Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sweet Freedom - Part One - I Found Help

Yay, me!!!

Earlier this month, I completed Lydia Wente's Beat The Binge program, and HOT DAMN.... I am  PSYCHED!

Lydia recently invited me to do an "exit interview" after graduating the program and I was quite honored to be a part of it.  God knows that after dealing my wackiness on a daily basis for 8 weeks, I should do anything she asks of me.  

The fact is that the whole process was amazing.   And I had..... get this..... an incredible time!  Yup.  I said ‘incredible’, and I mean it!

Granted, there were some tough moments as I tried to find answers to overcoming my eating disorder, but when the answers came, they always left me wanting more.  Every step was even more exciting and educating, leading me to WANT to search for more answers.  It never once felt tedious or boring.   This was self-discovery at its finest AND most enjoyable.

And if I had a dollar for every "Ah-HA!" moment that I had, I'd be a happy camper.  I always love a good "Ah-HA!" moment.

There is nothing else out there that even compares to Lydia's program.  Lydia is so knowledgeable and just brilliant in her field.  An extra bonus is that she has such a warm heart and fun personality! Here we are discussing my experience with the Beat The Binge program:


(IF YOU DO NOT SEE A VIDEO ABOVE, CLICK HERE)

If you know anyone who might benefit from Lydia's program, please share this post or her video via social media or email.... or whatever it is that you do to pass on interesting info!  

Truthfully,  there are probably many people in our lives who WOULD benefit from this but we just don't know it.  No one knew how much I needed Lydia's help until I discovered it myself.  I would have been so grateful if someone had pointed me in her direction much earlier.

Please share.  You may be doing an enormous favor for someone you care about!

Many blessings,
Vicki
xoxox

PS.  Part Two of my finding freedom is coming verrrrrrrrry soon.  Like, tomorrow!

This ABSOLUTELY is NOT a paid endorsement for the Brain Over Binge Program!!  Just the facts....according to me (and hundreds of others 😉)

28 comments:

  1. It is important for people to know this program is several thousand dollars. I was devistated to go through the intake process only to be told this at the very end. After baring my soul and feeling vulnerable, the intake person really pushed me to use whatever means necessary to pay for this.

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    1. I am SO sorry to hear that you felt misled. Please feel free to contact me privately and I’d be happy to share some of the free or much less expensive ways I found to be extremely helpful. Xoxo

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    2. I also felt really disheartened by this... I generally feel really willing to pay for help, therapy, etc. But putting 8 thousand dollars towards a program I don't know much about is killer... I'm not in debt with my eating disorder right now, so I'm not going to go into debt for this help. I just think that is really unnecessary and was truly the only part that made me feel icky. Really grateful for Lydia's YouTube videos, though! I've learned so much about what things I need from someone to work with as I try out different coaches/therapists this week!

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    3. Thank you for this. I was at the point I was willing to drop some money to help beat this, and had the free session which was actually very insightful, but then the pressure at the end to split $8k over multiple credit cards was a bummer. If I had known it was that much I wouldn't have wasted her time. I took to the internet to see if any others had the same experience, or reviews as to what makes it so good to be worth $8k.

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    4. I was devastated as well! I told this woman all of my deepest darkest secrets and felt super vulnerable and at the end she’s like, it’s $8000. I love the ideas, the podcast and the videos. I heard Lydia talking on a business podcast saying she charges so much so people are more invested. I felt put off by that, so only wealthy people can recover this way? Very upsetting.

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  2. Oh that’s sad. I was trying to find out pricing for her program. Several thousand. 😳

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  3. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who felt this way! I did the phone call and had this great conversation with someone who was SO empathetic and seemed to know just where I was coming from. It was great. Then it came to what I feel like was the “sales pitch” portion of the call, in which I felt like all the things I shared where in a way “used against me” as reasons that I should be willing to spend $10k on the program (price went up at the new year). I was so disappointed because it sounded awesome, but like I told the person on the phone, I had NO IDEA it was going to cost that much and I wasn’t going to go into debt to do the program.

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  4. Hi Vicki how may I contact you privately on this platform?

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    1. Hi Nina! You can reach out to me via email if you like..... vicki@xlinxs.net

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  5. I loved my "breakthrough session", I truly felt a lot of breakthroughs and felt like my coach truly cared. In my mind, I was thinking OK...if it's $500, I'm in. Maybe I could swing $1,000. So when he told me the price was for 10K...but he could give me deal for 6K...I was like...um...I need to talk to my husband. He then used my words against me and said- I know your husband would want to support you. Do you feel like he (my husband) would want to hold you back? I like Lydia. I did my research on her and like her approach. However, I am TOTALLY un-impressed with how the call went from caring, empathetic to shaming me with my own fears (which they ask you about) and worries. In essence, they will take away your shame around food, and instead shaming in to paying them. I had to tell the guy SEVERAL times that I wasn't paying money today. He battered me with that decision and said I probably wouldn't make the change if I didn't join now. So, so disappointed. I don't care how good the program is, this was flat unacceptable.

