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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.”

Saturday Morning Weight Loss Meetings

secretary.jpgGood Morning Dear Reader!

Today is Saturday! Every Saturday morning, we meet. We are the Hypno-Lean group. We meet from 9:00 to noon. It’s the fastest three hours ever, because we are a fun, supportive bunch. Generally we start out by catching up with how our weeks have gone. Sometimes we’ve had struggles, but we try to leave the garbage at the door. No whining, no moaning, no giving up. Keeping our focus on progress. Acknowledging the results of our efforts.

Usually we have very positive reports: how much we’ve lost, how many times we’ve been to the gym, what hypnosis CD we’re currently listening to and how it’s making changes in our old habits.

Then we have a class: either about nutrition, or exercise motivation. For example, we may have a class on the importance of drinking water and how drinking 8-10 glasses benefits the weight loss process. Everyone has heard that when on a weight loss program, water is crucial, but no one ever tells us why! We think it’s important to know why.

I had one client say that her doctor always told her to drink a glass of water with lemon juice, but she never knew “why” so she didn’t do it. In our class about acidity / alkalinity she learned of the benefits, so she started doing it.

After our class, we get hypnotized to…well, whatever the class was on. So if the class was on water, we’ll get hypnotized to drink more water!

I must say, the hypnosis is the best part – we have the most advanced brainwave units available to get us into the alpha/theta state. People sometimes ask me, “What if I can’t be hypnotized?” I say, “Well, I’ve never met anyone yet who couldn’t be, and with our technology, you’re going down!” That’s what I tell them, and it’s the truth.

People also ask me, “What does hypnosis feel like?” it feels different for different people, but commonly, it’s a very relaxed, comfortable feeling. As if the mind is still awake, and the body is asleep. Some people will feel very light and floaty…while others feel very heavy, and limp, like a wet rag lying on a kitchen counter. Others feel tingly, as if they could feel the blood circulating through their bodies. It’s a very healthy state.

Every health and fitness expert will tell you everyone would do their bodies good if they’d spend 20-30 minutes engaged in some relaxation technique – whether hypnosis, meditation, prayer, reflecting quietly by a pond…As we know, much illness is triggered by stress. Hypnosis is a famous for stress reduction.

Lately, we’ve been going over the concepts of The Secret, and how to use Visualization and the Law of Attraction for creating a fit and trim physique. Most people with weight issues have hazy and fuzzy self-images. One thing we do is have the hypnotized client visualize him/herself thin – and you’d be amazed at how many people cannot do that – imagine themselves thin. And it’s just their imagination! It’s the first rule of manifestation: The clearer and more accurate the vision, the clearer and more precise the results. I think you can guess how important it is for us to get clear on our goals!

That’s all for now!

Hypnotically yours,
Gina Fox, CHT

HypnoLean Groups
120 West Grand Avenue, Suite # 204
Escondido, California 92025
(760) 233-8800

“When you marooned me on that god-forsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate: I’m Captain Jack Sparrow.” – Capt. Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)

Criss Angel and Matt Damon Are My Work-out Buddies (Daydreams)

matt.jpgHello again! Well I’ve been busy working out at the gym, and you’ll be glad to know I’ve discovered a new imagination tool. It helps me wile away the time while I’m running (and I use the term loosely) on the treadmill, or doing my weights. It started the other day when I was lifting weights and this gorgeous guy came around to do his workout. I couldn’t quite see his face, but from his hair, profile, and physique he looked a lot like Criss Angel – the deliciously eatable mind freak guy. So I pretended he WAS Criss Angel. Why not? It made my workout much more interesting and I actually extended my exercise time by a good half-hour! In fact, I didn’t want to leave because before I knew it, “Bill Clinton” had walked in, and so did “Oprah”, “Brad Pitt”, and “Johnny Depp”. Before I knew it I was surrounded by all these health conscious “celebrities”, and of course, in my mind, I had become one too. I was a “famous writer” inside some celebrity-magnet So-Cal gym.

I’ll tell you, I have not missed a gym day since then. Today I saw “Pitt” again, as well as “Davey Havok” from AFI, “Matt Damon” and others. I can’t wait to see who shows up tomorrow.

