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Healthy Lifestyle

Michelle C.
Transportation Planner
Austin, TX

I struggled with my weight for the last eight years and it was both uncomfortable and overwhelming. I would attempt healthy behaviors, but not be able to stick to them because of stress eating. I would have an aggravating day at work and I would eat to make me feel better at night when I got home. I was shoveling food in my mouth without thinking about it or considering the implications of my choices.

I’ve used a couple of diets and I saw a personal trainer for a while to lose weight. I did a high protein diet and it was too hard when I was travelling and didn’t fit with my lifestyle. Another diet required supplemental things that I had to buy and that got old after a while. With both diets, there was short term weight loss until I couldn’t keep up with them. The trainer was fine until I changed jobs and income brackets and couldn’t continue that level of activity.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Google. I know that people don’t just give away their testimonials, so after I saw all the testimonials online, I decided to look into making an appointment. I think that I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t know what was going on or that someone would be getting in my head, but I soon realized that my fears were probably just from watching too many movies and I decided to make an appointment.

After starting my program, I noticed a mental shift. Every time that I started to do something unhealthy, I would be reminded of my sessions and it would give me pause. It wasn’t as much fun to do unhealthy things anymore because I knew better. Subconsciously, I had a gentle reminder that I was on the path to my goals.

I’m feeling better about myself and I realize now that I’m worth it to make a change. I’ve noticed that I have healthier sleep patterns and I’m exercising more, I’m also more patient and less agitated. I feel more in control. I have tools now and I’m just more self-aware. I am conscious about what I am doing and I don’t make bargains with myself on my health. I plan better and I’m not eating for emotions anymore because I don’t use food to self-medicate.

Hypnosis has helped me to stop bingeing and snacking on unhealthy foods. Some family members have commented that I’m not ordering dessert when I’m out or eating as much during meals. Some of my coworkers and family have also commented that I’ve lost weight.

The biggest benefit for me has been that I care more about myself. I count in the equation of my life and I have greater self-worth and a sense of well-being. I feel more confident because I’m focusing on what is going on inside of me. Being healthy is the most important thing to me now and I’m not overextending my resources and time anymore; my own needs are just as important as everyone else’s.

I believe that these changes and my weight loss will be permanent because I see food differently now. I don’t think that I can go back to eating whatever I want whenever I want or believing that overeating is a good way to deal with stress. I’ve crossed this mental line where that is not okay for me anymore. There are permanent changes in the way that I want to proceed with my life going forward.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on developing a healthier lifestyle. In my experience, there seem to be so many people and services out there that don’t help, but are willing to take people’s time and money without any regard to whether the person will be successful. There is sustainability to what Laura provides in her service and she has given me something that is tangible to take with me out in the world.

This experience has changed my attitude and the way that I see myself and I haven’t seen that from most services and products. I think that people should know that there is something out there besides fad diets or pills. I don’t give endorsements ever, but I want to let people know that his has been extremely helpful and for the first time I’ve walked away from a weight loss program with tools to continue to use on my own.

Eva Huddleston
Austin, Texas

I’d gained about thirty pounds in the last five years and it had really started to bother me. It was difficult for me, because I’d always been the skinny kid. I went from being “Boney Maroney” to my boss giving me an end of year gift to a personal trainer. A lot of the weight gain was due to my unhappiness. I changed my job from clinically treating patients to sitting at a desk eight hours a day. I was learning a lot of new things and I was working 60-70 hours a week. Because I was working nights and weekends, I forgot to live. I got tunnel vision and I got unhappy and didn’t know how to make the changes to create something new and different. I got bogged down in the unhappiness and sat on my couch and did nothing for a very long time.

Every Friday night, I was in the ice cream aisle at Target. I bought two pints of ice cream and ate them for dinner. I felt very out of control. It was nerve-wracking and depressing. I felt like I was a boat in the ocean with no rudder or oars, just going wherever the current took me. It got to be so overwhelming, instead of trying to do something to control the boat, I just threw my hands up in the air and said “forget it.” I felt lethargic and fat and I was uptight and anxious. I felt so bad about myself that I didn’t want people to look at me. I wanted to hide myself and fade into the background. In my family, it was always about making people happy and keeping the peace. I listened to everyone complain and tried to make it all better.

I’ve read every diet book in the world. I tried South Beach and that was horrendous and didn’t last long at all. I did much better with Adkins because you could have eggs and bacon, but then I got tired of the same things all the time and I felt lethargic. I tried Weight Watchers, but I didn’t go to the meetings and just tried to do it myself, so it didn’t work. I did personal training, but when the studio closed, that was the end of that. I read “Body for Life” and the Jillian Michaels books. I tried to follow them, but the longest it lasted was a couple of weeks. I thought that I could stick to these very strict rules that I had no hope of following long term. I set myself up for failure before I even got started.

I was talking to a coworker who had used hypnosis in the past and really liked it. I got on Yelp and searched for hypnotherapy in Austin. I looked at ratings and customer reviews for A New Day Hypnosis and just thought, why not? When I came in and spent time talking to Laura she explained to me that weight wasn’t the real problem, that made sense because I knew that I was unhappy and that was causing the other issues in my life. I trusted her to help me make my life better and I was willing to take her recommendation.

I knew at the first session that I could really do this; I felt like this was my answer, I was going to get help and I was going to be able to do this. Gaining that mindset helped me push forward and gave me the momentum to keep going. My attitude changed, I was happier and my stress levels went down. During that first week, I was on a business trip that is always hugely stressful. People constantly get upset and angry. For the most part, it was tiring, but it was pretty much stress-free for me.

I think I’m well on my way to becoming an even happier and healthier person. I am so much less stressed. I’m sleeping better and I have broken some Obsessive Compulsive patterns that were causing me stress and a lack of sleep. I had to check the windows, the doors, the closets and under the beds. Even when I checked everything, I would wake up and think that I heard noises. I don’t feel that need anymore to constantly check everything. People at work are amazed that I’ve managed to stop doing it as quickly as I did. It’s wonderful and I’m so happy about it. It really shocks me how easy it was to break habits that I had struggled with for years and I’m so much more relaxed and happier when I’m at home now.

I am making better food choices and I’m controlling my impulses, which isn’t something that I’ve done in the past. I have drastically cut down on the sweets. I feel more in control because I have goals and I feel like I can follow through and meet those goals. I know that I can do it because I have the motivation, the willpower, and the desire.

Several people in my office have said that I’m laughing and talking more. The office manager commented that in the last few weeks, I’ve reminded her more of who I was five years ago. She said that I’m more friendly and likeable and that I hadn’t been a very nice person to be around in a long time.

My cousin Kim mentioned that I seemed happier when I went home for Thanksgiving. She said that I also seemed much less stressed. I feel more confident because I have a better image of myself and I’ve started taking more care of my appearance. I make sure that my earrings are in and my hair is done every day and that makes me feel good.

The change in my attitude has been the biggest thing for me. I don’t have this feeling of constant anger at everything. I’m fixing the problem and I’m getting things under control. I’m learning to be happy and I know that I don’t have to give in to guilt trips. It’s okay for my life to be about my own needs.

I believe that these changes and my healthy lifestyle will be permanent because my attitude has changed. I know that my life has already changed and I will continue to make strides to improve my life because my whole outlook has completely changed. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to change their life. If Laura could help me change after I had been mired in my own crap, she can help anyone. I would highly recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to have a better life because it works.

Dawn Kretsch
System Engineer
Austin, Texas

I’ve had a problem with using food as an emotional crutch for the last 25 years. I never focused on the emotional aspects of my problem and instead I tried every diet method known to man, if it was “As Seen on TV”, it was for me. If a celebrity was doing it, I was trying it too. I was always trying to find the next great thing. I did Weight Watchers for years. I started it with a friend and it became a competitive thing for me.

I think that with Weight Watchers, Spark People, and everything else, it turned into such a chore. I put so much of my energy into counting calories, creating charts, and logging my food that all of the logging became very stressful. If I went on vacation, I felt like I needed to have a computer to do all of the logging and charting. I was getting depressed and feeling isolated because my emotional life was tied to the scale. If I gained weight, I felt mad, if I lost weight, I felt happy.

It was a never-ending circle of frustration and it had become an obsession for me. It was overwhelming and I felt like I was doing all of these things and it didn’t even matter. At some point, I would always go to the flip side and just give up. I would go crazy and binge and then I would beat myself up and start the whole process again.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch. I read some reviews and I was very intrigued. I did a lot of research and a lot of reading to find out if it would really help me. After reading about so many successes that people have had, I decided to try. I thought that I would just be hypnotized and all would be magic and changed and because I had never tried any type of therapy, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I noticed right away that I was able to focus on chewing my food slowly, I was sitting at the table instead of sitting at my desk to eat, and I was paying more attention to my hunger signals.I feel a lot more aware of everything around me and the actions that I take. I’m more conscious and aware of the portions that I eat. I don’t stand in the cupboard and eat unconsciously anymore. I feel like I am in control of my life instead of having everything based on my accountability and the charts. I’m not charting my weight or my food anymore and that has been a relief.

I started digging deeper and realized that this was a lot bigger than just changing my eating habits. This process has helped me to do things that I’ve never done before. I’ve noticed that I am able to put myself out there and try new things. I joined a pottery class and it’s easier for me to make myself happy. I feel more confident and now I’m doing things and meeting other people. I have more confidence in my ability to say “No” and to set healthy boundaries in my life. The most important benefit for me has been that I am more social; I’m meeting new people, and putting myself out there. My husband and my kids have noticed that I’m taking classes and they were shocked and surprised that I was doing things by myself and having fun.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to work on a healthier lifestyle because it is a real eye-opener to talk about things out loud and understand why you’re was doing certain things. I was shocked at how easy it was for me to talk about my emotions and it seemed like something that I enjoyed, so that was a real surprise for me.

It’s good to have the reinforcement around what I am trying to change. The portion control and balance have definitely helped me a lot. I just have to continue to be aware. I’m really glad that I did it because I would have never guessed that all of these things would have boiled down to understanding myself and my emotions.

Cynthia Brinson, MD
Austin, Texas

I’ve always had unhealthy eating habits; I ate what I wanted all the time, but I would eat candy bars instead of food. I would just stop myself from eating and rarely overate, but the quality of the food that I was eating was very unhealthy. For the last two years, I started eating everything that I wanted in addition to regular meals and I really couldn’t see a way that I was going to work myself out of that. I felt like I had lost the ability to do what had always worked for me and I didn’t see an end in sight.

