I am writing this review first of all to thank Femke for her kindness, warmth and support. The sessions with her was something I looked forward to every time. She is always professional, but at the same time it feels like you’re visiting someone you’ve known for a long time.
At first I was a bit on the fence about the Virtual Stomach Surgery because I’ve never heard of it. I have had other hypnotherapy in the past, addressing specific cravings, which I knew did actually work. My reason for looking for help this time, is partly because I wanted to lose weight, to get my body stronger and healthier, but mainly because I knew there were times where I really just had no will power and really struggled to make the right choices. This usually happened during very stressful work situations, or when feeling overwhelmed at times. I wanted help to be able cope through these times, because all good intentions or progress on the diet every time got derailed during tricky times like this.
During the sessions itself, you do still feel like you are there, but you’re in a very deep, relaxed state. It also helps that your sessions are always tailored, with Femke, around the challenges you’ve been facing or could face over the next couple of weeks. I noticed very early on that I was making different choices with what I ate and how much of it. But for me the biggest difference came during pretty stressful and challenging circumstances that came up after I started seeing her. The weirdest thing was to realise after a day or two that I haven’t decided to stuff myself with whatever food was in reach. And I didn’t have to sit there and make the decision to make a better choice. It just happened naturally and I only realised afterwards. For the first 2 months, I listened to the voice recording (which is sooo soothing and relaxing) twice a day, which I think also made a difference.
Towards the end of my treatment, I was ready to start a proper diet with weighed, balanced meals 3 times a day. I felt that I now had the right tools to actually see it through (even when something unsettling pops up) and it was also easier, because by this time I didn’t have any cravings left and I was already used to eating smaller meals.
I’m still on this weight loss journey and I’m excited to see that keeps improving and I am very excited about reaching my goal weight. But most importantly I’m no longer concerned that I cannot do it on my own. One of my best decisions yet!!