Resolve this: Hypnosis for Weight Loss

It’s a Weighty Issue – Food Choice, Portion Control, and Motivation to Exercise

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP® shares her personal and professional insights into success with weight management.  Connie has used the tools of NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming and self hypnosis to transform herself:

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It’s a Weighty Issue – Part I: Food Choice

It seems that a large percentage of the population is thinking about their weight and dieting at any given moment, reading about this new diet, that new food plan, purchasing diet products, and/or in the midst of dieting. Our weight truly is a national obsession.

So, why do diets and food plans fail so miserably to help people achieve a healthy weight and stay there? A “diet” is a conscious (thinking) endeavor. It involves analysis, logic, and willpower.  That can’t cut it long term.

There’s more power in the mind beyond thinking.  We are driven by unconscious (outside of awareness) desires.

We THINK we know why we do what we do. And we’d be wrong. Weight management and issues therein are a complex web beyond conscious choices They involve unconscious patterns of behaviors, and embedded beliefs about ourselves and the world that can limit us. These unconscious drivers are just that, unconscious, beyond our awareness. They get embedded in us and like a program installed on a computer they run and run and run.

What is the benefit of hypnotherapy for weight loss? We can actually get in there and address and change these patterns of unconscious behaviors and limiting beliefs. Update the programs running in us. Change how we feel and what we do. These changes lead to long-term sustained weight loss success and weight management.

Weight loss is a weighty issue. Yes, it is. There’s a lot involved. In my office working with clients we address a variety of changes that may be useful. I’m planning a series of essays which I intend to share here and on my blog, dealing with the issues hypnosis helps such as food choice, portion control, emotional eating, motivation to exercise, self image, negative self talk, limiting beliefs, time management and priorities, and more aspects of the weight management puzzle.

The number one change needed on everybody’s list is food choice — is there a predilection toward sugars and sweets? And/or too many carbs such as pasta, pizza, and potatoes? Not enough vegies? Drinking enough water? I’ve heard it all, uncontrollable attraction to unhealthy choices, such as cookies, chocolate, candy, cake, donuts, sugary sodas, French fries, chips, etc. And the gamut of ho-hum all the way to aversion responses to healthy choices.

Willpower alone can’t cut it!  What is willpower? It activates during the “I want it” vs. “No, I’m not going to have it.” struggle. We’re torn between two competing desires. Willpower is the conscious mind taking control and activating a conscious decision. Usually, it’s the “no.” Willpower is weak. Willpower is difficult to maintain long term (yo-yo dieting proves this).

With skilled hypnosis, we erase the need for willpower altogether. Let me say that again. We get rid of any need for willpower. Willpower is forced to the surface when there’s a struggle. What if there were no struggle? What if your brain just said “no” automatically? There’d be no use for willpower and it wouldn’t even come into play. You’d just be doing something different because it feels right.

For example: I have no interest or desire to jump out of an airplane for sport. NONE. In fact, it’s not going to happen. It’s on my “no way” list. Do I obsess about jumping out of an airplane? Of course not. It never enters my mind. Do I struggle to force myself not to jump? Of course not. Do I jump? No. It’s not what I do. What if eating unhealthy became a “no” rather than a struggle? That’s what skilled hypnotherapy achieves. Will power goes back on the shelf. Don’t need it!  We move beyond the willpower struggle.

Here are some of my client results/comments regarding activation of this change:

“Hi Connie, Just had to send along this spread of the party I was at last night. All of the things I find the hardest to resist! Meats, cheeses, bread, crackers, nuts. It was so nothing to me! I didn’t have ONE THING! And the best part was I didn’t WANT one thing!

It’s just so amazing to me. I am sure it’s “another day at the office” for you but, for me…oh my goodness it was so awesome to not obsess over having it or not…wow. Thank you!!!”  – Lori H., Mercer Island, WA

Is her willpower in play? No. The craving for these particular food choices is gone.

“I’ve lost 40# in 4 months… My sweet tooth and chip obsession disappeared overnight.  My self esteem skyrocketed.  It’s been months since I’ve seen you and yet I’m still right on track with my goals.” E. – Seattle. Is her willpower in play? No.

“I don’t crave ice cream at all now!  Or chocolate.  I am in shock!!!”– Saliha B., Issaquah, WA.  Is her willpower in play? No.

I hope you get the picture here. These people are not “dieting” to avoid sweets and “temptations” and they’re not struggling, they’re just automatically choosing different in ways that serve their weight management success. That’s what skilled hypnosis can do. Hypnosis creates the positive changes that move people by addressing and changing the unconscious patterns. No diet can do that.

Hypnosis stops overeating.
Hypnosis stops overeating

It’s a Weighty Issue – Part II:  When to Say When

I love helping people with weight loss. People come into my office and itemize their issues: what they eat, when they eat, why they eat (when they’re not hungry), how fast they eat, and all the accompanying aspects of self image and internal dialog, limiting beliefs, and so on. Many things need tweaking for success.

The topic of the moment is: Portion Control. When to say when. How to become attuned to the right amount of food for your body and energy needs. How to eat less and enjoy it more. Here is part two of my continuing essays on the various aspects of the “Weighty Issue” of weight loss and weight management, and the successes to be had through Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy.

Our mind has unconscious strategies for everything we do. How we act, how we think, what we choose, what we perceive as real. We acquire these strategies through learning. They become embedded in us like programs running on a computer, which we then call “habits.” Habits are learned, and they can be unlearned.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP–a conversational hypnosis) studies successful unconscious strategies, and we can grab, install, and live those strategies in ourselves. In studies of naturally slender people, we have successfully gathered naturally slender food strategies. Via NLP and hypnosis, we can install these into people who would benefit from them. This is a necessary piece of the work I do with clients! A client can adopt an unconscious new strategy and find themselves engaging in new behaviors without any mental effort.

We get clients in tune with physical hunger vs. emotional hunger. The mind can notice the difference. Emotional hunger is “fed” in new non-caloric ways. Physical hunger leads to a healthy choice strategy in the mind, meaning you’re more likely to reach for an apple rather than a cookie, a salad rather than a cheeseburger and fries. We implant a speed strategy, how fast to eat. Slowing it down is usually helpful. We implant a beverage of choice strategy: water! And then most importantly, we implant an exit strategy. When to STOP EATING. This is set at the point of satisfaction, when the body’s nutritional and energy needs are met in accordance with achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

There are, sadly, desperate people out in the world who don’t realize the control they have over their own minds and bodies, and they go to bizarre extremes like surgeries that attempt to PHYSICALLY limit food intake. That’s not necessary! Installing new unconscious strategies with hypnosis creates better success, without the expense or health risks.

When it’s all said and done, the weight loss client finds themselves engaging in:

–Less emotional eating

–Healthier choices

–Smaller portions

–More satisfaction.

It’s all good.

If your unconscious strategies (habits around food) need adjustment, it’s so much easier than you think to make healthy changes.

It’s a Weighty Issue, Part III:  Let’s Get Moving

Motivation to Exercise with Hypnosis
Motivation to Exercise with Hypnosis

Beyond food choice and portion control, motivation to exercise is high up on the list of changes desired for weight management. “Let’s get physical, physical! I wanna get physical …” That song with its driving beat makes me think of movement. Working out.  Active life. Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy is a way to make it happen.

Patterns and habits are learned. And, if they don’t serve us, they can be re-learned differently, in ways that help.

The “magic” of NLP is, simply put: We can attach new feelings to any activity. What would it be like to be full of energy and motivation to exercise? What if exercise became something wonderful and pleasurable and eagerly anticipated? What if your mind simply said: “This is who I am and this is what I do”? Do you suppose it would be easier to increase your physical activity level?

Here’s one unwanted pattern that I often see with clients:  couch potato. Are you one? That’s a person who has developed a habit of sitting around, watching TV or surfing the web, with a body at rest for hours at a stretch. Oftentimes, this is coupled with mindless eating. That’s a sure fire formula for obesity.

With hypnosis and NLP, we can change “I’m too lazy” and couch-potato habits into a new mindset about exercise. A new mindset leads to new behaviors. In our work, we create and install new, useful mindsets for exercise. Here are some examples:

–I love it. It’s fun.

Or…

–It’s my routine. It’s just who I am and what I do.

Or…

–I have to. (a sense of urgency and necessity)

Or…

A combination of any of the above.

New beliefs go with the new mindset:

–I’m an active person. I’m a healthy person. I have energy. I make the time to be physically active, as this is something wonderful for me. This is “me” time. I deserve healthy.

And new behaviors emerge:

I go to the gym. I go for walks. I find the time. I look for opportunities for movement, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, parking a little further from the store front, and so on.