I’m doing well. I feel strong healthwise, and my muscles are getting toned, bringing definition to my physique.

Get your flabby thighs to the gym. I’m sure you’ll run into your own set of inspiring workout buddies. All you have to do is decide who everyone resembles, and sorry to say they won’t all be delectable dishes like Criss Angel, I have some boring celebrities come around too, like…well, to be honest I don’t know their names, but I recognize them from Lifetime movies and such. They’re just there and I can’t help who all goes to the gym. But I look forward to the powerfully fit Davey Havoks, that’s for sure.

Have fun, and use your imagination. It’s a powerful tool.

Till later!

Hypnotically yours,


The Secret – Oprah vs Rosie

I watched the View yesterday and the ladies had pretty much good things to say about The Secret, though Rosie, (and I actually like Rosie lately) kinda didn’t quite get it. Now I still haven’t seen the DVD, but being a hypnotist, I know the gist of what they are trying to say. Like attracts Like. Pretty basic.Anyway, Rosie cited the part of the movie when they apparently say look at the back of your hands, and now fold them as if you’re holding onto something with your hands, and close your eyes and imagine them wrapped around the steering wheel of the car of your dreams and you’re driving that car…Then, supposedly they show the person really driving that car, as if the car miraculously appeared in their driveway five seconds later.

She is being so unimaginatively literal, and as I’ve heard it, many of ”the secret’s” critics are doing the same thing. Like they think we expect to be answered in five minutes or something. I mean we’ve all had the experience of thinking about something – sometimes it was even years ago that we thought those things- and suddenly it’s come into our lives, seemingly from outta thin air. Sometimes we do get an answer in five minutes, sometimes it’s years away. When it’s years away it’s because we needed time to become the LIKE we are wanting to attract. James Allen, in his famous and powerful book, As a Man Thinketh, says “Man does not attract to himself that which he wants, but rather that which he is. And what he is are the things he spends his time dwelling upon.”

As you may or may not know, I go to the hospital monthly for 5-hour long IVIG infusions. I went yesterday and was talking to a darling girl who had within the past year been diagnosed with Leukemia, and a lung condition. She had a bone marrow transplant, and lung surgery, and currently has to get infusions on a daily basis. She quit work, and has spent much of this year in the hospital. She told me, “It’s kind of funny but I remember last year I was really stressed out – working fulltime, taking care of my young family, we had just bought a new home, and I was saying over and over to myself, I need a long break, where I can just stay in bed, and rest…Now look at me. My wish has come true, you could say. Be careful what you wish for!”

Now how many of us have had the same sort of wish-fulfillment – and of course it could be a positive result. I can remember when I was a small child and I’d swing a crystal in front of my little brother’s face and say, “you’re getting sleepy…” I always loved the idea of being a hypnotist. Funny thing is the idea to become a hypnotherapist came from the SUBCONCIOUS, because consciously I would’ve never guessed I would choose this career path. I mean, when I chose to leave my trustworthy social services job to open my hypnotist’s office it came as a sudden opportunity – seemingly from outta nowhere. At the time (1998) I was talking to my dear hypnotherapy instructor ( I had taken the course in 1994) and he said, “Julie (a mutual friend) wants to open a Hypnosis Center, but she wants a partner. Do you know anyone who might be interested?” I knew I did know of someone – I was certain of it, but it just wouldn’t come to me. It was that feeling on the tip of your tongue that I knew the perfect person for her. One day as I was driving down the freeway pondering this very solution, it came to me as an AHA! moment – ME! Why not me??? I was deliriously happy and shocked. What took me so long? Anyway, the rest is history, as I sit in my Hypnotist chair writing this. I’ve never been happier.

But the key is Being the LIKE that you want to attract – how many times do I have to say that, people! And the key to THAT is becoming the LIKE if you aren’t right now. It doesn’t have to be years. In my next blog I will illustrate what I mean by that exact thing – becoming the LIKE. Got to close down blog shop now, clients coming in.

Luv, Gina

Oprah’s “The Secret” Follow-Up Show

jag2.jpg I don’t know how many of you watched Oprah’s follow up show to The Secret…only two of the original panel guests returned to answer questions, and in my opinion they were the two who understood the Secret the least of all the original panel guests. I’m talking about James Arthur Ray(Arthur of the Science of Success) hereafter referred to as JAR, and the REV. Dr. Michael Beckwith (Founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center) hereafter referred to as REV. I have to say I was probably most impressed by Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul guy) – hey Jack, how could you be too busy to make Oprah’s show, I wonder?

