Healthy Lifestyle: Dolores

Dolores Groves
University of Texas
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last twelve years. It was kind of depressing, the older I got, the more weight I gained. I refused to buy bigger sizes and things had gotten pretty tight. I was like a drug addict; I knew it was bad for me, but I did it anyway because it felt good. I would wake up in the morning and start thinking about what I was going to have for lunch that afternoon. I knew I was letting myself down, but I couldn't stop. I felt like healthy foods weren't going to taste good and I was really closed minded about what was out there. I also bought unhealthy food because they was cheaper.

I used to set goals, but never really work towards them. I tried Weight Watchers and lost ten pounds, but gained it back. I did group hypnosis in the past and cut out bad things like coke and chocolate. The cravings weren't there and it was a noticeable difference. In fact, I still don't drink soda very often and it's been seven years. After the group, I decided that I needed more reinforcement and saw an individual hypnotherapist in Pflugerville. I didn't feel like we were compatible and it was a long drive, so I decided to stop.

I thought about trying hypnosis with someone new and found out about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo local. I decided that it was time for me to take care of myself. I know that hypnosis works for me and when I read other people's testimonials I decided to give Laura a call.

It's been easier to change my behaviors this time. The difference was subtle at first and then all of a sudden it just kind of snuck up on me and I realized that I was doing things differently and wasn't thinking about food all the time. Everything just hit at once and fell into place. I think I'm more open-minded about foods that are good for me; I even tried tofu last week and liked it. I feel more in control now. I'm buying more vegetables and I don't care what the price is. I'm making healthy eating the main priority because I know that it's better for me. I've always gone the cheap route, but now I'm more willing to spend money on quality food.

Hypnosis has helped me stop having cravings. Today, I met my husband for lunch and we went to the Catfish Parlor. I noticed immediately that I was grabbing sautéed vegetables and I ate that first before I touched anything else. We went to dinner last night and my mom was shocked that I was ordering water instead of tea.

The biggest benefit for me overall has been the change in my self image. I feel slimmer and my clothes are loose; I feel better about the choices that I'm making. I want to be healthy and I'm working towards it because I'm more flexible about what I am willing to eat. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to improve their lifestyle. In fact, I have a good friend who has been asking about my progress. She's tried Weight Watchers three times and it hasn't worked. I just keep telling her that change has to come from within. I know that I can do this now and I have a much better outlook about where I'm headed.