San Diego Hypnotist

Advocating Mental, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual Fitness

Archive for plateaus

Weight Loss Update

protein shakeHello! I’m going to be my own case study now. I’m still going strong, though I’m on a plateau. That’s cool, though. I’m sticking to the plan, and my next step will be to get into regular gym activity. Just have to get over this last hanging-on bit of bronchitis.

Been listening to my hypnosis CD on Getting Organized for Weight Loss. That’s a good one for me right now because I have to constantly make sure I have the right foods on hand to make my mealtimes as efficient as possible. I make most of my meals, but generally make enough for two or three meals. I always bring my lunch to work with me. Today I have a homemade stew strictly adhering to The Cancun Diet list of allowable foods. It’s tasty, filling, and healthful. For breakfast I had a fruity protein shake, and for dinner, probably I’ll be eating a Chile Relleno, maybe two.

Occasionally, I’ll go to In and Out and have one of those lettuce-wrapped double-doubles.

What I love about this diet is being able to eat fruit. You know, this is summertime and the markets are filled with fresh, ripe, delicious watermelon, berries, peaches, nectarines, grapes, cherries, melons, apricots, and all the rest! This is the easiest time of the year to eat right, and lose weight. The Cancun Diet is wonderful because it fits like a glove with SoCal’s beach attitude. beach

What I really love about the Cancun diet is that it seems to be targeting my midsection-belly fat. That has been my biggest problem area – definitely the most uncomfortable. I feel much freer in my clothes, sitting in a theater chair, and even just putting on the seatbelt in the car.

If you haven’t tried hypnosis for weight loss, I’ll bet you’ve at least heard about it, or thought about it. We address concerns such as roller-coaster weight history, nutrition, exercise, snack addiction, self-image, self-esteem, plateaus, and much more.

I know that from where you stand, it might be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been there, it can be so hard to get motivated! It has been suggested that curing cancer is easier than curing obesity.

It’s understandable. Old fashioned weight loss treatment was a deprivation diet, which no one likes. And while some people may stay on it long enough to lose weight, they have done nothing about their weight problem but get smaller. The actual problem part – you know, the bad eating habits, and sedentary lifestyle – almost always remain behind, rearing their ugly heads almost immediately after the person stops doing whatever weird things they were doing to lose the weight. Hypnosis makes a difference. You see, while dieting changes you from the outside-in, hypnosis changes you from the inside-out! You see food differently. You see yourself differently.

The studies are in that people who use hypnosis tend to lose more weight than people who don’t use it, but more importantly, they keep it off longer, too!

If you are in the position of being overweight and uncomfortable with it, stop doing the same old things about it and let’s chat. Give me – Gina – a call at (760) 233-8800, and we’ll set up a free evaluation to get your history, and answer all your questions about hypnosis.

FOX Hypnosis / Hypnosis Training International – Since 1999.
120 West Grand Avenue, Suite # 204
Escondido, California 92025
(760) 233-8800

Oprah’s Weight Loss Goals 2009

Dear Reader,

Thanks for coming around. Forgive me for being absent for too long, but I’m back again. My new year resolution is to get back to the gym on a regular, 6 day a week basis.

Oprah’s Falling Off the Wagon show this past Monday got my juices flowing. The show focused on her struggles with her illness-related 40 lb weight gain. Her acute insight and frankness made the show riveting for me. It’s not often she talks about her deepest insecurities, and personal issues. You could see in her face that she wasn’t entirely comfortable admitting she has these self-doubts, and that made her sharing more of a gift.

At one point she reflected back on a show where she featured Cher and Tina Turner and with hurt flashing in her eyes she unfavorably compared her plus-size body to their older but fitter ones. She admitted that she’d been sticking to head shots for her O magazine covers. As they showed the covers as examples of how she’d been ducking from showing her rounder shape I think I even saw one cover of a child. Had she resorted to using childhood pics? I don’t know for sure, but she is the only cover girl for her rag, and I am pretty sure I caught a glimpse of one cover that had a little girl on it. I don’t normally buy the magazine but I imagine she made it relevant and scored by talking about childhood stuff.

