I had experienced a lot of life changes in recent years (moving, a child getting married, serious illness in family, youngest children going off to college, owning a small service business during a recession). I was in survival mode, which I’m pretty good at in some ways. However my survival strategies weren’t working and were taking a toll on my health. I had gained 30 pounds, stopped exercising, pulled away from family and friends. I felt disconnected, alone and worried about everything. I was looking for a way to change my lifestyle habits so that I didn’t feel so overwhelmed, tired, and out of control. . . . I knew I could use the ‘excuse of I can’t afford this’ as a way not to sign up. I also knew that I had spent almost 30 years and thousands of dollars on books, programs, diets, foods, motivational cd’s etc. I was ready to make an investment in myself that could create lasting change for me.
I feel very comfortable working with Melissa. She ‘gets’ me. She saw the real me and believed in the real me before I even knew who that was or what it looked like. She continually encourages me to move a little bit out of my comfort zone and towards my goals. She keeps me accountable. She is available for support and encouragement by email in between my coaching calls. Working with Melissa, I gained my spirit back. I gained the courage and the security to know that I can be at my best and that I am a good person. I learned how to stay with myself when I feel uncomfortable. I learned how to be compassionate and kind to myself. I didn’t expect that I would learn these things. I thought I would learn a system or a process to manage my time, develop willpower and be able to turn off my emotional eating switch.
I used to look at certain people I knew, and admire that they could be so grounded, at peace with themselves, and at ease in the world. I am becoming more like them. I finally ‘get’ what it means to be in the present moment. I take time for myself every day. I am so glad I did this.
– Mary Jo Falvey, www.PilatesTutor.com
If you had asked me a year ago where I was with feelings about food and my body, I would have told you that so much of my energy was focused towards an obsession with food and my body. I would have told you that I didn’t have the ability to be truly present because I was either thinking about what I ate, what I planned to eat, how much I disliked my body, thinking that if only I could get a handle on my eating, everything in my life would improve.
I had lost weight through dieting at different points in my life, but it never stayed off. The diets were so strict that the pursuit for “diet perfection” (which led to the short lived weight loss),when not perfect, led to full derailment, binging, and then ultimate weight gain.
Something has changed. First, the concept that diets don’t work, has changed my thinking. No food is off limits. If nothing is off limits, no food needs to be coveted, craved, or secretly eaten…
I am a full time financial advisor and mother of two. Since I began working with Dr. McCreery a year ago, I have increased my income substantially, still attend all of my children’s school events and sporting matches, my house is more organized than it has ever been … I am finally happy in my body. I have lost about 30 pounds, I eat whatever I want, stop when I am no longer hungry, and most importantly, the obsessions are gone. Gone are the mornings promising that I am finally going to be “good”, gone are the nights reprimanding myself for everything I did wrong, gone is the constant decision making about what to eat and when to stop.
This journey towards weight loss, which is what it was originally, has changed so much for me. Now I see it as a journey towards being full of life and love. The side benefit of that is that food is no longer such a coping mechanism for me. Feeling full of other things means I can let go of having to always have food. I don’t feel deprived at all. My eating is very different already. I haven’t had cravings and I am allowing myself to eat anything I feel like eating. I ate pasta three times this week!! I just didn’t need to eat lots of it. My relationship with my partner has an intimacy that I have never experienced before. I can tell that I am a better mother than I have ever ever been. I seem to have new patience and more love than I had before. . . And yes, I have lost 5 pounds this week, without trying. While eating pasta! I even ate fried chicken this week!!! I ate as much as I wanted, and then stopped, and I felt completely in control.
– M., Private Coaching Client
Right now the food issue feels very much like a non-issue. I’m not turning to food when I get stressed. . . I started a new program to control the beginnings of diabetes. Oh what a difference after our work together! I’m able to follow the plan with no problems and no desire for any of my old comfort foods (which are terrible for blood sugar)! I have none of the obsessive and terrified thinking that if I don’t do this perfectly and get my situation under control I’ll get sick. I feel so incredibly relaxed, knowing that I can do what I can do and that I can release the results. There is no sense of angst or fear or compulsion. This NEVER would have happened before working with you one-on-one and taking your programs. I’m so glad I followed my intuition and did them. I can’t thank you enough.
