It’s that time of year again.
The weather is getting warmer, the clothes are getting lighter and we’re all starting to think about how we will look in our swimwear in a few months.
Maybe that’s why I’m getting so many call about losing weight with Hypnosis at the moment.
Often when it’s time to start to take control of our diet we end up having an argument with ourselves.
Part of us want to lose weight – it wants to maintain a healthy weight and/or manage our weight to look good.
Part of us wants to keep up the eating habits that got us to put on weight in the first place.
The tricky part is that the part that wants to keep going is the part that’s currently in charge.
That’s why Hypnosis is such a good option.
Whether you go for something like Hypnotic Gastric Band which immediately and dramatically reduces your appetite, or you go for a weight management system that helps you change your eating habits, what you are doing is short circuiting all the problems and going straight to the solution.
Instead of having the constant battle of wanting to be slimmer, but still wanting to maintain your current eating habits, both parts of your mind can be working together to help you to achieve the figure you want.
You don’t have to have iron willpower, as there is nothing to resist! It’s just the pleasure and excitement you get from achieving your goals.
Here’s a little exercise to help you say no to the food’s you are trying to avoid – I call it Hell NO!
|In this exercise I want you to have a really good think about what your life would be like if you gained the body shape you desire. Think about how you would feel, what clothes you would wear, the reactions of other people to the new you.
Importantly at this stage, as you think about that outcome, that goal, that achievement in your life, think about the actions you have to take to accomplish this new fitter, trimmer you.
When you think about those actions you’d have to take, notice and become really tuned in to yourself…
· What is it that you actually do instead?
· What feelings and thoughts come up before you get sidetracked?
· What are the excuses that you come up with to make it ok not to accomplish?
If the excuses do not directly make themselves obvious, perhaps notice how your thoughts redirect you, and what thoughts do actually redirect. We can refer to those thoughts as excuses for the rest of this exercise.
All the time, notice subtle thoughts, images in your mind, feelings that you feel and be very perceptive of this.
You might find that if you attempted to put these feelings or thoughts into words, they possibly sound silly, that’s OK, and in fact it’s great.
They are deep routed rationalisations and excuses that tend to get buried and hidden usually, yet have all the power to keep you off track to achieving that outcome you really do desire
So get as much of an awareness as possible of these excuses, notice how you perceive them if they have sounds to them, any internal dialogue, feelings and so on…
Then when you really have a feel for them, you can carry on with the next part.
Now we want to assess the excuses and see what they are up to…
The best way to ascertain the pattern of your excuses is to ask yourself some questions and trust your unconscious mind’s responses…
· Is it really just an excuse?
· Do I want to keep this excuse?
· How does using the excuse serve me?
· Is there some way that I gain from using this excuse?
If there is some valid value you receive from this excuse, then you can allow yourself to keep those parts of it, you can maintain them should you wish
With the answers and getting an idea of the purpose of your excuse, move on to the next step.
| Did you ever say the expression “Hell NO!”?? Did you ever deeply refute and refuse something with a strong sense of “NO!” ??
Now is the time to recall a time when you said or felt like saying “Hell No!”
Maybe it was an occasion when you were absolutely disgusted at something, when you totally refuted something, or maybe when something was utterly and completely unacceptable to you. Get in to a state of “Hell No!” and the more disgusted, the more you mean and refute with that sense of “Hell No!” the better!!
Imagine that you spread this state throughout your body. Imagine it as a colour. Imagine the sense of it connecting to every cell in your being.
Spend as much time as you possibly can to ensure you get a very deep rooted sense of “Hell no!” running through every cell of your being.
| Imagine your excuse in front of you.
Tread on it.
That’s right, stamp on it. Stomp on it. Jump and down viciously on it. Use all the mustered up power of your “hell no” state and bounce up and down on that excuse.
Pick up and throw it to the ground. Tear it in two, cast it to the floor again and stamp ferociously upon it.
Keep stomping. Keep stamping.
Unleash every ounce of your “hell no” state upon that empty excuse. Make it sorry!
Only move on when you are sure as possible that you have got all that pent up state unleashed on that excuse and it is fully destroyed
| Have a good test to make sure you did this.
Think about your goal, your desired outcome, the body that you want to achieve.
Notice what happens when you imagine taking the actions that move you toward that outcome. Notice what you feel right now, what thoughts you have and what images come into your mind as you think about it.
Get a real sense to see if there are any other excuses lurking in the darkness somewhere. If you get a flavour of any, then return to the earlier steps and run through the process again. Think about how any lingering excuses can interfere with the very enjoyment of your life, how they can be hurdles to your accomplishments and leave your life a lot less satisfying.
When you are sure that you are free of those last remnants of excuses in relation to this outcome, then move on to the next step.
Remind yourself of your state of “Hell No” and how you used this with such conviction. Think about a time in your future, ideally the next occasion when you will be tempted to break your resolve – eat that take away, buy those snacks, choose not to exercise…
Just imagine that as you start doing that thing, you smash the last remnants of the old excuse with a massive “Hell NO!” response… Then imagine watching yourself ignoring the fatty food, walking past the snacks in the shop, getting ready to go for a walk.
Enjoy the beautiful feelings you get with knowing that you are in control and have all the tools and resolve to make a change in your life for the better. Notice how wonderful it feels.
Then – and this is important – go and take an action that is undeniably convincing to you that you have gotten rid of all those old excuses and start hatching your plans for a happier, healthier life.