I was trying to control my eating by daily deprivation, but I would get so hungry that I would throw caution to the wind and eat everything that I could. In the evenings I would overeat and tended to eat high carbohydrate and high fat foods. I would open a bag of cookies and the next thing I knew I had eaten them all, I didn’t know how it happened or how I would stop myself from doing it in the future. After a full dinner, I would sit down and eat eight ounces of cheese and crackers. I felt out of control and desperate; I was gaining weight and I didn’t see a way to stop that from happening. I didn’t have hope that I could fix the problems on my own, so I decided to try something else.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on Urban Dealight; I wanted to try something out of the box because I thought I would have more success with an alternative method of weight loss. It intrigued me and I felt that this could be successful for me. I could tell the first time that I came in that this was something that would be effective for me. I was aware of my eating problems right away and I was paying more attention; I was mentally open and thinking about what I had learned. The hypnosis is easy, I love it because it’s very relaxing and it makes me happy. The sessions have been very beneficial for stress reduction and a better quality of sleep.

I understand now that eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and it has made me more accepting of that with other people. I’ve been eating food during the day and not snacking at night. I’m happy about incorporating fruit into my diet. The other day, for the first time, I heated up something at work and I relaxed and ate it. I have cut back completely on after-dinner snacking. I’m eating reasonable amounts of higher quality foods and I’m savoring food and taking the time to sit down and eat.

I feel more in control. I don’t have cravings all the time and I’m able to negotiate with myself if I have one. I understand why I made the mistakes that I made in the past and I’m now making plans and recognizing mistakes that may have led me to overeating. I don’t lose control and I can override the desire for cheese. An employee noticed that I always have bananas on my desk and my husband commented that he is happy that I’m eating during the work day.

I feel confident that I can continue to have a healthier relationship with food; the biggest benefit for me has been recognizing the habits that I had gotten into and understanding that the way that I was dealing with things was not going to be successful for me.

I know that these changes and my healthy lifestyle will be permanent because I believe in them. I know that the approach that I had was destructive and I can see at this point that it would be very difficult to go back to my old mentality of eating.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to change their habits and their lifestyle. If you are willing to listen and change, it is a way of changing from the inside-out. It’s not a gimmick or a shortcut; it is about becoming friends with food rather than having an enemy relationship. I am a happier person now and I feel confident that I can live without binging and not let food take over my life.

Kelly Mormon
Austin, Texas

I had been procrastinating doing something about my weight for the last two years and it was unpleasant. I wasn't comfortable, I didn't feel healthy, and I didn't look good. I felt guilty that I was eating unhealthily and not exercising. I didn't have a set schedule anymore and my life was lacking the structure that I'd had before, so my healthy routines had fallen apart.

I was inconsistent with both exercise and diet and I could always figure out a way to put off either meal planning or exercise. I was pretty miserable not carrying through with things. I have a lot of company visiting me regularly and I always ate like I was on vacation when a friend came in town. I felt out of control because I wasn't able to get myself on a schedule or a good eating or exercise plan. I would tell myself that I was going to do something at a specific time or day and then I would put it off. It made me feel lazy and disorganized. I had become less sociable because I was always putting off committing to anything. Procrastination was an across the board behavior and it really affected my health.

I knew that I was going to be responsible for my elderly father-in-law and I needed to be healthier and stop procrastinating before he moved here, so when I drove past A New Day Hypnosis, I decided to call and schedule an appointment. I noticed changes immediately, I wasn't procrastinating anymore and I started enjoying healthier foods. I also stopped putting off and dreading meal planning.

It's been surprisingly easy to continue to eat well even when the people around me are not making healthful choices. I've noticed that I sleep better and overall I feel more energetic and stronger. I feel more in control, I can make a list and I know that I will do the things on that list. My eating is healthier and more thoughtful and I am exercising regularly. My weight loss has been pretty easy and I have gone down three clothing sizes.

I have eliminated eating fattening or "super-carb" food and I have better portion control. Family and friends have noticed the weight loss and my daughters are seeing that I am getting things done in a timely fashion.

I feel more confident. I look better and I'm taking better care of my appearance. I am in better shape and it's nice to know that when I visit friends in Denver that I can handle more. I know my legs aren't going to give out because I have built up my strength with regular exercise.

Overcoming the procrastination has been the biggest benefit for me in all of this. That was the one thing that we worked on that had been a life-long issue. I think I always thought that being a procrastinator was just how I was and the fact that I can change something so fundamental about myself has been pretty big.

My social life has improved; I don't put off making plans or avoid committing to things. Overcoming procrastination has given me health benefits because of the exercise and grocery shopping. I realize now that procrastination is not some central part of how I operate and knowing this helps me think differently about other behaviors that I thought were ingrained.

I believe that these changes and my healthy lifestyle are permanent. It's a more pleasant way to live. I take things in bits and pieces and it's so much better. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome procrastination or create a healthy lifestyle. It's so wonderful because it's effective and painless. I have recommended this to friends and relatives because it's been enlightening for me. I can't believe how effective this has been and I wouldn't hesitate to utilize hypnosis again if something else comes up for me in the future


Leslie Engles
Austin, Texas

I have struggled with my weight for the last forty years. It was miserable and frustrating; I always felt self-conscious and thought that I was a disappointment to my mother. I felt constrained and thought that people were judging me. I felt out of control about my eating. If you put something in front of me that I wanted, I would just eat it without question. I was bingeing a couple of times a week. I would eat ten individual chocolates or five individual packets of potato chips or a whole box of cookies over a couple of days and then go out and buy a new box to replace what I had eaten so that no one would know.

I tried Weight Watchers to lose weight, but it was too regimented for me with too much measuring. I tried Nutri-System very briefly as a teenager. I thought it was very unrealistic and knew it was not going to work for me. I've tried low-carbohydrate, high carbohydrate, the grapefruit diet, the cabbage diet. Some things worked temporarily, but I just kept gaining it all back.

I found out about A New Day Hypnosis on Google. We studied hypnosis in medical school, so it didn't seem scary to me. I had a friend who had used hypnosis to stop smoking and thought it might be able to help me with weight loss.

I noticed changes after a couple of weeks. I was eating smaller portions and controlling my snacking. Listening to the sessions seemed to make it easier to make good choices without feeling that terrible deprivation that I was so used to. It helped me focus on achieving a goal that I wanted and it made the choice process a less painful one for me.

I have really appreciated the fact that Laura creates a really safe, warm environment that makes it a lot easier to bare your soul and I've noticed that I feel happier in general. I'm less stressed and I no longer obsess about what I look like or worry about whether people are judging me. I feel a lot more confident about accepting myself.

This has been easier than I thought it would be. I feel more in control and I haven't wanted to binge or hide my eating. I can just eat something and stop. It has helped reduce a lot of the cravings and I don't crave things the way that I used to. I used to want to go get a dozen donuts and now I crave things like orange juice.

My cousin noticed that my face looks a lot thinner and my hairstylist commented that I had lost weight and looked good. My clothes fit better and I feel more confident because I have accepted myself. The biggest benefit for me has been that I am not focused on what everybody else thinks about me. I'm getting my eating under control and I continue doing healthier things. I think about food in a healthier way and think about myself in a healthier way, which has been a relief. I am eating better and I am taking better care of myself and I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to have a healthy lifestyle because this process has made me feel a lot better.

Public Relations
Austin, Texas

I've had an unhealthy fixation with weight and my body over the last twenty years. My time was consumed with worrying about food and exercise and I almost felt crazy from it. It was like being on a roller coaster and it was maddening. When I was exercising a ton and not eating very much I would be at an emotional high point, but when I was eating what I wanted on the weekend, I would hit a deep emotional low. I beat myself up and I just didn't like myself.

It was an internal struggle and I felt out of control all the time. I was starving a lot of the time and then I would binge. If I didn't exercise enough, I felt out of control and very unhappy. My obsession with food in my life chained me down, but that was the only way that I knew, so I felt stuck.

I tried Weight Watchers in college to help me with my problem. I went a few times, but hated to go to meetings. I realize now that I didn't need to lose weight and what I really needed wasn't there. I tried every diet book, counting calories, and lots of self-deprivation and over-exercising. All of these were temporary solutions and I needed something permanent.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch, but I had my reservations. I felt like it was a last resort because people make hypnosis sound like a silly thing to do. After the first session, I noticed that I started accepting myself more and caring less about food. At that point, I realized that hypnosis was something that could have been resourceful for me a long time ago. It wasn't about losing weight anymore because I understood that I needed to fix the emotional problems instead.

It's been almost effortless to change. All the healthy lifestyle choices came naturally because I put my body and my physiological needs before my emotional ties to food. I realized that it's about listening to my body and eating until I'm satisfied, not bingeing. I eat foods that are naturally good for me and I have been able to eliminate overeating, bingeing, and cravings, it has literally all gone away.

My husband has noticed a change in me. He has more fun with me because I enjoy cooking and going out to eat. He's noticed that I talk about it less and I'm not standing in front of the mirror, picking and poking at myself anymore. The word calorie is rarely muttered in the house, which is pure joy to him.

I feel more in control now. Exercise and food used to be my primary thought processes and now they have become secondary to the other parts of my life. I've been able to focus on work, my future, and my marriage and that makes me feel more confident. I can stand up to people now and I've stopped blaming myself for every fault or feeling guilty and disgusted with myself. Now that I devote time to other things, I pursue my passions and tie them into my life. I'm writing more and looking at freelance jobs, which I had never had the courage to do before.

The most important benefit that I've received has been the freedom to live. I feel for the first time that there is so much more to me than food and I'm finally learning to live in a world where my thoughts are not dictated by my weight or my food choices. I sleep better, I have a positive outlook, and I have mental clarity. I'm much happier and my pants even fit better.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to overcome a fixation with food because it's been extremely successful for me. This is a total inside and out makeover and because this process has been about my emotions and not just my body, I know that it is forever. This process delves deeper than just the issue at hand and I found out more about the root of my problems than I could have ever imagined on my own. I am confident that I have the tools and the understanding to move forward. I know that I will hit bumps in the road, but now I know what to do about them. I won't end up in the same downward spiral because I've changed my perspective on everything and that feels wonderful.