She reminisced about when she had been gorgeously hard-bodied. In one clip from the past she’s wearing a short shirt which shoes off her flat, tight belly and she’s glowing with joy and pride! She’s laughing and says something like, “Look at me I’m fifty and showing off my belly!” She recalls fondly her stunning cover girl days, then gets present and says sadly, “I thought I had it – and then life happened.”

Anyway, I can totally relate to her self-dissatisfaction with her weight gain. I, too have had a weight gain of 40 lbs over the past 2 years. My weight gain also was influenced by an illness. Ten years ago I lost 200 lbs. Up to two years ago I was very fit – going to the gym 6 days a week, eating very little junk food. I was at my peak, and then to quote Oprah, “I thought I had it, and then life happened.”

What happened to me was a deadly jacuzzi-bacteria blood infection. It impaired my immune system and caused all sorts of debilities rendering me unfit for strenuous gym workouts. My lack of exercise showed up on the scale. I’m healthier now, and realizing I need to get back to the gym, but I also know my limitations. I had been trying to start back up where I’d left off, and I finally get that that’s not going to happen. At least not without probable injury. I have to start slowly and build into a new, powerful routine.

What happened to Oprah? Apparently she had become Vitamin D deficient which probably contributed to a thyroid condition. The thyroid illness affected negatively her metabolism and energy levels. The thyroid condition took a toll on her exercise regimen and caused frustration and despair. Oprah then fell into that bad conversation many of us are familiar with called “What’s the use?” and ate like there was no hope. The added calories and lack of exercise led to a depressing weight gain of 40 lbs.

Now, if you know me, you know I have been harping or should I say Harpoing (sorry, that was bad) about how many of us ARE vitamin D deficient which can lead to all kinds of nasty little disorders. Think about this – we have all become so scared of the sunshine we avoid it, and yet skin cancer is on the rise. What’s up with that? As a result we have become a nation of vitamin D deficient sun-avoiders. I myself am supplementing with a delicious liquid vitamin D that is based in concord grape juice. And I try to get all the sunlight I can. I love getting my D.

Anyway, back to Oprah. The bottom line is her 90 lb weight loss success can still be considered a major accomplishment. Keep in mind she has managed to keep 50 or so lbs off!! For like 10 years – maybe more!! That in itself is incredible. In fact, anyone who knows about weight loss success knows it frequently happens that way – lose 100 lbs, regain fifty. Lose fifty, regain 20. Lose 20, regain 5 – and that’s perfectly typical. Time, and persistence are definite factors in achieving weight loss mastery.

Especially since LIFE does have a way of getting in the mix. The important way to remain being is persistent and conscious. I wish I could talk to her about using hypnosis to make this weight loss effort more fun, more conscious, and more effective. More on that in the next edition. Coming soon.

For more information on the episode and her striving visit her website:

Till later!
Gina Fox, CHT

FOX Hypnosis / Hypnosis Training International
120 West Grand Avenue, Suite # 204
Escondido, California 92025
(760) 233-8800

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”

The Dreaded Plateau

avocado.jpgAs of this morning I am down six pounds! Yippee! I had been on a plateau but not anymore!

Plateaus are tricksters. They seem like they aren’t our best of times. They frustrate us. Zap our drive and motivation. Often times, kill our god and goddess physique dreams altogether. It’s during the long plateau that people will turn back to doughnuts and chips. (As if they were the fire on a cold, lonely night…yea right. Good friends those processed foods.)

Well, let me tell you, plateaus ARE our friends. It has very much to do with the subconscious mind, and works like this. The subconscious mind controls what’s called, homeostasis. That is the regulation of our set points. Also known as our comfort zones. You know, like temperature is 98.6. Blood pressure is 120/80. The number of heartbeats, and breaths per minute. That kind of thing.

When we move beyond our comfort zones, whether the blood pressure rises high, or falls too low…or our temperature gets too hot, or we go cold…well, the unconscious mind is keeping tabs on all these “abnormalities” and sends messages to the body to do whatever it can to get the system back into the comfort zone.