Hypnosis (and in that word I include NLP) is a way to change your thinking and feeling and behaviors and beliefs to become who you want to be. It really is endlessly fascinating work as every person is different and their desires , beliefs and motivations are different. The game and the fun is finding what will work with each individual and installing those changes. This is why I often say hypnosis is an art form as much as it is a science.

Motivation to be active physically is just one piece of this puzzle, within a larger framework of healthy changes.  Everyone on the planet knows how to lose weight. It’s a very simple and well-documented formula. Eat less, make healthy choices, and be more active. What stops you? We find out and we address those things and create new habits. The power of hypnosis and NLP is that they are tools that encourage new healthy behaviors, and help people automate those choices.

Happy and healthy with hypnosis.
Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP

Warm Regards,
Connie

You can also find out more general information of the successes to be had with these mind technologies of hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming here:

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

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More Weight Loss Success – Another Client Story

Another Happy Review of Seattle's Best Hypnotherapy and NLP

Another Success Story

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

I received another happy hypnosis client report this week.  Good changes are rolling for Gina, from Seattle:

“So excited to see you again – I’ve been feeling so great since our last session – I don’t use a scale, but I can tell the way my clothes are fitting that I’m getting slimmer. I happily take the stairs at work between floors every time, I’m eating healthy and just the right amounts – all sorts of good stuff, and feeling great about it!! 🙂 It’s working magnificently!! So – I’m excited to work on my next goal 🙂 ” – -Gina Cornwall., Seattle, WA

Yay, for success.  You go, Girl!

Weight loss is a very complex thing, lots of moving parts that we tweak with hypnosis and NLP:  new food choices  (things to eat more of, things to stay away from), portion control–when to say when, upping motivation to exercise, improving self image, optimizing metabolism, increasing water consumption, and so on…  Of all these needed tweaks the biggest is: tenacity for healthy.  If you’ve got it, we enhance it.  If you don’t have it, we install it.

Tenacity.  Sustained action.  That’s called “doing it.”  The difference between mere desire and success.  For weight loss, and for life!

Weight loss success Connie Brannan.

Making changes!

I know all about successful weight loss, it’s “my thing” as they say.  Living it.  Gina avoids the scale, and that’s OK.  There are other ways to measure success, how clothes fit, energy in daily activities, your face and body in the mirror, and more.  I weigh myself every day nowadays, and my current goal is maintenance. After losing a ton of weight, I want to hold where I’m at.  I’m doing it!  🙂  The numbers on the scale have been pretty consistent for the past couple months.  I’m gearing up for another round of losing more weight, slow, steady, consistent.  I’ve got about another 10 pounds to go.

Tenacity.  One of the “secrets” I’ve developed at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP is how to activate tenacity.  Long term.  Clients get the benefit of this.  Part of the artistry (and effectiveness) of this work is the way a hypnotist creates new things– some do and some don’t.  Some approach this work as a paint-by-numbers affair and read a pre-packaged script at you, and some are true creative artists creating for you from their imagination, life experience, hypnotic skillset, and facility with language.  I’m a word artist.  We paint pictures in the mind with words.  And those pictures become so motivating that life changes for the better.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding.  What results are my clients getting?  Gina is one example.  Here are over 200 more:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net/hypnosis-results-testimonials-index/

Learn more anytime about this art form of empowerment called hypnosis.  Weight loss and maintenance is one application of this power. There are so many more.

Call me and find out:  425-564-8608.  Claim your free in office hypnosis and NLP consultation.

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm), Seattle's best hypnotherapistAll the Best,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™
Design Human Engineer ™
Persuasion Engineer ™
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis
http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

Weight Loss Transformation with Hypnosis

Weight loss success Connie Brannan.

Making changes!   Keeping changes!  Connie 2016.

Hi, Hypnosis friends and enthusiasts! And curious parties!

Here is another updated photo I call “face compare.” It’s me and my ongoing weight loss success.

These two photos show my face before hypnosis (circa 2005), and now. The photo on the right was taken yesterday in my office.

When I created my website, Mindworks Hypnosis, in 2007, I used a pic similar to this.  I’m sharing it below. It showed my transformation at the time.

Weight loss success story.

Changes as of 2007.

What does this show? Long term success. 10 years at a lighter weight.

You hear all the time about people going to wild extremes in dieting or adopting a boot camp like workout regimen and dropping a ton of weight.  Think about that show, “The Biggest Loser.”  Where are those “losers” now, a year or two later?  They’ve gained it back!  Those regimens are not natural and cannot be maintained long term.  Hypnosis is something very different.  It creates winners!

It changes YOU so that you automatically do the healthy choices.  It may take longer to get where you want to go, but once you arrive, you get to stay there.  Lifestyle changes. This is a huge and amazing difference between these modalities and a “diet.”

I know whereof I speak.  This is my life.  I’m doing it.  And I can help you do it.  Let’s just say I have the proper understanding and mind set and SKILL set to help you get it done.  “It” being your new healthy body and habits and outlook on life and new positive self image.  This thing called thinner is really something wonderful, more wonderful than any secret twinkie.

Call me and find out more anytime.  Come in, meet me, and have a free consult! My hypnosis clinic is conveniently located south of downtown Bellevue in the lovely Bellefield Office Park, and I’m ready to help!  Take a nature walk along the canal when we’re done talking, it’s a gorgeous park-like setting.

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm)All the Best,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™
Design Human Engineer ™
Persuasion Engineer ™
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis
http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

My Weight Loss Success – Feel Great and Lose Weight

Happy with hypnosis Weight Loss Success

Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror?

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

Today I want to share a weight loss success story.  There are many, many client success stories on my Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP website of all varieties (over 180 at last count), and many, many weight loss success stories in particular.

This one is different.  This one is me.

I have a lot of new readers to my blog and I’d like to share my story again.  One of the things that makes me different from other hypnotists in the area is my confidence, my absolute knowing that hypnosis works to change anything.  That includes habits, health, energy, body size and shape.  How do I know?  I live that success.

That picture up above is me, taken today.  It’s not vanity to do my “selfies,” it’s how I measure weight loss success.  I don’t get on the scale.  I measure success by how I feel and how I look.  How my clothes fit me.  I’m wearing clothes half the size.  I measure success by how much energy I have, walking, climbing stairs, and so on.  I especially like to compare my face to how I used to look, several years ago, before I started using hypnosis & NLP for weight loss. Here is a pic of my face from 2005:

Overweight is a health concern.

Do I look different to you?

I grew up as a child with weight issues and most of my adult life as well.  I know the ins and outs of unhealthy habits and negative thinking, and what drives changes in weight, both up and down.  I know about diets of all varieties, starvation and otherwise. And because I am so intimately conversant in all this, I can help you!  I KNOW how to lose weight and keep it off for years!  I’m doing it.  And I know how to help you to be successful as well.

How do we do this with Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy®?  When I work one on one with my hypnosis weight loss clients, we address everything, including habits, emotions, and beliefs!  We tweak anything and everything that needs changing in you to help you be successful.  We work on:  overeating, food choices, sugar addiction, carbs, emotional eating, stress eating, bored eating, celebration eating, alcohol consumption, speed of eating, mindless eating, not drinking enough water, etc.  We pump up motivation to exercise.  We remove any limiting beliefs that might hinder your success. And, most importantly of all, we improve your self image.  All this changes how you feel, and how you act in the world.

I help you to see yourself as vibrant, happy, and enthused with life, an active person who chooses healthy.  And you become that person.  When I was very young, there was a popular expression:  “what you see is what you get.” Well, it turns out that that is true, as it applies to what you see in your own mind about your own life.

I’ve found the secret to weight loss.  Here it is, in a nutshell.  People think, when I lose weight, then I will have earned the right to feel good and like myself.  I’ll be feeling energetic, proud, confident, sexy, in control, high self esteem, joyous, and so on.

That’s backwards.  It’s not lose weight and feel great.  It’s FEEL GREAT AND LOSE WEIGHT.  In that order.

Once you start feeling better now, with all those good emotions rolling in you (even before you’ve “earned” them), your body begins changing automatically.  With my work, we bring and attach a custom blend of good feelings to your now.  And here comes the weight loss. Patterns shift.  Eating changes.  Easy.  If you check out the many video testimonials of success on my websites, you’ll notice a common theme:  “I feel so good.  And it’s so surprisingly easy to lose weight.”  Those two things are connected, and in the proper order.

