Jess Story – Losing Weight + Keeping It Off

Weight-Loss Success Story

Ever since I can remember, I have been overweight. Even in school (that was a long time ago), I weighed in the upper 100’s and continued to pack on the pounds. Weight has always been a struggle for me and my entire family. Yes, I have tried every diet imaginable, from a cabbage soup diet, to grapefruit juice, to cutting calories. I tried Weight Watchers a few times and again a year ago through a program at work. Nothing seemed to work for me and I always gained the weight back.

Enough was Enough

I was at my wits’ end after my last attempt ditched attempt at Weight Watchers. I was on the program for 20 weeks and lost 10 pounds right away, but then gained it back. I was following the plan, but it just wasn’t working. I watched what I ate and worked out, but I still couldn’t keep the weight off. One night, I talked to my friend and said I needed help or I was done. She said that I should reach out to Jill. I admit I was a bit nervous – Jill is beautiful and I wasn’t sure I was the right fit for “Team Bunny.” I am no Bunny” – I kept thinking. But I called her anyway – signed up for the 12 week transformation – and have never looked back! ( I have now been with her for over a year).

The Convenience of Online Coaching

I liked the convenience of the online coaching format and the ability to send my check-ins when it suited me. It alleviated a lot of stress not having to get to a meeting at a certain time, which was especially helpful for me with my busy work schedule. I liked the layout of the coaching, and the worksheets and mindset component (later I learned it was CBT). I learned about cravings and hunger – and how to combat the emotional signals without food.  When I attended Weight Watchers meetings, it could be disappointing when you had to weigh in and didn’t lose any weight that week, which made it hard to stay positive. There was no negative vibe with Jill – positive and supportive!

Throughout our time together I made sure to send the time filling out the check-in form, so that Jill had all the data to look through.  I loved how she looks at sleep, mood, energy etc.. not just a number on the scale. Jill always responded to my questions quickly via email, and she even gave my husband pointers for his Type II diabetes. She really went above and beyond.

I Kept the Weight Off for the First Time in My Life!

With Jill’s personal recommendation for me to give up gluten and dairy, I lost 46 pounds during the course of our time together. What’s even better, is that I have been able to keep the weight off for the first time in my life.. (I check-in with Jill once a month now – 3 months of being on my own – I have been able to keep the weight off!) Even when I have been too busy to exercise, I haven’t fallen into my old sabotaging traps – which is huge for me. I am able to eat all day long on my healthy lifestyle program and I never feel deprived.

Healthy Skin, Less Pain and Improved Allergies

Besides weight loss, my skin has cleared up drastically. I always suffered from acne and was constantly put on antibiotics by dermatologists. With Jill’s help, we found out that it was gluten that was causing my acne even though I tested negative for a gluten allergy. We also were able to minimize the hip pain that had always plagued me. It went away after my fourth week off of gluten and dairy, which was a bonus I wasn’t expecting. My allergies have also improved. I always suffered from allergies that would lead to ear infections and this year I haven’t taken ANY allergy medicine, just removing gluten and dairy have gotten rid of the seasonal allergies I suffered for years.

My mood and energy are also much better with my new eating and workout habits. Before, I would be too exhausted to even make dinner when I got home from work at 7:00 pm, but now my energy level are much higher to keep me going to make dinner and even my meals for the next day. Plus, my stress level are also much better and not wearing me down like it did before, I’m just less stressed and it’s wonderful.

The information I learned working with Jill  is like no other information I have learned before. It gets to the heart of how food reacts with your body and mind. I wish I would have known about this 25 years ago. Nowhere else can you find information like this! And yes, I believe that I am a BUNNY! I hope that my story inspires you to pick up the phone and start working with Jill!

Create Your Own Success Story with Team Bunny

Jess was able to lose weight and keep it off with the power of nutrition and fitness education, and personal support entered around CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Sign up for the 1-to-1 coaching today and be on your way to improved weight loss and health – for life!

All 1-to-1 coaching is available online and includes the brand NEW 12 Week Get Psych’d Fitness For Your Mind Course!  If you have any questions please send me an email using the contact page.

Find more tips and advice on weight loss and improved health in these additional articles and to get you started on the path to better health!

5 Ways to Enjoy Losing Weight

Enjoy Dieting, Training While Still Losing Weight!

Let’s get straight to it! How can you actually enjoy losing weight?

  1. Stop setting unrealistic goals for yourself.
  2. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
  3. Constantly remind yourself that perfection is a myth.
  4. Do it for yourself.
  5. Remind yourself that there is MORE to life than getting fit.

It’s that time again… SUMMER!

Here is when I see a lot of women start to slow down and quietly drift away from their weight-loss goals.

It’s getting warmer, the sun is out longer, and considering all of the summer celebrations, it’s getting harder to stay on track.

The fitness industry will capitalize on this come September. You will start seeing a ton of ads, offers and discounts for coaching and gym memberships.

This is a good thing, for the most part. But there is a downside too.

One being that many of the ads, offers and discounts you will be seeing will instill unrealistic expectations for what’s actually possible.

