Seattle Area Clinical Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist & Licensed Trainer of NLP ™ shares the truth about hypnosis, NLP and the unconscious mind to create powerful, positive, and lasting life changes. Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP
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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:
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.
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
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
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.
–It’s my routine. It’s just who I am and what I do.
–I have to. (a sense of urgency and necessity)
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.
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:
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.
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.
I like authentic people. People who are true to themselves, and live life honestly. Lies have a way of becoming found out. People who are phony bull-oney, well, that comes out as well. As they say: “action talks and bull**** walks.”
There are some so-called expert weight loss therapists in our Seattle area who pretend they understand healthy lifestyles and how to manage weight. So, maybe they understand, or, maybe not. But have they lived these challenges, and won? Are they DOING it for themselves? Living it? Being authentic?
I choose authentic! I am! I’m living long term weight loss success. Power and control of habits. Choice in action. It’s now ten years at a healthier weight through self hypnosis and my own NLP work on self development. These are the same tools I use and mindset I help clients achieve at Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP. Hypnosis is a hugely successful tool for weight loss. Check out the pictures of me, below
Unfortunately, hypnotists in Washington State are not required to have any specific credentialling or training. Truth! It’s a buyer beware world! Some hypnotists are clueless and ineffective. It’s not wholly their fault, they may have had weak and uninspired training. Those bad schools are out there. Or, no training at all.
If weight loss is your goal, find someone who knows what the heck they’re doing. Not craziness or fad diets, or traditional talk therapies to figure out WHY you’re stressed and overeat. That’s not relevant. We just stop that behavior, and develop new healthy behaviors. Not skinny ninny hypnotists who have never experienced what this is all about. Not unskilled obese hypnotists who can’t solve their own problems. Find someone who is proven successful, who can guide you to success as well with a toolkit that works.
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:
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!
Goodbye binge eating. Goodbye, allure of candies and carbs. Goodbye, inertia for exercise. Here’s Judy of Bellevue, Washington. She’s noticing all manner of changes in her habits and thinking, smarter food choices, and move motivation to get active. From there comes the more slender body.
Where did these changes come from? Her powerful unconscious mind. How did she get into the control panel of the mind to create new settings in herself: Guided skilled NLP and hypnotherapy. That’s the expertise of Mindworks Hypnosis & NLP. Getting under the hood (so to speak) and adjusting what needs adjusting for optimal life.
If you would like to LOSE weight during this holiday season rather than gain it, we can help. Call us anytime for a free in office consultation. 425-564-8608. We are the weight loss experts, not only helping others achieve that success, we are living it ourselves as well.
As a refresher, here’s me, before and after hypnosis.
I love it when my hypnosis clients are thrilled with their unfolding lifestyle changes. That makes me happy as well. Here’s a commentary of successful changes shared by one of my weight loss hypnosis clients, Cindi, of Kirkland, Washington. She’s lost five pounds in two weeks without “trying.”
Does skilled hypnotherapy work? Here’s more proof of the pudding. I’m sharing a brief highlight video, as well as the full transcript of Cindi’s comments, below:
“I’m feeling great! In the last couple of weeks I’ve lost five pounds. And I don’t really feel like I’ve been “trying,” which is great! Here’s what I’m noticing:
• I’ve been waking up in the morning, and I have lots of energy.
• I’m not focused on food, which I think is really awesome for me, because that’s always been a big focus.
• I’m not eating sugar, which is a huge thing! I’ve really seen the differences in that. My skin isn’t breaking out. And I don’t have headaches, and that’s a huge thing. Because I always felt like I had allergies that were food related. I’m starting to eliminate all of that processed sugar stuff.
• No cravings for fast food whatsoever. I can drive by fast food and I’m not getting any of that, which is really great!
• I’m noticing that I’m starting to incorporate healthy foods into my diet more easily, automatically. In the past if I didn’t feel like making dinner, I would be thinking about where can I go to pick up something to eat quick. Now, what I’m doing is going into the fridge: “OK, well, I’ve got some veggies and I could do a stir fry.” and I’m whipping up a meal and I’m satisfied with it!
• Another interesting thing, is that my portions are minimal. Just regular sized portions, and I’m not hungry after I eat. I’m done! I just make my meal and I’m satisfied. And sometimes I’m even making too much food. I put it away and have something for leftovers.
So, it’s been really good! I can definitely tell that there’s a shift happening for me. For sure!
I do recommend Connie. I was one of those people that researched everything to death! I wanted to make sure that this was going to work for me. I came in and I met with Connie and I felt very comfortable. I felt in sync with Connie. And I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel comfortable with the person doing this process. Connie made the process really easy and simple.” — Cindi, Kirkland, WA weight loss client testimonial 6-12-15.
Yay, Cindi! Good job! Now all you’ve got to do is keep it going, all the way to your ultimate healthy goals And I know you can and you are! What’s nice about hypnosis is that once you enter that focused on success mindset, you’re there! You’re doing it. Healthy eating even gathers power and momentum, like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow-covered hill. Yay, for hypnosis!
Weight loss hypnotherapy is just one of the services we offer. Hypnosis is for everyone! It’s for everyday people seeking everyday goals. And it works. Find out more anytime. Call me! (425) 564-8608.
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!
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.