Last Sunday was my second Gastric Mind Band Therapy (GMBT) session. It's been a busy, busy week and I can't believe it's Friday already and I'm just now posting about it. But that works out just fine because now I can tell you how the session has helped me over the last week.
During the first GMBT session my therapist, Julie Gibson, did an in-depth interview with me to determine where I've been, where I want to go and the best way to help me get there. The hypnosis that we finished the first session with addressed just that: what my life will be like if I continue on the path I am on, and what is waiting for me if I change my habits for the better.
I noticed in the week after the first session that my interest in fast food waned considerably and when I had an opportunity to be a little active, I had a little pep in my step. My weight gain halted and I actually lost almost 2 lbs.
The second GMBT session was on a Sunday, like the one before. Julie had given me a homework assignment geared toward addressing my motivations, my attitude about my body and resolving some emotional baggage. We had a long talk at the beginning of this second session, just like at the first one. We talked about the times in my life when I am more likely to hit the drive-through or overeat or over-indulge: usually when I am stressed or frustrated or very very busy. We talked about why that was, and about how to handle those situations more constructively, as far as continuing weight loss. I established a goal weight, which is the 125 lbs that I maintained for over five years, only to start this crazy weight-gain five years ago. We discussed a goal outfit but I wasn't able to pick one that I really had my heart set on and could picture. I've been thinking about it this week and might have one for this coming Sunday's session.
Julie gave me a book with calorie, fat and carbohydrate counts for lots of common foods and for many restaurants. I've used it a few times this week, just to help me be aware of the decisions I'm making. GMBT is not designed to require you to count calories or points or anything, but to help you make healthy decisions every day, meal after meal. She also discussed Dr. Daniel Amen's book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body and lent me a copy to read this week. I'm working on it. It's an interesting read and makes alot of sense.
We finished this session with hypnosis, which we will be doing in every session. This time Julie handed me a small black box to hold in each hand, each with a wire going to some small contraption. She said it was for another specific kind therapy. The boxes buzz for a few seconds, alternating between the one in one and and the other, and the purpose is to engage both the left brain and right brain in the process. After the initial relaxation exercise, she talked about my goal, about how some of my weaknesses (hello fancy sugary coffee beverages) are counterproductive to these efforts, about making healthy choices and losing one to two lbs per week to get to my goal, and then she moved into the other portion of this hypnosis session. She activated the little boxes I was holding, and they started vibrating gently. She talked about stressful or emotional situations and how they were not going to affect the healthy choices I was making. I actually have no idea how long the hypnosis sessions last. I know I dozed off occasionally. When we finished, once again I was so refreshed and relaxed; I felt wonderful.
I will tell you, I haven't weighed myself yet but this week I have noticed some serious differences in my habits. Aside from my morning coffee, I rarely want coffee later in the day. I will think "Maybe I'll make another pot of coffee" after dinner, and then I'll think "I really just want some water." I've been drinking water and bringing my lunch to work almost every day. I will have a snack and I won't feel bad about it, but instead of picking up a caramel frappe and a McDouble at McDonald's, I might break out a pear and some peanut butter, or have a snack-size candy bar if I really want something sweet. I've been in bed by 10:30 p.m. almost every night and can tell a real difference in my energy levels with consistent sufficient sleep. All in all, I haven't weighed yet so I have no idea if I've lost any weight this week, but I've been making good decision after good decision. And it's been easy. It's as if a little health-fairy is perched on my shoulder, whispering the right choices in my ear. Don't get me wrong, if I want to make bad decisions nothing is going to keep me from it. But it is so much easier to make the healthier decision.
My second to last GMBT session is in two days, on Sunday again. I can't wait to see the changes that will follow this next session.
Have a great weekend!
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