First off I would like to say how much I have enjoyed the classes, both the highs and the lows. I didn’t think that I would have enjoyed them as much as I did. I found the content to be extremely informative. I would have always been of the philosophy the only way to lose weight is the old adage “you eat less and you move more” and while that does have some merit it has obviously never worked for me (I move more & forget the eat less bit 😁).
Previously, I would struggle with dieting for a while and then give up “it’s obviously not working”, “what’s the point”. But now I have a new perspective on my challenges, it’s not so much an uphill battle but more of a serpentine trek through the forest while I forage my new directions.
I think some of the most important things I have taken from the course are eating mindfully, never did that before just ate everything in front of me. I also love the idea of the “5 minutes” sometimes it works and I get distracted by whatever I’m doing and sometimes it doesn’t.
The reasons why, setting goals and giving yourself credit are some completely new ways of looking at weight loss to me. I think I do look at the negative sides a lot and not the good things that I have done and will do, so this is something that I really want to work on..
I would well recommend the programme to anyone who may be looking for a different perspective to weight loss.
I would like to wish you all the best with your next course of classes and who knows you might see me back in the future (but I hope not, in the best sense🤞).
A million thanks again for all you help,
I found 8-week Mind over Body Weight Management programme very beneficial. At the start, I didn’t think it will help me and I was very apprehensive. I have had negative experiences before from other programmes which has let me down and I didn’t believe in myself that I can do it again. But I was willing to give it a try and I promised myself to be patient. To my surprise slowly I got used to eat more healthily every 3 hours. Instead of having sweets or cakes as my snacks, I replaced them with healthy snacks and slowly my cravings for sugar have faded away. Besides, i got used to having 3 healthy meals a day. I was delighted to know that I have managed to lose 6 kg in total as well. Eating mindfully has helped me to slow down, enjoy the food better, and make healthier choices. What mostly helped me this time was addressing the Mind, addressing the Emotional Eating and look deeper and do a bit of work (this was missing in the other programmes) .I am happy that with Susi’s help I was able to tackle the most challenging area for me. So I am very grateful to her for this gift. Thank you, Susi.
Since starting the programme with Susi I can see how having been in other weight loss groups were just quick fixes. I would stick to a points system, lose weight but it wouldn’t be long before I put it on again. I was learning nothing. With Susi I am learning to change my thoughts and attitude toward food. As I learn new habits and behaviors I lose weight and have a better relationship with food.
I needed help in changing my ways and understanding what I was eating and why? On week one I was very emotional about discussing my eating and just wasn’t sure how the session was going to be. My fears and anxiety soon left me as I met Susi. Session one was so supportive and each session with Susi was so different, but yet it all led to the same outcome of how we would change our ways and set our life changing goals. Susi led each session with compassion and positiveness and at the end of each session I had so may new ideas and goals for the coming week. All the new habits and coping mechanisms I had learned on the program helped me to stay focused on my goal.
I needed to get started to lose weight and change everything about my eating habits. Before I wouldn’t eat maybe until the evening or I would I have snacks like chocolate bars or Muffins and filled sandwiches then I would bring chocolate home to have after my dinner. I also often made excuses to not cook and have a take-away. I always felt that if I didn’t eat during the day then why not have it. It wouldn’t be bad for me……Well that’s wrong.
I think looking back most of the time I ate the wrong things I was telling myself a lie about how it wouldn’t matter. We all know there are many reasons why we gain weight, some people struggle their entire lives with weight problems but for me I started gaining weight in my late twenty’s, I was always really active and fit, playing a load of sports, I stopped this in my late twenty’s and just assumed my body would stay the same because it had never changed no matter what I ate.
I know it’s a mixture of lack of movement and run of bad personal circumstances which I believe lead to a depression for me. Of course, food and exercise can’t fix every problem a person has but it can really help your belief in yourself to accomplish the harder things in life. You might be thinking this is very deep just for a diet, but I feel this course is more than that. I found it tough to change my habits in the first few weeks, I was skipping meals and hoping I would be okay, although this time I wasn’t thinking it was OK. I knew it wasn’t helping me.
The first week I didn’t want to see the number on the scale, I thought to myself that if I knew how big I had gotten then it would send me into feeling sorry for myself and not the motivation that I needed. I asked Susie not to tell me. She did that with no questions as to why or making me look. I really appreciated that at the time as it was quite emotional for me. The course has really taught me a number of things, I know now about a healthy meal plan, how to deal with sabotaging thoughts, how to be mindful of what I am eating and also mindful of my thoughts and how they can affect the good that I do. How to be strong when out in a group and feeling the pressure to break plan and how to have an internal “chat” with myself. Before dealing with all the negative thoughts that would totally take over, the course has taught me on how to overcome those and deal with cravings 5 minutes at a time. Because as we know we all get them but we don’t have to give into them.
The hardest thing for me was to learn how to be kinder to myself and not be so self-conscious and self-critical, Susi and the course taught me that when I have these thoughts how I can deal with them and I will be forever grateful. The first week was about organising myself and making sure I was planning ahead. That’s one thing that will really help if you are doing this course, what is it that the Scouts say “Be Prepared”, well it for sure helps with this plan.
If you have prepared your food, there is no way that you can feel hungry if you are eating every three hours, I have been on other plans before where I felt that all I wanted to do was give up because I was starving. If you eat on plan you wont be hungry I was never hungry… The weeks passed and I did come across situations where it was difficult to keep to plan, like a 50th Birthday party for a family member I knew that like at most parties there would be platters of food coming around later and a load of alcohol. So, what I did to help with that was to make sure that I had my dinner closer to when we were heading out and making sure that I drank all the water that day so I was full going. I used to think ah sure I won’t need dinner tonight there will be food at the party. Strangely enough when the food came out I wasn’t interested in it at all, it didn’t look nice…..I also worried about not having a few drinks at the party but I drank water all night. Some people don’t like to see you drinking water, I wonder do they think badly of the amount they are drinking themselves. I had a few comments about not drinking but I didn’t care, I am doing this for me and not them. on the mend on my own and do well.
There was one week I just wanted to give up but I mustered through with the tools that Susie had given me to speak to that little voice in your head with the negative thoughts and quieten it. I lost weight each week and I think that it because I attended the course and I could see that it was working. No matter how small a loss be it 1kg it’s a loss and its weight that is no longer on me.
This course was unlike any other weight loss programme but was the most successful. It taught us to understand the psychology behind our weight loss & gave us a clear road map for continuing on this journey. A fantastic course I would highly recommend it.