Well, our weight gets a set point, too. Say a lady weighs 220 pounds, and she’s just lost 20 pounds. The 20 pounds had come off at a steady, consistent rate, say 10 lbs. a month. But suddenly, the scale stops going down. Two weeks go by and she’s still weighing in at 200 – give or take 2 pounds. She’s disgusted. Puts in new batteries. Tries her mom’s scale. She’s not losing weight anymore, though she’s still going to the gym three times a week. Hasn’t had any ice cream in two months! She is devastated, right? Most of the time, she’ll think the diet is no longer working, that she’s exercising in vain, and all kinds of additional frustrating thoughts.

In the past, when frustrated, this same lady always turned to mashed potatoes and brownies for comfort. Now, the package of brownie mix in her cupboard starts whispering in her ear, “you’re always welcome here…” IT says comfortingly. Dr. Boxof- Instantmashedpotatoes calls out, “Take three servings of me, and call me in the morning…”

EeeeeGaaaads. What’s the use?, she wonders, as she takes the hot brownies from the microwave.

I’ll tell you a little something about what’s going on with her body. I think you’ll like this. The bottom line is she’s now 20 pounds out of her comfort zone. If she eats the brownies, it’s probably all over until “Monday” (of what year we don’t know) because she will feel failed, and start the feeding cycle all over again. Brownies -> Frustration -> Mashed Potatoes -> self-disgust. You know where this is going. Soon she’ll be at her comfortable 220 again. And maybe more. Just in case, her body says, fearful of another attack of the Diets.

But if she resists the brownies…and continues on track, she will break-through the plateau and be able to lose another 20 pounds. What her subconscious mind is doing through this plateau is setting a NEW weight set point. A new comfort zone for her, if you will. So after she loses another 20 pounds, instead of wanting to go back up to 220, her body will simply have a drive to move back to 200. That’s GOOD news! She isn’t just recreating her weight, she’s redesigning her system to be, think, and act thinner.

There are other factors involved, but that’s one important aspect we must acknowledge and respect. It doesn’t matter what we’re trying to master, on the road to excellence – whether tennis, golf, fitness, musicianship, art whatever – we will encounter the plateau. Embrace it, and adore it, for it is a partner in your physique-al transformation.

If the lady abstains from the brownies and keeps doing what she’s been doing, while her body makes the necessary homeostatic adjustments, she will see the scale move down again – fairly soon. How soon depends on various factors, but unless she’s some exception to the rule, she will resume her reduction within a couple of weeks.

Hypnosis is a natural champion when it comes to enduring the plateau. If used correctly it will redirect the lady’s thinking from the brownies back to her goals. Hypnosis will refocus her to her current and sure-to-come success. She will be driven towards alive, healthy food choices. She will be satisfied with smaller portions. Most interestingly, she will not only undergo a transformation as far as weight comfort zones go, but her comfort foods will also undergo redefinition. My big comfort food used to be ice cream. It no longer is.

I still like ice cream, don’t get me wrong. But it’s not something I use as medication, to manage my stress, or ease away my frustration. I no longer find it emotionally rewarding like I used to. But I will still eat it on special occasions. Why not. I’m human and have every right to enjoy cake and ice cream at a birthday party, like everyone else! More than that though, I feel better when I eat to live energetically rather than live unenergetically to eat. Plateaus don’t zap my dreams. Ice cream zaps my dreams. Okay. You get the point that ice cream no longer rules me, I rule it. And to be honest, I don’t even care for ice cream anymore, except for every once in awhile it does hit the spot, but it’s not like I go around thinking, should I or shouldn’t I? And hypnosis got me to thinking that way. My new comfort food? Well, there are some that would say food shouldn’t be a comfort at all. So what should be a comfort to us? A hug? Exercise? And who’s to draw the line that those are acceptable comforts and a big, crunchy red apple isn’t? Not me. But I will distinguish between healthy, life-supporting comforts and depleting, life-draining crutches. Healthy foods in moderate portions are life-supporting. So, back to what is my new comfort food? Believe it or not, albondigas (Mexican meatball with veggies and herbs) soup is one of them. As is green salad with avocado, chicken or hard-boiled egg, sun-ripe vine tomato, cucumber and bleu cheese AND Catalina dressing. Depends if it’s cold or hot weather. Ok, time to get back to the clinic work.

Till soon! Gina