Nelle's Weight-loss Journey
The first few weeks.
I'm going to share today my weight-loss system. I have decided to lose weight with the help of hypnosis. I am still exercising but I do not diet!
The program I am following is:
Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis Support & Maintenance Programme by James Holmes
I have it on my iPad and iPhone, and it can be used on other devices. Each evening I listen to it before I go to bed, it helps me to relax meaning I will fall asleep more quickly.
As part of the programme there are guidelines that I follow to help me, and I read them regularly. There are 4 points and I thought I would share them with you today
Number 1. Eat what you want NOT what you can.
Your body knows what it needs to stay healthy. Listen to your body. Depriving yourself of certain foods only increases your craving for it! You will always want more if you believe you cannot have it. There are no forbidden food (my favourite part) just some foods that are more healthy for you.
Number 2. Eat whenever you are physically hungry, every time you are physically hungry but only when you are physically hungry.
Ignoring your body's natural hunger will only lead to over eating and fat storage later on.
Number 3. Eat slowly
Slow your eating speed down to a 1/4 of what it is now! Remember to place your knife and fork down between mouthfuls, and ensure your mouth is empty before taking another bite. By doing this you will learn to know when you are full.
Number 4. Stop eating when you are full!
When you are feeling satisfied, stop! It's your body telling you enough is enough.
These are not tricky to do, but it is really easy to keep eating. I have always been told to "eat up all your dinner" and "don't waste that" now I have to change these habits.
Other points I follow are:
* Be kind to myself, I look in the mirror and say something positive about what I see. It is so easy to see the negative, we forget about the good stuff. It does also help the day to start on a happy note.
- If I over eat, I don't beat myself up, it happens. Remember next time to stop when your full.
- Every time I feel hungry I always have a glass of water. The hunger feeling and thirst feeling are very similar, so best to check.
- Drink 2 litres of water a day. It's just good for you all round.
- Enjoy every mouthful of food. It really shouldn't be a chore.
I try to exercise 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes. This doesn't always happen and I have to be realistic. I have four children to care for and a full time job, so things do get in the way. I try not to get upset with myself as it won't help and I want this to be a positive experience. It's about me finding out who I really am, not getting depressed. I've done that in the past.
So far during the last 3 weeks I have lost 5lbs, I am thrilled. I have decided that slow and steady wins the race, and so far, so good!
My before photos – never seen by the public! Lets hope that my next photos will show some improvement.