Liz Taylor
Austin, TX

I've had mild weight fluctuations in the past, but I really struggled with my weight for the last year. I was working way too much and I had a lot of stress. When I came to see Laura, I felt like “Gollum" from The Lord of the Rings and it was horrifying to me. I had terrible boundaries with my time and I was stress eating, I wasn't sleeping, and I wasn't working out. Things had really gotten off track for me.

I was wound up and spent my nights laying in bed and worrying about my job. I felt out of control because I was angry and I didn't know how to stop myself. Because I was working such late hours, I ordered a lot of delivery food and I didn't make good choices. I was snippy and impatient because I was exhausted and stressed all the time.

I've tried regular therapy and although it has been very helpful in some areas of my life, I wasn't working on stress management there. I did Weight Watchers briefly because I was trying to curb the weight that I had gained, but I stopped going because I wasn't working out and thought, “What is the point in eating well if I'm not going to the gym?"

My friend went to see Laura and recommended her to me, so I checked out the website and decided to call. I noticed immediately after my first session that I was sleeping better because Laura's voice really helped me to calm down. I was also eating smaller portions, snacking less, and making better food choices.

The change has been very easy for me because I came to the realization that I needed to adjust the way that I was approaching my life in order to meet my goals. Laura shone a light on my situation. We had a conversation about scheduling exercise and talked about what time I would have to leave work so that I could get to bed on time. She pointed out that if I couldn't get my work done within normal working hours, there was a serious problem.

Laura also helped me to realize that when I worked 65 hours a week, I was giving my company 25 hours a week for free and that was an alarming realization for me. After talking about it, I realized that she was right and now I'm diligent about leaving work on time so that I can go to bed and get up to go to the gym. It seems so obvious, but I'd never thought about it that way.

For me, this has been more of a lifestyle change than a weight loss thing. I feel more in control now because I'm managing my energy in a positive way. People at work are calling me Liz “2.0" because I don't get as stressed about things, I leave work at a normal time, and I'm more positive to be around. I cook and bake now and my home, my car, and my desk are all spotless. I'm calm and finally back to being me. A client who hadn't seen me in a while also mentioned that I looked awesome, which made me feel great.

I feel more confident because I'm getting things under control and feeling like I'm managing things better. I'm not snacking, bingeing, and overeating anymore and I've gone down a clothing size. I have already recommended A New Day Hypnosis because I think Laura is really good at what she does. Hypnosis is a different approach and I think it's been a nice compliment to my traditional therapy because we are working simultaneously on developing new behavioral patterns. I believe that these changes will be permanent because I know that I will continue to work to maintain my energy management effectively, I also like feeling rested and happy and want that to continue in my life.

Maria Hartman
RN and Graduate Student
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last 20 years. It was frustrating and self-destructive. I ate too many sweets and it was all about immediate gratification for me. I got tired very easily and it was difficult to exercise. I ate Long John Silver's because it was convenient. I was also noticing that I had more pronounced age spots on my skin. I felt out of control because I was eating sweets every day and making bad choices. I was even drinking hot chocolate every day consistently.

I didn't want to end up with health complications, so I did a Physicians Diet and I did lose weight, but it came back. I tried Slim-Fast off and on, but my blood sugars bottomed out and it gave me hypoglycemic side-effects. I did the Michael Thurman's six week makeover along with acupuncture and exercise and I lost 50 lbs and that lasted for a year, but I recently started to gain it back, so I decided to try something else.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on yellowpages.com. I had tried hypnosis in the past and it had worked for me to stay away from chocolate and Gatorade and it was helpful, so I decided to try it again. When I started listening to the CDs consistently, I noticed that I was more focused on accepting myself and I had a better self-image. Feeling better about myself made everything else seem to work.

Laura gave me a lot of helpful information about nutrition and I'm not eating processed foods anymore. I'm honoring myself enough to buy good quality food. Hypnosis has made a real difference for me, I really think about the fuel that I put in my body now and it's so simple.

I'm consistently taking vitamins and Chinese herbs. I haven't bought any candy at all and I only have hot chocolate once every couple of weeks. I feel more in control because I realize that I'm making good choices and I'm thinking more before acting. I'm not so impulsive anymore; I allow myself a sweet once a week and now it's a treat for me. Sometimes I even skip my weekly sweet and I'm fine with it. On Sunday morning, I have one taco and that is enough because I know that there is no need to eat more than one.

I savor my bites of food and I eat with meaning, which helps me to appreciate foods more. My friends have commented that I've lost weight and my brother noticed that I have more muscle tone. My coach even mentioned that I was lighter on my feet. This weekend, family members commented that I wasn't eating very much and that made me feel proud.

Exercise has been relatively easy to keep doing. I had a punching bag and a speed bag at home and Laura encouraged me to take boxing classes and I'm really enjoying it now. She gave me permission to do it and she allowed me to be nice to myself, which has always been hard for me. It's easier to ride my bike now, so I can give my dog a workout. I have better endurance and I can keep up with everybody else.

I feel more confident. I went out with a friend to see a band the other night and I noticed that I was getting more looks from people. I know that my better food choices are going to bring me better health and I've even noticed that my skin looks better. I believe that these changes and my weight loss will be permanent because I'm dealing with the root cause instead of just the manifestation. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to make a lifestyle change because it works.

Sandra Lira
Austin, TX

I've had a life long struggle with my weight and it was a physical and emotional battle every day. I felt like I was fighting with myself and sometimes it was even hard for me to get out of bed. I was stressed out and erupting like a volcano all the time. I would be alone and I would eat a whole plate of food and just keep eating. I felt out of control; I was caught in a tornado and I was going around and around, but my situation was never changing. I work in a kitchen and I was always snacking and was eating fast food late at night. I just accepted that this was the way things are.

I've tried diets; I would lose weight and then go right back up, exercise would work for a while, but I would lose motivation and get too comfortable and end up slipping back into old habits. Five years ago, I had bariatric surgery. I had drastic weight loss, but unfortunately I had a physical surgery and not a mental one. My mind was in the same place that it had been before and I was afraid I going to end up gaining back all the weight.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch. I saw so many reviews and recommendations about it.

I was looking for a change and wanted to know if it could help me, so I decided to call. I started to notice that I felt calmer after the first session. I was paying more attention to what I was eating and I felt like I was processing information better. I started exercising more and eating smaller portions and I wasn't stopping for fast food on the way home from work.

It's been painless and easy for me. I have more energy now and I'm able to calmly and effectively handle things. My blood pressure has become stable and my blood sugar is lower. I feel more in control. Hypnosis has helped me stop bingeing and snacking and it's really good to know that I'm the one making the choices now instead of the food, the people around me, my emotions, or my stress. I feel personally accountable for what I'm doing.

The changes in my emotional state and stress levels have been the biggest benefits for me. It's been an eye opener; I feel like I've had the light turned on in my mind and I know now that there was a reason behind my behaviors. In the long term, I know that this will help me not to take on everybody's problems and stress eat. I am handling situations differently and I've had coworkers comment on how well I'm handling things. Everyone says that I'm so different and I've even been asked if I'm taking medication.

I feel more confident. I look people in the eye and I walk with confidence. I take more care about how I present myself. I have a boost and it's helped. I know what I want and I'm much more sure of my goals. I know that these changes and my healthy lifestyle will be permanent. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to change their lifestyle. I know that it's beneficial because if it can help me than it could help anyone.

Dolores Groves
University of Texas
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last twelve years. It was kind of depressing, the older I got, the more weight I gained. I refused to buy bigger sizes and things had gotten pretty tight. I was like a drug addict; I knew it was bad for me, but I did it anyway because it felt good. I would wake up in the morning and start thinking about what I was going to have for lunch that afternoon. I knew I was letting myself down, but I couldn't stop. I felt like healthy foods weren't going to taste good and I was really closed minded about what was out there. I also bought unhealthy food because they was cheaper.

I used to set goals, but never really work towards them. I tried Weight Watchers and lost ten pounds, but gained it back. I did group hypnosis in the past and cut out bad things like coke and chocolate. The cravings weren't there and it was a noticeable difference. In fact, I still don't drink soda very often and it's been seven years. After the group, I decided that I needed more reinforcement and saw an individual hypnotherapist in Pflugerville. I didn't feel like we were compatible and it was a long drive, so I decided to stop.

I thought about trying hypnosis with someone new and found out about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo local. I decided that it was time for me to take care of myself. I know that hypnosis works for me and when I read other people's testimonials I decided to give Laura a call.

It's been easier to change my behaviors this time. The difference was subtle at first and then all of a sudden it just kind of snuck up on me and I realized that I was doing things differently and wasn't thinking about food all the time. Everything just hit at once and fell into place. I think I'm more open-minded about foods that are good for me; I even tried tofu last week and liked it. I feel more in control now. I'm buying more vegetables and I don't care what the price is. I'm making healthy eating the main priority because I know that it's better for me. I've always gone the cheap route, but now I'm more willing to spend money on quality food.

Hypnosis has helped me stop having cravings. Today, I met my husband for lunch and we went to the Catfish Parlor. I noticed immediately that I was grabbing sautéed vegetables and I ate that first before I touched anything else. We went to dinner last night and my mom was shocked that I was ordering water instead of tea.

The biggest benefit for me overall has been the change in my self image. I feel slimmer and my clothes are loose; I feel better about the choices that I'm making. I want to be healthy and I'm working towards it because I'm more flexible about what I am willing to eat. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to improve their lifestyle. In fact, I have a good friend who has been asking about my progress. She's tried Weight Watchers three times and it hasn't worked. I just keep telling her that change has to come from within. I know that I can do this now and I have a much better outlook about where I'm headed.

