speak with her adult self and asked the client to tell me about how she felt as an adult, about being healthy and slim and how she doesn’t want to eat all the unhealthy snacks any more.  She said this part of her that was the Wise part, because this was the part of her that had learnt a lot about nutrition over the years.

I asked the adult Wise part to speak to the child part which was aged about 10 and we called this part Appreciate, this is the part who loved to eat the snacks and to explain to Appreciate how as an adult she feels about eating the unhealthy foods.

As she began to speak to the child part called Appreciate, her voice changed and she became very emotional.  She told the child she didn’t need the food to remember dad, it’s not the same. The food isn’t a memory of dad. This was a big turning point for this client, she experienced an epiphany of what she was really trying to achieve by eating the snacks while watching television. Part of her was still grieving for her dad who had died of a heart attack a long time ago and the snacks were a subconscious habit developed over the years of growing up with her family.

Eating the food with her family was a way they all had felt connected as a family,  but when her dad had died she felt that something was missing, this was why she felt hungry and alone, she was trying to distract herself from feeling the grief and loss of her dad, this was like a hole inside of her and she was trying to fill it with food.

Now she realised consciously what her subconscious mind was trying to do, she could easily stop the habit. Her subconscious mind was trying to help her by causing her to think about eating, which lead her to eat when she wasn’t hungry. Her subconscious mind was trying to recreate the good feelings she experienced as a child with her family, especially her dad. 

I proceeded to facilitate spiritual grief therapy with this client and then I proceeded to ask her what other things she could appreciate in her life rather than food. She told me she loved to read, watch a movie and loved to immerse herself in a story or an adventure and she would do this instead of eating when she wasn’t hungry.

 I asked her how she felt about the new insights and she said it felt strange that wanting to eat food that she didn’t really want was really about a memory so far ago.  She realised she could remember and appreciate her dad in other ways now rather than eating.

After years of yo yo dieting this client changed her habits after this session and went on to reach her goal weight and maintained it. As her health improved her depression lifted as well.

Disclaimer: (Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person).