So you may remember my previous posts on weight loss…a quick recap blog-1 was written just after finishing my final session of hypnotherapy, my method of choice for weightloss. I attended 3 cognitive hypnotherapy sessions with Heather Hall between May and July. 7lbs were lost in that period of time. I then updated you all in my second recap Blog post 2 23rd July by that point I had lost 11 lbs. Bit of a break since then as I was aiming for a target weight loss.
It has now 6 months since the hypnotherapy started and I have just weighed in at 166 lbs…it has been a long time since I have been in the 160’s for lbs and I weigh in at 11 stone 12lbs. Total weight loss of 2 stone and here is my weight loss graph I have been tracking since 5th July. I have been getting a lot of comments recently about how I look, one school mum said, ‘Don’t think I am being rude, but your body shape has completely changed you look really good’, not rude at all, I’ll take every compliment coming my way:-). Here are my before and after pictures.
Breaking the 2 stone barrier and getting below 12 stone is a huge deal, so I took this opportunity to reward myself and to book a free appointment with the John Lewis personal shopper. All of my trousers are falling down, my skirts are hanging around my hips. My boobs are still as big, but there is a lot less back fat spilling out. So I have got to be a smaller size.
I had a 2 hour appointment with Sarah at Welwyn Garden City John Lewis. We chatted about what clothes I needed and off she went to seek out firstly my size, she chose correctly and secondly what I might like. I was after a capsule wardrobe and clothes that are all mix and matchable but also suitable for different purposes. School run/Mrs Mummypenny business meetings/going out. I ended up getting 2 pairs of trousers, one dark blue jeans and one pair of black skinny trousers, both can be casual or dressed up. And I got a red v-neck jumper, a nice blouse, couple of short sleeved tops and a lovely sparkly oasis bronze jumper. All of which can be dressed up and down and they all fit:-) The brands were a range of Oasis/Ted Baker/Levi/John Lewis own and Mint Velvet. And they were mostly size 12 :-). Some bits were more than others, but I got great value as all the items will be worn tons of times, so a great cost per wear;-)
Fashion money saving tip – spend a bit more on day to day clothes that will get lots of wear than occasion party/dress wear. Think cost per wear rather than cost per item.
So how do I feel?
Well to be honest pretty good. It is strange getting used to a new body 2 sizes smaller. I still look at myself and think that my tummy looks too big and my arms look fat and my boobs are a bit saggy. But then I put clothes on and they look good, there are no rolls of fat and things actually fit me. I get compliments all the time, which I gratefully accept and gush about how I have lost the weight as I want other people to feel the same way:-)
My Thought Processes
I really do think and feel differently about food. There is very rarely a time a part of me wants to snack on sweet things. I can go into the Co-op and buy the kids some sweeties and not buy one for myself. I can go into the cake shop and really not want a cake, yesterday the boys wanted to go to Burger King for birthday treats and I had nothing:-). I do like eating savoury things and fruit so I will snack on a bit of cheese or a bowl of mango or a few nuts.
I will chose the healthy thing on the restaurant menu and not feel like I am missing out, I tend to feel happy that I can eat out with something healthy. We have started getting Hello Fresh recipe boxes in an effort to cook healthy fresh ingredients in a convenient way. More to come on that in the forthcoming weeks. Although check out my instagram account @mrsmummypennyuk for plenty of healthy foody pictures.
And I have achieved a real huge effort thing and have managed to run a 5KM in under 30 minutes. I have never done this in my life..EVER. And I am working really hard to do 10,000 steps a day. Next plan is a triathlon. Well maybe I’ll start with a sprint one, but I would really like to give it a go.
Do you need to lose weight?
If you are reading this and thinking I want to feel like this and achieve this you can!! I did 3 sessions of cognitive hypnotherapy with Heather. It works…better than any diet plan I have ever followed in the past. And why does it work? Because it really deals with the core emotions and thought processes behind why I ate rubbish that made me fat. I feel like my brain has been re-programmed like a computer to read healthy food as good and sugary/calorific food as bad. Exercise and extra walking as good, no exercise bad.
Heather charges £95 for each session and expects that weight loss will take between 3-5 sessions to treat. She also deals with phobias, depression, anxiety, addiction amongst many things. So why not drop her a line and book in for a free first consultation.
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