Natalie Smith
Holistic Nutritional Consultant
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight and health related issues for the last 8-10 years. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes ten years ago and it's been a difficult, never-ending uphill battle. I felt like it was going to be something that I would have to struggle with for the rest of my life. I was afraid that it was going to make me sick because I was bingeing on foods that were hurting me. I was using food and alcohol as a crutch and I wasn't taking care of myself. Once I started bingeing, I couldn't stop; I was bingeing two or three times a week. I went to the gas station and bought doughnuts and cakes and sugary foods. I couldn't control it because I didn't even know what was causing me to do it. I tried really low-calorie diets and fasts. I could stop it temporarily by dieting and being strict with myself, but after a couple of months, I just went back to bingeing.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis through citysearch. All the good reviews impressed me. People were saying how their lives had changed and it sounded good, so I decided to call. I noticed changes after the first session. When I walked into the office, I felt like my stomach was in my throat. For the first time in months, I actually felt really relaxed in my whole body. The change came faster than I expected. I'm eating better, taking care of myself, and learning how to be comfortable with myself. I'm not using food as a drug to calm me down and I'm not afraid of change anymore. I first came for food issues, but it has become everything else in my life that has needed to change. A lot of the food issues that I was dealing with were centered around fear and a lot of those feelings are gone now.

Hypnosis has been the tool that made it all fall into place and made the change happen not just with food, but with my whole life. I'm not afraid of other people anymore and I deal with things like anxiety and stress in healthy ways. Now I can recognize what's going on before it turns into a binge session. I realize that food is not going to solve the problem or ease anxiety. People at work have noticed that I'm standing up for myself in unexpected ways. My friends, family, and my husband have noticed a change in me. I don't feel nervous about what people are thinking about me and I don't think twice about talking to people.

Hypnosis has helped me to eliminate bingeing and eating things that I knew would make me unhappy and unhealthy. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because hypnosis is a really good tool to tap into the subconscious and utilize your own strengths. This has been the biggest tool for change that I've ever had in my life. It came at the right time when I was ready and I don't know if the change could have happened without it. I'm becoming a different person, the best parts of me aren't overshadowed by fear, anxiety and stress anymore. This process has changed my life beyond what I could have even imagined. It's been pretty amazing; the difference between who I am now and the person that I was before is like night and day. I know that these changes and my healthy lifestyle will be permanent because it isn't possible for me to go back; I have tools now that I can use for the rest of my life.

Hope Camacho
Social Worker
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for most of my life. As a kid people made fun of me and as an adult they were more low-key about it. I felt like I wasn't good enough and didn't like the way that I looked. I felt fat and out of control. If it was there, I would eat it; if it wasn't there I would go get it. I was eating sweets every day and drinking lots of Mountain Dew and coffee, the equivalent of about ten cups of coffee a day. I was overeating as a coping mechanism for the high stress levels in my life. I was doing more than is healthy to be doing and it was affecting my eating habits.

I've tried Weight Watchers and lost weight with it, but years later I had a problem again. South Beach was really good, but I just didn't stick with it, mentally I wasn't prepared to do it. I tried exercise by itself and sometimes found that it just gave me an excuse to eat more.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch and decided to schedule an appointment because I realized that my problem was in my head. I noticed pretty quickly that I had started becoming more assertive. I was taking the time to slow down and get in touch with myself. I think my body has become more in line with what it ought to be. When I make a bad choice, I notice the difference in the way that I feel.

My eating habits are better and my sleep is good. The physical need for coffee is way down and now I only have one cup a day. I'm wearing a smaller size and I'm not drinking sodas or using artificial sweeteners anymore. I feel much more in control; sweets can be around and they just aren't calling my name. Candy is everywhere at work and now, if I want something sweet, I can stop after a couple.

People have commented that I look smaller and my Dad recently mentioned that it looks like I'm losing weight. I feel more confident about myself. My salsa practice is on youtube and when I watched it recently, I noticed that I didn't look bad. I'm happy to pose for photos and that is not typical for me at all.

The biggest benefit that I've gotten out of this process has been the ability to stand up for myself more. I was doing too much and once that got under control, I was better able to focus on my health. My attention has shifted over to taking care of myself and I have noticed that when I take care of myself, I don't need food to cope.

My attitude and my mindset have changed. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it worked for me. My focus isn't about weight anymore, so it's easier for me to stay consistent. When I changed my lifestyle, I realized that I might have a day that is different, but that overall I am focused on health. I know that these changes and my healthy lifestyle will be permanent because it's a better way to live and the changes that I've made are more about my thinking and the way that I'm living than anything else.

Valerie Ward
Quality Reliability Engineer
Austin, TX

I've had problems with sweets for over twenty years. In college, after a test, I'd be tired and reward myself with a bag of cookies or some other sweets. After college, I didn't have problems again until I got into my thirties. It got harder and harder for me and then in my forties I started thinking about sweets almost all the time. I tried to stop myself by telling myself that I wasn't going to have a binge. I told myself that it would be okay this time, but that didn't work very well. I would save up and have a big binge and once it came on, I couldn't stop it. After having cancer, I felt that I needed to do everything possible to stay healthy. Sugar feeds cancer, so I didn't want to give the cancer an opportunity to grow in my body. Because of my sweet binges, I felt like I wasn't really doing everything that I could to stay healthy, which made me feel out of control and anxious. I was seeing sugar as a coping mechanism and after a binge I felt bad about what I had done.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis at Austin Integrative Health. I decided to call and set up an appointment. We did a visualization during the hypnosis and I saw what I looked like having a binge, that was very powerful for me. I started to feel differently about sweets. When I was around them, I didn't feel drawn to them the way that I had in the past. I don't have the sugar highs and crashes anymore and it's all become easier. I'm not thinking about chocolate and making plans to add it into my day and I've developed other coping mechanisms to deal with stress. I'm more prepared and I have snacks with me so that I can avoid the vending machine and because I'm not having sugar binges, my anxiety has gone down quite a bit. I know that I'm doing everything possible to be healthy and I feel more in control. When I go to a party with sweets, I don't stand around by the dessert table anymore and I feel better about being in those situations. I feel more confident because I'm doing the things that I need to do to be healthy.

I have a real sense freedom now because I'm not obsessed with sweets. I love the fact that I'm able to go into Whole Foods and walk by the desserts without staring at them. I don't have to feel guilty and I like having the sense of control. I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it has helped me. It's so hard to do it on your own and it's much better to change your way of thinking than trying drugs or a crash diet that doesn't work long term. I have healthier ways of looking at food and I'm very confident that I'm on the right path to making a change in my life.

Paige H.
Technical Writer
Austin, TX

In the past, I was able to lose a significant amount of weight and kept it off for five years. I gained it all back recently and realized when I was exercising in sweat pants in 100 degree weather that there was something seriously wrong. I felt really self conscious. I knew that I had a choice, but I wasn't choosing to control myself and that made me feel awful.

I've tried exercising and eating right in the past. I was doing pretty well with my regimen, but I hit a plateau and couldn't get past it, so I thought why bother to try. I knew that I needed to change the way that I was thinking, but I didn't know how to do it. My grandmother told me that she'd had an issue with her weight in the past and thought that hypnosis was a great way to go, I decided to look into it.

I went to Positive Changes and it was way too expensive and from what I understood, you just went in and sat in an armchair and listened to a tape that they had there. I needed something more personalized, so it wasn't for me. I drove past A New Day Hypnosis and saw the sign, so I decided to take a look at the website and schedule an appointment.

Laura was very articulate and knowledgeable about hypnosis. She explained the process thoroughly and I felt more comfortable when I realized that I wasn't going to do anything that I didn't want to do. I really connected with her; she heard what I was saying and also heard what wasn't said, so that made me feel really good. She does a great job and I really like the way that we chat before my sessions. She helps bring ideas into my mind and it's a really important part of the service.

The first change that I noticed was that I had better eating habits. I'd bought some junk food when my children came to visit and it just sat there and I didn't have the desire to eat it. It's been really easy. I'm always afraid to go to my medical doctor because I'm scared that she'll yell at me, but I don't get that feeling from Laura. Even if she tells me strongly to do something, I don't feel like she's going to make me feel bad.

I'm now eating three balanced meals a day and I have more energy because I'm feeding my body the right foods. Hypnosis has helped me stop eating cereal at night and I never eat peanut butter out of the jar anymore. I make better food choices when I'm out with friends and instead of ordering an enchilada plate, I'll get a bowl of chicken soup. I've also noticed that exercise has been easier and I've been more enthusiastic about doing it. I have more tools, so that gives me more control. When I hear the little voice in my head that tells me not to exercise, I can push it away.

Getting healthy has given me more confidence. I know what to do now and I've got another tool in my toolkit to work with. I've learned more about myself and because of the focus on my personal issues, I'm noticing results. I don't feel lost and I know that the things that I've learned will always be a part of my thinking. It's all coming together for me and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to help getting control with their own issues.

Andrea M.
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last 10-15 years. It wasn't fun, I would gain and lose weight. When I got off track, I was really off track for months. When the weight came back on, I never felt like I could stop it. I didn't have faith and confidence in myself and didn't understand that I was in control of my body and not those external forces. I felt very powerless. I tried appetite suppressants, Weight Watchers, counting calories, and all the popular best seller diet books. I lost weight with each one, but they never addressed the mental component that was underlying everything.

From a rudimentary standpoint, I could follow any diet and lose weight, but the emotional issues weren't addressed. I felt out of control at times and it just seemed so overwhelming to me. If I had a day where I ate badly and didn't exercise, the next day I vowed to do better; it would just spiral and made me feel like there was something wrong with me. I felt angry and disappointed.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch and saw a lot of good reviews. I felt that there was a very strong mental block that I was having a hard time breaking down myself. I wasn't able to correct my thought processes on my own, so I decided to call. I started noticing changes in my behaviors within the first week. I was much more aware of what I was doing on a day-to-day basis. I was more conscious of my behaviors and more observant. It's been much easier going than things that I've tried in the past. Getting in the habit of things has come more naturally than it did in the past. A lot of the process has been about setting up my lifestyle so that I can stay on top of things, even when I am busy with work.

I notice that I'm sleeping better at night. I feel more in control and it's very empowering. I have a lot more faith in myself. The days that I get off track, I'm not hard on myself and I don't feel like it's the end of the world. I can't remember the last time that I binged on anything and I don't have the daily cravings that I used to have. My boyfriend has noticed that I'm taking better care of myself and losing weight. We're doing this together now and he is exercising with me and making changes in his diet. I feel more confident because I'm able to wear a lot of my wardrobe that I hadn't worn in a long time. I even shopped for a swimsuit recently and I felt good about it.

