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Vitamin D Deficiency?

I love this young Harvard medical student. Brilliant young man. (He comes on right after the moment with the ducks…) Watch this video if you have a desire to know more about vitamin D. I am also starting to hear of studies supporting that vitamin D deficiency contributes to obesity. Go get some sun – is that so hard to do?

BTW – For more info on the speaker check out his YouTube profile:
http://www.youtube.com/user/usmedstudent

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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: Oprah.com

Till later!
Gina Fox, CHT

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

WWW.EnterHypnosis.com

“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
http://www.EnterHypnosis.com

“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)

Good Resource!

key.jpgI found out about a fascinating new ally in the endeavor for healthy mind/healthy body. His name is Dr. Mark Hyman, a family medicine doctor turned nutritionist/weight loss researcher. His gig is how to eat in a way that stimulates the metabolism for easier weight loss. I love it. Here’s a little about him from his web site:

>>>>>>In his work, Dr. Hyman applies the best of conventional and alternative medicine with cutting-edge science, placing him at the forefront of progressive medical care and education in the United States . A strong and pioneering voice for change in the fundamental way health care is perceived and delivered, as well as for a new paradigm for physicians, he has launched an innovative approach that taps into years of medical research that has not, until now, been translated into clinical practice in hospitals, homes, and the community.

Dr. Hyman is the Editor-in-Chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine…<<<<<

I’ve been enjoying his blog, and as far as I’ve read, he is so right on. If you’re into healthy eating, and want to boost your metabolism, check it out: http://www.ultrametabolism.com/blog/

More to come,

Hypnotically yours,

Gina

( My before and after pictures: http://www.enterhypnosis.com/meetvirginia.html )