For 34 years I've been beating myself up about weight, and now I don't. At all. This is simply marvelous to me. Thank you MBT, and thank you to my amazing, extraordinary coach.
Why it Worked (in her words)
I was put on my first diet when I was six years old and I’ve been on and off one diet or another since that time (I turned 40 this year.) I might be successful for a while, but nothing I have ever been put on, or tried myself, ever dealt with why of it all. Why I felt the need to eat when I wasn’t hungry, or choose foods that didn’t nourish my body. Why was I eating in such a detrimental way.
A few of the programs I’ve tried over the years were The Diet Centre, Weight Watchers, Bernstein Weight Loss Clinic, Rob Sugar (Weight Loss Coach), Jenny Craig, Allan Carr’s Easyweigh to Lose Weight, The Power of Habit, The G.I. Diet. I’ve been on low fat diets, low carb diets, high fat diets. I’ve run half-marathons and Olympic distance triathlons for no other reason than to lose weight.
When I was a kid I was put on the grapefruit diet, the tuna diet, the cottage cheese diet. At University I went on trial studies that had me consuming mysterious pills three times a day, and another one where I had to sniff different scents every time I got hungry (kiwi, pineapple and coconut if I remember correctly).
Countless times I would start one thing or another, but I always got derailed. Or, the plan was so restrictive I was counting down the seconds until I could get off it and eat again. Or I injured myself by over training. I have had decades of yo-yo dieting, each time gaining more and more weight after wards. I would lose weight and be terrified of gaining it back instead of enjoying the lower weight. My weight, and how I felt about my body, and how I thought others reacted to my body seeped into every facet of my life.
I was looking into therapy because I knew I needed to re-wire my brain. I know what food to eat. I know about exercise. In fact, I always was a healthy eater, and I swam consistently throughout my life. I just couldn’t stop eating. And I’d picked up a barrage of really bad habits and coping mechanisms. I was beholden to them, they seemed impossible to change.
So I went online to research a therapist who might be able to help me, and I stumbled onto MBT. I read over the program, looked at the testimonials, and thought that this must be some sort of scam. But over the days I kept coming back to the website. And one day, after stepping on the scale and realizing that I was yet again gaining more weight, I well why not, this will only get worse, why not give it a try.
I can try MBT for 30 days and if it doesn’t work, or if it is a scam, I’ll just get my money back and nothing will have happened except a month will have gone by.
At that point I’m not sure what hopes I had. I’d been so beaten down by weight, the gaining of it, the losing of it, and spent so much time thinking about food (I want to eat this but shouldn’t, I can’t believe I ate that, I’ll never get anywhere if I don’t stop eating so much, I don’t have the ability to stop eating so much, that voice in my head telling me to eat has all the power etc …) I was simply exhausted by that voice and thinking about food all the time. I think my hope was to just have it stop, but I really didn’t believe this program would do anything for me.
My first conversation with coach, we went over my weight loss goals and then she starting talking about foods to eat and possible foods to try and avoid and I thought ‘here we go … same old same old.’ But over the days, my coach got to know me, and I got to know her, and our weekly talks shifted to exploring the why of it all.
She knew exactly what my issue was. And she started to work with me, not on what I was eating, but why I was eating it. I focused on listening to my body. And exploring why I would get mad when she asked certain questions. And why I wanted what I wanted. And why certain times in the day were so hard, and what to do. And the fact that one choice was to eat and eat and eat, but there were other choices as well. And slowly, over time, my thinking changed. When I felt like eating when I wasn’t hungry I was able to pause before and think about my many options, and over time I was able to choose different options than my standard stuffing of my face. I was able to stop eating meals when I felt mostly full.
We reprogrammed my brain. Moment by moment, meal by meal, day by day, it happened. And along the way I lost weight, a lot of weight!
I’ve lost 50 pounds (46 while on MBT and 4 pounds in the following 3 months since I’ve moved on to maintenance) and that is amazing. More importantly though, I don’t think about food all the time, in fact I rarely think about it. Stuff happens in my life; I get annoyed, angry, I’m tired, my brother-in-law recently passed away, I’ve been really sick the past few months, but through all of this, I haven’t turned to food. Ever. It is such a cool thing to realize, that the hold food had on me for most of my life is gone.
My original goal was to lose more weight than I have to date. But I don’t need to hit a certain number to feel like I’ve reached my goal. I have reached my goal! And I’ve done it in such a peaceful, organic way, that I’m not worried at all at gaining weight back, or even maintaining. I’m just going to continue to do the things I’m doing now.
For the rest of my life, I may lose more weight. I may not. I don’t really care, because the weight loss has become secondary to the general awesomeness of my day to day. I feel great. I bound up stairs. I push myself in the pool instead of drag myself around the lane. I’m running. I’m sleeping better. I have a better relationship with my husband and daughter. My business is running better, my clients are happier with me.
I’m not tired all the time, and when I am, I don’t binge. My digestive track is spot on. My headaches have dissipated. We’ve had chocolate chips in the house for months now and I don’t care. I just don’t eat them. They are for making cookies I don’t eat. I certainly don’t think about them all the time like I used to. I am wearing beautiful clothes instead of muumuu’s and yoga pants. I’m eating pretty much how I see myself eating for the rest of my days. And it doesn’t seem like a life sentence or a thing to endure, it just is great!
So there it is. No other diet, book, pill, sniffable or doctor has been able to help me in this way. For 34 years I’ve been beating myself up about weight, and now I don’t. At all. This is simply marvelous to me. My only regret is that I didn’t join sooner! Thank you MBT, and thank you to my amazing, extraordinary coach.
If you want to lose weight on this program you will, but if you’ve ever wondered about the ‘why’ of what you are doing with food, this is the program that will do it. And if you’re willing to explore the why of it, the payoff is truly amazing.
50 Pounds gone.
What did you say to yourself as you were reading Tammi’s story?
It’s fascinating when we start to notice our own behavior. Typically, we distance ourselves from that person. We find something they have that we don’t. We make them into something other than an ordinary, regular person. Then, we create an excuse for why we can’t achieve the same level of success.
The most important thing to realize: Whatever anyone else has done or become, you can do or become as well, with the right support, guidance and accountability.
Here’s the best part: I guarantee it or your money back. I sincerely believe in what we offer that much. I know MBT will be the last program you ever do or need.