I feel like I've re-set myself mentally. I know that I can do the physical steps to be more healthy and I've been able to stay the course. In the past, when I was dieting, I told myself that I couldn't have things that I wanted and as soon as I lost the weight I had them all. This time, I have those things every once in a while because I'm aware now and don't want that rubber band snap back the way it did in the past.

I would recommend A New Day hypnosis to anyone who wants to change their lifestyle because I think that a lot of problems have emotional roots. This process has helped me to understand what is underlying and address the causes behind the unhealthy behaviors; that makes me feel confident that these changes will be permanent.

Cathy Charro
Network Center Technician
Austin, TX

I've had trouble with my weight since having my son about eighteen years ago. I wasn't happy and I was just going up and up in sizes. When I sat down to eat, I was eating way too much of the wrong things. I knew that the good choices were mine to make, but I wasn't able to make them on my own. I wasn't focusing on anything at all with my diet and was just out there wandering. I wasn't drinking water and I wasn't doing anything successfully, so I stopped shopping in clothing stores and started buying loose fitting sweat pants and baggy t-shirts and finding ways to avoid knowing what size I was.

I've tried just about every pill on the market to lose weight. Any time I would read about a new herbal supplement coming out, I would buy it. I had short term success, but I hadn't changed any of my habits, I couldn't stay on it forever and when I stopped taking it I gained it all back because I hadn't changed any of my habits.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch; when I read that Laura had gotten the hypnotist of the year award, I decided to call. My boyfriend had stopped smoking with hypnosis, so I wasn't afraid of it, but I was concerned that I wouldn't be susceptible to it and that worried me a little bit.

After my first session, I started to notice changes. I was drinking more water and was a lot more conscious about my food choices. Those were the biggest ones for me. It's the little changes that are making the biggest impact. I'm more conscious of what I'm doing, so I don't stray too much. I've lost 12 pounds and gone down a clothing size so far. I've seen a noticeable change in my shape and I've also noticed that my blood pressure is better. I feel more in control and I'm making conscious and unconscious efforts to do things differently.

Hypnosis has helped me to eliminate the bingeing and overeating. I can hear the things that Laura tells me inside my head when I'm sitting down to a meal or ordering food and that has helped me a lot. I know that I don't have to eat everything even if tastes good, so I'm leaving something on the plate. I go to lunch with my boyfriend every day and he has commented that I'm eating a lot less. Several people at work have also noticed that I've lost weight.

I walk taller and straighter and I feel more confident now. The biggest benefit for me has been that I have the awareness and I know what is going on. I've seen the success from it and I'm fitting into the clothes that were hiding in the back of the closet. I have better endurance and I can see the improvement in my lifestyle.

I feel confident that I'll stay on the same path that I'm on right now and continue with my progress. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to change their lifestyle. I'm happy to share it with anybody because it works. I know it's all up to me and Laura has given me the tools that I need to be successful.

Rona Wheeler
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight on and off during my lifetime, but for eight years I was able to maintain it. Unfortunately, during the last two years I forgot how to handle stress and I turned to food again. I put on a lot of the weight that I had lost and I was wearing bigger sizes and didn't have much energy. My confidence went way down and I felt like I didn't have control over my life. It was really scary and I felt miserable. If I was upset, I would just eat and eat. I didn't know why I was doing it, but I just kept on and couldn't stop myself. I wasn't taking the time for myself and I wasn't exercising. I felt really overwhelmed.

I tried diet pills to weight; I'd lose 5 or 10 lbs and then gain it back as soon as I stopped taking them. I also tried starving myself, I skipped meals and would sometimes lose 5 lbs, but when I ate normally again I gained it back. I was going for the quick fix and it didn't work.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from Stephanie Delk at Austin Adventure Boot Camp. I read her blog and wanted to have some of the same success that she'd experienced with Laura, so I decided to schedule an appointment.

After the first session, it was all making sense to me. I started to notice changes in my behaviors within a couple of days. I tried to fight it, but I just naturally wanted to eat healthier. Now I know how to stop myself if I'm eating what I know that I shouldn't be eating. I ask myself if I'm eating just to feel good and make the decision from there. I've noticed that I can run faster because I'm exercising more. Saturday, before we went out of town, I went for a run in the morning, which I hadn't done on my own in a long time. Hypnosis has also really helped me stop bingeing, snacking, and overeating. If I have a craving, I don't act on it. I still might want a chocolate bar, but I just let it pass. A coworker said that she's noticed that I'm more determined and my fiancée, who eats pretty poorly, noticed that I'm still eating healthier.

The biggest benefit from this process has been confidence. I stand up for myself instead of just going with the flow all the time. Weight loss is awesome and it makes you healthier, but if you don't like yourself and let people run over you it's not so good. I'm not going to be a passive person anymore and I don't want to give control over my life to other people.

I believe that these changes and my weight loss will be permanent because I've re-learned how to handle stress and I have more tools on how to manage it. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to lose weight because Laura helped me to get to the heart of the matter even when I didn't know what it is.

Cynthia W.
Practice Administrator
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last 20 years. I felt like I was inhabiting someone else's body and I really wasn't myself. It was depressing. I would dress in the dark and avoid mirrors so that I wouldn't have to be faced with it. I wore bulky clothes and tried to ignore it. Looking back I can see that I was out of control, but I didn't know it at the time. I didn't have a plan at all. Whatever was out there, I grazed through it until it was all gone, whether I was hungry or not. I felt fat and matronly and it made me a lot less confident in my interactions with everyone.

I tried eating less and exercising more. I was really good at deluding myself and would tell myself that even though I was eating cake, I was sure I was losing weight. I'd eventually get on the scale and be totally bummed out. I even tried a South American herb that was supposed to eliminate hunger. It was very expensive and it didn't work at all.

In the past, I had quit smoking using a guided imagery technique and thought that I would be a good candidate for hypnosis, so I thought it might help me to improve my eating habits. I did a Google search for hypnotherapy and found A New Day Hypnosis on Citysearch.

I started to notice changes within 24 hours. It was Halloween, and in the past, it would have been Butterfingers for dinner. This time, I didn't eat any of the candy. I've lost 15 pounds so far and the process has been easy because I don't feel like I'm denying myself anything. I'm exercising regularly now and it's pretty incredible. On the weekends, the first thing I do is get up and go walk two miles. I don't even think about it now, it's just what I do and I have a lot more energy.

Not only have I become more conscious about my eating, I've seen a carryover and I'm more conscious about my spending habits as well. I stop and think before I do things. I feel more in control now; I automatically know when I sit down, what I'm going to do. If we are out to eat at a Mexican food restaurant, I get the fruit instead of the rice and beans and eat half the enchiladas. At home, I know how much and what I'm going to eat before I even start. Hypnosis has also helped me to eliminate overeating and unconscious eating. I control it and plan it. I'm not even snacking at work anymore. I just ask myself "What would thin Cindy do?" and I operate on that mindset.

People have said that they can tell that I've lost weight and that makes me feel more confident. Even a banker at work noticed a change in my appearance the other day, which was nice. My relationship with my employers is different now because I'm more confident and meet them on an equal footing, so I can totally be myself. There isn't a barrier there anymore and that makes me happy.

This process has affected my health and my confidence in a positive way. It's not a temporary fix and I know that these changes and my weight loss will be permanent because it's been so easy for me to absorb. It doesn't even feel like I'm doing anything differently, it's just how I do things now. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to have a healthy lifestyle because it really changes the core of what needs to change so that you can improve yourself.

Kasi Chapman
Travis County Court Reporter
Kyle, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last seven years. My eating habits were very poor because I didn't care what I ate as long as it tasted good. I had no control over my life. I felt out of control, like a tumbleweed rolling across West Texas. My emotions were out of control and I was getting through a couple of 20 ounce bottles of Dr. Pepper a day. I could eat a half a pan of brownies and feel really sick afterwards, but I liked the way that it tasted so I didn't stop myself. I was stopping at Taco Cabana for breakfast tacos almost every day and my stomach really hurt from it, but I kept eating it anyway.

I've tried Weight Watchers and it worked, but after I'd lost twelve pounds, I realized that I had to start reducing my food intake and it totally freaked me out. I wasn't sure I could do it and I had no confidence in my ability. I tried it again three other times and I would do it for a month, but I wasn't prepared for the changes that I needed to make, so I quit.

I knew that I wanted to lose weight because I wanted to excel at my job and feel more confident. I also wanted to have more children and decided to be healthy beforehand. I firmly believe that if you can change your mind you can change your life and hypnosis was something that I hadn't tried yet.

I did a yahoo search and read about A New Day Hypnosis. Pretty soon, I noticed that I was eating better and eating less. I was also drinking a lot more water. The biggest change for me was stopping Dr. Pepper and I haven't had one in two months! I've gone down a clothing size so far and I have a lot more respect for myself because I know that I can do it. My emotions don't go up and down anymore and I'm pretty happy all the time. Today at work someone told me that I have a really bubbly personality, which I haven't heard in a long time. I have more energy and that makes me happy. I feel good and I'm a lot more motivated and patient, so that I get things done right. I notice that I have a lot less anxiety about life in general.

I've been very impressed with the services and I like that the meetings are one on one. It has really helped me to work with someone who is honest and won't BS me through it. It's also been good to work in the present and the future, not digging up problems from the past. I feel much more in control now. When I go to a restaurant, I'm not afraid to try new things that are healthier. I also have more patience with my cooking. I'm more in control about how I make decisions. I step back, evaluate and think about what I want to do instead of doing the same thing every time. I realize that I have choices and I don't have to go back to my old ways.

I eat because I'm hungry now and not because I'm bored. I eat slower and don't feel guilty about not cleaning my plate; my appetite has changed a lot and I notice that I'm less hungry. I feel more confident and know that I can do anything that I want to do. I think a lot of the issues that I had about food were really about fear, frustration, and impatience. Once I got those things under control, the food situation got better. I have faith in myself and know that these changes and my weight loss will be permanent, so I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone that wants to create a healthy lifestyle.

Jennifer Plato
Quality Analyst
Austin, TX

I've had to struggle with my weight for the last five years and it's been very difficult and painful. I was tired and restless all the time and it was hard to not be able to fit into any of my clothes. It was painful emotionally seeing people who were thin and then looking in the mirror and feeling so fat. I felt out of control because I couldn't stop myself from eating. I saw what I was doing, but I couldn't do anything about it. It had gotten to the point where I was eating between five and eight times a day. I was embarrassed that I was getting fatter, so I stopped eating around other people.

