Healthy Lifestyle: Cynthia

Cynthia W.
Practice Administrator
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last 20 years. I felt like I was inhabiting someone else's body and I really wasn't myself. It was depressing. I would dress in the dark and avoid mirrors so that I wouldn't have to be faced with it. I wore bulky clothes and tried to ignore it. Looking back I can see that I was out of control, but I didn't know it at the time. I didn't have a plan at all. Whatever was out there, I grazed through it until it was all gone, whether I was hungry or not. I felt fat and matronly and it made me a lot less confident in my interactions with everyone.

I tried eating less and exercising more. I was really good at deluding myself and would tell myself that even though I was eating cake, I was sure I was losing weight. I'd eventually get on the scale and be totally bummed out. I even tried a South American herb that was supposed to eliminate hunger. It was very expensive and it didn't work at all.

In the past, I had quit smoking using a guided imagery technique and thought that I would be a good candidate for hypnosis, so I thought it might help me to improve my eating habits. I did a Google search for hypnotherapy and found A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch.

I started to notice changes within 24 hours. It was Halloween, and in the past, it would have been Butterfingers for dinner. This time, I didn't eat any of the candy. I've lost 15 pounds so far and the process has been easy because I don't feel like I'm denying myself anything. I'm exercising regularly now and it's pretty incredible. On the weekends, the first thing I do is get up and go walk two miles. I don't even think about it now, it's just what I do and I have a lot more energy.

Not only have I become more conscious about my eating, I've seen a carryover and I'm more conscious about my spending habits as well. I stop and think before I do things. I feel more in control now; I automatically know when I sit down, what I'm going to do. If we are out to eat at a Mexican food restaurant, I get the fruit instead of the rice and beans and eat half the enchiladas. At home, I know how much and what I'm going to eat before I even start. Hypnosis has also helped me to eliminate overeating and unconscious eating. I control it and plan it. I'm not even snacking at work anymore. I just ask myself "What would thin Cindy do?" and I operate on that mindset.

People have said that they can tell that I've lost weight and that makes me feel more confident. Even a banker at work noticed a change in my appearance the other day, which was nice. My relationship with my employers is different now because I'm more confident and meet them on an equal footing, so I can totally be myself. There isn't a barrier there anymore and that makes me happy.

This process has affected my health and my confidence in a positive way. It's not a temporary fix and I know that these changes and my weight loss will be permanent because it's been so easy for me to absorb. It doesn't even feel like I'm doing anything differently, it's just how I do things now. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to have a healthy lifestyle because it really changes the core of what needs to change so that you can improve yourself.