-Dawson Church, PhD
By Joy Vogel
I work nearly 10 hours a day, six days a week, as a teacher and department head, and serve as pastor of our church group as well, so I was getting worn out by my weight problem. I began a program of weight loss just over 2 years ago. I was near 400 pounds at that time, and had begun to have serious problems with my feet, legs and back.
I have always been overweight, even as a tiny child.
In fact, my dad told me several years ago that when he first saw me in the hospital, he knew I would have weight problems my whole life (kindly meant, but not helpful, Daddy Dear!)
So I grew up believing I had inherited my mom’s weight problems, my thyroid condition; and my eating habits seemed uncontrollable.
I have never been successful at weight loss, and had tried every diet I heard of for years, and had about given up hope as I gained more every time I stopped one.
My husband, who, thank goodness, has loved me through it all, even made me promise no more diets. But I found something that I felt might be different and decided to give it one last try, and he finally, reluctantly agreed. I was surprisingly successful at first, but then began to fear I would backslide as usual.
About that time, I learned of EFT and decided to combine it with the diet, and have had great success.
As I continued the diet, along with tapping, I finally had to confront a sudden onslaught of seemingly disconnected events in my very early childhood which I had not been consciously aware of.
Putting them together, I was able to understand there has been a hideous event in my life that I must have been unwittingly protecting myself from ever since. Through EFT, I have been able to tap it into a far-off corner of my mind, where it seems now to have happened, but is no longer important.
I still tap on it once in a while, not to forget, but to make sure it is no longer a reason to hide behind my weight and try to be unattractive to men.
Now I understand myself in new ways, and feel free to be a new person.
If I am ever tempted to eat something that is not on my diet, I can now trace it to some part of my past or to a present feeling of fear or frustration, etc. and I just tap a round or two, and my craving disappears and I can go do other things and not obsess on food as I used to do.
I am not weighing any more, as I found it depressing. Even though it usually showed a loss, it just seemed I had so dauntingly far to go always. So now I just tap and diet, and sew or buy clothes. :=)
At this point, I wear a size 38 bra and 16 in dresses with a full skirt.
The goal is finally in sight, thanks to EFT! I feel I am living a miracle!