Thursday, June 21, 2012

There is not such thing as TRY

Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try.  ~Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

"I'll try to meet you later for dinner......"

"I'll try to finish that book I'm reading (or writing)........"

"I'll try to go with you........"

"I'll try to help you..........."

So what do you think?   Can you count on me?  Will I do those things?  Will I follow through?   Be honest --what do you expect from me now?   

How many times do you use the word "try"?    The word is meaningless. No let me take that back pretty much means " I will not meet you.... finish the book.....go with you."    Making an effort, attempting to accomplish something and setting a goal....doing the best you can... that's all we can do.. Whether you succeed or not, it's the action you take that counts...Do or do not..but don't include "try" in your vocabulary.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Let's turn that around......
Take a moment to think about the things you enjoy,  the things that make you laugh, the things that make you smile.... just smile.  Thank about any time, any where, from your past or what you plan for the future.  Say something about what you are thinking --out loud or to yourself.....

You have done more to improve your health then you realize, just by thinking in a positive way.   According to an article on the Mayo Clinic Website:  Through engaging in positive thinking and most importantly positive self talk you have:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Spend your time thinking about the positive,  believe it or not whatever your story, history or past, you have it better then someone else out there in this world.   Do yourself a favor:
Appreciate every day
Find one positive idea, thought or event to think about it every day
OH and smile more.  

 Mayo Clinic article on Positive Thinking and Health

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lack of sleep

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.  ~Charlotte Brontë

Sleeplessness is a major problem for many people.  Based studies done at  the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at the Hospital at University of Pennsylvania, sleep deprivation affects our ability to perform daily tasks.  Many people are  functioning with as little as 4 hours of sleep a night.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, Americans average 6.9 hours on weeknights. 
Which means that, whether we like it or not, we are not thinking as clearly as we could be. Hypnosis is very effective in helping you sleep.  Read this New York Times article 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Making satisfying choices

Every day we make choices,  what to wear, or eat,  when to wake up, what to do for the day, who to speak to, where to go, which TV show, book, radio station, website, tweet to pay attention to, which call to make or take, which way to turn...the list is endless.  But what if I asked you to really think about what you want for yourself and your future... you know.. 10 years .. 20 years down the road ...  many of those day to day decisions may not have a direct affect on your future ...but I  can guarantee that the choices you make when it comes to the food you eat, what you drink and how active you are NOW will have far reaching affects on your quality of life for the future.    To think that everything you eat now can determine your health;  blood sugar levels, cognitive ability, mobility, mood, and energy..should make you think twice... I did.  Will you?  Eat the foods you enjoy, in smaller amounts,  notice and pay attention to what you are eating and stop eating when you are full.    Never eat anything that doesn't taste great to you... why waste the time and energy... and get moving in any way you can...  See you in the future.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Get Moving Now

"Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes".  ~Robert M. Hutchins

20 - 30 minutes a day may seem like a lot of time to set aside for an activity that may not be your favorite thing to do, but what if I told you that just by spending a few minutes out of the day active you will:

  • add years to your life
  • think more clearly and learn more easily
  • sleep better
  • get stronger physically
  • increase the level of endorphins and feel good chemicals in your body
  • increase brain elasticity.  
  • help you deal with stress in a positive way

More money isn't going to do that for you
Having More clothes, cars, things isn't going to do that for you
Watching more TV or sitting in front of a computer is not going to do that for you.   

Invest in yourself.  Step away from this computer and take a walk...   

Sunday, February 26, 2012


The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.  ~Vance Havner

That first step may seem to be the most difficult... What are you going to lose?  

Is it the fear of change?
Is it that the unknown could be the right thing for you?
Is it that you don't think you deserve anything better then what you have now? 
Are you just too comfortable with the way things are, even though your feelings and emotions are out of control? 
Are you tired of trying and not getting the results? 

Knowing what to do and identifying what is stopping you from taking that first step are two very different things.  The problem is that sometimes even though you know what step (action) to take, you still don't really understand what is stopping you from moving forward.  

Eliminating those roadblocks in your mind is essential for success.   Expect the best for yourself. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.  ~Author Unknown

Sheila Granger's Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis program is a safe, effective , highly successful alternative to bariatric surgery.  The VGB program makes eating enjoyable, satisfying and weight loss easy to accomplish.   Over eating becomes habit and hypnosis is effective in eliminating  harmful habits.  When is comes to weight control, the issues are vast, family eating patterns,  eating as a substitution for something missing in one's life, eating for comfort and in some situations a form of protection.  Sheila and Marc's recently published workbook outlines the 8 rules and gives the reader the tools to keep track of food choices.    Hypnosis gives the client the mind set to reach their goals.  An article in Elle magazine describes one type of hypnotic band program.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

If you wish to keep as well as possible....

