I started an 8 week programme with Susi in February to try to get to the bottom of what was preventing me from taking steps to manage my weight. I had come into the new year feeling unhealthy, stressed, overwhelmed and unable to see a path that would allow me to make any breakthroughs in relation to my weight. I said to Susi at the outset, I know what I have to do but I just can’t seem to do it! Through my sessions with Susi I came to realise that weight management is not just about eating less and moving more, you have to address your mindset. I learned about myself, how my mind works and the huge impact of stress. I became aware of my own habits, triggers and sabotaging thoughts and more importantly I wrote these down! I learned how to better manage the internal conversation in my head, usually self-berating and give myself credit for things I was doing well every day. I also learned about the importance of setting small, realistic goals. My goals were always too big and ultimately when not reached I’d feel completely deflated. I was operating in a vicious circle that was counterproductive and demotivating. The tools Susi gave me can be applied to all aspects of your life not just in relation to weight-loss. While I’m very much still a work in progress, I no longer feel overwhelmed by how much weight I have to lose or like a failure if I have a bad day. Simple things like reading through my sabotaging thoughts or setting a small goal help me to reset, so that one small mishap doesn’t turn into 6 weeks or 6 months of sabotaging behaviour! Thank you Susi for your help and reassurance in all sessions and for always being so personable and lovely.
This programme helped me get to the root of my overeating. It helped me to gain an understanding of my triggers and the complexity around why I use food to connect to loved ones and also as a means of reward. The input from a nutritionist was different from other weight loss programmes., as it informed me about the nutrition aspect of food. Susi helped me to understand goal setting and has increased my confidence in believing I can achieve my goal of running. I am even working out with a fantastic personal trainer who is also very understanding and motivating. At first, I did not focus on changing my eating habits but on learning why I behaved this way. I feel I am now equipped to begin the journey to discovering life without constantly beating myself up over my disordered eating. Susi can not do enough to support her clients. I found Susi to be very understanding and supportive. would wholeheartedly recommend her programme. Susi looks at why a person might overeat from every perspective. She teaches the common thought cycles that people think that usually end in starting a diet on Monday. I feel that anyone that would like to lose weight needs to do Susi’s course first. Get to the reasons why with no judgement at all. Susi gifts her clients self-esteem and confidence. I loved all the knowledge she gives. Week on week my knowledge built by doing the worksheets. I loved Susi’s approach, she always made me feel great each week and celebrated each tiny step. There really wasn’t a focus on the weight itself. Susi holds space for each client in her group. It is a very safe and welcoming space.
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.
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.
I joined Susi’s Mind over body – CBT for weight loss program last June. It turned out to be trasformative in the way I look at food and it encouraged me to take some important steps towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s just so much more than a diet & exercise plan which never really works for me in the long run. I really enjoyed interacting with Susi. She established her presence in the Facebook weight loss group without being overwhelming and always showing understanding and kindness in every conversation. I found the program intense but excellent. There’s a bit of journaling required which turned out to be super effective in stimulating a true understanding on the underlying triggers of my overeating and bingeing. I completed the 8 weeks program to find I have dropped few pounds, but most important, I feel empowered by the new tools I learned and a changed mindset to overcome future setbacks. I feel confident I can keep up the good work! Thanks a million Susi!
Every other weight loss programme I have taken part in always dealt with what, where and when you ate and not why. The focus was always on cutting calories and replacing everything with low-fat and low sugar products. Your daily calorie allowance could have been made up of snickers bars for all it mattered. I really liked the nutritional information I received.. I am sure I heard it all before but I have got to a stage in my life where if have lost all interest in food and the importance of the food as fuel for energy. I grew up in a self-sufficient house where my Dad was a baker and my Mam was dressmaker and crafter. So, I reared my family in the same way for 40 years and I believe I just burned out. As a joke I used to say I would live on pills if I could and never cook again, so convenient food became my drug. So the dietary information provided was excellent and I am starting to enjoy making healthy meals and snacks again. I felt 100%.supported and I knew the help was there if I needed it. I would recommend this programme to anyone for weight management and lifestyle changes.