– Mary M., Bellvue, Colorado
Working with Melissa is giving me a NEW LIFE! I was stuck and for someone who is used to being very successful despite huge challenges–that was very scary. Coaching with Melissa has enabled me to get unstuck. . . I’m losing weight and saw very significant improvements in my cholesterol and blood sugar levels in only three months! Melissa is helping me get my “life” back! I have never before worked with someone who is so perfectly attuned to busy women and women who have been very successful in their lives. Quite frankly, Melissa knows precisely what makes us tick! It is so refreshing to have her be so “spot on” in her coaching. Therein lies some of the magic as to why coaching with Melissa can be so productive. Give yourself the gift of coaching with Melissa. You are WORTH it! You DESERVE it! It was absolutely the best gift I have ever given to myself.
– Grace T., Private Coaching Client
Today I finish six months of individual coaching with Melissa McCreery. It has been an amazing experience. I sought Melissa’s help in understanding my emotional eating habits. From day one Melissa met me where I was without judgment. Her holistic approach helped me to make connections that I had never considered. She has been my advocate and an anchor during this six month discovery process. Melissa is compassionate and action oriented. She helped me become compassionate toward myself.
She helped me replace my judgmental, perfectionist tendencies with a framework of curiosity. . . She encouraged me to develop a plan that works for me instead of me working a plan. Wow! What a difference that has made. I now have new tools in my toolbox and a new way of looking at myself and my life. I am coming home to myself. I am awakening to strengths I never knew were there. I am in the driver’s seat. And boy does it feel good!
– Private Coaching Client Rebecca C., Virginia
This has become a way of life for me and I’m thrilled to be a success story. I was at the end of my rope… looking for answers. I have tried so many things in the past to lose the weight. I even became a Raw Foodist for 2 years! Nothing worked that could be sustained. And I’ve learned that whatever you do to get the weight off, you have to do to keep the weight off. That’s the hard part . . . I began working from home for a large Fortune 100 company. I had a great job, but was totally isolated from life. All I did was work. And eat. And sleep. When my weight climbed to almost 240 pounds at 5’4″ I was truly miserable. I was even placed on hold from Bariatric Surgery because of my emotional eating. So, I got really mad. I found Melissa McCreery’s website and got her program. I followed it, and discovered the pattern that was causing me to spiral down into emotional eating.
When I pinpointed the trigger of my emotional eating binges it WAS the light bulb moment. This approach worked for me. The Emotional Eating Toolbox program helped me to identify and break my emotional eating patterns. What a breakthrough this has been! After learning how to take control of my emotional eating issues, I was approved for Bariatric Surgery in May of 2010. I’ve lost almost 100 pounds and have kept it off for over 2 years. I give credit to Melissa’s program for my continued success as a Bariatric patient. I now am teaching and coaching in the Bariatric community. I have recommended Dr. Melissa’s program many times. If you are willing to do the work… it works.
– Lisa Burk Foster, Atlanta, GA, www.BariatricSuccessSupport.com
I just want to say, that you´re amazing! All the women that I work with and my girlfriends seriously need to know about your work, because it really stands out from the fitness world and most women magazines way of dealing with the food/weight issue. I myself work within the fitness industry and in this world, the things you put words to just seems to be such a taboo and embarrassing subject that nobody brings it up . . . Your way of making emotional eating “normal” and down to earth is so relieving to me – both on a personal but certainly also on a professional level! Thank you!
– Noël Winkelmann, Denmark www.powerhousepilates.dk
Just thinking about how I’m benefiting from working with Melissa for these several months . . .It’s not a coincidence that since working with Melissa I’ve upgraded my wardrobe, maintained my fitness routine without struggle, gotten a huge promotion, not been on a diet of any sort, been doing more creative projects that feed me, cleaned out my office, let go of some draining commitments. I’m more prepared for the holidays than I’ve ever been, I’m deepening some friendships and making new ones while letting go of others that are subtly destructive. I’m putting a few extra minutes into my appearance each day, am keeping the house really nice, am consistently writing. . . . . I’m so grateful to have someone (else) so fully on my side., seeing my best and reminding me of it, helping me be compassionate with myself, cheering me on, challenging me to be myself, helping me explore some parts of myself like the mindless eating that embarrass me, seeing all of this as connected to me and who I am in this world.