This is the fundamental problem with the fitness industry. 

Your desired to lose fat and look better “naked” gets exploited by companies promising ridiculously fast weight loss results and in just a few short months.

Then they will discount their programs and services to take advantage of your emotional high.

I am going to let you in on a secret – the art of getting you to click and buy is all about pulling on your emotions and hitting your pain points. (Why do I know this? I have taken a few copywriting courses. As a result… I have learned a valuable lesson about my own personal code ethics!)

Apparently women need to be told a “story” to be “hooked-in” to buy. Do you know how angry this makes me? Yes, in essence it has played with my own emotions. I have discussed this with a handful or writers – each one of them telling me to just follow the “process” and women will buy. “It’s the ONLY way Jill.” Every time I sit to write a sales page, I feel sick to my stomach thinking of what I am “supposed” to write. I usually end up with tears in my eyes, and a huge knot in my stomach. Why? It doesn’t sit with my core-values and morals. I do not want women to work with me (whether that is 1-to-1) or by purchasing one of my on-line workout programs because I nailed the “trigger“.

I wish nothing more than to work with women that make the DECISION themselves. That is true strength- and the reason why those exact women are usually the ones that get the results. I want women, just like YOU – who will not fall for “fairy-tale” writing… because when has that worked in the past?

Every copywriter and marketer might completely disagree with my style – and that is ok. At least I will sleep at night, knowing the women that come into TEAM BUNNY are the right fit.

But before I get some angry keyboard warriors spamming my emails, I want to acknowledge that those ads and offers are not always bad – especially if you have the right mindset going in.

Truth is, losing weight almost ALWAYS happens a bit slower then you expect…(and that is without considering the time it takes to build habits for maintaining success)

If you aren’t making this journey enjoyable, or at least maintainable, then you are setting yourself up for failure.

Losing weight and getting leaner for life comes down to two simple things:

  1. Blinders
  2. Patience

Blinders: This is YOUR success. Stop setting unrealistic goals and stop comparing yourself to others.

Patience: YOUR success is going to take longer then you probably want, but that’s okay. You have time, and you know it will be worth it in the end.

Blinders + Patience – Make this your guiding phrase moving forward and you will finally have the success you have been wanting.

My hope is that this blog helped you to look at your weight-loss goals a bit differently. That when you start to see ads in September – after having a fun filled few months of sun, BBQ and celebrations – you do NOT let your emotions get the best of you.

I am here to help you – and ensure that your food and training plan is all set up — way before the September rush. If you are ready to start your 1-to-1 but would like to wait till September – reserve your spot NOW- and I will gift you my brand new Get Psych’d: Fitness For Your Mind (12 week course) that is NOT available to the public!

Let this summer be the last time that you fall for emotionally driven sales-ads! Book in for your free consultation and let’s plan your fun-filled summer – and get ahead of the “back to school” weight loss BS!

 

Lots of Love,

Jill Bunny @fitbunnyjill 

 

PS. If you would like to download my Fat Burning 100+ Recipe Cookbook – No strings attached… it’s all yours!

The Secret Revealed: Why You Can’t Lose Weight!

Are You a Weight-Loss Sabotager?

Do any of these sounds familiar?

  • You are careful for a certain period of time, lose some weight, and improve your fitness… then gradually revert back to your old ways.
  • You know exactly what to do, but cannot seem to do it. You feel like you could write a diet book with everything you know about weight loss. But you do not put the knowledge to action.

The truth is, there is a huge difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it. It is easy to hop from one diet/training program to the next without ever sticking with anything. Success comes down to our mindset, psychology, and habits. (The foundation of Fit Bunnies Fitness!)

No diet that is solely based on the food you eat will help you figure out why you gained weight in the first place. A diet will not fix emotional, mindless, stress-induced eating, and it will not fix habitual, compulsive binge-eating. Basically, a diet will not get to the root cause of why you overeat.

People often think a fear of failure is holding them back. I frequently hear, “I don’t want this to be yet another failed diet attempt.” But surprisingly, it’s a fear of success that holds people back the most. The best diet will not matter—no matter how determined you might feel—if a part of you wants to destroy progress toward your goals.

Self-Sabotage Happens When You’re Scared of Success

Why would you be scared of success? Well, if you are successful, any number of fears could be realized. For instance, you will not have food as a way to temporarily escape or quiet your mind at work or home. Or you will have to deal with uncomfortable feelings such as self-doubt, regret, disappointment, or fear (because you are not suppressing them with food).

Maybe you will lose the “Once I lose the weight I will finally…” safety blanket that protects you from taking action on an intimidating (but ultimately rewarding) goal.

These are real psychological roadblocks, but nothing that cannot be overcome. To break from a pattern of weight-loss sabotage, you need to get to the root of why you are sabotaging yourself. I frequently use the exercise below, which often leads to breakthroughs.

Jill Bunny – CBT- Worksheet

We fall off track because a part of us is not sure that the goal we are working toward is going to make our lives better. This causes inner conflict, and when there is inner conflict, we do the easiest thing of all: Nothing.

