Mind Over Body Weight Management™ Courses

Do you self-sabotage your weight loss efforts?

Have you managed to lose weight in the past only to have it all creep back on again?

You know what to eat and what not to eat, but you find it really hard to stick to it.

This constant cycle of weight loss and weight gain is difficult and frustrating and can leave you feeling helpless, unhappy, and with very low self-esteem.

Do you want to lose weight for the last time?

LEARN CBT SKILLS TO HELP YOU STOP YO-YO DIETING

Adding CBT to any weight loss programme has been proven in hundreds of studies to be more effective than diet and exercise alone.

CBT is a clinical psychological approach to help you make habit changes and stop that inner voice that keeps sabotaging your best efforts.

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1 to 1 in my clinic or via skype

1 to 1 weekly private sessions in my clinic or via Skype.

I work with you confidentially to help you overcome emotional eating, disordered eating, and self-sabotage.

International program – join from anywhere in the world.

  • 8 x 50 min private consultations helping you kick-start your journey to a healthy
    lifestyle.
  • Step by step guide helping you change the way you relate to food, overcome cravings and triggers and put an end to yo-yo dieting. I will take you step by step through a programme that will help you put a stop to that negative voice in your head that has been sabotaging your weight loss in the past.*You will have the opportunity to learn how to stop self-sabotaging your efforts to a healthy lifestyle, based on the most successful method to permanent lifestyle changes based on international research.
  • During the consultations, we will be working together to help you get the right mindset which will enable you to stay on the healthy lifestyle plan.
  • We will work together on overcoming your triggers and how to stay motivated.
  • We will also work on emotional eating and how to stop it.
  • You will get a healthy nutritional plan which will fit in with your lifestyle and I will show you how you can implement it into your daily routine, one step at a time.
  • You will also get recipes, meal planners, and the Mind over Body programme manual which is full of helpful tips and worksheets helping you on your journey to permanent lifestyle changes.

This programme is different as losing weight is not just a physical process of eating less and moving more. It is also a mental process, which most weight loss programmes do not address. This programme goes beyond giving you motivational tips. On the programme you will re-wire your brain based on neuropsychology, CBT and Mindfulness. You are supported through the programme by highly trained professionals.

Private 1 to 1 courses take place in my clinic in Old Bawn Dublin or via Zoom online. We have also Highly trained Mind over Body Weight Loss programme ™ therapists across Ireland

Cost: € 640

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online course

Self-directed online course

Self-directed course giving you the psychological tools to help you stay motivated and stick to your weight loss plan. Do this course from your home at your own pace. Each module has videos, worksheets, and motivational material.

Join from anywhere in the world.

  • 11 modules consisting of videos, worksheets and information which will show you how you can make lasting changes to your habits and end self-sabotage.
  • Nutritional Guidelines
  • Kickstart pack with recipes and shopping list to make it easy for you to start

After you purchase the course you can go straight to the log in section on the website and start immediately.

  • Once you are logged in you just follow the modules and work your way through each module at your own pace.

The best way of going through the self-directed course is to take your time. The material is broken into modules, and it is best to dedicate 1 week to each module. You will lose weight throughout the programme once you apply the nutritional guidelines and work on your mindset by following the videos and worksheets in each module.

Cost: € 145

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What the programme will do for you

  • Greater confidence

  • Better sleep
  • Improved energy
  • Decreased stress
  • Improved body image
  • Improved vitality
  • Change your habits around food
  • Put an end to emotional eating
  • Put an end to yo-yo dieting
  • No more self-sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

  • You won’t be hiding when pictures are taken

  • Buy clothes that you like not clothes that just fit

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Skills you will walk away with:

  • Retrain your mindset to replace “Diet” mentality

  • Transform your sabotaging beliefs and thoughts

  • Nourishing yourself to eliminate food cravings

  • Recognising emotional eating and knowing how to change it

  • How to get back on track after making unhealthy food/drink choices

  • How mindful eating will help you feel fuller and more satisfied

  • How to keep yourself motivated

  • Planning for holidays/nights out/special occasions

  • Understand the difference between hunger and cravings

  • Overcoming your triggers
  • Have the tools to maintain your new habits for the rest of your life

  • Self-confidence and the ability to cope with emotions

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MEET THE FOUNDER, SUSI LODOLA

I went through most of my life trying out the latest diets and exercise regimes which promised to help me lose weight.