I've tried fasting, crash dieting, different meal plans, and exercise. The results were temporary no matter what I did. I would lose a little weight and then gain it all back. I'd try for awhile and then miss the foods that I used to eat or I would have outside interference from friends and family and just make the bad choices again.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on citysearch. Every review that I read was a positive one, so I thought I'd call. I had a little bit of concern about using hypnosis, because of the things I've seen on TV and in the movies. I was a little worried that it might be mind control, but when I came in and met Laura she seemed wonderful, so I wasn't worried.

I noticed changes immediately after my first session. When I went to eat something, I was choosing things that were healthy. I wanted to get up and go and I didn't have the desire to lounge around anymore. I've gone down two clothing sizes so far. I have more energy and I don't struggle to get up stairs anymore; I'm also getting a much deeper sleep. Of course, there is always that temptation in the background to make bad choices, but doing hypnosis has helped reinforce everything and keep me on track. I feel more in control and if I notice that I'm reaching for something I can stop myself now.

Hypnosis has helped me eliminate all the snacking and friends and family have noticed that I'm thinner and I'm wearing different clothes. I eat more vegetables and fruit and I find that I'm eating a lot less in general. I can control myself and I'm just eating three times a day. I feel more confident and I'm a lot more positive because I have hope for my future.

My biggest benefit has been that I have the tools to lose weight and I've learned a lot about what to eat and what exercises are best for me. I have a clearer structure on how to plan and a direction for healthy eating in my life. I know how to do this and I can apply it to everyday life rather than running home to eat my Jenny Craig meal or getting on another temporary diet. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to lose weight because it really does work.

Becky Helton
State Employee
Austin, TX

I have always struggled with my weight and spent a large part of my life being depressed and thinking way too much food. I've been on so many food plans that I was able to know, without consulting anything, exactly how many calories I had consumed every day. Teenagers have better things to do with their time and it wasn't a fun way to spend my adolescence. When I wasn't compulsively counting calories, I would wipe it all from my brain and never think in any way shape or form about food or exercise, which was also not healthy.

As far as diet programs go, you name it, I've done it. I did the Scarsdale for four months and I've tried every single fad diet that exists. I even bought Susan Powter's book back in the 80's when it came out. I've exercised and paid attention to what I ate. I even did The Zone a couple of years ago and felt like I needed a slide rule to eat lunch; that made me feel more nervous. I was thinking about food all the time and I don't want to think about food that hard. I lost weight, but I'm sure that at least five pounds was due to energy expended in freaking out that I had my food ratios wrong. In everything that I tried, I would lose weight, but was never able to sustain it. I felt out of control because I wasn't progressing and felt like I was just stuck.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I saw a flyer at the Wheatsville Co-op and decided to call. This has been so much easier than anything else that I've tried. I started to notice changes in my outlook almost immediately. I had a plan and I became more conscious about trying to get to bed earlier so that I could get up and exercise. I really like having these tools and a sense of control. This process has been easy for me because I let the information seep into my brain, so it isn't much of a challenge. I never felt tense or nervous about it and it didn't require any effort on my part. I'm getting better sleep and I see progress, which gives me a greater sense of control.

I feel more confident because now I know that I can do it. My biggest benefit has been learning how to be patient with my body because this process isn't magic and it doesn't happen right away. When I was able to let go of that belief, it became a lot easier not to get fed up, or say "why bother".

I feel confident with everything that I've learned that I have tools to keep me on the right path. I've gone down around two clothing sizes so far and when I saw my mom and my brother recently, they commented that I was looking good, which helped me to see my progress even more.

I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants a healthy lifestyle. It's painless and it gives you a good plan. Everyone may not to learn the same things that I did, but there are always things that everyone can learn and improve upon.

Beverly Haldiman
Process Management Consultant
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight my entire life. It was like I was on a roller coaster; I was constantly getting on or off a diet. It was horrible because I've always been in a state of overindulgence or deprivation. I talked ugly to myself and beat myself down. My biggest problem has always been overeating. I thought that food would make me feel better, but it was just a temporary solution for my problems.

I've attempted to change my eating habits in lots of different ways. I've tried every diet under the sun, artificial sweeteners, and diet pills. I even tried hypnosis in the past with a creepy guy, but it didn't work that well. I did the Opti-fast liquid diet twice and lost a lot of weight, but gained it right back when it was over. I can't even count how many times I've done Weight Watchers. I felt out of control and no matter what I did, I never really mastered my weight problem. My friend Tommy recommended A New Day Hypnosis to me when he was able to stop smoking with their help and he made me a believer.

I noticed changes immediately. I felt positive and began to believe that making this change was possible. It was an evolution that was getting to the real issues instead of just putting a band aid on things the way that I'd done in the past. It's been very easy because Laura is easy to talk to and her methodology gets to the heart of the problem. She doesn't preach or tell you what to do. She's good at getting me to say things that I didn't know that I was thinking or feeling and I've come to a lot of self-realizations through this process. I like the way that she remembers things about me, a lot of times when you go to the doctor, they don't have a clue what they did the last time, but Laura always makes me feel like I'm important to her.

I feel like I have a support structure that I can rely on forever. I can exercise control because I'm more self-aware, I have a little voice in my head that reminds me of what I need to be doing every day. When I see myself creeping back into bad habits, I'll listen to my sessions and change the way that I feel about things. The biggest thing for me has been recognizing my behaviors and having a dialogue about it.

With hypnosis, it's like the little secret in my back pocket. Before I eat, I ask myself if I'm really hungry. When I go to a restaurant, I almost always put half of the food in a to-go box before I have the first bite because I'm aware of what I'm doing now. My body has become my friend and not my enemy. People have commented that I've calmed down and seem a lot happier. I feel more confident and know that I have control now.

My biggest benefit has been that I've been able to work on issues that I wouldn't do anything about if I were on my own. It's been really satisfying to actually intellectualize what's going on and come up with a solution. When it comes to eating habits, it's a very complicated thing because you've got to eat every day. I know that I'm done with going up and down and I'm ready to age well and be a healthy old person who has fun.

I've recommended A New Day Hypnosis to lots of people because it's a good process, Laura cares about what she's doing and it shows. She really helps people get to the root of their problems instead of giving a band-aid and that has been invaluable to me.

Anna Davies
Round Rock, TX

I've struggled with my weight for almost eleven years and it's been really frustrating. I was having a lot of difficulty with anxiety, which was affecting my weight. I felt really out of control. When I'm anxious, I don't eat right and I get very uptight and I don't sleep well. I'm cranky with my kids and I don't get good sleep. I felt shaky and use food to calm me down. I would have a snack for a meal and an hour later I was snacking again. I thought I might break down and start crying or beat my head against the wall or something, so it was a little scary for me.

At this point in my life, I've tried harder than I ever had before to control my weight and I just couldn't do it. I tried lots of eating plans and I would lose a little bit and then quit losing weight and stop doing the plan. I also did massive amounts of exercise, but that didn't really help either.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis on yahoo.com. It took me a month to pick up the phone and schedule my appointment. I wasn't sure what to expect because hypnosis was an unknown for me. I was afraid that I was going to be brought back to childhood or do something strange.

I noticed changes after the first time I met with Laura. I immediately felt a lot calmer. It's been a lot easier for me to stick with a healthy eating plan. I'm better able to control anxiety and I'm handling it more healthfully. When other people around me are upset I'm able to stay calm and I don't take on negative energy or stress myself out. My husband gets anxious sometimes and I just tell him to calm down and I don't buy into the drama. If he gets upset, I stand up for myself without getting emotional.

I'm not overeating anymore. We went to Fresh Choice the other day and even my kids had more to eat than I did. I'm eating more regular meals. If I do have a snack, I'm satisfied with a little bit and I'm able to stop myself. If I'm in the middle of an unhealthy behavior I just stop to regroup because I don't have the desire to do it anymore. My mom and my kids have noticed a change in my behaviors and my mom and husband said that I looked smaller.

I feel more confident and don't compare myself negatively to others all the time. My biggest benefit has been feeling more focused on what I want and not having the anxiety about things. I can be happy now and if I feel I'm getting stressed out, I have tools that will work for me for the first time in a very long time.

I believe that these changes and my healthy lifestyle will be permanent. I've learned how to listen to myself and it's helped me to calm down and take a more realistic view. I put my attention on what I want to happen instead of worrying. I've already recommended Laura to friends who want a healthy lifestyle because she's great. I feel like hypnosis is a really valuable tool for me. I've had a lot of people comment on the change in me; I'm able to calm myself down when I'm starting to feel stressed and I just keep going.

Amy Braden
Design and Production Manager
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight all my life, but specifically since I started working in the last ten years. It kept going up and up, but never went down. I tried pretty much everything; I did Weight Watchers and lost some weight, but ultimately didn't sustain the weight loss. I tried Jenny Craig for two months and it was short lived because I was always thinking about food and obsessing over it. I tried Adkins and lost a little weight and then gained it all back. I found that I had to distract myself to not think about food and eventually lost motivation and just stopped. I felt like food was controlling me. I ate out of stress and would buy a bag of peppermint patties and they wouldn't last the day at my office.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis through citysearch.com. My mom had used hypnosis for weight loss and had success, so I was motivated to try it. I started to notice changes in my behavior right away; I gave up the sweets at night, which had always been my biggest downfall. In college, I was playing sports and would skip meals and eat sweets instead; I would cut out the chicken and green beans and eat ice cream for dinner. Now that the issue with sweets is cured it feels so weird to me. It's crazy to me because it's been I'd had this problem for 30 years and now it's just gone. I feel more in control now and it's easy for me to avoid sweets.

This process has been very easy, I don't have the cravings and I don't think about it. My mind isn't constantly focused on where my next meal is coming from. I'm exercising a lot more consistently and that's been great. I've slowly increased my cardio and I can see the improvement in my endurance. I'm also doing much better with food at restaurants, which had also been a problem for me. Now I'll take half of it home and make two meals out of my dinner. I've completely eliminated stress eating and I don't have to eat sweets to reward myself. Instead, I catch up on my magazines at the gym as my reward for my hard work.