I know this is true.  Look at my face.  I’ve done it.  And I am doing it.  One of the big issues people face is regaining weight.  Yo-yo dieting, it’s called.  Well, I’ve been a lighter weight for 10 years now.  Long term!  When you’re focused on healthy and feeling good, that’s just the way it is and how you live.  I help you focus.  And maintain focus.  I give you tools to take home to maintain success long term.

What would you think of a hypnotist who is obese telling you they can help you to lose weight?   If they could, why don’t they do it for themselves?  What would you think of a timid, self-doubt-ridden hypnotist telling you they can increase your confidence?  If they could, why don’t they do it for themselves?  What would you think of a physician who is a chain smoker telling you to lay off the cigarettes?  There’s something called “congruency” and it’s important in life and in business.  I just call it “walking the talk.”

Hypnosis and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming–a high tech conversational hypnosis) are the tools that we work with to get you from A to B.  If A is overweight and B is looking in the mirror and smiling with pleasure and success at the healthier face looking back, I can help.  Let’s do it!

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP (tm) Mindworks Hypnosis

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP ™

All the Best,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt.
Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist
Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ®
Design Human Engineer ™
Persuasion Engineer ™
Professional Conversational Hypnotherapist
Managing Partner, Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP
http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.loseweightseattle.com
http://www.stopsmokingseattle.com
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

 

All material herein is © Copyright Connie Brannan, 2016.  All rights reserved.

Hypnosis for New Year’s Resolutions

Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP for your New Year's Resolutions

It’s time for hypnosis!

Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

In addition to our hypnotherapy and NLP clinical work in the Seattle area, we also teach through our private career school.  And we’ve had some fabulous students over the years. Here is a post for “The Hypnotizer” by a guest blogger, my student, Alexa Ritter.  Alexa is an amazing hypnotist and Licensed Master Practitioner of NLP®

Enjoy Alexa’s words of wisdom!  All the Best, Connie

Hypnosis for New Year’s Resolutions by Alexa Ritter

How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution?  Maybe 25? 35? 45? 50? 70? And how many times did you stick to your resolution for the entire year? That number, if you are anything like the rest of us, is probably a lot lower.

This is because change can be difficult if one tries to do it through will-power alone.  The main reason why anyone is celebrated or praised for adhering to a New Year’s resolution is because they are fighting an uphill battle and “surviving”.

As Albert Einstein once proclaimed, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply decide to make a change in your life, and then sit back and relax as your wish becomes your mind’s command?

With hypnosis, you don’t even have to try to achieve your goals! The struggle fades away, and the battle is won instantly.  You can say “goodbye” to that miserable year-long process of attempting to create change, and say “hello” to becoming the boss of your own life!

If your boss told you to do something, you would do it without hesitation. Just like your boss is in charge of you at work, your unconscious mind is in charge of how your life works.

However, your unconscious mind isn’t just some old boss – it is you—the manifestation and accumulation of all that you can be, and all the power you have. It is limitless, expansive, creative, and omnipotent, regardless of any preconceived notion of what you can and cannot do.

The reason why you may have struggled to create change in the past is because your conscious, analytical mind stopped you. It came up with all sorts of excuses, limiting beliefs, bad ideas, and temptations. The funny thing is, that whatever change you wanted to make, was more than likely a conscious idea. And by eventually limiting and contradicting itself, your conscious mind really was unresourceful.

Unlike the conscious mind, the unconscious mind is extremely resourceful.  It knows exactly how to make all the changes necessary in order for you to have what you desire. Permanently and easily!

During hypnosis, your unconscious mind is given suggestions, or instructions on what needs to be done. It then finds a healthful and appropriate way to take you there, and demands compliance from your conscious mind. Your conscious mind stops creating the problem, and fully accepts the effective course of action formulated by your unconscious.

So why not make this year different? Why not utilize your unconscious mind to make changes instantly, easily, and permanently?

Not only will you receive praise from your friends and family for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions, you will do it almost effortlessly, and your lasting success will become an inspiration to them. They will want to know your secret!

And hypnosis is the answer!

What Can Hypnosis Help With?

Hypnosis unlocks your power of mind!Hi, Hypnosis Friends!

I’ve been doing this work, hypnosis and NLP, in the Seattle area for 9 years now. And what I absolutely sense is that hypnosis is becoming more recognized as something that WORKS.  Something that helps.  More and more people are considering it as a powerful and QUICK and lasting solution to the problems of everyday living.  And so they should, because it is.  🙂

Michael and I have a saying, and you can quote us:  “If the mind is involved in the activity, then hypnosis can help.”  “If the mind is involved in the activity.”  That’s everything!  And because so many new people are becoming aware of hypnosis, I think it bears repeating: Here are just a few of the things that hypnosis can help with:

Anger Management
Accelerated Power to Heal
Better Relationships
Claustrophobia
Compulsive Thinking
Confidence Building
Confidence in Dating
Confidence Driving
Creative Problem Solving
Dealing with Stress
End Migraines
Eat Healthy
End Alcohol Abuse
End Anxiety
End Depression
End Excessive Guilt
End Negative Thinking
Enhance Sex
Enjoy Meeting New People
Fear of Dentists
Fear of Elevators
Fear of Heights
Fear of Loneliness
Fear of Open Spaces
Fear of Rejection
Fear of Snakes
Fear of Spiders
Fear of Success
Feel Good – Look Good
Find Your Passion
Gambling Addiction
Get Over What Others Think
Get Popular Social Comfort
Golf Enhancement
Goodbye Jealous Thoughts
Goodbye Tension Headaches
Healthy Eating
Healthy Hypnosis for Life Style Changes
High Blood Pressure
Hypochondria
Increase Assertiveness
Increase Your Concentration
Insecurity
Interview with Confidence
Job Loss
Learning Languages
Mental Toughness
Midlife Crisis
More Creativity
More Motivated
Motivation for Exercise
Optimism
Organization Skills
Overcome Caffeine Addiction
Overcome Fear of Failure
Overcome Social Anxiety
Pain Management
Panic Attacks
Perfect Sleeping
Perform at Your Best
Performance Nerves
Personal Growth and Development
Phobias and Fears
Positive Self Belief
Pregnancy Nausea
Public Speaking
Quit Smoking
Recover from Divorce
Relationship Insecurity
Relax Socially
Relief from Stress
Say ‘No’ with Confidence
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Self Actualization
Self Development
Self Esteem
Self Hypnosis
Sexual Performance Anxiety
Shopping Compulsion
Shortcut to Meditation
Shyness
Speak in Public with Confidence
Sports Hypnosis
Start Conversations
Stick-to-it-iveness
Stop Bedwetting
Stop Biting Your Fingernails
Stop Blushing
Stop Procrastinating
Stop Self Sabotage
Stop Writers Block
Teeth Grinding
Test Anxiety
Weight Loss Hypnosis
Workplace Motivation

If any of these positive changes are on your “to do,” list, come in to our offices and learn how we can help.  Mindworkshypnosis & NLP, that’s Seattle’s best and highest skilled hypnotherapy.

Connie Brannan, Licensed Trainer of NLPAll the Best,
Connie

How Old Do I Look? Thinner is Younger!

weight age2Hi, My Seattle Area (and beyond) Hypnosis Friends!

In a world obsessed with youthful appearance, here’s more evidence to prove something we’ve all suspected: being overweight makes you look older.  Overweight adds years to your appearance.  And of course, it makes you feel older, slower, and creakier, with less energy.

On Facebook, I found this very cool program from Microsoft, and I immediately started playing with it.   “How Old Do I Look?”  It’s an age old question (pun) filled with appeal.  We all want to know that!

It kind of reminds me of the old carnival barkers who would guess your weight or age, only more scientific!  Here, you plug in any pics of yourself, and the facial recognition algorithms estimate your age.  In Microsoft’s formal lingo:  “Part of Microsoft Project Oxford, Face APIs provide state-of-the-art algorithms to process face images, like face detection with gender and age prediction, recognition, alignment and other application level features.”

In the pictures of me in the video below, one heavier, one thinner, you can see what the age-detecting-robots thought.  Heavier is seen as older!   In truth, in the thinner picture, I’m two years older than the other pic.   The algorithm says:  the same face thinner looks younger!  And I agree!

Ladies (and men) of a certain age are doing whatever they can to keep a young, vibrant, youthful appearance–for better relationships, for business success, for everyday walking around in the world.  They may choose to go under the knife, and get a facelift, or they may color away their gray hair, or they may resort to botox injections to erase lines and wrinkles.

How about a healthy alternative for a youthful face?  Lose weight!   Nothing glows YOUTH like health–and thinner is healthier.

