In my Seattle hypnosis office one of the questions often pondered by Slender For Life™ weight loss clients is “what’s been getting in the way?” We all have obstacles that we create consciously or unconsciously that hold us back from our goals. So, what has been getting in your way to healthy weight loss? What has kept you from losing weight and keeping it off? Seattle hypnosis clients at Slender For Life™ learn hypnosis for weight loss to breakthrough those obstacles. You too can have success! What’s Been Getting In Your Way? Is this weeks reading from my book, Becoming Slender For Life.
What’s Been Getting In Your Way?
Now that you’ve learned some self-hypnosis skills, it’s time to put them to work confronting—and conquering—the roadblocks that have kept you from attaining and maintaining your ideal weight. You may be surprised at some of them. I’ll get into some specific ones— and their solutions—in a bit, but first I want you to understand some general challenges that most of us are up against on this journey.
Your path to becoming slender for the rest of your life will be one of, if not the most, challenging journey of your life. It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. That’s certainly been true for me.
In 1977 I studied chemical dependency at the Vern Johnson Institute and St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. I was beginning my training to be a drug and alcohol counselor, though my career later took a different turn. While in this training, I began to think that I was an alcoholic. There were only two times in my life where I was actually drunk and overall I didn’t drink very much, but I recognized in myself the feelings and behaviors of an addict. Confused and struggling for many years, I was later clinically diagnosed with depression. I never could adequately describe how I felt to therapists or to anyone else.
Today, I realize my addiction was not with alcohol, it was with food. Technically, food is not an addiction. With addictive behavior there is an element of choice in the development of the addictive behavior. But you have to eat food. You can’t survive without food. It’s a regulated form of behavior. The brain defends you from not eating. You cannot stop eating simply because you choose to stop eating—excepting those rare zealots who starve for a cause. You’ve got to continue to eat in order to survive. The brain protects you from starvation, and does it with remarkable resolve. Having said that,
I do treat weight loss as an addiction; in fact I consider it to be the most difficult of addictions to overcome.
I can send former smokers out the door after one session and they never smoke again. An alcoholic can stop drinking, attend Alcoholics Anonymous, and never drink again. Food was my drug of choice, but I don’t have the luxury of never eating again. If losing weight was as simple as never eating again, weight loss programs would be out of business. But imagine telling a smoker that in order to survive he’ll need to have three puffs on a cigarette every day. He’d be back to a pack or more a day in no time.
From Becoming Slender For Life, second edition,
pages 62 –63
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