It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that hypnosis saved my life.
It’s scary to think about where my life would be if I didn’t discover this powerful healing modality. I get asked all the time by my clients if hypnosis is real and if it can help them heal. The answer is a resounding yes!
I remember the first time that I overate.
I was only eight years old and stuffed myself to oblivion at a buffet. After eating, I immediately got a sense of calmness and comfort from being that full. My life was hectic. My dad was just diagnosed with cancer, my mom had to start working, and my whole world was turned upside down.
I began to escape more and more with food. My overeating eventually transitioned into full-blown binge eating. Around 12 years old, I started to gain weight rapidly. By 20, I weighed my heaviest weight at 261 pounds.
I was miserable, a tight size 22 quickly approaching a size 24. As my pants size continued to accelerate past my age, I knew I had to do something to get my eating under control. I consider this my first rock-bottom. I started a popular low-carb plan and dropped my weight exceptionally fast.
Unfortunately, I wasted almost a decade of my life up and down the scale. No matter how hard I tried, I never could get a grasp of my eating.
I yo-yo dieted so drastically that I had four different sizes of clothes in my closet at any given time. It’s a rollercoaster ride that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. My pursuit to be thin eventually led me down a dark path to try anything to stop the weight gain. By my mid-twenties, I was engulfed in a severe eating disorder. I was either binging, restricting, or doing something unhealthy to erase a binge. It was a nightmarish existence.
Fast forward a few years, shortly after I moved to Los Angeles, and I was on yet another starvation diet. I lost 12 pounds in a month, and after getting a couple of days off work, I decided to celebrate my success with a “cheat meal.” You can probably guess what happened; it permitted me to binge for two days. I got on the scale and gained 10 pounds in two days.
Back then, I was oblivious to water weight, but either way, it was incredibly heartbreaking to see that massive fluctuation in weight after trying so hard to get my weight down. This was my second rock-bottom. The struggle was emotionally exhausting. I couldn’t do this anymore. I was done dieting, but I didn’t know where to turn.
In the past, I tried traditional therapy, support groups, every diet imaginable, even overeaters anonymous, and nothing seemed to help.
There had to be an answer out there. I briefly entertained the thought of embracing my body, but I knew deep down inside I wouldn’t be happy fat. I went on a research frenzy to try to find the answer. Then I came across my first hypnotherapist’s website. I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical at first. However, I was willing to try anything to overcome this crippling part of my life, so I scheduled a hypnosis appointment. At the time, I had no idea how much this decision would impact the course of my life.
After about three weeks of working on my therapist’s hypnosis plan and listening to her recordings, I notice a significant difference in my cravings and my compulsions around food.
My bulimic behavior disappeared the quickest. I have never had another episode since. The portion control and relationship with food took a little longer. Around month six, I felt like a normal person around food for the first time in my adult life. After experiencing this freedom, I felt so much better and I wanted to pay it forward.
I wanted everyone to experience this freedom from any cycle they’re trapped in that’s destroying their life. I changed my career focus entirely and began to study hypnotherapy. A year later, I was a certified hypnotherapist working in the field. Every day, I feel like I am living my true purpose. The mind is tricky. We get into subconscious loops, and our behavior becomes on autopilot. Maybe you can identify in your own life where you have some destructive behaviors or habits that you would like to get rid of.
Have you tried before but failed? The reason you can’t overcome these behaviors is that 88% of your mind is subconscious. It’s easy to see why 12% of your conscious effort gets beat out by the more dominant subconscious mind.
Most of the time, these behaviors and auto-pilot loops begin in childhood or adolescence. These patterns become known in your mind as safe. Like in the example of my own life, my mind started to associate eating large quantities of food with safety and comfort. This set the groundwork for a lifelong struggle with my weight. Another common example is smoking. I want everyone to experience the change they desire.
Life is too precious to spend it struggling. I personally wasted too much time stuck in a cycle that took away my joy and my focus in life. I want you to know that you have the power inside you to change anything you want.
With a few mental shifts using hypnosis, you can create new habits and behaviors that’ll create your best life.
Feel free to connect! I’d love to hear from you and offer guidance where I can.