Healthy Eating with Mindworks Hypnosis SeattleI know what you’re thinking.  But, but, but, it’s hard to lose weight.  What if it wasn’t hard? What if there were an easy way to focus your mind and change your body and reclaim your youthful appearance? There is.  It’s called…wait for it…HYPNOSIS!  There are numerous motivations for change.  My clients tell me what they want by way of losing weight, and looking younger is absolutely on the list.

Let’s do it.  The clock is ticking.  Call me and we’ll get started:  (425) 564-8608  Come on out to Bellevue for your free consultation.  I help people lose weight, that’s one of my prime areas of expertise.  You can check out either of my websites for more info:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net and http://www.loseweightseattle.com.

Here’s to a healthy, happy, youthful life!

All the Best,
Connie

Seattle Hypnosis Success – She’s the Skinny Hug Grandma Now

Carol Haugen

When you’re excited about something, you know what? It shows!

Carol Haugen of Renton, WA, is surprised at how well hypnosis works for weight loss.  After a couple sessions, she’s on a new path: minus 5 pounds so far, working out, down a belt notch, clothes looser, and her granddaughter reports that a recent “hug” shows her that Grandma is getting thinner.

There’s all kinds of ways to measure weight loss success, and the number on the scale is just one of them.

Here’s Carol sharing what she’s noticing so far after our work at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP for weight loss hypnotherapy.  And what she’s really noticing is:  it’s so easy.  Amazingly so.  That’s the power of the mind, when properly focused.

If you’re interested in losing weight, getting healthy and adopting new healthy lifestyle changes, we can help.  We do offer a free in-office private consultation if you’d like to learn more about what this thing called “hypnosis” REALLY is.  You’ll be surprised.  It’s something wonderful, and not at all like the picture painted by TV and movies.  Carol knows!

All the Best,
Connie

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.loseweightseattle.com

Lose Weight and Feel Great, with Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Mindworks Hypnosis for weight loss success.

Get healthy now, with skilled hypnotherapy.

Carmen of Redmond, WA is happy with her weight loss results after three hypnotherapy sessions, at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  She came in for her health, her weight and her blood pressure–and is noticing the successful changes.

Here’s what this lovely lady has to say about how skeptical turned into joy.

“Connie has been a Godsend!  I have seen improvement in my clothes, my blood pressure, my weight is coming down…” and more:

Yay, Carmen!  It IS amazing, and it is you.  This work utilizes your inherent resourcefulness to make positive changes in your lifestyle and habits and choices.  And everyone can do it!

Find out more anytime with a free in-office consultation.  I’m happy to share more info. about what I do and what I love.

Warm Regards,
Connie

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.loseweightseattle.com

Happy New Year from Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP

Time for Hypnosis

Time for Hypnosis

Hello, Hypno-Friends!

Greetings from Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP for a Happy New Year! Here’s wishing you all a healthy and happy 2014. Yay! And remember, if you’ve got some New Years Resolutions, hypnotherapy will turbo charge their success and accomplishment.

It’s a good time for change. Now. 2014–the year of your fabulous success!

x o Connie & Michael

Are you ready for the new year?  Here it comes:

It’s a Weighty Issue – Food Choice

Remove food temptations with hypnosis.

Goodbye, Willpower. And that's a good thing for weight loss.

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

The holidays are looming, and all those over-indulgence opportunities: holiday sweets and treats in the office, family parties, Turkey Day where the turkey isn’t the only thing getting “stuffed,” and so on are looming as well.

During the months of November and December, it’s easy to get wild and shelve healthy eating. It doesn’t have to be that way. At this very appropriate time, I’m offering a series of essays on weight management. Here’s number one!

It’s a Weighty Issue – Part I: Food Choice

It seems that a large percentage of the population is thinking about their weight at any given moment, reading about this new diet, that new food plan, purchasing diet products, and/or in the midst of dieting. Our weight truly is a national obsession.

So, why do diets and food plans fail so miserably to help people achieve a healthy weight and stay there? A “diet” is a conscious (thinking) endeavor. It involves analysis, logic, and willpower. That can’t cut it long term.

There’s more power in the mind beyond thinking.

Unconscious Drivers

We THINK we know why we do what we do. And we’d be wrong. Weight management and issues therein are a complex web beyond conscious choices. They involve unconscious patterns of behaviors, and embedded beliefs about ourselves and the world that can limit us. These unconscious drivers are just that, unconscious, beyond our awareness. They get embedded in us and like a program installed on a computer they run and run and run.

What is the benefit of hypnotherapy for weight loss? We can actually get in there and address and change these patterns of unconscious behaviors and limiting beliefs. Update the programs running in us. Change how we feel and what we do. These changes lead to long-term sustained weight loss success and weight management.

Weight loss is a weighty issue. Yes, it is. There’s a lot involved. In my office working with clients we address a variety of changes that may be useful. I’m planning a series of essays which I intend to share here on my blog, dealing with the issues hypnosis helps with, such as food choice, portion control, emotional eating, motivation to exercise, self image, negative self talk, limiting beliefs, time management and priorities, and more aspects of the weight management puzzle.

The number one change needed on everybody’s list is food choice — is there a predilection toward sugars and sweets? And/or too many carbs such as pasta, pizza, and potatoes? Not enough vegies? Drinking enough water? I’ve heard it all, uncontrollable attraction to unhealthy choices, such as cookies, chocolate, candy, cake, donuts, sugary sodas, French fries, chips, etc. And the gamut of ho-hum all the way to aversion responses to healthy choices.

Why Willpower Sucks

What is willpower? It activates during the “I want it” vs. “No, I’m not going to have it.” struggle. We’re torn between two competing desires. Willpower is the conscious mind taking control and activating a conscious decision. Usually, it’s the “no.” Willpower is weak. Willpower is difficult to maintain long term (yo-yo dieting proves this).

With skilled hypnosis, we erase the need for willpower altogether. Let me say that again. We get rid of any need for willpower. Willpower is forced to the surface when there’s a struggle. What if there were no struggle? What if your brain just said “no” automatically? There’d be no use for willpower and it wouldn’t even come into play. You’d just be doing something different because it feels right.

For example: I have no interest or desire to jump out of an airplane for sport. NONE. In fact, it’s not going to happen. It’s on my “no way” list. Do I obsess about jumping out of an airplane? Of course not. It never enters my mind. Do I struggle to force myself not to jump? Of course not. Do I jump? No. It’s not what I do. What if eating unhealthy became a “no” rather than a struggle? That’s what skilled hypnotherapy achieves. Will power goes back on the shelf. Don’t need it!

Beyond the Willpower Struggle

Here are some of my client results/comments regarding activation of this change:

“Hi Connie, Just had to send along this spread of the party I was at last night. All of the things I find the hardest to resist! Meats, cheeses, bread, crackers, nuts. It was so nothing to me! I didn’t have ONE THING! And the best part was I didn’t WANT one thing!

It’s just so amazing to me. I am sure it’s “another day at the office” for you but, for me…oh my goodness it was so awesome to not obsess over having it or not…wow. Thank you!!!”  – Lori H., Mercer Island, WA

Is her willpower in play? No. The craving for these particular food choices is gone.

“I’ve lost 40# in 4 months… My sweet tooth and chip obsession disappeared overnight. My self esteem skyrocketed. It’s been months since I’ve seen you and yet I’m still right on track with my goals.”  E. – Seattle. Is her willpower in play? No.

“I don’t crave ice cream at all now! Or chocolate. I am in shock!!!” — Saliha B., Issaquah, WA. Is her willpower in play? No.

I hope you get the picture here. These people are not “dieting” to avoid sweets and “temptations” and they’re not struggling, they’re just automatically choosing different in ways that serve their weight management success. That’s what skilled hypnosis can do. Hypnosis creates the positive changes that move people by addressing and changing the unconscious patterns. No diet can do that.

Keep reading here for continuing essays on the various aspects of the Weighty Issue of weight loss and weight management, and the successes to be had through Neuro Linguistic Hypnotherapy.

Warm Regards,
Connie

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net

http://www.loseweightseattle.com

Learn Self Hypnosis @ Bellevue College’s Personal Enrichment Program

Self Hypnosis rocks!

Two evenings:  July 17, 2012 & July 24, 2012

I’ve lost a lot of weight…you know how? I use a tool to keep my habits healthy, my thoughts successful, and my body metabolizing at peak efficiency. It’s called “self hypnosis.” This quarter at Bellevue College I share my secrets to weight loss via self hypnosis. And not only that, you get to LEARN the how to and EXPERIENCE the power of trance for yourself. Hypnosis. It’s very, very cool. And it’s for everyone.