– Vicki, Private Coaching Client
I am sending my friends and relatives who need you to your website! I have the tools now, and I kind of feel like, ‘I’m on to you, overeating! You can’t get me now!’ Hearing the audios and what you led me through in this program, it was just so amazing how the progress started right away. The biggest ‘aha’ for me so far, after using your program, is facing one of the reasons I overeat …I’m actually starting to lose weight, which I’ve been trying to do for the last 20 years. I am thrilled to report that 30 days after starting your program I’ve lost 8 lbs. I’m shocked that I was eating that much extra food emotionally. I really had no idea that it was 7-8 lbs worth! Shocked, shocked, shocked…(yet thrilled about my hamster-wheel free present & future!). And you are right…life is getting better already… I am doing things that use my gifts, my expertise, and giving the world some of what I have to offer instead of eating to cope with feeling stuck in life. Something tells me that these projects may turn out to open new doors & opportunities. Thanks for truly being a REAL expert in this area. I’ve gotten lots of other ‘help’ over the years, spent lots of money I probably didn’t even have to spend… but it’s only now that the real issues are becoming clear. I really think I see the light at the end of the tunnel and my life is about to totally shift.
-Chante, Get Over Overeating Participant
I’m overwhelmed, I’m stressed. I’m a business professional with a lot of responsibility–but no me-time. This program gave me the tools, the back bone, the grounding to set a really good path. Just to sit down and say, what do I want? What are the things that are important? What kind of big and juicy things have I put on the back burner because of family, job, environment?—the whole kit and caboodle. I took a good look deep down at ME and said, “What do I need, what do I want?”…I’m leaving with a true blueprint and some of the things that came up in these conversations were so common sense and so brutally simple. … Did I get what I wanted? Definitely—and more.
– Nan Walsh, Ubly, Michigan
I was absolutely thrilled with my coaching experience. Melissa was patient, insightful, and helped me get exactly where I needed to go. I feel like I’ve made real, lasting progress, that I’ve connected to myself in a way that I’ve never had before.
– Alyssa K., New Jersey
Coaching work is the most powerful personal development work I have done. Melissa asks such insightful questions that for me hit the core of key issues that were blocking my movement forward. Melissa has been such an integral part in helping me create a more clear vision of my goal and bring it to light. I am grateful that when I took this step it was with Melissa. I can honestly see some big leaps that I’ve made. I have some new tools to keep on my path. I feel so good to be moving into this next phase of creating the work life I want with some tangible steps.
– Kathy, Web Designer, Bellingham, WA
Immediately Melissa helped me organize a plan and think of ways to start creating my dreams. She helped me focus my energy on researching how others have achieved the same goal; how to keep focus while getting daily tasks done; and ways to tap into myself to show my strengths to others!
– Cealleigh, Fitness Professional, Boston, Massachusetts
For the first time in my life I am consistently looking at things with curiosity, not judgment. This has allowed me to move forward through some roadblocks that I’ve had for a very long time…I just didn’t know how to do that before…this is a huge thing for me.
– Kim, Washington
The journey towards getting my eating under control is a long one, BUT it’s taken me 50 years (think of that!!) to develop all these unhealthy habits. I’ve tried and abandoned many many approaches. Melissa’s methods make sense, are understandable, and if I do my part, I’m sure I’ll have much greater control over my mindless and instinctive approach to eating This IS a journey, for sure!
I was stuck. Stuck in a rut…stuck in life…stuck being unhappy about my choices. Food was the way I coped sometimes. . . Your class really helped me realize that when I get bored, I eat. Then, I feel guilty and horrible about myself for eating that cookie and eat again to make myself feel better. . . Your class taught me to recognize the problem at hand that makes me want to eat, and then gave me the tools to handle it. I can’t think of a better course than that!!
– Ronda Stephens-Auclair
The insight from Melissa and the other group members has changed the way I see myself and how I approach my weight loss goals. Finally after many years of being stuck, I feel I have the tools to make changes and have found a community of women to support those changes with their compassion, experiences and humor.
– Rosemarie, New York
This program has been life changing. So many programs only scratch the surface–and I’ve tried lots of them. When I think of the thousands of dollars I’ve spent in gyms and programs–I could have bought a car–and here comes this program that makes it so simple, that lays it right out. Melissa McCreery has topped an industry that has made millions for the many weight loss gurus who think they have the answer, but who has not yielded the results… She’s on to something big! Hats off to her!
– Juliet, Naperville, Illinois
For years I have been looking for written material to use to work with my clients on their emotional eating and weight issues. Finally, this program came along. I’m very grateful. The Emotional Eating Toolbox™ is easy to use. It provides for step-by-step, incremental progress and is a wonderfully nurturing companion for anyone with emotional eating and related weight concerns. I have never seen such a thoroughly gentle approach to understanding and resolving emotional eating problems. A must have book for the emotional eater to use alone or with a professional or buddy. It is also a great book for the therapist or life coach who is working with a person with emotional eating and weight difficulties.