I highly recommend this course. It has been life-changing for me. I knew I needed something different after years of slimming classes. In the 8 weeks that I did the course, I have changed my relationship with food. I have so much more awareness and can’t become unaware, so I feel like I have gotten to the root of my problem of overeating. The food plan was simple and the class was enjoyable, informative, and supportive. I feel like I learned skills that I can apply to other areas of my life too. I lost a stone in weight during the course and am still losing weight and enjoying my food more. I am really grateful to Susi for putting together and delivering this course.
I have discovered that Susi’s tagline ‘lose weight for the last time’ might actually be possible. I’ve tried to lose weight since I was a teenager but always put it back on. With Susi’s programme I learned to change my thinking and my habits around food. My weight loss is slow but it feels different to any other experience I’ve had so now I believe I can keep it off. Each week’s theme and materials matched what I needed very well and I feel like I have made real change. Susi practices what she preaches. She has a real understanding of what issues with weight feel like and communicates with empathy and kindness. This really helped me to engage with the programme and keep going.
What I’d like to say about your programme is that I found it very much a personal discovery of my ability to change my eating habits by thinking about and planning my day, not only my diet, but also my feelings about it as well. Its very much a thought-provoking programme, and you deliver it in a very personal and intelligent way, helping me to rethink my own ability to change in very simple and effective ways.
I was curious to see how the whole process worked and how it would impact my life. It amazed me how the mind works and with the tools we received from Susi have helped in my way of thinking. I have continued to use these tools on a daily basis and it really has helped me to stay focused on my weight loss journey. Susi is such a lovely person and a great listener.
I’ve always struggled with my weight, I’d lose some for a while and then put it back on again and then some. In the last few years I have tried different weight loss programmes which worked, but only for the short term. When we got engaged in June 2016 I said that I wanted to lose weight for the wedding, because of the continuous celebrations that followed the engagement I ended up putting on more weight. I tried several times in the 1st year of our engagement to lose weight but with so many plans being made for the wedding everything was a reason to celebrate, and my idea of celebrating is treating ourselves to dinner out or a takeaway. A friend of Philips had previously done the programme and told him all about it as it had really helped them to lose weight. I was a little bit apprehensive about it as I felt this could be another short term solution to what was my long term problem. I obviously couldn’t have been more wrong. After my first session I knew that this wasn’t like all the other weight loss programmes. Susi goes into detail on why you look at food the way you do, she talks about what triggers your eating habits, how you may feel mentally and physically after eating certain foods and educates you on how to make better decisions surrounding your diet and this was a huge help for me. I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone looking to make a positive change in their lives in relation to how they look at and treat food. Without doing the programme I wouldn’t have realised my own triggers which are feel good factors, I habe now learnt that I don’t need food to reward myself.
I really enjoyed the Mind over Body Weight Loss program. It was very motivating and encouraging. Unfortunately during this program we suffered a family bereavement so I found it hard to remain focused but I still found the material invaluable. Susi is always there to respond to any of our concerns. I highly recommend this program.
I recently completed Susi’s CBT for weight loss program. I am delighted with the results. I didn’t feel ready to join this program, but when would I ever feel ready? So I decided to bite the bullet and join. Although the focus is on losing weight, this is really more of a lifestyle change, which is exactly what I was looking for. The program uses specific tools to develop our understanding of ourselves, and put in place new habits which are better for us in the long run. In the past I have managed to lose 2 stone at a time, by myself. But over time the weight crept back on because I didn’t tackle the underlying issues. This time I lost nearly 8Kg (17lbs) in an 8-week period which I am delighted with. I also feel equipped to keep up the good work on my own with all of the tools provided and habits developed on the course. I started to feel more confident in myself after only a few weeks. Now I feel healthier, more confident, my clothes fit better (and some are even too big for me now!). It has had a knock on impact on other areas of my life too… applying the same tools to get similar great results! Susi takes a sympathetic approach, but also holds you accountable to what you said you would do. She provides detailed feedback on the weekly worksheets that need to be completed. I feel I have learned some great skills and habits that I can continue to use on my weight loss journey. Thanks so much Susi for your support!
I would highly recommend Susi’s Mind over Body weight loss Programme. It is not a diet, it is about learning how to eat healthier and being conscious of your emotional eating. I am so happy I have followed this program, I have learned a lot and I know how to make healthy choices now. Susi is very supportive, helpful, always available, I felt I was always listened to and always connected with her. Thank you Susi!
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.