Here are the details:

http://www.campusce.net/BC/course/course.aspx?C=11559&pc=1066&mc=1387&sc=

Healthy Hypnosis: Let Go of Weight

Imagine yourself in your “skinny jeans.” Hear the compliments of your family and friends. Like what you see when you look in the mirror! Feel the energy! The hypnosis skills taught in this workshop can help you unleash the infinite power within you to achieve all this! You’ll learn to reprogram your own mind to act in ways you desire: healthy choices, healthy eating, motivation to exercise. It won’t be a struggle, and it’s not a “diet,” it’s simply doing what you want to do. Your mind and your body will be working together–for your health!! Healthy Hypnosis: Let Go of Weight Fee: $89.00

For more information about me, my credentials, my expertise, google: Connie Brannan, CHt, Master Hypnotist & Owner of Mindworks Hypnosis & Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming ™ or check this out:
http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net
http://www.loseweightseattle.com
http://www.seattlenlptraining.com
http://www.stopsmokingseattle.com

This is sure to be a smoking exciting class. Experiential. C’mon down and get hypnotized. A mere $89 for 2 evenings of training. I teach self hypnosis to my clients one on one as well, but there, you’d pay a lot more. This is a DEAL not to be missed. If you’ve ever wondered about hypnosis, hop onto this extraordinary opportunity.

Warm Regards,
Connie

The Secret to Successful Slender – Mindworks Hypnosis

Feel Great and Lose Weight!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

When you reach your ideal weight, what will be different in your life? My clients often respond to this question with feelings. “I’ll feel happy. I’ll feel healthy, more energy. Proud of myself. Accomplished. Sexy. I’ll feel super fantastic. I’ll feel in control of my life.” Yay!! Terrific. Those are all wonderful feelings.

So, shall I share with you the secret to successful weight loss? I’ve lived it, and so are my clients. It’s why I’ve been named “Best of Bellevue” two years running for Weight Loss and Control Programs. OK, you twisted my arm. 🙂 My clients, and people in general believe that you FIRST have to achieve the goal to feel the satisfaction and other good feelings of achieving the goal. Wrong!

Here’s the secret. The simplest weight loss tip of all: Feel good first! Then your body changes.

So simple. So elegant. So powerful. You adopt the good feelings that the successful completion of your goal will bring you, and you enjoy those good feeling in the now. That changes everything. When you change how you feel, you change how you think, and you change your behaviors. All these positive, good-feeling changes lead to changes in habits, and ultimately changes in the size, and shape of your body.

If you’re feeling energetic, sexy, and healthy, do you want that cupcake? The cupcake doesn’t bring you happy. You’re already happy. Goodbye, emotional eating (a huge problem for a majority of people with weight issues).

My teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler, put it succinctly. “Good feelings. Good decisions. Bad feelings. Bad decisions.” That is so right on! So, what I do with weight loss clients is attach them to the good feelings now. Their own healthy decisions roll from there.

Here’s where hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming (a conversational hypnosis) are powerful helpers. These are methodologies which make it so quick and easy to create useful states of mind and body at will. Emotional states or feelings such as happy, healthy, accomplishment, control. We create them, and we attach them to situations where they become useful. That’s what I do. I custom design and blend new appropriate feelings the way you might have a shade of paint for your living room custom blended. I create shades of emotion that are desirable and useful. And then I paint your life with them.

So, yes, this works for weight loss. And so much more. Say you have an unwanted state of mind and body called fear. A phobia. If the phobia was gone how would you be feeling? Calm, safe, clear minded, and free. Ok. Voila. We create calm, safe, clear minded, and free. And using various creative processes we attach that to the context which used to contain fear. Fear evaporates.

Hypnosis is good stuff. As always, you can learn more about these tools at http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Are you Ready?

Are you ready?

Another client testimonial.  Michael of Seattle says:  “I lost 4 pounds!  (the first week).  I’m loving it!  I’m eating less, and food tastes better.”

That’s right.  You’ll eat less and enjoy it more.  No “deprivation,” you’ll just be doing what feels right, naturally.

With hypnosis, we install the same unconscious strategies that “naturally slender” people use.  A strategy inside our mind determines our habits, our responses, our behaviors.  Let’s make it a healthy one.

It’s February.  Have your healthy New Year’s Resolutions faltered with sheer “will power.”  Let’s use all of your mind power, and make change easy and accessible.

Call me and I’ll explain more about how it all works.  And work it does!  Magnificently well.  Mindworks Hypnosis– voted Best of Bellevue 2011 for “Weight Loss and Control Program.”  BEST.  That means most effective.  More so than other diet programs out there, other diet clinics, other hypnotists.

Personally, I want the best.  You deserve the best.  Call me.  Connie Brannan @ (425) 564-8608.

Warm Regards,
Connie

World Hypnotism Day 1/28 – Thank You to Attendees!

Hi, Guys!

Michael and I attended the festivities today in Bellevue around our state’s National Guild of Hypnotists’ chapter’s World Hypnotism Day events.  Michael and I were financial sponsors of the event as well as participants.  Michael gave free public talks on getting over PTSD, and another on the Magic of Instant Change, and a class for professional hypnotists on hypnotic “inductions.”  (Bringing someone into hypnosis.)  He also manned a Q&A panel to answer questions re:  hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

I gave a free talk on Smoking Cessation, as well as a paid course for professionals on how to bring a resource state into a problem state and dissolve the problem state — Advanced techniques of NLP Anchoring.

It was a long day, but FUN!  Thank you to all who attended, and we hope you learned more about the power of your own minds.

World Hypnotism Day is an event to promote the understanding of hypnosis as a healing art–I think that we met that challenge today.  🙂  For more local events, keep your eyes on my “events page” at the top of this blog.  Hypnosis is something to be celebrated all year long, not just one day.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Another Testimonial of Weight Loss Success

Hypnosis works!

Hello, Hypno-Friends!

I tell my clients:  the proof is in the pudding!  Another testimonial.  🙂  Short, sweet, succinct:  “I’ve lost 20 pounds!”  — Lori C., Seattle, WA.

Yay, Lori!

If you have some extra poundage to shed, guess what?  Success is just a trance away.  Call me.  Reminder:  Mindworks Hypnosis has been declared “Best of Bellevue 2011” for weight loss and control programs.  Find out more:  (425) 564-8608.

Warm Regards, Connie

Congrats to our New Year’s Resolution Giveaway Winner

Connie Brannan, CHt & Licensed Trainer of NLP
Connie Brannan, CHt & Licensed Trainer of NLP

Congratulations to Jack H. of Renton.  He has been selected as winner in our New Year’s Resolution Giveaway.  His prize:  he selected 3 of Mindworks Hypnosis’ Sensory Enhanced Hypnosis audio CDs.  Keep your eyes here and on our main webpage http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net/  for more info. about future winning opportunities for our “Monthly Trance” subscribers.

Yay, Jack!  Here’s to a New Year and a New You.

For others who may be interested in our “hypnosis in a box” CDs to pump up your New Year’s resolutions success, info is here:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net/products.html.

Warm Regards,
Connie

New Years Resolution Giveaway! Enter to Win 3 Free Hypnosis CDs!

Lose Weight with Bellevue hypnotherapy, for your positive changes through hypnosis.
You could win this!

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

New Years is a marker, a time for fresh beginnings.  A time for looking and moving forward.  A time for your healthy New Years Resolutions.  Michael and I want to help you succeed in that!  Right now, we are offering a giveaway for our newsletter subscribers.

A free drawing.  A chance to win.  Win what?  Three titles (of your choosing) from my Sensory Enhanced Hypnosis audio CDs.  I have 7 titles to choose from including Lose Weight and Feel Great, Stop Smoking, the Stress Management Program.  More information about my products is here:  AMAZING HYPNOSIS CDS.

These are essentially “hypnosis sessions in a box.”  Nothing is a as powerful as individual one-on-one Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy, but these CDs are a tool for your success as well.

How to enter?  Simply join our mailing list to “The Monthly Trance.”  It’s free to join.  All that is required is your email address.  Here’s the link.

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It’s also on the home page of Mindworks Hypnosis  on the upper left.  On January 1st, we’ll pick a name at random from our current US subscribers, and one will win their choice of the CDs.  The lucky winner will be notified by email.

The Monthly Trance archives are here.  They’re articles, tips, processes, events and more about the doings of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP.  Stay in the loop!  🙂

Yes, New Years is looming, which for me personally is a wonderful thing.  My wedding anniversary, 26 years now, happens in a few weeks.  I like fresh, I like new.  We’re moving to a new home in January as well.  (My office stays in Bellevue!)  All this is good.  I’m resolving that 2012 should be my best year ever!  Do you likewise!

