They Say Third Time’s The Charm

Will I return to my gluttonous ways?

Welcome back to my blog about whether or not hypnosis can change my life!   The first two weeks were really pretty amazing!

I did not have the cravings I used to have, I was tasting my food in a new way appreciating and noticing distinct flavors, and steering away from all the prepackaged stuff I used to take advantage of.   I wanted “real” food, that was itself the only ingredient, or consisted of real ingredients, not stuff I can’t pronounce or explain where it came from.  I can only attribute this particular change to something Karen said during one of my sessions.   I can’t remember the exact quote but basically the most nutrient dense foods either came from the ground or used to breathe.  Simple.  And basically true as far as I can tell (if you include coming from something that used to breathe, like milk).   I haven’t come up with any food that is truly nutritious that doesn’t meet that criteria.  Can you?  There must be some.   Ponder it and tell me what you come up with.

Anyway, time for my last session.   Would I continue to have success “on my own”?   I couldn’t think of a reason why not, since everything was going so well.   And yet, Karen helped me make this drastic change.  What if I needed continuous reinforcement?  I can’t afford to go all the time, and I REALLY don’t want to revert to my old ways, eating garbage every day.   I have been feeling so much better!

Just a few days earlier, I was driving to work feeling so relaxed and at ease with life.  I thought to myself, is this what inner peace feels like?  Continue reading “They Say Third Time’s The Charm”

Second Session: No More Tears

I felt like a fraud!

Welcome back to my blog!  I hope you are enjoying these installments and they give you some insight into the hypnosis experience.

My first full week was what I consider a huge success.   I spent a lot of moments just in awe of the fact that I wasn’t craving sweets and junk food.  By the end of the week I was starting to be as much worried that it wouldn’t last as I was amazed that it was working!

I arrived for my second session, much more comfortable than I did last week; at least I knew what to expect this time (kind of).  We started off talking about how the week had gone and I told Karen that I was so very happy with the fact that I had no cravings, but really worried about when it would “wear off”.   I was struggling to make a connection between decades of eating so poorly with little to no control, and after 45 minutes of hypnosis (all of which I REMEMBERED) suddenly I’m like a different person, eating normally, not dying for brownies and donuts and candy.   It made no sense, as wonderful as the week had been.   Continue reading “Second Session: No More Tears”

My First Session

Red Red Red Red Red

I left off my last post having booked my hypnosis sessions with Karen; three sessions, a week apart.  That gave me two weeks to ponder, get excited, get nervous, and anticipate what it would be like.  Two weeks is a long time, so lather, rinse, repeat (over and over and over).  I’m not sure I focused well on anything during that two weeks but it eventually passed and the big day arrived.  My hands were in the candy jar all morning, and my appointment was at 3pm.

I got to the office and meekly stuck my head in the door.   I was greeted warmly and invited in to sit and chat for a little bit about the process and my goals.   I had completed some forms ahead of time and passed those to Karen, and tried to settle into a very large comfy leather chair.   The chair was a like a pillow but my anxiety was at an 8 on a scale of 1-10, so my muscles were all tensed up.   I thought “I’ll never be able to be hypnotized today, I’m too uptight!”, but I was still hopeful and was determined to see how it went. Continue reading “My First Session”

Quietly Investigating

…what if my friends…thought I was a bit of a kook!?

Welcome to my hypnosis blog!   Let me share a bit of background with you to explain how I got here.

I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to lose weight and get healthy again.   Mind you, I’m not in bad health per se’ but certainly far from fit and carrying around 90-100 pounds excess body weight.  Eventually, that catches up with us.   With a family history of diabetes, I needed to make a change for the better before I became a statistic.

I finally found a gym that I like (yay!), but still really struggled to get my food under control.  I don’t mean eating healthy foods.  Lean meats?  √   5-8 servings of fruits and veggies?  √  whole grains?  √   What I mean is that I struggled with not eating unhealthy crap.   Whoopie pies?  Yes please!  Chips?  1 bag per serving!   Candy bars?  King (size) me!   Sharing a popcorn at the movies?   Yes, jumbo please with extra butter.   You get the idea…it wasn’t pretty.    Overeaters Anonymous had no appeal to me; I wasn’t interested in any 12 step “programs”.   I knew what I needed to do (STOP eating that crap!), yet I had zero self control.  None.  I would try to talk myself out of buying the junk, and be surprised when I was facing an empty package.  How did that happen??   What was wrong with me??

Several years ago, when I still smoked (see, I have a history of unhealthy behaviors), I tried a group hypnosis to quit smoking.  It worked!  Well, it worked until I didn’t have a self hypnosis “backup” tape to listen to (that’s cassette tapes, before cd’s were invented).  I started smoking again waiting for my backup tape.   But I knew hypnosis had potential to unlock my willpower or whatever it was that I was lacking. Continue reading “Quietly Investigating”