Sarah was 35, she had two children and led a very hectic life, trying to juggle a full-time job, motherhood and running her household. Her job was in an office and so she spent most of her day sat at a desk and tended to eat her lunch as she worked. On her way home from work, she picked up her two young children from the childminders, where they had already eaten their dinner. So when they got home she would spend time with the kids, playing games, doing homework, getting them bathed and ready for bed and then made a start on the housework and getting everything ready for the morning.
She didn’t get much time to herself in the evenings and felt she was always on the go. Often, she would find herself eating late at night once the kids were in bed. Sometimes she would cook herself something simple, sometimes she would just pick at whatever was in the fridge, sometimes she just didn’t have the energy to cook and she opted for a takeaway out of convenience.
Sarah had felt unhappy with her weight for a long time. She never did lose all that baby weight after having her second child and having spent the last year or so sat at a desk all day, she was very aware that the pounds were steadily creeping on. At the office she worked in, there was always an abundance of cakes, biscuits, sweets etc laid out for everyone to help themselves to and it seemed like it was always somebody's birthday. At home, the cupboards were full of crisps, cereal bars and other yummy snacks and treats for the kids. She felt she was constantly surrounded by temptation and it was getting harder to resist. It may have started with just the odd biscuit or sweet here and there but it fairly quickly became a couple of biscuits with every cup of tea she had, or a handful of sweets to take back to her desk to see her through the last couple of hours of the day.
Her eating habits were a mess. Sarah often skipped breakfast in the morning as she was too busy getting the children ready to leave, before dropping them at the childminders and heading straight in to work. Lunch was always a bit hit or miss and she often just ate at her desk. Sometimes Sarah would take food from home, sometimes she would nip out to the bakers that was just along the road from her office, sometimes she just wouldn't bother and would inevitably end up picking at the goodies that were available at the office. As for dinner, well the children had theirs before she picked them up and by the time they got home, it was almost time to start the bedtime routine, so Sarah felt she didn't have much choice but to wait until later to eat.
She was growing more and more unhappy with her weight and it was really starting to get her down. Sarah had tried various slimming pills and shakes and for a while even joined a slimming club but none of them really got her the results she was wanting. Sure, she lost a few pounds but inevitably ended up putting them back on again. She couldn't understand why nothing she was trying was really making a difference. Then one day, she was talking to a friend of hers about her struggles and admitted just how much it was all bothering her and that's when her friend mentioned me. She told Sarah how she had been for a number of hypnotherapy sessions with me and how it had made a huge difference for her. She gave Sarah my number and told her to give me a call.
So that is how I came to meet Sarah and learn about all of the struggles she was facing. Over three months we did hypnotherapy sessions that were specifically aimed at the issues she was facing. Sarah set herself an initial goal of losing two stone. By the end of the three months, she had lost nearer three. She began eating a small breakfast, she made a point of leaving her desk at lunch times and not visiting the bakery to fill up on pastry! She lost all desire for grazing on all of the sweet treats that lay bout the office. She even started batch cooking at the weekends when she had more time, so that she had healthy, nutritious meals in the freezer that she could simply reheat for dinner, at a more acceptable time of day, during the week. Takeaways went from being a weekly feature in her diet, to being a very occasional treat. Sarah learned to become more mindful when it came to eating and she quickly learned how to recognize whether she was actually genuinely hungry or not, and only eat when she needed to.
It was an absolute pleasure to watch Sarah's transformation and an honour to be a part of her journey.
If you can relate to Sarah and would like to find out more about how hypnotherapy may be able to help you, send me a message.