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    1. I am so sorry that you had an unpleasant experience. This really upsets me to hear because I wrote this blog as a means to guide people to help. I feel like I should make an adjustment to it in someway. I have to say that it is an EXTENSIVE program. You have full access to Lydia and she was so helpful. She gave me tools which I still use to this day and I am no longer bingeing. However, the selling tactics seem to have heated up and in concerned. Again, I’m so sorry that you went through all of this. Thank you fir letting me know. Very best wishes, Vicki
      Ps look into Summer Innanen! She’s extremely affordable and I like her methods. She’s a fantastic person to boot!

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    2. Oh my goodness! The typos! Sorry about that! I’m responding on my phone! 😬

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  6. I've been looking high and low for anywhere on the internet to review this program. Obviously she's set it up so it's not possible. I agree with everyone above, the hard-sell was horrific, they use shame to get you to buy in, and you have to do it right then. People have eating disorders because of shame, and they use it against you. But...I wasn't as bold as all of you were to say no. I paid and did the program. And I regret spending that kind of money. It didn't and hasn't worked at all for me and I followed it closely. I'm so bummed and disappointed. I'm angry with Lydia because people should be able to read reviews on this and make a thoughtful decision based on the extremely high cost. But somehow she's keeping any and all reviews from getting out there. Thank you Vicky for posting so that I may speak my mind here and get it out somewhere in the universe! And I'm happy you got something out of it. But I don't think most people do, but there's no place to post reviews. That's thousands of dollars I'll never get back. I think they're about making money...even though I was told over and over they're there for my "food freedom". Very disappointed in this program and the way it's set up online so no one can ever know about it before the discovery/hard-sell sales pitch call. It does not work for everyone.

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    1. I just replied to the woman above you and wanted to direct you to my response to her as well. I feel like I should make some sort of adjustment. Thank you so much for posting here and sharing your opinion. And I am so sorry that Lydia’s program didn’t work for you. Would you mind sharing why you felt it didn’t work for you? I would like to include that in my post edit. You don’t have to include your name. Also, can I ask when you did it? I’m wondering if the program has changed a lot since I did it. Thank you so much for taking the time to submit feedback! I really hope to hear from you! And if you’d like to email your response to me directly, my email address is Vicki @xlinxs.net. Take care!!!

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  7. Hi Vicki, I'd be happy to give you some further information on my experience. Do you have an email address where I can write to you? It may be on your page somewhere...but I haven't looked around. Thank you for your kind reply :0)

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  8. Oh jeeze...so sorry, I'm just seeing it at the end of your reply! Yes, I will send you more info there :0)

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  9. Hi Vicki, I sent you an email ☺️☺️

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  10. Nice to meet you Vicki - i am a fellow grad of Beat the Binge and i cannot believe that i can now get on with the business of living my life without being food/diet/body obsessed and harming myself with binges. but here i am - totally free from it. it's truly amazing. both my body and mind are becoming healthier literally every day. much love!

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  11. Hey all, this is Lydia Knight. I am so sorry to see all the discouragement on this post. But I appreciate people being open. There is also a lot of misinformation here, and I wanted to myself clear a few things up.

    I believe that everyone should have an opportunity for freedom. It's as simple as that. We know how to end eating disorders and we show people how to do that.

    Our program is not full of rich and privileged people. We specialize in helping women who have struggled for over 40 years with food. And it's often drained them financially. We coached a women in 100k of medical debt because of her eating disorder. We have coached many retired women on a fixed income. Many on disability or going through bankruptcy. They have all gotten their freedom and get to not only have their health and life back, but get to have financial wellbeing because they are free from the most expensive problem in their lives. The people we coach would rather invest once in their freedom than invest 100X that for the rest of their life perpetuating the hell they are in.

    What people haven't noted here is that if someone is struggling finically to get our help that we also help them with that, that we, for free, help them to get resourceful with resources that women in our very community have shared with us.

    Yes, our help is an investment. Here is a fun fact: I used to do this for FREE. And then I used to charge a couple hundred dollars. And everything that we do is based off the data of what actually gets people free. What we found is that when people didn't invest in themselves in a way that felt powerful to them - they wouldn't show up and do the work. We had a lot of people doing just some of what we coached them to do and only getting some of the result. Or not showing up at all.

    When the investment matched the value of permanent freedom, we created a community where people were fully committed, did the work, and saw the FULL result. A lifetime of permanent freedom, knowing they were worthy, and getting their mental energy back for themselves and their families.

    No one needs to like how we do things. But for the hundreds of women and men that get to wake up every day free of the biggest problem in their life - they are very thankful we do what works.

    There are many, many reviews of our program. We have hundreds of testimonials that our grads happily send us. They do freedom stories like Vicki did. I would suggest hearing from real grads of our program if you want a real picture of the results we get.

    We only invite those in who we know we can help. Most of our clients are happy and thankful for having their lives back. But no matter how we serve someone and love them - there will always be some people who show up un coachable or more committed to their anger than their freedom. This has happened 0.006% of the time. Yes, that is less than 1 percent of the time where we have had a grad of our program trying to discourage others from their freedom. Crabs in a bucket mentality.