If you wish to keep as well as possible, the less you think about your health the better.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Over the Teacups, 1891

Howard Brody, M.D., Ph.D  has written the book, The Placebo Response.  Dr. Brody  has gathered research (academic and private) that reflects interesting connections between the way we think and process information and how we physically respond.   For example in  studies using  placebo capsules; blue, green and purple pills seemed to work especially well as sedatives and sleeping pills, while red, yellow and orange pills, seem to work better as stimulants.  (p.65) Now mind you, none of the capsules contained medication yet the patients got results!!
This is the expectancy theory.  Your perception and expectation in a situation can affect your response physically, emotionally  and chemically.  Positive expectations lead to positive results.  In an other study done at John Hopkins University of Psychiatry,  the placebo produced the same results as the medication,  when the physician dispensing the pill, had no preconceived view on the effectiveness of either pill, while the patients who received their pills from a physician with very strong feeling about a particular medication, reacted better with that pill.  So even the way other people around you think, can effect you.  

So positive expectations should be reinforced daily,  whether through affirmations, positive self talk, and/or setting reasonable goals and  accomplishing them.  Think positive and spend your time with positive people.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Procrastination Don't look back

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.  ~Don Marquis

Why do people procrastinate?  What is stopping you? 
 I could give you a number of reasons:

  • I would rather be doing something else
  • I dislike the task ahead
  • There is something better to do (more fun, enjoyable or  interesting)
  • The task is boring, repetitive or not important
  • It's too difficult, challenging, confusing, frustrating- "A pain in the neck to do"
  • It takes too long.....
  • I'm not good at it...
  • No Time....

Anything sound familiar yet?
These are reasons (or should I say excuses) we come up with,  but the job still needs or should be done.  Completing the task may lead to a healthier body and mind, a promotion, a new job, an improved grade in school, or the lead in the play or winning a game, more money, friendship, confidence and  love.   
So what is stopping you?

Are you ready to eliminate  your limiting beliefs?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What should I eat?

"To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing".  ~Eva Young

Hypnosis is all about changing your mind to enable you to make better decisions AND TAKE ACTION....With that said when it comes to making good food choices.. we are consantly getting conflicting information about what is good for us to eat...I just read two articles from the same source and while one suggestion was to eat more of a particular food the other article suggested you stop eating that food altogether.

So now-you still don't know what is best to eat and you are THINKING MORE about FOOD.    No wonder being over-weight is a problem for so many.  Diets don't work in the long run, but you can change your habits. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Actions reflect your intent

"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."  ~John Locke

This is the beginning of another new year and many people are thinking about the way life could be better, more enjoyable, healthier, more fruitful financially and emotionally.  Perhaps the thoughts involve major life decisions or changes.   Thinking about something and doing something, are two very different conditions.   I totally believe that problems need to be solved through a conscious decision-making process.  
  1. Identify the problem or situation
  2. Consider your values (what is truly important to you) and what outcome is your goal
  3. Brainstorm ideas that may solve the problem or help you to move forward. By the way consider everything..don't nay say or put any idea down..the one that may seems the most bizarre could be the best solution.
  4. Look at the pros and cons of each solution
  5. Choose what you think will be the best one.. the one that will lead you to your outcome (goal, final result etc) 
Nothing will happen if you don't act  (MOVE.. JUST DO IT!!) 


Sunday, January 15, 2012

anxiety about a diet

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.  ~George Dennison Prentice, Prenticeana, 1860

The goal in any weight loss program is that the client (you) become comfortable with their eating patterns and that food is not a constant thought. You are  satisfied with only the amount of food that your body needs in order to live a long, healthy life.   When food no longer is a substitute for fulfilling emotional needs, comfort and a way to deal with stress you will find that your eating habits have improved, you enjoy the food you do eat and you are conscious of the choices you make.   Although mindless eating patterns must be changed in order for weight loss to occur...that doesn't mean you stop thinking about the food you are you focus as you eat in the moment, savour the wonderful taste, flavors, sense the textures and enjoy each bite.