So here we are, week ten in my emotional eating experiment with Shrink Yourself. Normally I save this bit of info until the end of my weekly updates but this week I’ll tell you right up front – I’m 4 pounds lighter today than I was last Wednesday (yeah!).
UPDATE 2015: Hi, as you can see by the date on this article, I wrote this a LONG time ago, May 2008 which was over 7 years ago. At that time in 2008 I was not a professional, certified coach and professional certified Master NLP Pracitioner. I had not yet founded The Inner Self Diet™ which is my proven, proprietary, step-by-step personal coaching program for permanent weight loss. That’s right! I personally coach my clients to the end of their emotional eating, binge eating, self-sabotage, food obsessions, food addictions, low self-esteem and much more. Click here to read coaching client testimonials from my coaching client, click here to listen to audio testimonials, and watch videos of graduates of The Inner Self Diet™ in the sidebar of this page you’re on now.
Back in 2008 I did this Shrink Yourself Program and it was nice and all, but it didn’t heal the root of the problem like the binge eating coaching and emotional eating coaching I do with my clients does. I wish you your Best Life…IN Your Ideal Body! ~ JoLynn Braley, Permanent Weight Loss Coach, Founder of The Inner Self Diet™
If you’d like to read more details about my process over the past week then please check out yesterday’s post where I gave you the scoop on how Shrink Yourself played a big part in this.
What’s Shrink Yourself?
In each of my weekly updates I like to point you back to the beginning for those readers who happen into one of my emotional eating updates in this 12-week series for the first time. The “beginning” is my introductory post to the Shrink Yourself program to my 12-week experiment on myself of healing my own emotional eating issues with Shrink Yourself.
In a nutshell though, the goal of the Shrink Yourself program is to permanently disable your hunger switch so that you first off lose weight but more importantly keep off the weight you lose. I mean really, none of us wants to lose weight only to end up regaining it again, right? Of course not. If you’re like me, you want to lose the weight, shape up your body, get fit and strong, and most importantly keep that weight off without food obsession or endless struggle.
Your Hunger Switch
Your hunger switch is your emotional hunger switch that gets tripped and makes you want to eat all kinds of stuff – not because you’re hungry physically but because you’re upset, frustrated, angry, bored, had a bad day, or any other emotional reason that comes up in your day-to-day life.
What Shrink Yourself helps you do is disable your hunger switch, and when you successfully do this you don’t have the desire to emotionally eat any longer – can you imagine what freedom that brings you? To no longer have that desire to eat a pint of ice cream after you’ve had a bad day, or want to run to the cookie jar after having a fight with a loved one; how wonderful would that be!
Something else to imagine is not only losing the weight that you’ve so desperately wanted to lose your whole life, but also putting an end to the yo-yo syndrome – the forever back and forth, push-pull of the diet rollercoaster. This is about getting off of that insane rollercoaster, the obsession with food and your weight, and recouping your personal power so that you can successfully manage your life.
Week Ten of Shrink Yourself
There are several topics touched on in week ten and each of them are essential but I’m going to focus on the overall theme for the week – integrating your new, changed (thinner!) self fully so that you don’t sabotage yourself by regaining weight and going back to your old, comfortable self – the overweight self that your Safety-Seeking self likes to live with.
What’s a “Safety-Seeking” Self?
Week Nine introduces you to learning about your Safety-Seeking self, that part of yourself that sabotages you and keep you overweight because that’s where you’re comfortable – being overweight. The problem is that you don’t want to go back to being overweight but you also don’t want to feel uncomfortable in your own skin, so Shrink Yourself teaches you how to soothe your Safety-Seeking self.
Once you learn how to heal that part of yourself that wants to stay in your comfort (a.k.a. overweight) zone, you can fully integrate your redesigned self and stay there. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already experienced this before – getting down to my goal weight (or within a couple pounds) and unconsciously going back to old habits and regaining the weight. No, I didn’t want to “throw all of my hard work away”, but honestly I can say that I felt more comfortable with my overweight than I did being thinner.
When you can feel comfortable and safe in your new, slimmer body and keep your hunger switch in the off position, this means that you won’t be emotionally eating any longer, which further means that you won’t be overeating and regaining those pounds you worked so hard to drop.
My Personal Progress
I’ve been having fewer and fewer episodes of wanting to emotionally eat and I haven’t done any emotional eating for over a week now. This is really a big deal for me because I’ve had the experience of not emotionally eating but still wanting to before, however I haven’t even wanted to this past week.
I have to add though, that I’m not eating refined sugar and flour (they trigger my sugar addiction) and I’m also not eating added salt, dairy, or unhealthy fats. Well, I also need to add that I dumped Splenda over a week ago – I don’t know if that would have anything to do with my emotional eating but I need to include that because it is a change that I’ve made in how I eat.
If You’re an Emotional Eater…
If you’re an emotional eater or you think you possibly could be I suggest reading my emotional eating experiment series with Shrink Yourself. After reading it if you can see yourself in what I’ve shared then I highly suggest you check out the Shrink Yourself online program. It’s very easy to use and it’s so much cheaper than going to face-to-face therapy to heal your emotional eating. Of course if you do better with personal therapy then certainly go for it. But if you don’t have the funds for that right now then I’d say go with Shrink Yourself – it was created by Dr. Roger Gould, a psychiatrist in practice for over 35 years (you can learn more about him in my series introduction).
It’s a powerful program that can really move you beyond your emotional eating and help you recover your personal power and sense of self if you’re ready to make this change. This really is a program in self-empowerment, personal development, and life management and what you’ll get out of it is lasting weight loss. No, it’s not a quick fix and you need to be ready to do this but if you are ready to change, I honestly suggest you go for it with Shrink Yourself.
2015: See my update at the top about this post you’ve just read, since it’s been over 7 years since I wrote this. All the best! ~ Permanent Weight Loss Coach JoLynn Braley, Founder of The Inner Self Diet™, the proven, step-by-step personal coaching system to permanent weight loss.