    You can spend your time out to discourage people from their freedom, or you can uplift people and encourage their freedom. I choose to spend my life helping others out of a dark place. If you have an issue or complaint, I would hope you would say it to US directly. Lydia@LifeWithLydia.com.

    I am aware of each client's journey. I review our Breakthrough Sessions to be sure we are treating everyone with love and respect and what will serve them most to their freedom. We are not perfect, but we deeply care for people and do our best every day to make how we do things even better.

    If you want to hear the experiences of REAL grads of our program you can go to www.LydiaVideo.com and see our freedom stories playlist.

    I know that many times hurt people hurt people. I appreciate each and everyone one of you that rise above that for your own freedom and those around you.

    Much love,

    Lydia Knight
    Founder of Life With Lydia

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  12. Hi Vicki I graduated from Lydia's Program three years ago. it's is great you have this blog and that you want to guide people with an eating disorder, but I think it's confusing and sad to read discouragements on Lydia's Program based on money, specially when even the numbers are not correct.
    I can say that I spent 30 years of my life with the eating disorder that went from anorexia to bulimia, binging and purging everyday several times a day. I spent I don't know how much money in therapy, food and binges. I discovered Lydia’s program on the internet and I watched several of her videos on the youtube channel and I decided to schedule a session with her. After that, scared to hell for changing, I decided to enter into the program. This program changed my life in a way I could not even have imagined. In 8 weeks I was done with binging. I am totally free with food, I feel confortable with myself and I have discovered that me, myself wasn’t the eating disorder or my habits or the kind of food I had…I am in peace, I am not scared of myself anymore or of food. I decide what to eat, I am free, I make my decisions on it.I decide. And this program gave me the tools for continuing practicing the decision making and exercising my freedom in all the aspects of my life. I am thankful for ever and I believe everyone can have the chance to get free.
    All the best
    Carolina from Paris, France

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  13. Hi Vicki. I too am a graduate of Lydia's Beat The Binge program and after almost 50 years (yes, 50!) of feeling imprisoned by my thoughts and actions around food, eating, dieting, restricting, binging and wondering what was wrong with me because I couldn't "permanently keep the weight off, I am finally free from all that pain. I spent 8 weeks and a small investment to save myself from giving up on creating a healthy relationship with food and (over)eating. I have tried every diet on the planet, only to gain the weight back after just months or a couple of years. Again, I am now free from all of that, and I have never felt more safe and relaxed around food.

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  14. Interesting the reply from Lydia and the 3 positive reviews all came on the same day. It's clear some people have positive results, and she made sure those people replied here. But like every program, not everyone has good results. And every person's body is wired differently and the chemistry is different so this program can't help everyone and didn't and doesn't. And for the crazy amount of money spent, there needs to be a money back guarantee. Less expensive programs have that. And if Lydia truly believed this program worked for everyone, she WOULD have a money back guarantee.

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    1. What is the difference when the replies came in? We are supporting Vicki who wrote the post. I know each of these women who were successful with the program and I am a part of the grad group with over 85 people who have been successful within the RECENT past. The diet industry has led us to believe that we can and must keep the weight off by following rules. Lydia's program is based on her personal experience with becoming free, which is based on science. This has nothing to do with individual wiring of one's body. If you are willing to put the work in and be open to coaching, you can be free. Love to all, whether you are experiencing freedom or not!

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    2. Because it's clear that Lydia asked them to post a positive review. She has a handful of success stories she uses, but has disregarded all the non-success stories and has made sure to silent us.

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    3. How has Lydia silenced you? We hear you loud and clear here. For those of you that choose to continue yo yo dieting and this horrible cycle of overeating, binging and restricting, please feel free. At age 59, I am free from the horrible relationship I had with food my entire life. How Lydia chooses to run her business (whether she has a money back guarantee or not) is her choice alone. That is in no way indicative of any fact that her wonderful program doesn't work. Like I said, if you are willing to put in the work, and be open to coaching, and are willing to make the smartest investment of your life (try to count the $ you have spent on diets and binge foods in the past), this program is for you. I had the faith and it worked. Some of Lydia's true gifts are her ability to make you feel you are worthy of breaking the cycle; she is so kindhearted and giving, and extremely knowledgeable. She is an intrinsically nice person who has helped and wants to continue to help men and women who have tried everything else without success.

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  15. what was one thing you learned from her program that helped you the most?

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    1. Great question. That restricting is not the solution, because inevitably, one will not have the ability to get off this terrible cycle of restricting, binging and overeating, and then to start the horrible process all over again. This program works because it's based on science. Ok, 2 things that I felt were worthy of posting here. Thank you for asking. Freedom after 50 years of misery.

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    2. I have struggled with it for about 35 years. I am sure the program would help but we are a one income family with 5 kids. There's just no possible way we could spend $8000 on a program of any kind. But I am glad you are free! Especially after 50 years! Congratulations! I am listening to her blog and hoping to get the help I need that way.

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