Last week, one of my clients came in to Ntrance Hypnotherapy Blenheim for her fourth and final, Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy session. Her first session, in which her ‘band’ was ‘applied’ had been five weeks earlier. Here’s her review of her personal Virtual Gastric Band Success Story:
Gastric Band Hypnosis Success Stories
Marilyn was so delighted with her weight-loss success that she made up a little photo album review and asked me to share her story with the world. If you’re in or near Blenheim NZ and would like to speak to Marilyn, I can put you in touch.
Marilyn’s Review Of Her Virtual Gastric Band Success Story:
“Hi! My name is Marilyn and this is my story of the first month of my VIRTUAL GASTRIC BANDING and the trials and tribulations that have occurred along the way.
Four weeks ago, I weighed in at 78.8kg and realised that nothing fitted in my wardrobe anymore – and what did fit was stretched to the limit.
“My love of chocolate had become almost addictive and supper had become a never-ending eating event.”
When I stood in front of the mirror and saw what I looked like in the dress I had bought for my grandson’s wedding I just laughed because crying wasn’t going to help me feel any better. I was busy telling my husband ‘just pull up the zip’ and he just said ‘That’s it kid.’
Recently, I had been told about this lady who had performed electropuncture for smoking on two of the girls from work and it worked so well. One of the girls had rung me to say she had met a woman, who had been to this lady for weight reduction and after what she told me I just thought ‘this is it.’
I rang the lady and I spoke of my dilemma and she told me ‘Not a problem; I’m sure I can help. Made an appointment and had to wait a week before I could see her – so more weight seemed to pile on.
“My first hypnotherapy started with her gentle voice speaking to me and relaxing me and making me aware that at all times I knew what she was saying.”
It was time where something had to work for me as I had no will-power at all where food was concerned. I’d become a couch-potato with no energy. My love of chocolate had become almost addictive and supper had become a never-ending eating event.
Our first meeting started with the usual ‘get to know you’ routine. The she asked what my thoughts were on hypnosis? ‘Not much’ I replied ‘I don’t think it would work with me.’
Seeing what electropuncture had done for the two girls at work, I had to think positive and I was ready to try anything that would help.’
This lovely lady now has a name, Chris Steadman, and what I didn’t know was she was about to change my life.
My first hypnotherapy started with her gentle voice speaking to me and relaxing me and making me aware that at all times I knew what she was saying.
This is not a deep trance or anything like that; it’s just a quiet voice telling me positive thoughts and that my stomach would now be the size of a golf ball and that I would no longer crave all those foods that had made me so fat.
After the hypnotherapy session, I was introduced to Chris’s massaging chair. Oh, what joy!! Fifteen minutes of heaven. If I wasn’t relaxed enough after the hypno…session, I certainly was now. And I feel great.
The next part was the electropuncture. She hit three points that I really felt rather strong: enough for me to say ‘OUCH!!’ That was interesting. The three points referred to my depression, my stomach and my eating.
“I feel if I can share this with other women and say honestly this is life-changing.”
A tiny little plaster containing a small, round seed, was put on my outer ear. Then, with fond farewells and another appointment made, it was in the car and away. I felt no different driving home at all.
What happened when I got home was unreal. This frumpy couch potato put on a pair of walking shoes and went for a walk; the first of what was going to become a daily need to do. The next thing was, I didn’t eat until tea-time – than only put my meal on a very small plate and then couldn’t eat it all. Following that, no supper and didn’t even think of it.
This pattern of my life has continued now for a month. I am no longer tired all the time; I’m much more relaxed with life in general. I can say with all honesty I have never eaten another ice cream, a piece of chocolate, a cake, a biscuit or a sweet.
“These foods do not interest me at this stage.”
These foods do not interest me at this stage. I do not feel the need for them. I have lost five kg in four weeks but have come down a dress size. I still have a long way to go but believe my body will tell me when I have reached what I should be- but, having said that, I would like to see at least another 10 kg disappear.
One thing I did every night was to go to bed listening to the Virtual Gastric Banding CD that Chris had given me. I feel this has helped me tremendously and reiterated what she had already told me.
What an absolutely amazing month. I feel great. My hubby, Keith, has been my motivator, who tells me time for my walk and is my photographer. My eighty-five year old mother, Betty, who lives with us, has encouraged me all the way – as have my two daughters and son, who have been great.
I feel if I can share this with other women and say honestly this is life-changing. You don’t have to go under the knife for that horrible gastric operation. Believing in yourself is your first step.”
I must now add two words of caution: Firstly, Marilyn is a successful client for whom the Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy procedure has worked well.
