Healthy Lifestyle: Beth

Beth D.
School Counselor
Austin, TX

I have struggled with my weight for about nineteen years and my weight has always been an ever-present thought in my mind. I've been coming to Laura for about a month and have gone down a clothing size so far.

I learned about Laura through and I saw that she worked with people who wanted to promote a healthy lifestyle, so I thought that it sounded like the approach that I needed. I had heard about hypnosis before and couldn't figure out how it worked, so I decided to just try it out for myself.

I started to notice changes after my first session. I started eating slower and drinking more water. My weight loss has been much easier than I thought it would because I'm not fighting with myself anymore. I felt like there was a part of me that I couldn't control or fix. It seems like the part of me that was always fighting the good behaviors just quit. It's become easier and I don't feel like I need to talk myself into it, it's just a part of me now.

Because of my new lifestyle, I am now able to work out longer and I can see my muscles and I feel stronger. Now, I find myself saying, "Yes, you can wake up and work out, "You can eat right," "You don't have to go out to lunch everyday." I feel in control now and it's so good. I've never been able to work out consistently for this long. If I missed a workout in the past, I would think "Good, I get a break". Now, if I miss my workout day, I feel really annoyed and notice that something is missing.

I was addicted to diet soda and I used to drink two individual sized bottles every day. Last Monday, someone at work bought me a small bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper and it took me the whole week to finish it! I eat a lot less sugar and when I want something sweet I'll have a Hershey's kiss instead of a Snicker's bar. When I'm hungry, I make the healthiest choice for me, carrots and celery instead of popcorn and chips. It makes me feel really proud.

I feel more confident now. When I'm walking around, I don't tug on my clothes and worry the way that I used to. I'm focused on what I need to get done for the day. When I hear people laughing, I know that they aren't laughing at me. My husband said to me recently "I know you've always been beautiful, but now you are SO beautiful." Also, my sister-in-law has been trying to slim down and I was able to give her some of the tips that I'd learned from Laura.

I have peace of mind and I finally feel live I've got it. All the other things I've tried, Weight Watchers, Phen Phen, Dr. Phil, Body For Life, Dexatrim, they all left something out. I've been able to just get the last bit of tweaking. I believe that these changes and my weight loss will be permanent because I'm doing it myself; no one else is doing it for me.