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Overweight, Compulsively Bingeing, Anxiety Ridden & Depressed

05 Jun

We found this note posted on our Weight Loss page. It's very encouraging for anyone currently doing battle with his/her own body over weight issues. Here it is:

"This CD was sent to me by a friend at one of the lowest points in my life. Although I was once healthy and active, after my father's death and a couple of other major life changes, I found myself 100 pounds overweight, compulsively bingeing, anxiety ridden/severely depressed and unable to do anything about it.

I listened to the CD, loved it, but was not ready to commit to any major life changes yet. I managed to start medication for my anxiety and depression (and gained more weight) and then enrolled in a weight loss program at a behavioral medicine clinic through a fantastic hospital.

I have used this CD as an accompanying tool (at night before sleeping*) and I have lost 71 lbs in 20 weeks. I am exercising again (running and yoga) and feeling great.

This CD not only helps to reinforce healthy body imagery, but also alleviates the stress that was fueling my vicious bingeing cycle. I have learned to appreciate my healthy body and be more kind to myself. Most importantly, I have learned to forgive myself for allowing my eating to become so out of control and congratulate myself for fixing it - not with a crash diet, but with good tools, healing and modification. Thank you for this wonderful CD. It is extremely helpful!

*Ed. Note: Not everyone sleeps well when they listen to this particular imagery just before bedtime - it energizes and wakes some people up – so we don't necessarily recommend that everyone listen to this program at this time

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award.