Her weight-loss results can, by no means, be guaranteed for everyone undergoing the treatment. Everyone reacts differently to the therapy.
(I even have one client who, despite her eager yearning for success, the four sessions appears to have achieved no benefit whatsoever.)
Secondly, from the photo review, Marilyn has clearly changed shape significantly. This doesn’t mean that she has lost a massive amount of weight.
She has, as per the suggestions made to her under hypnosis, not only changed her eating habits, but been taking regular exercise and physical activity.
This will have resulted in the loss of much fluid and the conversion of much of the fat into heavier muscle. The programmer is to help lose weight gradually over a life-long change in lifestyle.
Keep In Mind:
Anyone losing more than around a kilo a week, is liable to revert and put it all back again in the familiar yo-yo pattern of weight gain.
I urge my hypnosis clients to resist the temptation to review their progress on the scales during the course of the procedure and to think long term.
The mirror and their daily energy levels and enthusiasm for life are far more accurate gauges of progress.
For more reviews from happy clients on their experience with Virtual Gastric Banding, please visit our reviews page here!
Virtual Gastric Band Success Story
Curious to experience a Virtual Gastric Band Success Story in NZ and review it for yourself? (or I can also help with fears and anxieties, or sugar addictions too!).
Reach me (Chris) here and I’ll fill you in on all the little details. I’m surprisingly friendly too. I serve the Marlborough area in New Zealand.
– Chris Steadman
I started my journey on the 4 December 2019 at 160kg (approximately, as some of you will know the feeling of not wanting to actually know how much you weigh).
I had been through the loss of my father suddenly after extensive surgery to remove a large amount of cancer on his face and head and within 6 weeks of my father passing away the loss of my grandmother, on top of other stresses in my life.
I ate my way through grief and stress to the point where I could not function as a person any longer, I would have to sleep when I got home from work because I was so tired, my sleep apnoea was so severe I would wake thinking I was choking, my sugar levels were dropping to 3, my feet were so swollen I could barely walk and everyday tasks were a challenge.
My self-esteem was so low I did not want to leave the house because I felt uncomfortable and judged by others (I honestly do believe now that this was just my insecurities and judgemental thoughts about myself). My doctors were all encouraging me to have weight loss surgery – but for me this was not something I wanted – I knew however if I did not do something the likelihood of surviving past 45 was not very high.
I was googling alternatives to weight loss surgery and found Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis in Townsville with Wendy and Colin Soper. Immediately I booked in with them and promised myself if this did not work then surgery was my only option.
It has honestly been easy to make the changes because unlike anything else out there VGB changes your mind set about food, this critical factor is the one thing that all other weight loss options fail in, and trust me I have tried them ALL.
This is the first time in my weight loss journey life that I feel confident that I am going to achieve my goal and maintain it for the rest of my life. My GP has also asked me what I have done to achieve such a fantastic result and is now recommending VGB to patients as an alternative to surgery.
I have lost 80kg since December 2019, I cannot describe how much better I feel, I have so much energy and I am so much happier in myself. I am no longer an emotional eater and I now choose healthy nourishing food – Thank you again Wendy for giving me the tools to regain my life back.
My goal dress I bought last year when I first started this journey is now too big.
The new photo is me with only 3kg till goal weight – it was an amazing feeling to actually like a photo of myself for the first time in over 10 years.
Thank You Wendy and Thank You VGB for helping me to enjoy my life and have confidence again.
“On New Year’s Day 2020, I re-hurt my back, my mother who has severe Parkinson’s had a fall while giving my 10year old son a hug before he was to undergo surgery. All this on top of my already overwhelmed world was enough for me to know it was time for me to reach out to Wendy and Colin.
What a wonderful life-changing decision. After only just 6-weeks on the program and the wonderful support from Wendy, I weighed 9.9kg less and feel much slimmer, healthier and happier. I am sleeping more soundly and definitely not as tired and unmotivated throughout the day.
Before doing the program, I would never have said that I was an emotional eater but I now understand that I was. I am really enjoying the healthier smaller portions compared to what I used to feel when eating way too much to the point of feeling nauseous. It has been 4 weeks since I finished the 6-week program and I continue to feel better and stronger every day.
In the past, I would avoid photos of myself or stand in the background so as not be the focus. I had trouble finding photos to share but found a couple. The final 3 were taken 1 week ago.”
“I have been on my hypnosis journey since June 2019 and so far, have nearly lost 30kg! I still have a long way to go.
However, I don’t concentrate on my weight loss since I’ve been doing the Virtual Gastric Band Program, I focus on my lifestyle changes and my eating. I have been given the tools to help me with cravings and know I can always contact Wendy and Colin for advice or support.