I counted calories, points and syns, I cut out whole food groups, detoxed and drank shakes. I did lose weight on most of those plans, but I found it difficult to sustain and very soon the weight came back on, and then some more on top of it.

The thing is, I knew exactly what I should eat and what I shouldn’t it. Most of what I ate was healthy, home-cooked food. However, I was an emotional eater, and I found that is the case with most people who come to see me for weight management.

Often emotional eating is the root cause of overeating and my training as a therapist and qualifications in CBT allow me to coach my clients to help them work through various problems such as anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and other emotional issues leading to overeating.

I have been a regular contributor to the Irish Times, Virgin Media one, and have been featured in the Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mail, Evoke and Today FM.

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Beck Institute

RESEARCH-BASED APPROACH

It is important to me,  to continually update my skills in light of expanding knowledge about human development and psychological well-being.

In October 2018 I attended a 2-day workshop at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia where I updated my skill in CBT for weight loss with the most eminent expert in the field, Dr. Judith Beck. The Beck Institute is the home of CBT and Dr. Aaron Beck was one of the founders of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

In this workshop, I learned the latest evidence-based strategies aimed at modifying my clients’ thinking and behavior so they can make permanent changes in their eating and lose weight.

I also completed a Masters in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and my research study and dissertation was based on applying CBT for weight loss.

I create a safe and non-judgemental environment in line with the ethics and standards of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

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Testimonials

I found Susi to be very understanding and supportive.

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.

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 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.
After doing the course, 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. Susi offers a different approach to weight loss.

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 knew that I was in danger of completely sabotaging everything I have worked for over the past few years, so it was time to kick myself back into shape again.

Understanding that the one thing that stands between me and success is actually me,

Read Clair’s story hereBefore and after

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!
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 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!

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How can CBT help you lose weight for the last time?

Losing weight, keeping it off and improving your fitness is a physical as well as a psychological process.

The reason why various diet and exercise programmes do not show positive long-term results in weight loss is, they do not address those underlying psychological issues of why you overeat and how your mind is key to changing your relationship with food.

In order to address those underlying issues, CBT has been identified to be a key component to help people achieve weight loss in a sustainable and successful manner.

So what is  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and how can it help you lose weight?

Losing weight and maintaining it, requires learning new mental skills and identifying thinking patterns, and behaviours that have hindered your weight loss in the past. Learning those new mental skills and behaviours will rewire your brain and it will make you change from the inside out.

This is how it works:

The CBT model is defined as “What you think, influences what you do and how you feel”. Your thoughts, feelings and behaviours are linked and cannot exist in isolation.

Most people believe that a particular situation is causing them to eat something they hadn’t planned. However, it is not the situation, it is the thoughts that make you behave a certain way.

For example, you may feel stressed or tired at the end of the week and believe that stress and tiredness cause you to order a takeaway/drink a bottle of wine etc. The fact is, it is never the situation that makes you behave a certain way, It is actually your thinking about the situation/trigger which leads to overeating.

Those thoughts are something like “I had a stressful week, I deserve….” or I am too tired I will have some chocolate to keep me going”, or ” eating something is the only thing to help me calm down”.

Those are sabotaging thoughts, and happen once you are in a trigger situation. CBT will help you identify your trigger situations and your sabotaging thoughts. Once you have identified what sabotaging thoughts you might have in the future (or had in the past) that will cause you to go back to old unhealthy habits, you can learn to respond with more helpful thinking and change the outcome.

Neuroscience has demonstrated that this process rewires your brain and your automatic sabotaging thoughts are replaced with helpful thoughts that will  help you:

  • overcome emotional eating
  • identify sabotaging thoughts and behaviours
  • motivate yourself and stay motivated
  • understand  neuroplasticity and how the brain can be rewired to think in a different way
  • become more tuned into your eating habits through mindfulness
  • understand the difference between hunger and cravings and how to overcome cravings
  • learn how to stay on track
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