I’ve used this simple worksheet to many of our bunnies, and I have found that it helps determine what’s really holding them back.

1. List five reasons you believe your life will be worse off when you achieve your goal.

Here are some answers from our members:

  • I do not feel like it is possible, so why even bother trying. Nothing works long-term, and failing in front of everyone multiple times is embarrassing.
  • My husband loves beer; I want to go to breweries with him and drink beers without worrying about calories or carbs.
  • I’m scared of dating. I know if I lose the weight, I’ll have no excuse not to get out there.
  • I’m worried I will never being able to eat my favourite foods again and  I will always feel deprived.
  • I do not want to exercise for hours every day.

These reasons all have one thing in common: Our powerful subconscious minds believe that rationalizing ourselves out of weight loss will protect us. But once we identify the real reasons that are holding ourselves back, we can begin to counter them.

2. Challenge your fears.

Question your reasons and look at your fears logically so you can remove their power.

I don’t feel like it’s possible, so why bother trying. Nothing works long-term, and failing in front of everyone multiple times is embarrassing.

Is it really true that nothing works long-term? You have seen others accomplish weight-loss goals, and you are just as capable as they are. Perhaps what you have tried was not sustainable. You are worth taking another shot. Besides, our desire to lose weight and improve our health does not fade; we just tend to either realize our goals or rationalize them away when achieving them gets challenging. And if we are honest, “everyone” usually comes down to just a few people, anyway.

My boyfriend loves beer; I want to go to breweries with him and drink beers without worrying about calories or carbs.

You can still go to breweries with him. However, there has to be a balance between living for today and living for tomorrow. One solution is to be selective of what, where, and when you indulge. Try this: Ask yourself, Will I remember this beer in two weeks? If so, go for it. If not, skip it.

I’m scared of dating. I know if I lose the weight, I’ll have no excuse not to get out there.

What about dating are you scared of? Is it the possibility of rejection? Are you scared all romantic partners will be like your last one? Are you scared to be vulnerable? This can be hard stuff to think about, but try to be as specific as possible.

I’m worried that I’ll never being able to eat my favorite foods again and I’ll always feel deprived.

Any program that demands you give up your favourite foods is ridiculous. Deprivation is NOT sustainable. You can enjoy your favourite foods while losing weight. I teach our members how to be fit and happy, not fit and miserable. If you do not enjoy your life as you are losing weight, you will never be able to sustain your weight loss.

I don’t want to exercise for hours every day.

You do not have to! 80% of weight loss is diet. It is about what, why, and how we eat. This is why you see people working their butts off in the gym month after month—even with a trainer—looking no different. It’s what you do between exercise that makes all the difference.

Now that you’ve challenged your fears, you can counter them with how you believe your life will be better if you do lose weight.

3. List five reasons you believe your life will be better once you achieve your goal.

Here are some examples from our members:

  • I will be healthier and reduce my chances of getting preventable diseases.
  • I will have more energy for myself and my family.
  • I will feel happy to be in photos instead of hiding away from the camera.
  • I will be a good role model for my children so they don’t repeat my negative food behaviours.
  • I will finally stop worrying about my weight.

Until we identify and deal with the reasons we fear success, we will never be successful. A lack of knowledge about what is good for us is rarely the real problem in this day and age. Instead, we tend to suffer from a lack of consistent action… and that usually comes down to what is going on between our ears.

If you are ready to tackle your mindset when it comes to losing weight – then Team Bunny is for you! From 1-to-1 coaching, to exclusive mindset courses, I am here to make sure you are on the right path! Contact me today – and we can start your weight-loss journey!

Lots of Love,

Jill Bunny

Menopausal Struggle To Triumph!

Weight Loss Success During Menopause

“In 24 weeks, I lost 20 pounds and—as evidenced by my before and after photos—my belly fat was significantly reduced. Jill Bunny is an amazing coach and it’s sad to think what my life would have been like had I not met her!”

“Wondering if my growing list of symptoms could be caused by a hormonal imbalance, and acting on a friend’s recommendation, I made an appointment with Jill Bunny.

A few years back I experienced hot flashes and night sweats, but those had gone away after a few months.

But now, at age 54, the list of complaints and their severity were too much to ignore: chronic hip pain, plantar fasciitis, urinary tract infections, constipation, loss of energy, forgetfulness, cravings for sweets and carbohydrates and–most distressing–weight gain, especially in my belly.

Jill Bunny’s approach is to educate the her and to address the root of the problem, not simply treat the symptoms. She recommended a nutrition protocol, and vitamin and nutritional supplements (to go along side my doctors hormones replacement medication.)

Following the food program and further eliminating foods, the results are nothing short of a miracle. Hip pain…gone! Plantar fasciitis…gone! Allergic reaction to make-up…gone! Food cravings…gone!

In 24 weeks, I lost twenty pounds and—as evidenced by my before and after photos—my belly fat was significantly reduced.

No other trainer or Doctor, has ever suggested that I could be healed by following a nutritional diet, training program based around CBT. Jill is an amazing coach/mentor and it’s sad to think what my life would have been like had I not met her!”