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I'm Having a Hypnotic Gastric Band fitted!

Friday, January 25, 2013

I first started using Paul McKenna's weight loss program ‘I Can Make You Thin’ nearly two years ago. Over the next ten months, I lost nearly 40 pounds. Unfortunately complacency crept in and the pounds started creeping back. Although I restarted several times I was unable to reclaim the mindset needed to do the technique successfully. In retrospect, that was because I’d gone back to the old ‘dieting’ mindset of expecting fast results, forgetting that the self hypnosis way takes time to work. I forgot that in the beginning you might even put on weight, instead of taking it off, while your stomach shrinks and you relearn to listen to your body.

Then I spent several months calorie counting and tracking. This was a disaster! I have now regained half those hard lost pounds.

So when a recommendation popped up on Amazon, saying that Paul McKenna had published a new weight loss book, about a hypnotic gastric band, I was very interested, hoping that it might give me the impetus to start again. The book arrived two days later, and I started to read. There is a book, CD and DVD.

The first instruction is to read the book thoroughly before doing anything else, easy peasy, I’m a fast reader. The book takes you through a process, as if you were having weight loss surgery, so you don’t plunge straight in. He always says that you don’t have to believe in what he's telling you, just DO as he tells you, and the first instruction is to spend a while, (I decided on 10 days), following the same pre-op instructions that would be given to you if you were having surgery, walking and having a non processed diet, and following his four golden rules, also learning a system of tapping called ‘Havening’, which was new to me. You also listen to the pre-op instructions from the CD, to reinforce the idea that its a real operation that your having.

That was Monday, this is Friday. In rereading the four golden rules, then practicing them properly, I realize why they haven’t been working for me. I have been doing 3/4, but the eating slowly, chewing each mouthful 20 times, and turning the TV OFF, while you were eating, had gone by the board, and my portions had crept up and up! I’m doing it properly now. I can already see my portion sizes dropping, and food is being left on the plate.

The Havening tapping technique is meant to release ‘happy’ hormones into the brain to replace those associated with overeating, and to remove cravings. Thirty years plus ago, I gave up smoking, and I was a heavy smoker. Since then, I have suffered from nicotine cravings that I have substituted at various times for codeine, alcohol and food. This contributed to me almost doubling my bodyweight in that time. I was very skeptical about the tapping! But then I was very skeptical about the whole hypnotherapy thing two years ago, and it really worked for me, so I learned it and started practicing a couple of times a day.

It was a revelation! I did it three times the first day. I was amazed. About half an hour after finishing, I was suddenly filled with what I can only describe as euphoria, and I was happy and positive for the rest of the day! I suffer from the winter blues, and it was a dank, grey, miserable London day. (London has a special sort of grey and miserable) The following day, I felt great! The eating was no problem, I was cooking myself nice meals, eating them slowly and consciously, and stopping as soon as I was slightly full, I felt so good that I kept waiting for the crash! Yesterday was the same. I tackled lots of small jobs that have needed doing for a while, did lots of exercise and slept the best I’ve slept in months! I am religiously doing my Havening whenever it crosses my mind!

This morning I’m jumping out of my skin! The washing up is done, the laundry is on, I’m about to start Lamb Shanks that I’ll be eating tomorrow, and I felt that I just had to share! Oh, and the patches of excema that have been round my mouth for weeks, have completely gone!

So, 8 days till I have my hypnotic gastric band fitted.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MELAYAHM 1/27/2013 2:29PM

    Looking at Havening, it looks very much like EFT, with a few extra bits, which has been around for years. I tried it, didn't get a lot from it, but if it works for you, fantastic! I'm a believer in hypnosis though, although I think you need to have a rapport with the hypnotist, and keep at it to get lasting effects.

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PINKANGEL73 1/27/2013 7:36AM

    Sounds brilliant! Just feeling that good has got to help with weight loss. I found the havening technique on youtube and had a go yesterday. Not sure if it is the same version but I did feel better. Reading your blog I am encouraged to keep trying it and to dig out my old Paul McKenna cds and start listening to them again.

Awaiting the next instalment with much interest!

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SHELLYBABE2 1/26/2013 1:15PM

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MILLISMA 1/25/2013 9:36PM

    Please keep us updated as to how this works for you.

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KERRYG155 1/25/2013 7:26PM

    That sounds very interesting!!

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MARTHROID 1/25/2013 6:27PM

    The first part sounds like a diet. Ok, I might need to read that one too. I'll keep on with the first book first and then see what happens. I think it's cool how you felt so good. emoticon I love having energy…been so long since I had any. Traveling this week and have been walking constantly…it's great!

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CHICCHANTAL 1/25/2013 1:41PM


May I borrow the book?

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CHIASMA 1/25/2013 11:07AM

    You've just inspired me to finally try the tapping technique. I hadn't realised its purpose was to release happy chemicals. I find it too long and complicated to remember, though... does it matter if I'm reading the instructions as I go?

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/25/2013 10:52AM

    it sounds like this will work for you. I'm afraid it couldn't work for me as I am too cynical about hypnosis but I'm right behind you to cheer you on.
We all get over generous with the portions after a while, it's good to remeasure them from time to time to get it right.
ps, will you still be able to enjoy a pint?

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KIWIANN 1/25/2013 9:37AM

    That sounds interesting, and it seems like you are already feeling some of the positive results!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Such a noticeable change! Thanks for sharing and please keep sharing!

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Will be tuning in for the rest of your adventure.
Thank you for sharing. Please keep us updated.

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XOBSIDIANX 1/25/2013 8:22AM

    Let us all know how you get on. Sounds great x

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INGMARIE 1/25/2013 7:16AM

    Interesting .never heard of this, emoticon
good luck to you and let us know how it goes.


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COCK-ROBIN 1/25/2013 6:31AM

    Good luck!

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DOVESEYES 1/25/2013 6:15AM

    Interesting I have a similar book called Don't go hungry for life-Dr Amanda Sainsbury-Salis PhD.

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PINKANGEL73 1/25/2013 6:04AM

    I've used Paul McKenna's cd and techniques before and I do think they help - like anything, for as long as you keep doing it. I've seen him speak about the hypnotic gastric band and it is very interesting.

People often say losing weight is simple - eat less and move more. But so much of it is psychological and I strongly believe that the power of the mind is enormous and amazing. I really hope this works for you and will be interested to hear how you go on.

While I consider myself to be a fairly strong and resilient person I find it much harder to keep cheerful and bounce back at this time of year. So I was very interested to read what a great effect the havening had. I think I'd like to try that. Keep us informed x

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CAROL6X 1/25/2013 5:46AM

    Interesting, I haven't hear of that before. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

I just had a Gastric Bypass done on 12/17/12. I am still getting used to my pouch.

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SENIMMO 1/25/2013 5:17AM

    How interesting! I can't wait to see how it works! Best wishes for amazing success emoticon

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