Healthy Lifestyle: Sharron

Sharron Cherry
Master's Student

I've struggled with my weight for the last twelve years. It was frustrating and difficult. I'd often go up and down, but I couldn't seem to go down and stay down. The one time I was able to lose weight I became pregnant two times and haven't had any luck since.

I've tried really serious exercise and I've tried diets. I haven't done really well with either one. I lost weight with Adkins, but I got pregnant and you can't keep doing that when you're pregnant. Also, you can't really keep up that diet forever. I was exercising regularly for a while, but I didn't keep it up.

I felt out of control and it was horrible. I have some "type A" qualities, so to not have control of things was very uncomfortable for me. I wasn't in control of anything and I would end up screaming at my kids and not disciplining them well. I was so overwhelmed that I felt like I couldn't do anything right. I felt like everything was chaos all the time. My life felt so out of control that I had a really negative self image. I've been overweight for a long time, but I'd never felt so down on myself. My husband said that I'd been so prickly that he felt like he was walking on eggshells. He could say the slightest little thing and I would jump down his throat. I'm generally a pretty confident and positive person; having that part of me evaporate was what helped me understand that when I fix these other things the weight would go with it.

My husband and I were talking about hypnosis and we noticed that A New Day Hypnosis has such shining testimonials that we decided to try it. My sister did hypnosis, but it was only one session and then she went back for two group sessions. I looked at a lot of websites and they looked like they were going to be groups and that's not what I was looking for.

When I met with Laura for the first time I'd had a really bad day and realized that the real issue wasn't the weight. It was the fact that my life was completely out of whack. I realized that I could get some things straightened out and I felt like I couldn't leave her office without asking for help. When I was talking to Laura, I realized that I was dealing with a lot of issues that were coming out as weight and they were screwing things up terribly in my life. I was stressed out and freaked out all the time. I felt incompetent and out of control.

I noticed changes in my behavior immediately. I was suddenly drinking water like a fish, but mainly I felt a real sense of centeredness. I felt like I had my life back. Doing the hypnosis has been great. Stopping snacking and having a more positive outlook came pretty quickly. It's been a pretty easy process overall. It was nice to have an excuse to sit in a room and relax. I feel better now and I have more energy. I'm definitely eating better and my digestive system has improved since I've started this.

I feel more in control now and it makes me feel like a better mother. I have more control of my eating and I'm more conscious of the old habits, I'll ask myself if I'm really hungry or if I'm just stressed out. My husband has noticed a change in me and told me recently that he's happy to have his wife back.

Getting healthy has given me more confidence. My family life is much better and I feel more centered and relaxed. I believe that these changes will be permanent because the feelings were caused by other things in my life and now I've corrected them. I'm making better choices and I feel like myself again. When I went on a diet, I ate in ways that I wouldn't eat if I wasn't on a diet. Now I'm eating normal foods, but it's not extraordinarily different from my regular diet. I'm not weighing food or cutting out whole food groups and that makes this easier.

I've recommended Laura's services to others because it's changed my life. There's a grad mom's list serve and every time we get someone saying that they feel like a terrible mother, student, and wife, I'll mention that they should call A New Day Hypnosis. I think it's great and my family would like to thank Laura for all of her help.