I feel like half of what I do on this blog is confess that I’m not actually all that healthy. I have vices and lots of them although lately two of them have really been bothering me…Diet Dr. Pepper and Chocolate. I consume them multiple times a day.
I’ve tried frivolously to cut them both out cold turkey but the fact of the matter is they are addictive substances and my willpower is less than strong when it comes to these two things. So, I’ve been researching ways to get some help…(acupuncture, hypnosis, etc). Turns out there is a hypnotist in my area that deals with addictive tendencies and I was curious. I have never been hypnotized or even ever seen anyone be hypnotized but I was “open” to the idea of…probably out of desperation. So I called and setup an appointment.
The appointment became with some questions about me, my personality, this “addiction”, etc. I tried to explain it as clearly as I could. Next she explained the process. She explained it as she was going to “reprogram” my subconscious in such a way that would leave me not feeling as though I need it, therefore not feeling deprived when I don’t eat or drink either of them. To be perfectly honest, sounded a little cheesy but I went with it. Next came the actually hypnosis…
I sat in a big plush chair, legs reclined and closed my eyes and took deep breathes. She talked very calmly and relaxing to me and tried to get me more relaxed. This went on for a while then she started providing “suggestions” to my subconscious that would somehow leave me not craving these two things. I was fully aware and awake the entire time.
After the session ended, I wrote her a check and left, feeling very much like I just threw my money away. This all happened a few days ago.
To date, I have not had any chocolate or Diet Soda BUT I have had cravings but when I go to pick them up, I really don’t feel the need to eat it or drink it. It’s weird. I don’t know if it’s because I’m such a cheap person that if I do, I would have completely thrown away my money. I don’t even want to try them for fear that it will reignite my lack of willpower.
Do I think it worked? I don’t. I think what worked is writing her a check. I think the fact that I spent money on this is making my mind tell every other instinct that “You will make this work..You will not give in. We paid for willpower.”
Would I suggest it to others? No but I was curious and now I can say I think It was a waste but I had to tell you about it because when it comes down to it. The only thing that works is hard work and self control and I realize that more now than ever. It’s not fun, it’s not easy but it’s the only way to make changes stick.
Have you ever tried something like this that didn’t work?