Warm Regards,
Connie & Michael

Another Happy Camper! (Weight loss client.)

Hi, Guys!

C. L. of Kirkland, Washington is a weight loss client of mine.  Today she gave me a lovely report of her continuing success.  She’s let go of weight, pumped up the exercise, is making healthier choices, is sleeping better, and in general feeling better in her own skin and her own life.  She says:

“I feel so empowered!  I feel like I’m in charge of my choices now, rather than following whims or food cravings.”

Right on!  It’s about power.  Yours.  Your unconscious mind is amazingly resourceful and can create a new body for you, new habits, new behaviors–once you communicate with it in the right way.  That’s where I come in, with my hypnosis & NLP expertise.

Most people pack on a few extra pounds during the holidays what with parties, and goodies, and family functions starting with the feeding fest known as Thanksgiving.   It doesn’t have to be a fattening time of year.  Are you interested in losing weight during the holidays??  Yes, it’s absolutely do-able.  Find out how.  http://www.loseweightseattle.com

Warm Regards,
Connie

Protection from The Power of Pie

Hello, Hypno-Friends!

How to you like the new look of my blog?  I wanted a new “Fall Into Change” banner, as I LOVE  this time of year and the colors of autumn leaves.   This is my time of year.

Pumpkin Pie Overdose?

I was reading an article about Thanksgiving, and about PIE in particular.  America’s love affair with pie.  Apple pie, pumpkin pie, rhubarb pie, you name it.  Blackberry pie.  The pie council conducted a survey about America’s pie habits, who likes what and how often.  I read a shocking and startling statement, right there in bold ink:

“1 in 5 Americans have eaten an entire pie by themselves.”

Wow.  Pie is homey, pie is celebration, but a whole pie???  Was it in one sitting, I wonder…  Wow.  Sounds like overindulgence.

If you’re one of the 20% of Americans with that kind of eating capacity and proclivity, and if you also have packed on any extra pounds by way of pie overdose…guess what?  Hypnosis can help.  I can help.  Hypnosis works!  My company is Mindworks Hypnosis and I’ll get you back on track to healthy eating faster than you can imagine.

If you’re worried about overindulging this Thanksgiving, think about this:  Hypnosis for weight loss and weight management.  It’s what I do.  It’s what I know.  It’s my own story as well, although I have never eaten a whole pie.  Check out the before and after picture of me!  This is how I know hypnosis works, I’ve used it.

Before and after hypnosis works for weight loss.

Hypnosis works for weight loss.

I was fond of those little individual Hostess pies–lemon in particular.  Haven’t had one in years, and that’s a good thing.

If you need pie protection in advance of November 24th, I can help!  Absolutely yes.  If you want to be satisfied with one piece, we can do that.  I you want none, we can do that.  If you want to be motivated to go exercise on Black Friday, we can do that.  Tell me what you want, and I’ll help you do it.

Here is more information about my services to help with weight management hypnosis:  http://www.loseweightseattle.com

Have a happy and healthy Holiday!

Warm Regards,
Connie

Seattle Hypnotist, Connie Brannan, CHt.

Seattle area hypnotist, Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming

Another Chance to Trance – Who Wants Power?

Bellevue College Continuing Education

Bellevue College Continuing Education

Hi, Guys!

I’m offering my fun and fast and fabulous course in self hypnosis training at Bellevue College again next month. Seats are still available.

Sign Up Here!

Have you wondered about hypnosis? Wanted to know what it really is? Wanted to know how it feels to experience it firsthand? C’mon and sign up for this course. It’s hands on. Minds on. Life on.

You get to connect with the most powerful part of your own mind–your intuition, your creativity, your problem-solving POWER. Your unconscious. Who wants power? I do! I do!

The course is geared toward weight loss hypnosis, but the tool is useful for so much more than that. What you learn here is applicable for creating a myriad of positive changes, quitting smoking, sleeping better, improved memory, stress release, and so much more.

Here are comments I’ve received from students who fill out Bellevue College’s formal evaluation form at class end as to what they found most valuable:

–LOTS OF HANDS ON/GOOD ABOUT ANSWERING QUESTIONS.
–PRACTICAL EXERCISES
–THE IDEA OF CHANGING
–PRACTICAL PART – DOING HYPNOSIS
–I BELIEVE IT WILL WORK
–GETTING ACCURATE INFORMATION
–ALL OF IT
–LEARNING HOW TO RELAX
–THE ACTUAL PROCESS OF LEARNING HYPNOSIS
–THE ABILITY TO USE SELF HYPNOSIS IN THE FUTURE TO HELP SHAPE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
–CAN BE USED AT HOME – LIFE LONG SKILLS
–HELPING ME TO BETTER MYSELF
–THE CONTENT OF THE COURSE AND THE EXERCISES

That’s right!  Lots of cool stuff to be learned.  And it’s USEFUL stuff.  It feels good, and it does good for your life.

You can sign up here, through Bellevue College’s website and their link to continuing adult education.

http://www.campusce.net/BC/course/course.aspx?C=11559&pc=1066&mc=1387&sc=

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt.

Connie Brannan, CHt.

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Mindworks Hypnosis for Weight Loss Success – the Evidence Mounts!!

Positive Changes with Mindworks Hypnosis and NLP.

You go, Girl!!

Hi, Hypno-Friends.  Take a look at Nicole and her transformation in process.  Isn’t she beautiful??  And read what she has to say about her experience with Mindworks Hypnosis and NLP to help her attain her goals.  In short, hypnosis works! 

Caveat, when shopping for your life change, you need to find a skilled hypnotist, one who has some creativity and inspiration, as well as creative “power tools”  like Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  Hypnosis is not only a science, it is an art.  My mother was an artist.  And so am I.  🙂   Judge some of my work for yourself. 

Here’s what Nicole says about her tranformation:

I’ve worked with Connie on a couple different occasions, and she has changed my life completely.  I went to her for my lack of energy and enthusiasm for working out and losing weight. I’ve lost 50lbs and am now 10lbs from my goal!  

“I love hypnosis…I feel a foot taller.  I feel thinner.  I feel lighter.  I feel like a superstar!…Go see Connie!  She’s magical!

If you would like to begin some similar life changes for yourself, that beginning is as near as your telephone.  Call me.  Connie (425) 564-8608.  Also, more information on my weight loss services is available here:

http://www.loseweightseattle.com

Warm Regards, Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt. Master Hypnotist

Connie Brannan, CHt. & Licensed Trainer of NLP

 

“I Feel Like I Can Do Anything”

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

I love it when my clients have success, and I also love to hear about it.  A successful weight loss client talked with me yesterday, months after we began our work.  Here’s what she says:

“It’s amazing.  I’m such a different person from who I was.  I’m happy, confident, very positive.  People around me are noticing and commenting.  Best of all, I’m not so hard on myself, I’ve learned to say nice things to myself.  I’m so much happier.  I feel like I can do anything.”  K.J., Renton, WA.

Hypnosis and NLP–which has been called “hypnosis on streroids”–they work!

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt.

Connie Brannan, CHt.

 

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Mindworks Hypnosis – AKA Wild Owl Central

Owl out my window.

Owl out my window.

Hi, Guys!

I have something very magical to share.  The wild owls came back, this time 3 of them.  Came back to the same tree a few feet outside my office window, where they enjoyed a picnic of raw rodents.  They are absolutely beautiful creatures.  The owls, not the rodents!  🙂  I took some pictures, and even a video, and I’m happy to share them.  Lunch time!

I have my own theories as to why, out of the hundreds upon hundreds of trees in the area where I have my office, the owls chose the tree and branch by my window.  I think it’s got something to do with “energy.”  As part of my Ericksonian hypnosis work, I tell stories and metaphors.  That very tree is the object of one of my metaphors.  For healthy, and thriving life, and positive energy.

I lavish positive energy on that tree every day, and I believe it “stuck.”  The tree is magificent, and if you remember, I told the story here on my blog (with photographic evidence) of how it bloomed before any other tree in the area.  Mere coincidence?

http://mindworkshypnosis.net/hypnotizer/?p=1375

That tree is special.  The owl knows that.  Feels that.

I love my owls.

The Twins

The Twins

Here are some pics.  They are lovely, mysterious, and beautiful.  I was holding a seminar in my office space this past weekend, and the owls came to visit, and participated.  During a hypnotic interlude, one owl did a dance for us.  I attempted to capture it on video, but the dance was done.  Owls have their own agenda!  Owl Nondance!

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie and the Ducks

Hi, Hypno Friends!

The ducks love me.  And, rightly so!  🙂  My office is in the most beautiful location, trees, water, fresh, green, lush, and…sinking.  It’s a wetlands.  And it’s wetter than usual.  We’ve had some flooding.