– Betsy Landau, PhD, PCC, Psychologist and Certified Life Coach, Forest Hills, New York
I would recommend Dr. Melissa McCreery to everyone! I am a Registered Dietitian and I think her programs are great! I have gone through several of them and think she is very well informed and have told many of my patients about her. Keep up the great work Melissa.
– Maria Adkins R.D., L.D.
This program helped me recognize that a lot of times that I reached for food I really wasn’t hungry–I was bored or angry or sad and to recognize and deal with the feelings” instead of reaching for food. Because the program helped me to start to learn what true hunger was, I am now able to ask myself are you truly physically hungry for food or are you bored, tired, stressed, etc.” I can brainstorm ways to handle the boredom, stress etc. I loved your coaching style. You come across as very sincere, knowledgeable and interested. I also think you have a knack for asking just the right question at the right time and prodding us to brainstorm different ways to handle a given situation. The workbook and materials were impressive. . . I thought the group definitely added a bonus to the program.
– Melissa, Computer Programmer, Kansas
Reviews from Weight Loss Surgery Patients and Experts:
Surgical intervention or not, our issues with food must be identified, understood and effectively managed for our long term good health and weight management. A great resource to that end is Dr. McCreery’s Emotional Eating Toolbox™. This is an excellent program to help individuals design and implement a customized program of permanent and lasting change.
– Colleen Cook, author of The Success Habits of Successful Weight Loss Surgery Patients and President of Bariatric Support Centers International
Thank you, thank you. This program has been wonderful. It has given me many things to think about. Weight Loss Surgery certainly helps with the physical side of obesity, but provides no help in dealing with the emotional side. While the weight starts to fall off, the emotional side of obesity doesn’t magically go away after you have surgery. I knew I needed help with this area and your program has helped immensely.
Your program exceeded my expectations! Gently, skillfully, and persistently Melissa taught us how to stop letting life run us, and instead move towards taking control of life. Every tool works better when it is used properly and with skill. Melissa coaches weight loss surgery clients to turn the tool of WLS surgery into a ‘Power Tool’!
I am 7 years post op and have gained 50+lbs all due to falling back into my old eating behaviors after going through some major life changes. I felt like I was out of control and was beating my self up for what I thought was another failure. The surgery fixed my mechanics but it’s up to me to fix my unhealthy behaviors. I found the Toolbox workshop and materials to be just what I needed to refocus and start feeling like a winner again. It was great to be able to share my experience with others who were going through the same things and know that I am not alone and I am not a FAILURE! Thanks, Melissa.
– Susan Eubanks
I really didn’t think there was anything more I could learn about emotional eating, having already read everything I could get my hands on about it. But, Melissa’s Emotional Eating Toolbox program is not the same old information, it’s a wonderful healing process! Not only did I get a lot out of it personally, I have recommended it to my clients.
– Katie Jay, MSW, founder of the National Association for Weight Loss Surgery
I feel incredible—rejazzed and ready to move on—it was very validating to know what I was feeling/experiencing was not unusual and I wasn’t alone. I’m leaving with the tools to move forward and be successful. Even if I get sidetracked again I know how to come back to center.
– Deb K., Washington
What a pleasure to work with Melissa McCreery. She’s knowledgeable, professional, dedicated to her clients, passionate about her message and fun to work with! In a warm, compassionate and encouraging way, Melissa is a master at asking just the right questions so her audience can dig deep and find the answers to what’s holding them back from taking control of their eating and their weight. Then, she’s able to deeply listen so that she can expertly guide them towards discovering the most appropriate solutions…for them. What a gift for any woman with too much on her plate” and I’d be thrilled to work with Melissa on many more projects in the future!
– Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC The Mojo Coach® www.TheMojoCoach.com
Dr. McCreery is one of the most impressive people I’ve ever met. She’s a regular featured columnist for our publication WLS (Weight Loss Success) Lifestyles magazine and an important member of our editorial advisory board team. She has an extraordinary talent for writing and speaking about issues relating to obesity or maintaining a healthy weight. She writes and speaks in a way that moves the human spirit and really connects with her audience. Her articles and professional blogs are always very popular with our readers. Dr. McCreery is always a pleasure to work with, a consummate professional and a highly respected member of the weight loss community. Her vast experience and extensive knowledge on issues relating to emotional eating and weight loss makes her a leader in this field. She’s creative, organized, efficient, extremely competent, and has an excellent rapport with people. Her communication skills, both written and verbal, are absolutely terrific.
– Daniel W. Babbino Co-founder/President DDB Media LLC.