I still listen to my hypnosis track (nearly every night) and use Emotional Freedom Techniques for stress if I need it. I’m now trying to incorporate exercise into my life. Definitely recommend this program if you need to change your life.” Kelly (Ayr)
“Virtual Gastric Band and Colin Soper you have saved my life ! And that is no exaggeration ! Several months ago, before I knew anything about VGB, I weighed in at just under 90 kilos. Chest 112cm / Waist 105cm / Hips 112cm .
I was a size 18 (XXL) and rapidly growing into a size 20…. and when you’re 5 foot nothing (152 cm) you really start to feel the effects of carrying all that excess weight around…. both physically & emotionally. I had made the half-hearted decision to lose weight but the motivation was not there and the weight loss was minimal & agonizingly slow.
But seeing the success that my niece Brooke, and sister-in-law both had after working with Colin & Wendy, I thought “what have I got to lose”…. except maybe a few unwanted kilos ðŸ˜Š
After my first session where I set my goals with Colin, I was still a little sceptical that I would be able to actually see it through and achieve them. Years of failed fad diets & bad eating habits had left their mark.
But the skills that Colin gave me, and the techniques he used, made me see through all the negativity & doubt and woke up my subconscious so that my whole outlook towards my relationship with food was put into a much clearer perspective. It put ME in charge of my food…. food is not in charge of me ! And it was done so effortlessly.
When so many of us are struggling with self-doubt and even self-loathing for what we have allowed ourselves to become, Colin reinforces only the positives & makes it so easy to start believing in yourself again and realising that your goals are achievable. I’m proud to say that after 8 weeks I am almost at my goal…and that’s somewhere I never thought I would be !
Thank you so much for reminding me who I am; who I can be; and who I never want to become again.
FootNote: I went shopping for some new work clothes…. size 10 to 12 (HAPPY DANCE ðŸ’ƒðŸ’ƒ) Current measurements : Chest 105cm (7cm loss) Waist 91cm (14cm loss) Hips 105cm (7cm loss)” Leanne (Ayr)”Ten months ago, I decided to make some changes in my life. I found the weight loss program on Facebook and found out more information about it.
I started the program with Wendy. I work 10-14 hours a day and go to gym 3-4 times a week. I’ve committed to the program and it’s not been a chore; it’s a lifestyle change and my friends have noticed how well I’m doing.
I now know which foods are best for me. A recent blood test has shown that I’m doing better than my age group in general and I’m almost off my blood pressure medication now. My health has improved dramatically.
The best thing for me was to focus on my reasons for wanting to lose weight and it has paid off. I have lost over 36kgs.” Michael (Townsville)
“I have been on the Virtual Gastric Band program for 5 months now and found it very easy, very painless, just a mind change. I have tried a hundred different things before but I could never stick with anything or it never worked. This is really easy.
Looking forward; this is a permanent change for me for the rest of my life and I will never go back to where I was and I am very excited about that! I have joined a gym for the very first time and dropped 18 kilos, I have reached my original goal, but have reset now to reduce another 5 kg. My clothes are very baggy now which makes me feel good and motivated to keep going.
In the past I was so focussed on food and diets they used to run my life, but now I don’t even think about it and would recommend the program 100 per cent to others.” Georgie (Townsville)
“We had our first Gastric Band Hypnotherapy with Colin and Wendy on 29th May last year. Right from the start we were extremely committed to losing weight and getting fit and healthy. We started walking every day and set ourselves a goal of ten thousand steps daily. Between us we have lost 47kg and feel better than we have for a very long time. We look forward to continuing as this is our normal life now.
Lastly we cannot Thank Colin and Wendy enough for your support and guidance, we will most definitely keep in touch and will drop in from time to time.”
Ray and Jenny Fola (Home Hill)
“I have just completed my 6 week VGB programme with Colin and have lost 6.5 kgs and I have to say it has been an amazing experience. To say how easy it has been is an understatement. This is not a diet this is a lifetime journey of being empowered to be in control of your relationship with food and overall health and well-being.
Colin has given me amazing support and all the tools I need to move forward to reach my weight loss goals and I can’t thank him enough. I started this journey being very unhealthy mind and body after a lifetime of emotional eating and self sabotage. From my very first session with Colin my mindset has shifted from self loathing and zero motivation to feeling empowered, in control of a total life change, where I desire to exercise and eat healthy smaller portions. This is a miracle I can tell you. I am now eating easily 60% less and desire only healthy clean foods.
Loving my daily walks, I feel energised and in control and it feels so good. My blood pressure has lowered and I am sleeping so much better now and my anxiety has all but gone. I cannot recommend this programme enough. It has been a life changer for me and I am very excited for the journey ahead as I continue to becoming slimmer healthier and fitter. Thanks again Colin and Wendy.”
