Gemma, 34 from Dublin, is a client of Norah's and has had great success with Tapping for Weight Loss.
Here is her story in her own words:
"I had my first Tapping Session in about August 2009. I had gone to Norah (Sweetman) to seek help with my weight problem. Since that first session I have lost almost 3½ stone and I am still losing!
I've had a weight problem for most of my adult life. From my early teens I began to gain weight and I was ‘very big’ right into my twenties when I decided to do something about my weight. I managed to lose 4 stone all by myself – no clubs, no pills, no fad diets. I simply ate less and walked a lot more. I maintained that weight for quite a few years and I was so happy with my achievement.But life has ways of throwing things at you and it threw lots at me all at once! In the space of a few months I discovered I was pregnant, my relationship broke up, I was made redundant from my job.
To top off my woes I had just bought an apartment with a huge mortgage – but it’s value was dropping by the day. I was very stressed to say the least and I turned to my old friend food for comfort. I also used the ‘eating for two’ excuse and as my pregnancy progressed I gained a lot of extra weight. Once I had had my beautiful daughter I ate even more. I was finding the shock of my new life very hard to come to terms with. I was unemployed, back living with my parents, a new baby to bring up on my own and an apartment that was proving extremely difficult to rent out.
Outwardly I was still my happy, cheery self but inside I was panicking and wondering how on earth I would cope. My life was nothing like I had planned and seemed to have spun out of my control. The funny thing was though – I wouldn’t allow myself to think about any of these things for more than a fleeting moment. I would just focus on how terrible it was that I’d re-gained all my weight and what a failure I was, how terrible I looked, how I didn’t want my friends and family to see me.
I went for my first session with Norah with a fair amount of cynicism as to whether this Tapping business would have any effect. She asked me lots of questions to begin with, and I wondered what the relevance was. I thought she should just be asking me about food, food, food. Norah began tapping and I followed her movements so I was tapping on my own acupressure points. I was surprised by the experience – I got quite upset during the session (about all the issues I’ve listed above). I hadn’t fully connected the fact that all the stress and drama of the previous months/year was the trigger to my overeating.
I came out of the session feeling physically lighter. I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I had let go of all the upset and failure I was feeling. I was full of energy and I went for a really long walk that afternoon – the first bit of exercise I’d taken in months.
Norah gave me a tapping plan to follow and she also told me to Tap if I was feeling low, having cravings for unhealthy foods, or if things were bothering me. Within a few weeks I had lost half a stone – and I can honestly say I wasn’t even trying.
I was just Tapping and also going for walks as I had the energy and felt like it. I have continued losing weight fairly consistently – I am not in a rush. I want to lose it slowly and naturally. I know I can keep it off for good now – because I actually have a tool to use when life throws more problems at me – because as we all know life always does.
I’ve had a few ‘wobbly weeks’ where I felt I was starting to get back into bad habits. When this happens I either go back to my daily Tapping Plan or if I really feel I need a refresher I go back to Norah for a session. It just seems to get me back on track and feeling good again. I feel like I’ve been given a new lease of life – on paper I am still in the same situation – but the way I look at it all has changed and actually life feels really good at the moment."