Hypnotized Into Overweight: Why I Stayed Fat for 25 Years
by Charlotte Siems
In an old black-and-white movie, the evil hypnotist speaks in soothing tones to a young and beautiful blonde woman, lulling her into a relaxed, dreamlike state. “You are getting sleeeeppyy…” In Hollywood it takes him less than a minute until she is putty in his hands, believing everything he says and acting at his suggestion. Until, of course, the handsome young man in a tuxedo breaks up the scene and rescues the drowsy girl.
What is hypnosis? It is defined as a state of physical relaxation accompanied by an increased response to suggestions. Actually we all receive thousands of suggestions every day through what we read, hear, see and think. What we listen to and believe causes us to respond and make choices.
In some ways we’re all hypnotized by suggestions. In thinking about the 25 years that I stayed overweight, I made a list of some of the suggestions I believed:
“You’re not eating too much.” I really believed this because I didn’t binge or eat huge quantities in one sitting. I didn’t tell myself the truth about the extra bowls of cereal at breakfast and the entire large-portion restaurant meal.
“You don’t need to exercise.” I was reasonably healthy so I figured I was okay without exercise. I rationalized it by pointing out how busy I was and how I just wasn’t a sports-type person.
“It’s hopeless.” When you think (constantly) that it’s hopeless, why try?
“You don’t deserve to take care of yourself.” This one was a little sneakier. Maybe it didn’t come across in these exact words, but it was the general idea in putting myself last and not taking care of myself physically.
More than a hundred pounds later, I woke as if from a deep sleep—or having been hypnotized. Surprisingly, exercise was the snap of the fingers that broke the trance.
The first thing that shook me awake was the tiny gleam of awareness that maybe there WAS some hope for my middle-aged body. The success stories on the T-Tapp website awakened a small feeling that maybe I could do this.
After a couple of weeks of exercise that I thought I didn’t need, my life began to change for the better. Inches melted away and I felt more energy than I had in years.
After a few months I awoke from my trance about food. My belief that food could meet emotional needs and that I wasn’t eating too much gave way to truth and the pounds began to drop.
Finally, I shook myself awake from believing that I didn’t deserve to feel good and look good. That, my friends, began a journey, and an unexpected one at that. What started out as a desire to lose a couple of sizes and feel better turned into a life-transforming, body-reshaping time of healing—inside and out.
Maybe it’s time for you to wake up from a trance caused by what you’ve been telling yourself or believing from suggestions. If you’ve been hypnotized into hopelessness or excuses, snap your fingers and clear up your thoughts with truth.
What suggestions have hypnotized you? Leave a comment below!