“I’ve completed about 6 weeks on the gastric band program. The big change is my motivation to cut my food intake and to exercise. The exercise has been a really big thing because I didn’t have any motivation for it. Even though we really didn’t talk much about exercise, it just changed for me. I’ve basically changed my whole life, all my routines. I make the time now to eat and exercise.
Before I started this program, I had tried to lose weight at different times in my life, but I could never get the food thing under control. It feels now like a lifetime change. I’ve lost approx. 8kg and its easy with 50% less food. I feel happier in myself and in life. Much more confident and the program was easy.”
“When I first started looking at something other than diets to help me lose weight I thought of gastric band surgery. I didn’t want the surgery part of it though. I started reading the Hypnosis & Emotional Freedom Centre Gastric Band hypnotherapy information. The reviews I had read were amazing. But I honestly thought “are you serious” I thought this won’t work! I kept ready more and more reviews with scepticism!
Then I thought I really want to check this out. I’ve tried diets, shakes, starving, eating heaps. Nothing worked! I called and Colin answered, I spoke to him and organised a day and time for my first appointment.
I did tell him that I don’t understand how it worked. I told him I was worried about going under hypnosis. Well I thought you know nothing else has helped long term. So after that visit my plate size decreased and I wasn’t hungry until it was time for my next meal.
I drank water, actually wanted to drink a lot of water. Then my next visit and visits thereafter. I learnt a lot.
I have lost just over a Kg a week, now 6.8kg and still going strong. This isn’t a diet it’s a way of life I love. I listen to the audio aspect of it nearly every night. Thank you Colin.”
“I started the Gastric Band Program with Colin 12 months ago and I have lost 43kgs, I started at 108kg and am now 65kg and loving it. It is the easiest thing I have ever done. I have tried diets, shakes and tablets from the Doctor before but nothing worked or was sustainable. This has been well worth the money, I’m now drinking lots of water, eating 70% less food and am very energetic now. It has been very easy to succeed and maintain. Thank you.”
“I started the Virtual Gastric Band program 6 weeks ago. I was a little bit skeptical at first, but I thought I need to do it and now I wish I’d done it earlier. I really do. It was literally like a switch was just flicked. The next day it all changed. I had no cravings and simply moved on to having 3 meals a day. That’s all I had. It has been life changing. I wish I had done it earlier, way earlier. I’ve lost 9kg.
It’s really exciting. I’ve been trying to lose weight for years and nothing else has worked at all. I’ve tried many different diets, all the fads. But I couldn’t do it by myself, this program was what I needed. Now I tell everyone about Virtual Gastric Band and recommend it. It has blown my mind; I really didn’t think it would work as well as it has. This program is not just about weight loss, it has changed everything in my life.”
Teele. 2020 (Townsville)“I started the VGB program 6 weeks ago. Its been a lot easier than I expected. I’ve cut back on my eating and changed my habits, even the ones I thought weren’t bad. I have breakfast, lunch and dinner. All small meals and no snacks. I’ve lost 8.3kg so far. I still have some weight to lose, but it has been easy so far. I never thought it would be this easy.”
I did the VGB program because of my health and bad relationship with food. My grandson was watching my bad habits with food and copying me. That terrified me and I needed to change something. My diet was so poor it was impacting my health and I just couldn’t keep up with my grandson. I was very unwell and I was eating all the wrong things.
I wasn’t giving my body what it needed and with Wendy’s help I was able to change that and eat the right foods. Now I feel amazing. My relationship with food has changed. My outlook and moods have changed. I feel better, I have more energy. I feel amazing! I still have a long way to go, but I’ve had a really big shift with food and I’m surprised at how easy that was considering how bad my relationship with food was.
I’d never eaten a vegetable or a piece of fruit in my life. I’ve gone from not touching fruit and vegetables and pulling faces and saying ‘yuck and I’m not eating that’, to all I want now is fruit and vegetables and salad and that’s all I’m looking for in my daily diet. I would never have imagined that would happen. It’s amazing, and my friends and family can’t believe what they’re seeing. Kerry (Townsville)
“I’ve completed about 6 weeks of the VGB program with Colin. When Colin asked me why I wanted to partake in the program my response was I just wanted to be happy in myself again.
Being 26, with two young children I struggled in finding the motivation to keep up with them and give them the best version of being their mother.
When I began I weighed the heaviest of my life at 69kgs. I had tried various times to lose weight but I never ended up sticking to it.
