Healthy Lifestyle: Maggie

Maggie Jofal

I've struggled with my weight all of my life and bounced back and forth since puberty. In high school, I took diet pills and lost weight, but then I had a fungus in my mouth and had to stop. I was on the root beer diet in high school; back then it was diet root beer and ice milk. I've yo-yoed a lot. I tried Weight Watchers, but didn't watch my portions. When I tried the grapefruit diet, I broke out in my mouth because of too much acid.

I lost a lot of weight right before I got married, but gained it back when I started having kids. The first place I felt fat was my back and it made me feel self-conscious. I didn't like being overweight and it was on my mind all the time.

In the last few years, I added wine to the whole picture because I felt like I deserved it after a long day, but I had to get in a two hour workout every day so that I could enjoy my wine in the evening. When I was drinking too much wine I was snacking on the wrong things and I was out of control when I ate. I grabbed cheese and crackers or tortillas and baked chips. I sat in front of the computer and drank wine and snacked for two hours and end up making dinner really late.

It had gotten to be a really bad habit. I was like Pavlov's dog, I would be tired and worn out and just want to have some cheese and wine and relax. I think people fall into a rut of being stressed and wanting to relax, but the worry about my wine intake was consuming me. I'd drink at night and then wake up and obsess about it all day long.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis at Back in Alignment Chiropractic. I'd tried hypnosis in the past, so I knew it wasn't hocus-pocus. After the first session, I stopped drinking at home and I immediately noticed that I felt so much better in the morning. I sleep so much better now and I have a lot more time.

I'm not fanatically going to the gym to make up for all those calories. I feel better in my clothes because they fit a lot better. It's gotten to where I don't even want to drink when I am out for dinner. The other night, I just had a couple sips from my husband's beer and that was it. It's been remarkably easy and I feel much more in control now. Now that I'm this far out and I feel so good, it's not worth it to jeopardize my progress.

I don't need wine to relax anymore and everybody in the family is so proud of me. My daughter brings her wine over and when I walk by and smell it, it doesn't even smell good, all I can smell is the alcohol. At this point, if I had a glass of wine it would have to be really good. I feel like now if I go to a happy hour with people or have a glass of wine with somebody, I know that I won't drink too much; I'm drinking lots of Pellegrino instead.

This process has been fun and I've really enjoyed the friendship. Being able to relax with my hypnosis CDs has replaced the wine. I believe that these changes in my lifestyle will be permanent because I don't want to go back and be consumed with worry the way that I was before. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it has helped me.