I’ve been where you are now.
More than 25 years ago, I realised that something had to change. My stressful job and inappropriate coping techniques saw me pile on the pounds; my unhappiness stemmed from feeling fat and frumpy. I was miserable in my own skin, feeling nothing like the person I could be, and my choices weren’t helping.
A chance remark about acceptance or change lead me to take That First Step. Maybe the one you’re contemplating now.
Back then, before the body positivity movement, if you were dissatisfied with your weight, you joined a commercial weight loss programme. So that’s what I did. I tried the soups, the shakes, the meal replacements (hello, Lean Cuisine!).
I weighed my food, and myself.
I measured my food, and myself.
I went to the groups. I found my ‘tribe’ and we shared so much: the good, the less good, the celebratory chocolate bars after the meetings.
I lost the weight. More importantly, I kept it off by making changes that stuck, even once I stepped away from the diet.
What started out as a personal weight loss journey transitioned into a deep interest in health, particularly food, and I re-trained in nutritional therapy, graduating in 2005.
Over the years, as I’ve walked along my path, I added various postgraduate and professional trainings including Intuitive Eating with Evelyn Tribole, the co-developer of that approach. To help you embrace change at a deeper level, resolving issues around sleep, mood and food choice, I qualified in Clinical Hypnotherapy. And to help you resolve emotional, or binge, eating, I’ve become a certified Eating Freely practitioner.