Beginning the program I was able to cut my food intake by roughly 50% and was easily able give up all unhealthy food habits I had created over the years. Although we didn’t discuss exercise much, the motivation came to me and I have been able I give my all and create a forever lifestyle change.
At the end of the 6 weeks I’d lost 8kgs and to date I’ve lost 11kgs and am so happy with my progress. I’ve reached my goal of being happy in myself and honestly feel like my kids are happier with their mum who will now get out and do things with them where I couldn’t find the motivation before.
The only downside to this program is I now have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, size 8/10! (Damn, what a shame ðŸ™ŠðŸ˜†) Never thought I’d see that again!”
“I started the Virtual Gastric Band program with Colin 8 weeks ago and I’m loving the program overall. Really hard to put into words how strongly I recommend it. How great I feel, how much its working for me.
I still can’t really believe how easy it is and how well its working. It doesn’t feel like I’m dieting. I’m enjoying my food and eating about 70% less than I used to. I’m not feeling hungry at all. I’ve now dropped almost 14kg which is so fantastic.
I can’t believe the difference; I recommend it to anybody. I never thought it could work this well. I’m pretty sure that everyone who has come to this point with weight, has also done the yo-yo thing and found it doesn’t work. This is the first program that feels like a long-time fix.
This feels like my life forever now. I can’t see it ever changing which is great. I’ve struggled with my weight for 20 years from my first pregnancy at 20 years old. I put on 30kg then and I did lose most of that. Then over the years, with quitting smoking and having 3 more babies, I just piled on and piled on the weight.
I lost a bit here and there but always put it back on. When I started the program, I needed to lose 70kg. I’m now feeling confident that I’ll be able to meet my goal easily.” Kylie (Townsville)
I have struggled with my weight my whole life! Pregnancy and birth of my two babies seen me put on almost 30kgs each time. While I managed to lose the weight after baby one…this experience was HARD WORK!!! I went through the emotional and physical ups and downs that come with being addicted to BAD food and lots of it! I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again but after pregnancy two I found myself right back there 30kgs heavier AGAIN! Ahh!!!
I decided something needed to be done and after seeing another local testimonial on fb I decided that the VGB hypnosis might just work for me… This time around with the support of the VGB hypnosis the weight is peeling off without the constant battle of food cravings and NONE of the feelings and emotions that I had the first-time round.
It really is exactly what everyone says…. EASY!!! The journey of self-discovery and positive changes not just for myself but my whole family were even more valuable than the weight loss!! Thank you, Wendy and Colin, for providing a safe and nurturing place for those of us struggling with addictions to come and change our lives… FOREVER!!! Best money I have EVER spent!!! THANK YOU!!! Xx Louise (Ayr)
“I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to Wendy for helping me get my life back in more ways than one.
I have been a yoyo dieter for 40 years and even though I lost weight at different times I always gained it back & then some. It was either being strict with what I ate or not caring what I ate however the end result was always the same, I gained weight. Exercise was the same, all or nothing.
The relationship I had with food & exercise was destructive, I would eat if I was happy, sad or bored and exercise for weeks but then I wouldn’t do it for a day or two and give up for a week or even months saying I am too busy to fit it in my life.
How things have changed, my life has never been better thanks to Wendy. I made the decision to start the Virtual Gastric Band program with Wendy at the end of November 2017 to finally do something about it once and for all. With Wendy’s help my relationship with food is now excellent. I knew all the things I should do to keep on track but somehow I always failed. This also impacted my life in other ways.
I’ve lost 10 kilos and many inches and even though my life has never been busier I make time for myself now and I have never been happier. I now enjoy exercise 6 days a week, it’s just part of my day. I treat myself with dignity & respect because I am worth it.
I would definitely recommend this to everybody who would like to end the cycle of yoyo dieting and feeling bad about themselves. Wendy says that nothing tastes as good as slim feels. A truer word has never been spoken. Don’t wait until this happens or that happens JUST DO IT, it will change your whole life. The only regret I have is that I didn’t do this sooner, it is by far the best and easiest way of living and managing my whole life. I love my life.
Thank you so much Wendy, I will be forever grateful. Yours sincerely” Kim (Ayr)
“Before I visited Wendy to start the Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis program I spent some time reading and listening to other people’s success stories about the program. I remember hearing and reading the word “easy” over and over and I thought surely it can’t be that easy because it has never been “easy” to lose weight!
However, here I am almost 3 months later saying exactly the same thing it really has been “easy”! I’m amazed with the changes to my eating habits and attitude to food which started from day 1. There have been no cravings for foods, I’ve had so much more energy, I enjoy exercising, I enjoy the flavours of food more than ever, I don’t feel hungry, I’m sleeping so much better and I’m loving the fact that I’ve dropped two dress sizes.
