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I have a special guest post for you today! One of my friends Samantha, who blogs over at Planetbakelife recently had hypnotherapy for weight loss. She very courageously kept a diary of the process and is letting me publish it on my blog. Sam has tried everything to lose weight and has been turned down for weight loss surgery. I thought it might be interesting to look at weight loss from a different perspective. These diaries were written by Sam and today’s post covers her first two sessions. Enjoy! Photo cred: Edward Weaver.
Diary of a Hypnotherapee
I applied for weight loss surgery. I have a narrow disc in my spine and extra weight causes it to flare up, leaving me unable to walk for days. I have high blood pressure. I have tried every diet under the sun. I still cannot shift the weight. I was turned down for weight loss surgery. Twice.
After lots of consideration and research, I decided to try hypnotherapy. If I can’t change myself physically, then altering my mindset is the next best step.
So I headed to Takapuna on a dull Saturday morning to a converted house and a lovely hypnotherapist who made me feel comfortable.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into my first session. I was super nervous but the hypnotherapist put me at ease quickly by explaining how hypnotherapy works and how it can be used as a tool for weight loss. Ultimately it’s success depends on the individual’s commitment to making it work, but so far I’m finding it much easier to make better decisions.
My hypnotherapist talked me through my goals and what I would use hypnotherapy to work towards. We talked about what drives me to eat to determine what we needed to work on and then we got onto the business part of everything.
The session started with some music, I was invited to make myself comfortable and to close my eyes. The hypnotherapist does a lot of talking, it taps into your subconscious and gives you an image to visualise clearly and work towards.
Depending on what you’re trying to achieve, your session will go differently but if it’s done right you’ll feel a definite mind shift.
To begin with, with your eyes closed the dark is small and closed in. Almost like when you’re on a plane trying to sleep and you feel like the dark is really close. At one point, I was asked to take a new path filled with new habits and as soon as I accepted this, the dark expanded. I felt like my head was bigger, there was more room to think and feel. That feeling lasted for about an hour after the session finished.
Later that afternoon I had friends over who brought carby snacks and I felt more prepared to stop myself from overindulging. Where I would normally have 2 or 3 croissants, I only had one. I didn’t feel like I NEEDED what was placed in front of me. I felt in control – able to say yes or no. It felt empowering.
I know a lot of people are sceptical about hypnotherapy but I would definitely recommend it to those who are struggling with cravings and emotional eating. It’s not some magical cure or something that you can just let work in the background. You have to work hard on it. I have tapes that I listen to everyday and I make decisions driven by my subconscious but ultimately made by myself alone. There is no voice in your head that whispers “Don’t eat it, go for a run”, there is just this feeling that making better choices is right and is leading you somewhere happy and exciting.
I found the second session to be really helpful, it reinforced what was said in the first session and helped cement my path so far. I lost 3kg in the first week which put me well on my path of losing 12kgs in 12 weeks. My hypnotherapist talked to me about how I assessed situations and how I was using the techniques to achieve my end goal. It felt good to talk about how I’d felt during the first week.
I left hypnotherapy feeling confident and happy.
The week ahead did not help to nurture that feeling.
I have recently started a new job and I’m getting married in January. These are two high pressure situations and the second week revealed a lot of emotional speed bumps. I tried my best to keep up with my tapes every day but I didn’t feel as in control or as disciplined as the first week. I forgot to listen to my tapes a few days and I had two unhealthy meals. I let my emotions rule what I put in my mouth.
This might seem like a failure, but there was definite success in there too.
Throughout the emotional stress and eating badly, I came out with one amazing nugget about myself. I had eaten badly, but I had thoroughly enjoyed the food. I was eating mindfully even when it was KFC. Afterwards I felt full and satisfied, something that was unusual before, and I had ordered a smaller portion than I would have in the past.
I kept up with making my own lunches and keeping my eating during the day on track. If I slipped, it was an evening meal and I got back on track the next day.
When I told my hypnotherapist this, he was incredibly pleased that even though I had eaten out, I had ordered smaller portions and enjoyed my meal. The point of hypnotherapy is not to lose out on eating all the things you love, but to make them treats instead of everyday occurrences and to make sure they are enjoyed to their fullest.
I learnt a pretty big lesson in my second week. I put on 500g but I felt amazing. The non-scale victory I walked away with was something I cherish so much more than another kilo lost.
My second week of hypnotherapy also showed me that even though the hypnotherapy was helping me make better choices, I was still the one in control. I had to use this tool and apply it correctly for it to work. I could not just sit back idly and hope that I would magically make better food choices and get slimmer. Working towards a goal does indeed take work. Hard work.
Next Thursday I will post more from Sam so come back to see how she got on. Have you ever tried hypnotherapy to lose weight? How did you find it?