What used to be the tenant office parking area for my building is now part of a giant mud puddle, or as I call it, “the swamp.”  While it’s harder for us humans to scrounge for parking spaces, the ducks and other wildlife love it!  And the ducks love me.

I feed them.  Duckbread.

Yesterday I was  walking to my office by way of the swamp, and in it were 7 tiny baby ducks, several adults and one “half-pint” sized duck.   I see them every day!  Those are “my ducks.”  🙂  They were all hungry, apparently.  I had made a special trip to the Orowheat bakery thrift store (again) here in Bellevue to get a big package of bread for the ducks, and now…feasting time.   Duck frenzy.  A happy frenzy.

It is so cute to see those baby ducks eating.  And the happy sounds!  🙂  One thing I’ve noticed about ducks, though, they stop eating when they’ve had enough.  I’ll be tossing out the breadcrumbs and they’ll be scarfing them down, then suddenly they’re swimming away, totally disinterested.  Done!  Time to preen, time to sit in the sun.  The rest of the bread gets picked up and whisked away by the giant crows that also live in the area.

These ducks look VERY healthy.

What a good lesson for humans, too.  Stop eating when you’ve had enough.  In fact, that’s part of the “Naturally Slender Healthy Eating Strategy” I help install in clients during hypnosis.  NLP studies excellence and “what works.”  I help people take on the unconscious patterns of naturally slender people–and my clients become slender.  It works!  Goodbye, bored eating.  Goodbye, stress eating.  Goodbye, I have to finish my plate eating.  Goodbye, I see it so I have to eat it eating.  Hello, healthy eating.  Hello, in-tune-with-the-body eating.

Ducks know things.  Useful things.  And they know that I’m a friend and want the best for them.  I want that for my clients, too.  If you would like to eat healthier and take on the habits, thoughts, feelings that go along with healthy and result in weight loss and ongoing weight management, maybe it’s time for hypnosis.

Hypnosis for weight loss!

Hypnosis for weight loss!

I know whereof I speak.  I live the “healthy eating strategy” and it’s a huge part of how I lost 80+ pounds.  Now, whether you’ve got 8 to lose, or 80, these tools will reshape your life and body.  Call me and find out more:  (425) 564-8608.  http://www.loseweightseattle.com.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Why My Desk Drawer Is Full Of Cigarettes.

Hello, Hypnosis Friends!

It’s time to clean out my work desk.  It’s getting cluttered.  And it’s full of things I don’t want.  Nobody does.

Some formerly-smoking clients like to give me “gifts” as they’re leaving their Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy session(s).  They hand me their last package of cigarettes, and say:  “I don’t need these.  I’m so done with cigarettes.”

I’ve been keeping these “gifts” for a reason.  Part of the work I do is TESTING.  How do we know the hypnosis is working?  The proof is the pudding and you, my clients, are the pudding.  How do you respond?  Is it different than when you walked in the door?

With a spider phobia client we go into the garden and look for spiders, so he/she can stick their face two inches from a spider and FEEL the difference.  Nothing.  Calm.  With a fear-of-heights client, we’ll walk into the open 2nd level atrium in my building and lean over the edge, and FEEL the difference.  Nothing.  Calm.  With a former smoker, he/she will hold the cigarette, smell the cigarette, look at the package, and FEEL the difference.  Zero interest.  Zero attraction.  Indifference.  Or, as useful, disgust, as in “I don’t want those.”

So I keep these packages of cigarettes around for testing.  But I don’t need so many packages in my drawer.  I’ll just keep one.

Other “gifts” include tins of chewing tobacco, and various packages of candy.  Clients have handed them over telling me that they’re choosing healthy instead.  I have some in my drawer, and it’s also a nice test for ME–someone who was a “candy addict” for decades upon decades.  I test me, and no, I have zero interest  in eating that candy.  Forgetaboutit!  Good thing, too.  Because I’ve re-shaped my body with hypnosis and I intend to keep it that way.

HYPNOSIS WORKS!  What do you want to remove from the “drawer” to create your happy life?  Come see me.  I’ll help you declutter from the things you don’t want. Call me and learn more: (425) 564-8608. Or check out one or more of my websites:

http://www.stopsmokingseattle.com,

http://www.loseweightseattle.com,

http://www.seattlehypnosisforphobias.com,

and of course:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, Seattle's best hypnosis.

Connie Brannan, Seattle's best hypnosis.

Steps to a Healthier Weight

Hypnosis wins the battle of the bulge.

Hypnosis wins the battle of the bulge.

 Hi, Hypno-Friends.  Good advice here:

The government has abandonded the “food pyramid” in favor of the “food plate” symbol for balancing nutrition.  That’s good.  That’s useful.  Click the highlighted link to read the gov’s article on Steps to a Healthier Weight.

Obesity is a growing problem (no pun) in the US and world.  Knowing what to eat is good information.  But there’s more.  It’s the intangible.  The mindset that allows you to DO IT.  Easily.  Get healthy, that is.  The motivation.  The passion, determination, and focus to acheive a healthy weight and maintain it over time.  Hypnosis is a tool to do all of that.  The best tool, in my mind.  I’ve battled weight my entire life, until I found “the big guns” that turned the war around.  That’s hypnosis.

In my Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy sessions, I’m not teaching people a food plan.  I’m not a nutritionist.  I’m teaching them a thought plan.  Most people know what they SHOULD do, what they should eat, and how much, how they should move their bodies, they often just have trouble doing it.   Hypnosis makes it happen.  Easily.  That’s the key word.  It’s easy to change.  When you want to, with sufficient motivation and oomph.  Hypnosis creates all the oomph you need to do what you want to do.  It works.

Knowing about food and nutrition and food plans is all wonderful.  Having professionals help you with these things if necessary is also good.  Getting healthy is worthy.  And you deserve it.  Lighter, stronger, more energy, more power, HEALTHIER.  Don’t neglect the most important piece of the puzzle–the mind.  Your mind.  That’s my arena of expertise. 

If it’s time to get healthy, to let go of that burdensome extra weight…take on a tool that works.  Hypnosis.

Warm Regards,
Connie

Shifting Reality

Hi, Hypno-Friends!

This is pretty mind-boggling.  🙂  Look at this picture:

Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise?

Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise?

Is it spinning in a clockwise motion, or is it spinning counter-clockwise?  Once you have identified the spin, reverse it.  Just look at it, imagine it’s motion in the opposite direction, and voila!  It happens.  The direction of spin is reversed.  You didn’t know your mind was so powerful, did you?  (I did know.)  🙂

A thing is a thing. Or is it? The way we see it, well, that’s up for grabs.  Spin your perceptions in a way that makes your life better!  It’s all under your control.  How interesting would it be to you if your problems became absolute non-problems?  For example, if desire to smoke became “Who cares?”  If lunch shifted from “I must eat cookies” to I’d rather eat a spinach salad.  If the couch and a box of donuts shifted into “I’m getting my butt into the gym!”  If fear of public speaking became calm and confident and articulate.    Here’s what I know to be true:  change your perception/thinking about things and you change everything.

Want to learn how?  That’s where hypnosis comes in.  Hypnosis and NLP.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  Change how you think and you change how you feel, and you change how you interact in the world. 

The mind is powerful.  YOUR mind is powerful.  Let’s use it for life improvements and more success and fun.  I’m game.  Are you?

Warm Regards,
Connie

Loseweightseattle.com

Hi, Guys!

Everyone talks about New Year’s Resolutions!  Well, New Year’s has come and gone, and perhaps you have not yet achieved your weight management goals.  I can help!  That’s right, perhaps it’s time for a new Spring Resolution.  🙂

I help people with my Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy with ALL the issues surrounding weight loss and healthy eating habits.  I’ve lived this story.  And here I am, lighter and happy at the success side of this.  I know all about it.

Hypnosis works!  For motivation, and increasing the desire to exercise, freedom from cravings, freedom from junk food, getting in tune with your body’s needs, eliminating that negative self talk, and more.  It’s about installing healthy choices, naturally, on a UNconscious level.  This makes new healthy behaviors and thoughts and feelings so natural that you forget you ever had a problem.  How amazing would that be?

You can find out.  Call me!  I’ve also got a website which focuses on my work with weight management:  it’s here
http://www.loseweightseattle.com.  Seattle, yes!  But not only Seattle.  I’m talkin’ to you, Bellevue, and Redmond, and Sammamish, and Issaquah.  I’m talkin’ to you, Mercer Island!  (my home town).  I’m talking to all of you in the Seattle metro area.  If you want it to be different, it can be.   Find out now!

Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, Seattle's best hypnosis.

Connie Brannan, Seattle's best hypnosis.

 

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“Big Ass” Cookie

Ok, this question is to the myriad of you (and I’m one as well) who battle with weight.  What do you do when you slip up?  When you fall off the “being good” wagon?   When that holiday treat calls to you, and you listen?  Do you beat yourself up?  Do you say:  “Well, the day is shot, the week is shot, I might as well eat another brownie and/or piece of pizza and I’ll start again Monday!”?  Do you say:  “Well, I failed, best forget the whole idea of ever getting thin!!”  Or do you say:  “Well, I did that.  It was a choice.  I’d rather choose and do something different, starting NOW.”?

The topic is recovery strategies.  You’ve got to shift your perception from diets, which tend to be all or nothing mindsets (you’re ON the diet, or you’re OFF the diet) to a lifestyle change orientation.  Success does not equal perfection.  Hypnosis helps!   Even if you make a decision you don’t like, you get to make a new one, and continue from there.  This essay is about cutting yourself some slack when you “goof up” (as we all do) and then continue your long term success.  I’ve lost 80+ pounds in the past couple years.  Is that success?  Hell, yes!  Was I perfect in my eating choices every moment of every day of that time?  Hell, no.

I’m going to tell the story of my own recent slip-up.  And recovery!  I call this story:  “Big ass” cookie.  My teacher, Dr. Richard Bandler, encourages us to make large, rich, 3D, vibrant goal pictures in our minds to motivate us to move in those desired directions.  He calls those:  “big ass pictures.”  Somehow, that phrase has embedded itself into my mind.  So, I use it, too, even if it’s slightly vulgar.  I’m going to tell the story, now, of the “big ass cookie.”  It wasn’t just a picture.  It was a reality.

We all have triggers in us, unconscious or conscious imprinted motivators which propel us into action.  I have an “eat sweets” trigger:  it’s called “Halloween.”  I have another:  it’s called “I’m on vacation, and it’s time to indulge myself.”  I have another:  it’s called “I’ve been working really hard so I deserve it.”  I have another:  it’s called “I’m on sale, buy me.”   All of these converged a few weeks ago while I was in Chicago.

Our hotel room had a kitchenette, so we went to the store looking for some food to put in there.  It was within a day or two of Halloween, and every aisle end display was full of bags of candy.  I ignored those.  But then…a bakery table.  And on this table were Halloween decorated cupcakes, cakes, and cookies, all on sale!  I was riveted by the beautiful dinner-plate sized chocolate chip, decorator-iced cookies with witches and goblins and ghosts sugar-smeared on top, the kind that ideally you cut up into about 20 serving slices.  Big Ass Cookies!!  My triggers converged.  The cookie called to me.  I bought it.  Just the one.  Of course, it was bigger than godzilla’s head.

I bought it, but I didn’t eat it.  Yet.  Then it was time to go home.  I should  have tossed it.  I couldn’t.  I put it in my suitcase, at a risk of making my suitcase over the weight limit–because it was already close.  I figure this cookie weighed 2 pounds.  I crammed it, this giant, hurkin’ cookie into my suitcase.  And I brought it home.  And I opened it.  It had gotten squished.  I didn’t care.  I ate a piece.  A big piece.  Probably about two–three servings worth–THEN I tossed it.  Nowhere no how is eating sugar-iced chocolate chip cookies on my  low carb plan.

But, here’s the key to success.  I began again.  On my healthy lifestyle eating program.  I had gained a few pounds while on vacation in Chicago, that “indulgence” thing kicking in–the last gasp being that cookie.  Home again, I didn’t beat myself up, I recovered.  Back on track!  In the past two weeks I’ve lost 8 pounds.

Here’s the deal.  Hypnosis is FANTASTIC for installing in you, me, all of us these recovery strategies.  How to keep going, in spite of momentary temptations or lapses or “failings.”  To keep focus on the big ass picture of lean and healthy, the goals that drive us.  If you find yourself dieting, and giving up, dieting and giving up, hypnosis will help you reframe a new lifestyle and keep it going.  Long term success.  Which is not necessarily perfection!  I know whereof I speak!

I am 2 pounds right now off of my all-time low adult weight, and I know I’ll get there next week.  And even lower.   That’s right, during the holidays, while most others are packing on the weight, I’m slenderizing.  If you’re ready for long term success with your weight, I’ll help!  Now is the perfect time. Call me:  (425) 564-8608.

Happy Holidays & Warm Regards,
Connie

Connie Brannan, CHt.

Connie Brannan, CHt.

http://www.mindworkshypnosis.net

http://www.loseweightseattle.com

http://www.seattlenlptraining.com

http://www.stopsmokingseattle.com

Banish Holiday Stress – A Special Hypnotic Event Saturday, Dec. 4th, 2010

BANISH HOLIDAY STRESS:  A SPECIAL HYPNOTIC EVENT 
SATURDAY, DEC. 4TH, 2010, at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Michael and Connie Brannan, Clinical Hypnotherapists, Licensed Trainers, Design Human Engineers, and more.

Michael and Connie Brannan, Clinical Hypnotherapists, Licensed Trainers, Design Human Engineers, and more.

Hi, Hypno Friends!  Michael and I are offering something very special this holiday season.  It’s a chance to trance, and de-stress!  Read on:

Are you feeling stressed?  Tense?  Overwhelmed?  Ready to scream and pound on something?  The holidays are often ridiculously hectic, stress-filled times, with numerous family demands added to the “normal” tide of work and life demands.  Are you ready to deal with extended family gatherings (and family personalities), planning, parties, gift shopping, travel, inclement weather, and more, stressing you out on top of all the busy craziness of life in general this time of year?!

Relax!  Reeeeelaaaxx!   Here’s the best holiday gift you could ever give or receive.  It’s hypnosis!  A stress-busting event.  We’re offering hypnotic techniques to banish holiday stress.  Experience a few hours of deep hypnotic relaxation on Saturday, December 4th with Master Hypnotists C. Michael Brannan and Connie Brannan.  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.com

Michael will trance you into a deep state of hypnotic relaxation and teach your unconscious mind automated processes that will make you feel better and less stressed this holiday season.  He’ll teach you conscious stress buster techniques to use and feel better anytime anywhere in the days and weeks to come.  POWERFUL  stuff.  Change your life, one relaxed, calm breath at a time.  Ahhhhhhh!

In our 3 hour seminar, Michael will guide you into hypnosis (where stress does not exist) and craft and weave happy and calming anti-stress suggestions into the deepest recesses of your mind.  Your mind will lap it up like a kid with an ice cream cone.  He’ll teach you “The Circle of Relaxation” technique to take home as well.  Also, once you’ve experienced trance, you’ll want more.  We’re happy to oblige!   Connie is offering a FREE BONUS Hypnosis Session at the end of the seminar, on healthy eating during the holidays.  (Connie knows all about healthy eating, she’s lost 80+ pounds with hypnosis.)

Join us for this exciting event and have yourself a merry little stress-free holiday with hypnosis!  Space is limited, so sign up now.  Feel free to tell your friends or family.  De-Stress together!   

Here are the details:

WHAT:  BANISH HOLIDAY STRESS:  A SPECIAL HYPNOTIC EVENT presented by Mindworks Hypnosis

WHEN:  Saturday, December 4th, 2010.  10:00 am to 1:00 PM, followed by an additional FREE 45 minute BONUS SESSION.

WHERE:  The Bellefield Office Park, Bellevue, WA.

WHO:  Master Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapists & Licensed Trainers of NLP ™ C. Michael Brannan and Connie Brannan, of Mindworks Hypnosis and Mindworks NLP.  More about their magic and expertise:  http://www.mindworkshypnosis.com and http://www.seattlenlptraining.com.  Michael is President of the National Guild of Hypnotists, Washington State Chapter.

HOW MUCH:  Three hours plus the bonus session for a ridiculously low price of $69.  Snap it up!!  For your convenience, we accept paypal.

BONUS:  Connie is offering a FREE BONUS hypno-session for attendees at the end of the seminar.  It’s on healthy eating.  But wait, there’s more.  (No, it’s not ginsu knives.  It’s better than that.)  If you enroll by Thanksgiving, November 25th, you’ll receive at no charge Connie’s sensory enhanced hypnosis CD entitled:  The Stress Management Program.  It’s a guided mini hypnosis session in a box.  For later enrollees, it will be available for purchase at the seminar for $20.  Regular price is $37.  Receive this $37 value now as our gift to ensure you some happy de-stressed holidays.

Banish Holiday Stress Event