Wendy has been wonderful, so easy to talk to and the strategies she has shared with me have been so helpful in retraining my brain to replace old habits about with new ones that are better for my health and wellbeing. Truly this is one of the best things I’ve ever done I’m just sorry I didn’t do it sooner.” Fay (Townsville)
“I started the Gastric Band Hypnosis with Colin 2 months ago now. I found it a bit challenging initially but now it is easy and automatic for me. I’m now exercising every second day, did not exercise at all before this program. I dropped my food intake by 60%. I am of Italian heritage and food with a strong focus on carbs, it has been a big part of our culture. I’ve really reduced my carbs and have been gradually dropping ½ a kilo each week and feeling much better.” Kara (Ingham)
“I started the Virtual Gastric Band program 2 months ago and it has been really good. I’ve noticed my food portions are smaller, I don’t pick at my food anymore and I am having just 3 meals a day. I choose not to have coffee except for on the week-end as a treat. My food intake has been cut by around half although I am not hungry between meals.
I have lost 8 kilos in about 8 weeks and am very happy with that. I still have a way to go but I am confident enough that I can do it. In the past, I have tried heaps of things, diets but compared to everything else I have tried this is by far the best and easiest. It is not a diet, it is eating healthy and reducing food intake. I am also exercising more, I now have the motivation and I am loving going to the gym about 5 days a week.
I get comments now about looking healthy and you can tell by my clothes all getting bigger. It’s great, I can go shopping and buy some new ones! Colin has been amazing at the clinic, it’s been great, I have enjoyed coming, loved relaxing and being hypnotised.
In general day to day life I feel more confident, I am a lot calmer and more chilled, really enjoying life more, not so stressed and I would certainly recommend the Virtual Gastric Band program to others.” Deana (Ayr)
“I’d like to thank Wendy for guiding me through the Virtual Gastric Band program, it has definitely worked for me and helped me to become more positive and develop a better attitude. This is a life changing step for me and I would recommend this program to anyone who is feeling a little bit down because of weight issues. It is certainly a big help.” Phil (Townsville)
“I came to the Virtual Gastric Program after seeing an ad on Facebook and, for me, this was the last resort before surgery. I have been overweight my entire life and have tried every diet there is. I really didn’t want to resort to surgery so coming into this program I was hopeful but also sceptical as I had never been hypnotised before.
My initial discussion with Wendy was very helpful and allowed me to understand the underlying causes of my bad eating habits. After the first session of hypnosis I immediately noticed in myself an urge to drink water and I had hated to drink water prior to my session. I usually drank 2-3 cans of diet coke per day and would often reach for diet coke rather than water when I was thirsty. Within the first couple of days I had quit a 30 year addiction to drinking diet coke and was now drinking water frequently.
My portion sizes and my number of meals per day have both decreased over the course of the program. I’m still unable to do strenuous exercise due to pain from a pre-existing condition however I have begun to do light exercise 3-4 times a week. I no longer feel the need to eat bad food, I don’t have cravings anymore.
This is the first weight loss method I have tried where I’m not craving unhealthy food. I noticed that when I stopped listening to the tapes I had been given a few weeks into the program, I started to have some cravings again especially for diet coke, so it is very important to follow the directions from Wendy and Colin. I’ve lost 7kgs in the first 6 weeks and all I can say is, this works and I’m really happy with this program.” Michelle (Townsville)
“I decided to do this program to lose weight and to change my mindset about food. I’ve found it to be very helpful for these goals. It has helped alter my view of how much I need to eat, previously I was eating too much and now I know my body doesn’t need a lot of food to be healthy. I would recommend this program to other people as a cost-effective way of retraining ourselves to have a healthy mindset.” Sarah (Townsville)
“Six weeks ago, I came to start the Gastric Band Hypnotherapy Program. I have lost 5 kilograms in weight during this time and in the process, I learned so much about myself. I am well on my way to achieving my weight loss goal along with many other goals.
First of all, I would like to say I’m very grateful and thankful. I have found Wendy Soper to have helped me in not just my weight issues but in all areas of my life. I have found that she’s a very genuine and very helpful person. She has created a new path for me to follow. A path that is going to be full of laughter, happiness, acceptance and gratitude. And she’s helped me to leave the past of not feeling worthy and feeling unhappy behind. Now I’ve found this path, I’m going to keep it forever because she has helped ingrain that into my mind.
She has given me the power to be who I want to be. She has taught me that I am the captain of my own ship and wherever I steer it, that’s where it will take me. She has shown me all of the potentials that we all have that lie within us. She has lifted all that out from within me and given it to me like a magic wand. I will be forever grateful.
