"My Christmas Gift to myself is a better version of me, one I am happy and proud to live with. If you are thinking you can't do this, YOU CAN - keep going, I hope my story might encourage you xx"
Hi there, I wanted to share my experience of being in The Academy. Why now?
I set myself a target weight to aim for at the outset and TODAY I reached it!
HOWEVER, as I got into this experience, I realised that I need to look at this way of looking at weight loss differently. I needed to think about my goals, make them smaller, not just focus on weight, set goals daily and review them to see how I then feel when I did/didn't achieve them.
I remember my first diet at age 12, I had watched family members diet and was overweight myself - so "dieting" made sense, which would solve it - right? Wrong!
Fast forward over forty years; I have been on dozens of diets, wrestled with body image/shame, practiced distressed/comfort eating and I have been everything from a size 10 to 24 and all sizes in between.
Seven years ago, I weighted the heaviest of my life, I saw a photo and decided to lose weight "for the last and final time". I lost 5 stone, following a diet and kept most of it off for the next few years.
However, two years ago I slowly started to put weight back on. This year I added another stone to the stone I had gained and thought ENOUGH!
Then I saw a post on Facebook about Clair MacKenzie and thought, what makes this different?
In August, I was curious, so I started listening to the podcasts, I took on board some of the tips and weight started to come off - slowly. Then a holiday in September saw me get "triggered" and "toddler" brain kicked in; I put on most of the weight I had lost and felt defeated.
BUT I had signed up for a free course with Clair MacKenzie and listening to this, doing the writing and looking at what Clair was talking about, I knew this was something different.
That was in September, I continued to listen to the Podcasts and read the open Facebook group, but I wanted to make myself more accountable. In October, I decided to join the group "The Academy" and see how I got on.
The results speak for themselves, I don't feel I have "arrived" or that I am totally "sorted", HOWEVER, I have a new way of being in my life and that's why I am sharing some of my story.
To Clair MacKenzie, all those of you who I have listened to/watched been coached - THANK YOU.
You have been a part of my journey AND now I want to continue, to use the self-coaching model to learn to "maintain" my weight, make choices for me and my future.
My Christmas Gift to myself is a better version of me, one I am happy and proud to live with. If you are thinking you can't do this, YOU CAN - keep going, I hope my story might encourage you xx
"I've lost nearly four and a half stone. But somehow, even more important than that is that I have this collection of amazing tools for my life that I have learnt to be able to apply in lots of different situations. I use them at work. I use them in my relationship with my husband. I use them in my relationship with my grown-up children. "
"I am pleased about sustained weight loss, of course. But more importantly, my beliefs have shifted that I can manage my emotional eating. I’m not doing it every day, but I can truly see a future where I am at peace with myself and have created a healthy eating programme that I look forward to."