I feel more confident because I can see the change in the way my clothes fit and increasing my cardio workout. My mother and husband have both commented that my jeans are fitting differently. I can see my progress and feel like my whole life is in control. I know that these changes and my weight loss are permanent because I don't have to think about anymore, I just do it. I know that there's no reason why I can't sustain this and I would recommend A New Day hypnosis to anyone who wants a healthier lifestyle because I've found a lot of success with it.

Eden Schiffman
Lago Vista, TX

I've struggled with weight issues for the last ten years. It was a constant waste of inner turmoil. I always felt like I couldn't get on top of it, I couldn't have any control over it, and that the food had power over me. I've tried Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, starvation, Adkins, and calorie reduction. I always had the typical results; I had short term success and then gained the weight back and more. I was always telling myself that it was mind over matter and I felt like I was hanging on by my fingernails. It was a constant struggle for me.

I felt completely out of control. I would stop for fast food two or three times a day. My car would automatically turn into the drive through even when I said that I wouldn't. It had nothing to do with hunger; I would eat when I was full and then pass that point. I was trying to fill something that could never be filled and now I realize that I had been suppressing so many things from myself. My behavior had become nightmarish. My lifestyle was so unhealthy that I was afraid I would die of a stroke. The last couple of years were the worst point of my life.

I learned about A New Day Hypnosis when I did a google search. When I met with Laura, she was easy to talk to and really understood what I was trying to do. After the first session, I felt a boost in positive feelings and noticed some changes in my behavior. I felt a lot calmer and started to want better foods. It's been one of the easiest things that I ever did. It requires effort and attention, but my mind has changed and that's the biggest difference. I have more energy and want to exercise more. I'm a more positive person and I don't freak out all the time anymore. I feel capable and on top of things now and I have much more endurance with my exercise.

I feel so much more in control now. I make better choices and I feel better about who I am. I'm not being negative about myself and my inner voice is much more confident. I know that I can do anything that I want and that understanding has expanded past the food and into other things in my life. Smaller portions satisfy me because I've started to really focus on the food itself. Healthy food in particular has become a focus in my life. I have cravings, but now they are for healthy foods and that's been a total change for me.

This has been such a bigger experience for me that I'd ever imagined. I came here for a particular reason and it turned into a life changing event for me. My husband has noticed the difference in my attitude and the way that I think about my life now. All the doors have opened up for me and he acknowledges that I've been able to learn something new at 50. The people who work around me can tell the difference because the guys who I get lunches for are getting Whole Foods now instead of Jack in the Box. I have an internal confidence and I don't need approval from people to make me feel good. This was the push that my brain needed to talk myself into doing all the things that I can do. It opened the door to change for me that I didn't know that I had shut.

The biggest thing for me is realizing that I'm really good at ignoring things that need attention in my life. Throughout my life, when things got unpleasant, I've said, "Well, I'm just gonna shut that door and not think about it". I've realized that I can't ignore things forever and that eventually my mind will force me to deal with them. Your brain can either help you or hurt you and I know now that if I don't deal with things, my brain will do really weird things to compensate and I'll end up eating fast food and covering myself with a layer of fat. You have to figure out what the issues are in your life and deal with them.

I know that I'd been getting my self esteem through work. My life was completely out of balance and I found myself saying that family was everything, but then spending all of my time and energy at work. The weight gain was indicative of something that I wasn't facing up to or dealing with. Now I can move in the direction that I want to. The experience has let me know that I have what it takes to continue to do the work that I need to stay healthy. I've recommended this to others and I know that it depends on the person and a belief in the power of their mind.

Laura has provided so much more than what I expected. I came here predicting very little and thought I would get some suggestions that would be pretty generic. Instead, she figured out the issues with me and we worked on them. Despite my attempts to block it, Laura tends to poke at things until they come around. If the person wants to do this and understands what the mind can do and is willing to work at it, Laura has the tool that they need. It has been life changing. Every time I go home I cry because she's opened so many doors for me. I see things in me and have learned things about myself that I never thought I was going to learn. It's not what I expected. It's been life changing.

Beth D.
School Counselor
Austin, TX

I have struggled with my weight for about nineteen years and my weight has always been an ever-present thought in my mind. I've been coming to Laura for about a month and have gone down a clothing size so far.

I learned about Laura through craigslist.com and I saw that she worked with people who wanted to promote a healthy lifestyle, so I thought that it sounded like the approach that I needed. I had heard about hypnosis before and couldn't figure out how it worked, so I decided to just try it out for myself.

I started to notice changes after my first session. I started eating slower and drinking more water. My weight loss has been much easier than I thought it would because I'm not fighting with myself anymore. I felt like there was a part of me that I couldn't control or fix. It seems like the part of me that was always fighting the good behaviors just quit. It's become easier and I don't feel like I need to talk myself into it, it's just a part of me now.

Because of my new lifestyle, I am now able to work out longer and I can see my muscles and I feel stronger. Now, I find myself saying, "Yes, you can wake up and work out, "You can eat right," "You don't have to go out to lunch everyday." I feel in control now and it's so good. I've never been able to work out consistently for this long. If I missed a workout in the past, I would think "Good, I get a break". Now, if I miss my workout day, I feel really annoyed and notice that something is missing.

I was addicted to diet soda and I used to drink two individual sized bottles every day. Last Monday, someone at work bought me a small bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper and it took me the whole week to finish it! I eat a lot less sugar and when I want something sweet I'll have a Hershey's kiss instead of a Snicker's bar. When I'm hungry, I make the healthiest choice for me, carrots and celery instead of popcorn and chips. It makes me feel really proud.

I feel more confident now. When I'm walking around, I don't tug on my clothes and worry the way that I used to. I'm focused on what I need to get done for the day. When I hear people laughing, I know that they aren't laughing at me. My husband said to me recently "I know you've always been beautiful, but now you are SO beautiful." Also, my sister-in-law has been trying to slim down and I was able to give her some of the tips that I'd learned from Laura.

I have peace of mind and I finally feel live I've got it. All the other things I've tried, Weight Watchers, Phen Phen, Dr. Phil, Body For Life, Dexatrim, they all left something out. I've been able to just get the last bit of tweaking. I believe that these changes and my weight loss will be permanent because I'm doing it myself; no one else is doing it for me.

Renee T.
Project Manager
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my eating behaviors and had issues with my weight since high school. I never felt like I fit the ideal mold of beauty and tried different diets over the years that never worked. I'm not a good dieter and most of the time diets usually worked in the reverse way for me and I ended up gaining weight. Sometimes it would work for a little while, but I could never be consistent, so I didn't get long term results. I felt like I was going crazy because I always knew that I meant to do certain things, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't control my eating habits.

My husband was interested in stopping smoking. We'd both had some reservations about using hypnosis, but after we read an interview with Laura on austinist.com, we had all of our questions answered and it was easy to decide to try it. My husband met with Laura and was able to quit smoking after his first session. After I'd seen my husband's success, I decided to try it for myself.

When I first met with Laura, I was frustrated with where I was in terms of my eating habits and attitude. I had been at a lull with my exercise, but after my session I was able to get up and go with the motivation to work out. It was there in my mind and I would just go and do it.

Making changes in my behavior hasn't been too difficult. In restaurants, I used to feel like it was a free pass. Now, I make the decision not to order an appetizer and not eat all the chips on the table. I don't have to finish all of my meal, either. I can take half of it home and be healthy. I'd always known that it was important to drink water; I just couldn't ever do it before, now I've been drinking water a lot more often.

It's been really nice looking forward to the relaxation of my sessions to unwind. I've become conscious of my actions as I'm going through the day. It's more comfortable because it's not this thing that's happening to me, it's something that I'm doing for myself. My biggest benefit has been that feeling that I get to choose. I can control how I live my life and I feel more confident, so I would definitely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to create a healthier lifestyle. I know that my behaviors are my choice and the more that I practice this lifestyle, the more natural my habits become.

Stephanie D.
Austin, TX

I've gone down 1 ½ clothing sizes and I'm on my way to my next set of jeans. I'd always been kind of big, but I've really struggled with my weight for the last six years. In 2001 I started to get really heavy and I lost it and then gained it back over the last couple of years. I couldn't wear any of my clothes and I just got bigger and bigger. It was like that scene in Willy Wonka where the girl turns into a giant blueberry except that I wasn't blue and this was real life.

I've tried lots of things to lose weight, I've done The Firm workout, but I didn't stick with it. I did the low carb diet and I hated everything. I tried Slim Fast and that just made me crave sugar. I did LA Weight Loss because my parents coerced me into it and I gained weight to defy them. I did the South Beach Diet, but it involved a lot of cooking and a lot of vegetables, so that didn't work out so well.

I joined a gym, but found out that it doesn't really help if you don't go. I tried to work out with friends, but you can't work out with friends when they don't go. I even did Dexatrim for about a week. This, of course, was the week that they found out that ephedrine was burning holes in people's hearts. No matter what, every time that I tried something new I would start for a while, get tired of it or stop seeing results, and go back to my old ways. I would completely fall off the wagon and gain it all back.

Sometimes I felt out of control. If I got upset or nervous, the first thing I thought about was going to get food. It wasn't a snack cake; it was a box of snack cakes. It wasn't a candy bar; it was a bag of candy bars. It felt terrible and felt sick all the time. I was a Mopey McMoperton and I used to sit around and feel sorry for myself with my frosted donuts. I used to have a bad day and I'd say "Forget it; I'm going to buy every box of cookies that I can find and stuff my face until I feel better", which made me feel guilty and even more fat.

I didn't really have concerns about hypnosis because I had a teacher in college that used to do it and told us about it. I decided to call A New Day Hypnosis after I saw a testimonial on Craigslist. When I met with Laura she was really easy to talk to. I felt comfortable and it seemed like she wanted to help me. I didn't feel pressured by her and I respected her opinions about my situation.

I've had anxiety problems in the past and during the first week I noticed that I was a lot more relaxed about things and I started sleeping better. I noticed in the first week that I was drinking a lot more water and I noticed pretty soon after that I had more confidence about not eating sweets. My stress levels became a lot lower.

I let go of my defeatist attitude and now if I get frustrated and upset, I try and identify what's making me upset and see if I can change it. If I can't change it, I just keep on going. It's nice to be able to go to the grocery store and see a dozen cinnamon rolls on sale without wanting to take them home. I'm happier and it's easier to laugh. I don't spend all my time feeling sorry for myself. I'm also running a lot and my feet don't hurt. The first time that I ran the mile it took me 16 minutes and 38 seconds and the other day I was able to run it in 10 minutes 37 seconds! I met up with a friend recently who noticed my weight loss and she was shocked that I'd been running without being chased.

