Almost two years ago, I received a message from a man on facebook telling me that he needed to come and see me but did not really know how I could help him. Lee said he had seen a facebook post about my Discover Your Bounce program and decided that I would be the person who would help him find his ‘bounce’.
In all honestly, I recall Lee making and cancelling his first appointment a few times before I gently coaxed him to actually attend. When he arrived, he appeared like many clients I see on the first time; lost, down, and visiting me as a last resort. Lee was 32 and very overweight, he had felt compelled to come and see me after a doctor had told him he was unlikely to see 40 if he continued going the way that he was. One of his first requests was “I need you to help me lose weight”. I told him to slow down, that we only put on weight in this way if there is something going on emotionally and promised him that if he let me help him deal with his emotional issues, then as a consequence he would lose weight too.
I’ve worked with Lee regularly ever since using a combination of Reiki, EFT and Happiness is a Choice coaching. Over that time, we have tackled the emotional reasons he would eat and dealt with the underlying depression he was trying to mask.
I guess I should probably mention that one of the most difficult challenges for Lee is the fact that he owns and lives above his own Fish and Chip Shop and Café. During his darkest moments, food became a comforting companion that always surrounded him and he sought to fill himself with food instead of filling himself emotionally. When he truly understood that this was his habit, he was able to break the cycle quickly and despite living and working amongst constant temptation, was able to resist the once irresistible.
Over the time I have worked with Lee, I have seen his confidence slowly and gradually increase with every appointment until after losing some weight on his own, he plucked up the courage to join his local Slimming World.
The combination of the excellent support Lee has received from Slimming World along with the tools and techniques that he has learned from our appointments has created staggering results. So staggering, that local and national press have also been amazed as Lee has lost an incredible seven stone so far!
His weight loss is astounding, he looks like a far younger man and has more energy than he ever dreamed possible. However, this is not the most remarkable change in Lee. The most staggering change has come from the inside, he has worked so incredibly hard to tackle his inner demons, deal with his emotional problems and really understand how and why he did things. Lee is now a truly happy and healthy person both inside and out. What’s more, is that Lee is now inspiring others and helping them learn how to live happier and healthier lives too.
Whenever I work with a client, I always tell them that I can lead them to a door but they will need to undertake the hard work and effort required by walking through that door, and believe me it can be hard work, however, just as Lee has found, when someone is brave enough to make changes and step through that door they are rewarded with a whole new life!
Lee has a Just Giving page where he is asking for sponsorship for a cycle from Brecon to Cardiff in aid of Bobath Cymru who have provided a great deal of support for his niece. If Lee has inspired you, please show your support by sponsoring him.
If anyone reading this is struggling with weight loss, I urge you to take a holistic approach on losing the weight, so many people focus solely on the physical aspect of lowering their size however if the emotional and spiritual aspects of the weight gain are not dealt with, then successful and permanent weight loss are much harder to achieve.