The Motivation Weight Loss Clinic in Navan is a busy spot, with many successful clients. Ann Casey has signed up for a six week programme and will be reporting weekly on how she gets on!
Over many decades, I have tried all sorts of diets and every kind of weight loss programme imaginable - but I’m still a very, very large lady, so I jumped at the chance to try out a six week course with Motivation Weight Management Clinic in Navan.
I’ll be keeping you abreast of my progress over the next six weeks as I begin my weight loss journey with the clinic.
I know how to eat healthily, I know what is healthy and unhealthy - what will put on weight and how to eat healthier low fat choices to lose weight - the problem is I don’t seem seem to be able to act on it!
When I decided to go try out Motivation, I was impressed a the fact they want to tackle why I eat, as well as what I eat.
In relatively recent years, I had lost a good bit of weight- I was still overweight, but was feeling fit and good about myself.
However life got in the way, after suffering a bereavement and coping with a love one’s life threatening illness, I found myself exercising very little and piling on massive amounts of weight.
I enjoy eating - I eat when I’m sad, when I'm worried, but also when I’m celebrating, so I am hopeful this journey with Motivation with help me deal with the way I think about food and why I make the choices I do!
I’ve just had my first visit to the Navan Clinic in old Cornmarket (Penny Lane), where I met Siobhan who explained the process to me - the diet is based on eating little and often, with protein every few hours to keep the hunger pangs at bay.
I also have a book by the doctor behind the programme, Dr Maurice Larocque, to read and a CD in which he examines the link between our thought processes, emotions and actions. There is a five minute relaxation piece at the end of this CD where I can learn to relax and deal more positively with aspects of life I cannot change.
I’ve also been given a visualisation task where I imagine myself at my ideal weight and how I behave as that person.
So I certainly feel this programe is getting behind my reasons for eating.
The diet itself looks pretty lean - plenty of protein, fruit and vegetables, but the fact that I can only have two portions of carbohydrate a day seems daunting. That is just two slices of bread or one slice and one potato. I’ll see how I get on with that!
The good news is I have also protein supplement bars that look, smell and taste like chocolate bars, which I have to take as snacks twice a day between meals, so that should certainly help!
So now I’m about to embark on this programme and will let you know how I get on over the next week!