Anyway, Jar and Rev, while I’m sure they’re intelligent, evolved men, managed to take a fascinating premise and make it wholly drab and mundane. They pretty much kept repeating the same two commands – visualize it and act on it. Well DUH…I was not inspired.

JAR was really goofy. Some lady was having financial problems and his advice to her was – seriously, don’t get disgusted – his advice was “save, invest, cut back spending.” That’s about as life-changing as some guy saying , “Hey I invented the magic bullet for weight loss!” So Oprah has him on her show, and he says, “YOU CAN BE THIN – all you have to do is eat less, and get more exercise.” Wooo – big news there. Yeah right. (Well, I guess that’s about what Dr. Phil did in his weight loss book, eh. What a scam THAT was.)

Don’t get me wrong – I loved the first show on the secret. In fact, Jack had me get into action about changing my outlooks, and attitudes. Jack said things that were right on! He didn’t say, “Save, Invest, Cut back spending.” He would’ve said, I believe he would’ve said, “Change your vision of your relationship with money, and financial circumstances…make your vision so bright and colorful that you get emotional about it. Once we get emotional inside of new perceptions, we start recreating our thought patterns, and redefining what WE ARE LIKE….” Remember what all they said? THE SECRET is the Law of Attraction. The number one rule of that law is that LIKE attracts LIKE.

Awesome, ain’t it!

One last comment I have to Jar and Rev is that they should refrain from trying to define what GOD is in 100 words or less, and expect other people to convert. Apparently another lady was concerned that the secret may conflict with her Christianity. The Rev came up with some generic interpretation of who God is, and what He expects from us. She didn’t look convinced. Nor was I. His belief had nothing to do with hers. I would tell her, “Lady, God has given us many tools to live by. The law of attraction is a tool, just as genetics is a tool, as is astronomy, gardening, sewing, prayer, money, and everything else good.”

Here is one of several letters I got about my last “Secret” Blog – and my response:

Thank you so much for this explanation Gina.
I saw bits and pieces on CNN last night and have been searching the web for more information. I am unemployed at the moment and can’t afford to purchase the DVD
so am trying to find answers without that purchase (although once I find a job I
will buy it). I have been very discouraged in my job search and I now feel that I can go at it in a positive frame of mind instead of one that was becoming increasingly depressed. I am even applying today for a job that I don’t really have all of the background for, but know without a doubt that I can do. I had decided not to apply, but……here I go!

Thanks again,

(Name withheld by me.)

Dear (NWBM),

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I am glad I was able to provide further explanation of The Secret for you. It’s pretty powerful stuff, the Law of Attraction. Good luck on your job quest. Remember to envision yourself doing the kind of work you enjoy, have contribution for, and respect for, and fill those visions with a shower of green big money bills – and remember to say to yourself, “Yes, I CAN do this!” And believe that with all your soul!

And get detailed and colorful about the vision. Remember what Oprah’s Secret guests said, Everyone knows what they Don’t want, YOU have to envision what you DO want. Step up the way you’ve been seeing things. Remember what I said about the car? If you generally picture a used run-of-the-mill Toyota, start picturing brand new, leather-smelling Jaguars instead. Make it a new habit.

So Envision yourself perfectly groomed (maybe a new hair cut, or hair color?), perfectly prepared, positively motivated to stun your employers with a motivated on-fire attitude, performance that screams recognition…get sensual about it – hear the office sounds, feel in your heart the detailed praise you get from work well done, smell the flowers on your desk, taste the healthy brown bag lunch you packed…become emotional about it. Emotion means passion and passionate people make life happen. Don’t just do it once – make a habit of it, a new, clearer way of seeing things.

May the Force be with you!

Hypnotically yours,

Gina Fox

That’s all I have to say about this for now. But hey dear Oprah, if you have another follow up, get Jack Canfield, please!

“When you marooned me on that god-forsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate: I’m Captain Jack Sparrow.” – Capt. Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)