Thursday, January 16, 2014

Meet Molly Davis

Molly Davis is a former client of Positive Changes Hypnosis Dublin Center, and has agreed to sit down with Center Manager Lisa Hamilton to share her experiences with us.

Molly Davis
Lisa: Welcome Molly. Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you?
Molly: My name is Molly Davis. I’m an intervention teacher from Delaware, Ohio.

Lisa: And how much weight have you lost since you started your program at Positive Changes Hypnosis?
Molly: I’ve lost 21 pounds and have gone down 2 clothing sizes since the start of my program.

Lisa: Oh great! Did you hit your initial goal, and if so, at what point in your program did you hit your goal?
Molly: Oh, yeah, I definitely hit my goal. I’d say I lost 5 pounds, on average, in the first few weeks. 10 weeks into the program, I hit my goal of 20 pounds. I’m now at a size and a weight that’s very maintainable for me.

Lisa: Can you share a little bit about what was going on in your life that prompted you to call Positive Changes and come in for your evaluation?
Molly: I’m an emotional eater. I eat when I’m happy, I eat when I’m sad, I eat when I’m stressed. I like food, and I especially like to eat food that’s not very good for me. I considered myself to be a ‘heavy snacker’. My routine used to be: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. I would have a bowl of popcorn or a little dish of ice cream at night.

Molly, before coming to 
Positive Changes Hypnosis.
I used to offset my eating by staying active. I’ve actually trained for and completed a triathlon. I like the elliptical and love to swim and play golf in the summer.  However, it’s been more difficult to stay active in the last five years or so. I work full time and we have a 5 year-old daughter who keeps us very busy with dance lessons and gymnastics.  Life just always seems so busy and hectic that it was difficult to find “Molly time” to stay active.

The pounds continued to pile up so I tried different diets. I tried counting calories and eating better. I tried just about everything, but I was never able to stick with it. It might last a little while, but I always seemed to gain the weight back. I didn’t like the dieting and working so hard for little or no results. I care about how people perceive me, and I didn’t like the size I saw in the mirror. I felt like I was some other person trapped in this big body. I knew this wasn’t who I was supposed to be. Deep down, I knew something needed to change in my head. I needed something to click for me.

I happened to see the commercial on TV, but I didn’t call right away because I was recovering from foot surgery. After a couple of months, I was fully mobile again and decided to give it a try.

Lisa: So, can you tell me a little about the evaluation process, how you felt initially?
Molly: I was nervous, initially, because I didn’t know what to expect at the evaluation. I was also skeptical because I’ve tried so many different things. I didn’t realize how much it would change me, or in what ways. If you ask anybody that tries something new, a part of them will wonder, “Is this really going to work?” I wondered that too, but the evaluation process made me feel better. I decided to give it a try and am so happy that I did.  It was the best decision I could have made.

Lisa: When you came in for your first session, did you notice any changes right away?
Molly: I noticed right away that I didn’t need to snack throughout the day anymore. The best part is, I don’t feel deprived at all! Initially, I was worried I would miss the snacks, or that I would get hungry in between meals, but it just wasn’t the case at all.

We had a couple of days here at school where we’ve had some luncheons and everybody brings food in. At first, because I know I’m an all-or-nothing person, I didn’t eat any chocolate or desserts. I stuck to the proteins and the vegetables. I was afraid to have that first snack. But now I know that I can have a chocolate or an Oreo cookie or dessert without hitting this downward spiral and losing all control.
This process has had a wonderful impact on my daughter, too. She understands that we’re not eating to be skinny – we’re eating to be healthy. We’re eating to feed our bodies and to do the right thing for them. We eat a protein, and my daughter knows what protein is. We eat vegetables regularly. So regularly, in fact, that when we do something different, like pizza night, she’ll say, “Mom, why aren’t we having a vegetable?” (Oh that’s cute!)

It’s cute, and I’m so proud of her. These changes are going to make us healthy people and live longer and be happy.

Molly, after reaching her
weight loss goal.
Lisa: Out of all the benefits that you’ve had, what do you feel is the most important benefit you got from your program?
Molly: I’m a confident person. Inside, I know who I am. I know what I can do. I’m a good teacher; a great mom. I’m all of these things. Before, I knew how I looked on the outside didn’t match up with who I was on the inside. Since my program with Positive Changes, I am confident that who I am on the inside is reflected on the outside as well. (Right)

Sometimes, it’s hard for me to remember what I look like to other people because the change was so natural. I know I must look different because people see me and make comments like “Oh my gosh, you’re so skinny!” or “You look so good!” It’s a new experience, because I’ve never been thin before. Even now, I see pictures of myself, but I don’t really think of myself as ‘skinny.’ Instead, I think of myself as ‘healthy.’ I know that I’m taking care of myself. I’m eating right, and making good choices. I love looking in the mirror and knowing I made this happen.  I’m so proud of my accomplishments, and I feel really good about where I am now.

I had a lot of clothes, but I hated the way they looked on me. I looked heavy, so I tried to hide it. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. Now I don’t worry when I get dressed in the morning. I’m comfortable in my own skin again. Now I worry about not having enough clothes! Having to buy a new wardrobe is a GREAT problem to have!

Lisa: That’s awesome! So, if somebody were considering calling Positive Changes, what would you say to them?
Molly: I would definitely recommend Positive Changes Hypnosis 100%. If you want something that is going to change you in a positive way, and you’re ready for a change, give it a try. Pick up the phone and, at the very least, go to the free evaluation. But you have to be willing to accept a change in your mind. I was ready for a change, so I gave it a try. I am so glad I made the decision to go with Positive Changes.

Lisa: Okay, is there anything else that you want to add about your program, yourself, your family, anything else you would want someone who was reading your testimonial to know?
Molly: This program helped me understand why I ate, when I ate, where I ate, and what I ate. It changed all of my ideas about food to a way that’s healthy instead of detrimental. It’s changed my life, and my family’s life for the better. I feel like I’ve hit the lottery. This is definitely an experience that changed me from the inside out.

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