She has taught me a lot of things about myself that I never knew I had in me. The power to be who you really want to be. To go to places, to go within yourself to get every aspect of your dreams to come to fruition. And I thank you so much Wendy for giving me this magical wand that I will use every day.”
“I was 10kg overweight and I had terrible eating patterns. I would eat nothing all day and then binge on a whole pizza. Eating the wrong things at the wrong times.
The Virtual Gastric Band program has taught me to eat the right things at the right times with the right portions. I feel better and my body feels mended now or even fixed. The program was so easy and is now a part of my life. A new habit that makes me feel so comfortable even in social situations. I’m so happy and feeling so healthy.
It’s been about 6 weeks and I’ve lost 5kg, but it feels like I’ve lost 10kg. I have that amazing feeling of achievement that comes with a permanent change.”
Joanne (Home Hill)
“I have been exceptionally happy with the results that I have achieved with the Gastric Band Hypnotherapy program. Even though I was a bit hesitant at first I was soon convinced that I had made the right choice in taking that first step. My eating habits immediately changed making me feel empowered and happy not only with the weight loss but also with the health benefits.
My digestive problems eased with the smaller amounts of food I was eating and my blood pressure dropped. I would not hesitate to recommend this program to anyone who like me needs help to stop thinking about food all the time and needs a little push to get active.” Jenny (Townsville)
“This program has helped me so much. I’m not eating as much as I used to and I don’t think about food as much. I just have my three meals a day and I feel so much better about myself now. I am losing weight and I’m confident this is a lifelong change for me. I’m committed to staying true to the program until I reach my goal weight. I’ve found I’m not interested in the bad foods anymore, I’m just eating the good foods and making healthier choices.”
“I had some strong negativity about walking up Inkerman Hill, I just hated it. Colin did 2 rounds of tapping with me (Emotional Freedom Technique) around this issue. After that I went home with a completely different mindset about walking up that hill. I actually enjoyed it, my mind was quiet, no mental resistance or battle going on. I made it to the top. It’s getting easer each time I go now because I’m not fighting within myself mentally about doing it. Thank you.”
“I had an interesting situation with water where I went from drinking no water to drinking 5 or 6 x 600ml bottles everyday… so 3 to 3 ½ litres everyday through EFT tapping. I didn’t like drinking water at all out of plastic, I would drink out of glass but I would not drink out of plastic. In fact I only drank about 600ml of water a week if I was lucky.
I am doing the Virtual Gastric Band hypnosis program and obviously not drinking water was not a good thing for my health. I was also drinking 3 cans of coke a day, if not more as well.
Before starting the tapping I wouldn’t drink out of the plastic cup Colin had, but within just 3-4 minutes of tapping the taste changed completely and it has now been months and I have felt fine, perfect, my body is functioning a whole lot better!
I would say to everyone that the EFT tapping works, 100 per cent guaranteed!” Christine (Townsville)
“The Virtual Gastric Band program has helped me change the way I think about food and I basically have my 3 meals a day, I don’t think about food or focus on anything in between that, I’m just happy drinking my water and cups of coffee and feel I am getting fitter and have more energy.” Rhonda (Ayr)
“I’m 9 weeks into the Virtual Gastric Band program with Colin and have lost 8 kg so far. I am now at the stage where I am going to my wardrobe and picking out clothes that hadn’t fitted me for a long time. I’m feeling more motivated just even getting in and out of the car and more motivated to get out into the garden.
I have found the program very easy, my meal sizes have reduced 70% from day one. The minute I eat a bit more I don’t feel comfortable at all. It is not a guilt feeling but an uncomfortable feeling in my body. I remember when I listened to the audio from the first session I could feel the band in my stomach.
I don’t feel it as much anymore but I know for the first couple of weeks I could actually feel the band tightening in my stomach while listening to the audio and feeling nauseas when thinking about eating. But I don’t feel nauseas anymore and I don’t crave food. For a couple of weeks there I didn’t even feel like cooking, whereas now I do feel like cooking again but when I am cooking I can prepare the whole meal without tasting it.
I had tried Weightwatchers over the years where I dropped 20 kilos but put back on 30 kilos. While I was on it, it was good, but I couldn’t sustain it and I didn’t like the fact that packet/diet foods were promoted. I am not into that, I prefer more natural foods which is why I find this really easy.
I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. I am finding it easy because for example, I don’t look at it like a piece of chocolate, I actually don’t feel like eating it although I know I can. Same with a piece of cake, I know I can eat it but I just don’t want to.