I feel more in control now. Halloween has always been the hardest holiday for me and this year I didn't eat any Halloween candy even when I handing candy out to kids. I didn't want it and that was crazy for me. Friends and family notice that I'm getting thinner and I have a better attitude. I haven't worked in the last month and normally that would cause me to have a tailspin. I notice that I don't feel sorry for myself anymore and I'm being more productive. People have mentioned that I'm a lot more calm and relaxed. I'm just doing what I want to do and I'm much more confident about things. It's so refreshing for me. Now I know what I want and I'm going out there and getting it.

I always feel better after my sessions and it's a good boost for me. It has helped me gain a better perspective on things and I feel more in control and much more hopeful. I'm confident that I'll do better this time because I've learned a lot and faced facts. I can't just lie around waiting for the pounds to melt off. I've figured out a way to eat that will get my body what it needs without making me absolutely miserable. I won't try to cut out food groups from my diet because that's not permanent. I'm a lot more realistic about what I am willing to do for the long term and that makes me feel good.

Lana S.
Business Analyst
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last 20 years and it's been very stressful. I've tried dieting and exercise at different times in my life, but I've never had any luck sticking to a system. Making healthy choices was always in a temporary mindset. I'd go through the diet or exercise until I got down to the size I wanted to be and then I'd go back to living my life and gain it all back. I tried to eat less by skipping meals and did all the wrong things. I'd be too tired or get out of the habit of exercising and just give up. I felt out of control and it was scaring me because I saw the direction that I was heading in. I was eating to the point where I was miserable because I was so full. I was eating a lot of ice cream and chocolate out of boredom and I felt unhealthy.

I had a friend in Dallas who was doing hypnosis for weight loss and she recommended that I try it. My friend had been successful with it and I trusted her opinion, so I didn't have any concerns about using hypnosis. I heard about A New Day Hypnosis when I did a search for hypnotherapists in Austin and heard about Laura. I decided to call because I liked Laura's approach and it seemed like she could help me.

I was really serious about making a lifestyle change and figured that this would be the best way to make that happen. I noticed changes in my behaviors immediately. I started eating smaller portions and stopped skipping meals. I was also drinking a lot more water. I liked it because Laura gave me very well defined goals in detail to help me develop a new lifestyle.

It's been an easy process for me. There has been a subtle shift in the way that I think and now this is just the way that I live my life. I drink lots of water, I work out every day, and I'm not snacking anymore. I don't crave sweets and I don't miss them. Right now, I'm going through a huge stressful thing and I haven't craved chocolate. I actually find myself craving healthier foods and fast food doesn't even sound good to me anymore.

I feel rested now and I've started waking up before my alarm goes off. I've gone down almost a clothing size so far and I have so much more energy. I feel more in control and it's so much better. I have more confidence because I'm achieving what I want to do instead of just giving in to old habits and beating myself up about it. I'm my own cheerleader when I do what's right and that encourages me to stay on track.

Stress doesn't affect me in the same way. I just try to relax and I'm more reasonable instead of jumping to the worst case scenario all the time. Hypnosis has helped me to eliminate snacking, binging, and overeating. I'm better equipped to deal with cravings. I'll have a bite to get the reward of the taste without eating a whole piece of cake.

I'm doing the right thing now and my confidence has been built on that. The best thing about this has been the change in my mindset. I have a healthy life plan and I put my own health and happiness first. I know that this is going to be long term and I can tell the difference because it's real to me now. I know that these changes will be permanent because this is the way that I plan on living the rest of my life. I'm not trying to lose weight for a vacation or an event. I would recommend A New Day Hypnosis because it's helped me and I'm stubborn. I know that if this can help me than it can help anybody.

Donald Redman
Bus Driver
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for probably fifteen years, but I really didn't have a problem with it until I had a stint put in my heart. The doctor told me that I had to lose weight, so I really starved myself to death and just didn't eat. I lost about thirty pounds that way, but I've gained back ten pounds since then. I learned about A New Day Hypnosis by accident when I was looking for something on Craigslist. I decided to do a program with Laura because I knew that I needed to do something and she seemed like she could help me.

I started to notice changes in my behavior right away. After my first session, I was eating smaller portions, chewing slower, and watching what I ate. I feel much more in control now, I'm more aware of what I eat and include things in my diet that will help control my appetite. I've added protein to my meals and more exercise. Now I lift weights and work out in the gym. I've also noticed that I'm sleeping much better.

In the past, I would come home and be starving and I'd eat the refrigerator before I realized that I'd eaten too much. Now, even after exercising, when I come home from work I'm still not starving and I have a reasonable meal. My wife has noticed my changes and is trying to do some of the same things that I'm doing. She's adding yogurt to her breakfast and paying more attention to what she eats.

My biggest benefit has been gaining confidence that I can control my diet. I would recommend Laura's services because I think that she's very professional and has done a good job helping me. She's shared a lot of good ideas and pointed me in the right direction. Having the reinforcement has been a good tool to keep on the straight and narrow. I believe that I'll keep on going with these changes because I am committed to making this permanent and I've made so many important changes already.

Sharron Cherry
Master's Student

I've struggled with my weight for the last twelve years. It was frustrating and difficult. I'd often go up and down, but I couldn't seem to go down and stay down. The one time I was able to lose weight I became pregnant two times and haven't had any luck since.

I've tried really serious exercise and I've tried diets. I haven't done really well with either one. I lost weight with Adkins, but I got pregnant and you can't keep doing that when you're pregnant. Also, you can't really keep up that diet forever. I was exercising regularly for a while, but I didn't keep it up.

I felt out of control and it was horrible. I have some "type A" qualities, so to not have control of things was very uncomfortable for me. I wasn't in control of anything and I would end up screaming at my kids and not disciplining them well. I was so overwhelmed that I felt like I couldn't do anything right. I felt like everything was chaos all the time. My life felt so out of control that I had a really negative self image. I've been overweight for a long time, but I'd never felt so down on myself. My husband said that I'd been so prickly that he felt like he was walking on eggshells. He could say the slightest little thing and I would jump down his throat. I'm generally a pretty confident and positive person; having that part of me evaporate was what helped me understand that when I fix these other things the weight would go with it.

My husband and I were talking about hypnosis and we noticed that A New Day Hypnosis has such shining testimonials that we decided to try it. My sister did hypnosis, but it was only one session and then she went back for two group sessions. I looked at a lot of websites and they looked like they were going to be groups and that's not what I was looking for.

When I met with Laura for the first time I'd had a really bad day and realized that the real issue wasn't the weight. It was the fact that my life was completely out of whack. I realized that I could get some things straightened out and I felt like I couldn't leave her office without asking for help. When I was talking to Laura, I realized that I was dealing with a lot of issues that were coming out as weight and they were screwing things up terribly in my life. I was stressed out and freaked out all the time. I felt incompetent and out of control.

I noticed changes in my behavior immediately. I was suddenly drinking water like a fish, but mainly I felt a real sense of centeredness. I felt like I had my life back. Doing the hypnosis has been great. Stopping snacking and having a more positive outlook came pretty quickly. It's been a pretty easy process overall. It was nice to have an excuse to sit in a room and relax. I feel better now and I have more energy. I'm definitely eating better and my digestive system has improved since I've started this.

I feel more in control now and it makes me feel like a better mother. I have more control of my eating and I'm more conscious of the old habits, I'll ask myself if I'm really hungry or if I'm just stressed out. My husband has noticed a change in me and told me recently that he's happy to have his wife back.

Getting healthy has given me more confidence. My family life is much better and I feel more centered and relaxed. I believe that these changes will be permanent because the feelings were caused by other things in my life and now I've corrected them. I'm making better choices and I feel like myself again. When I went on a diet, I ate in ways that I wouldn't eat if I wasn't on a diet. Now I'm eating normal foods, but it's not extraordinarily different from my regular diet. I'm not weighing food or cutting out whole food groups and that makes this easier.

I've recommended Laura's services to others because it's changed my life. There's a grad mom's list serve and every time we get someone saying that they feel like a terrible mother, student, and wife, I'll mention that they should call A New Day Hypnosis. I think it's great and my family would like to thank Laura for all of her help.

Casey Garinger
Austin, TX

I've struggled with my weight for the last five years. Towards the end of middle school, it started to bug me because I knew I was going into high school and I wanted to start fresh. I always had this thing in my head telling me that I needed to do something about it, so I tried the Adkins Diet and Weight Watchers. I didn't like having to count points or cut out food groups and I just felt like I had no options with what I could eat, it was frustrating. I didn't really see any changes with either of them so after a few months, I quit. I felt like I didn't have a system. I knew what I was supposed to do, but I just didn't do it.

My mom did an internet search and found A New Day Hypnosis. After we talked about it, I decided that I wanted to make an appointment. I noticed changes pretty quickly. I was paying more attention to what I was eating and it wasn't hard for me. I'm more athletic and energetic and I'm practicing for basketball and volleyball when I'm at home, which I never used to do. I've noticed that my clothes are baggier and everything is a little bit too big for me when I'm shopping. My family has noticed that my face is getting thinner. I feel more in control now and I'm aware of what I'm eating and how much I'm eating. I'm making the right choices and I don't overeat and snack, I'm also drinking a lot more water.

My friends have noticed that I'm eating a healthy lunch at school with more organic foods. I feel more confident. I used to wear a jacket all the time to try and cover up and now I don't do that anymore. I'm more social and I do more things with friends on weekends instead of staying at home. I've also been participating more when I'm in class.

My biggest benefit has been that I'm paying attention more to what's in foods and avoiding the things that are bad for me. Hypnosis has helped me make more thought out decisions and I never just act without thinking about it. I know that these changes and my new lifestyle will be permanent because I have a strong focus on my goals and I want to sustain that focus. I would recommend A New Day hypnosis because it's worked for me and it's really helped a lot. When I heard about hypnosis I'd always thought that it was somebody just telling you what to do and not discussing anything, but that's not how it's been at all. Laura is open and she really listens and works to help me find solutions. I'm more focused and feel really motivated about staying that way.

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