This is the first time I have thought that I can achieve my goals, the first time in decades. I love it!” Carmel (Bowen)
“My sister successfully Quit Smoking with Colin and came home with a brochure on the Gastric Band Hypnosis program. I thought, I want to do this, this is for me. I have found it so easy. It feels natural, not like a diet.
Also I have never been a person to exercise and whilst it isn’t a big part of the program I just love exercising now and I feel great. It’s a fantastic program with lots of help from Colin and Wendy.” Kylie (Townsville)
“My experience with the Gastric Band Hypnosis Program has been that it is much easier than I expected. I thought I would not be able to do this because I was so dependent on eating due to my stress levels. It’s been easier to stick to it and to find the time in the day to listen to the hypnosis CD, just making it a part of my daily routine.
It’s been much easier than anything else I have tried, especially with working and having teenage kids. They’ve had to realise that this is my time for me and it’s what I want to do. For once this is something just for me and not them. I’ve dropped 6 kilos in 6 weeks. I believe this will easily get to my goal weight and size. It’s just a part of my daily routine and habits now, it’s become a new way of life automatically.” Donna (Townsville)
“I’m now in my 3rd month of my Gastric Band Hypnosis program. It has been the easiest process I have ever been through, I’m finding that I have so much more energy, I’m not feeling anywhere near as bloated as I was, that’s the biggest thing. I am down a complete size in underwear, it is the easiest thing I have tried and I feel it is a permanent change. Physically I cannot eat a massive meal. It tastes good, it is brilliant.
Normally I would completely stuff myself and eat the whole plate but now it’s more about enjoying what I am putting into my mouth, savouring that flavour, and the taste and I feel full really quickly. A bread and butter plate is my dinner. That is the biggest meal I can actually eat. The best thing is energy, I have so much more energy. I don’t know what I weigh and I don’t really want to know. I am feeling so good and to me that is want I want, I need to feel good to be happy. I know I will get to my goal shape and size easily.” Maria (Townsville Sep 2015)
“The best thing I ever did was to ring Wendy after seeing the advertisement for the Gastric Band Hypnosis program in the Bulletin. As it has turned out, it was the best thing I have ever done. It was something that I needed at the time, to help me deal with an unexpected marriage break-up, that came along during the course of the program.
It’s been so damn easy to do, its relaxed me, I’m a calmer person especially with going through all the other changes that I’ve had to deal with in my personal life. I am so much better off for doing this program, it really is so easy to do. The weight just keeps coming off as a bonus of the internal transformation that I have been experiencing. There is absolutely no guilt of being on or off the diet wagon. Thank you so much Wendy for your relaxing hypnosis and much appreciated advice on my life’s difficulties.” Glynis (Torrens Creek)
“I think the Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis program is the best thing I have ever done. It was very easy, simple in fact, you don’t even think you are on a diet. It’s improved my health, my outlook on life. It has even improved my sleeping a lot. I’m a lot more relaxed. I think it has helped my blood pressure as well, with me testing it, it has been normal more consistently.
It’s been great, best thing, and I should have done it earlier. I’ve dropped 2 dress sizes and I’m fitting into clothes I haven’t fitted into in 2 years. I know I will just keep going because I know I have created permanent change. I just know I will reach my goal weight. Best thing I have ever done.” Isabel (Ingham)
“Since the first day on the VGB program I’ve given up softdrink. I was drinking 2-4 litres per day. I’ve also given up red bull which I was a big fan of and I was having at least 2 a day. My meal portions have dropped at least by half even a little bit more. I feel really good, no hunger at all.
I don’t feel the need to go to the fridge when I get home from work or eat some chips and then go out and eat again. That’s all gone now. I’ve dropped 6kg in 6 weeks. This is definitely a lifetime change and not a diet. I’ve changed what I eat and I don’t feel the need to snack anymore between meals. I’m feeling very good.”
“I started the Gastric Band Hypnosis 8 weeks ago. It’s been an interesting journey where I have learnt a lot about myself. It’s a very easy program to follow. You get lots of support and there is plenty of question time.
Where other programs focus on diet & exercise, this focuses more on your mindset, which is pivotal to doing anything, because unless your mind is in it, your body is not going to do it. I have tried to lose weight a lot of times before where I would start to lose weight, then go off it and put weight back on.
My goal is to lose 24kg, I’ve already lost 7kg. I feel this is something I will keep going with to reach my goal weight. There are no restrictions, you just eat smaller amounts of food easily because of how the hypnosis helps change how you feel about food. It also helps with you getting more physically active.
If you want to eat something you can. I feel I will easily achieve my goal now as it is definitely an easier program than I have ever done before. In the nutrition session I learnt a lot from different ways to tweak what I was already doing and there is also great support between sessions.” Tina (Townsville)
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