You are invited to read excerpts from the upcoming book, thoughtWARE by Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht, Program Designer for Sarasota Medical & Sports Hypnosis & Joseph Bohorquez, M.D. The book is a composite of powerful Interactive Self-Hypnosis Imagery & Imaginology designed for Optimum Health & Performance

Thursday, July 20, 2006

4 Steps to Lifestyle Change

As you work to examine your daily life through the lens of heightened awareness you may be very shocked at what you find. You are not alone, for most of the day we are all lost in automatic pilot programs, fired off by emotions that are often toxic to both our mind & body. To make matters worse, we are often unfamiliar with the other "happenings" that can cause us to produce stress chemicals. While these can be conscious, many are not & so we need special tools to encourage the subconscious mind to let us see them. Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht

In order to change things around, both consciously & subconsciously it takes a new way of looking at things. Some areas that need looking into appear small & even insignificant on the surface. Those labels are, of course, personally attached. When I assess patients in my office, they often answer my detective questions in an off-handed way, as if what I was asking them was somehow ridiculous in context to the problem that brought them to my office.

Meet Mike ...

When I met Mike he was about 350 pounds & had a body fat percentage that ran off the charts that I use for calculating. He had made an appointment to stop smoking only because he was terribly short of breath & that frightened him. He hadn't seen a physician in several years because he didn't want to hear what he knew his doctor would say to him. There was also the embarrassment of being too big for the scale & having to hear the nurse tell him this. He was ashamed & felt guilty. All he wanted from me was to help him stop smoking.

Unfortunately Mike knew very little about what he needed to get healthy. I began by measuring him, so I could figure his lean body mass & body fat percentage. I truly believe if Mike wasn't such a nice guy, he would have bolted out the door my office. Instead, he listened to what I had to say, even though he didn't want to hear it.

Like most smokers, Mike had terrible eating habits & actually wasn't eating sufficiently for his lean body mass. He was only eating one meal per day & felt that was sufficient because he had "plenty of fat to burn." He was making a huge mistake & a good part of his smoking was connected to his food stress issues.

Mike told me that he wasn't ready to manage his eating issues & preferred to just stop smoking, but I explained to him how they were linked & then went on to teach him what he needed to know.


Next came the 4 step plan that Mike placed in Interactive Self-Hypnosis with my help. Mike was now on his way, not only to stop smoking, but to burn fat as well as to change other stressors in his life.

We climb these steps each & every day, in fact many times a day. The more you learn to climb under a variety of circumstances, the better for you. We actively work to build a new self-discipline mindstate called consistency.

Those who become the most consistent win in all departments, for consistency finds it's way into many different areas of life.

The steps lead us to a healthy mind & body.

They help us to build a healthy & consistent homeostasis or balanced body physiology.

They help us manage addictions & other excesses while inviting us to open & work without our very own inner creative mind space.

In order for to Mike become a permanent non-smoker & to bring his body back to health, he needed to heighten awareness throughout his day to keep his body from over-producing stress hormones. Next his work was to employ the 4 steps over & over until they became a backdrop for his daily life. This is a new & relatively effortless way to learn.

Mike was waking up to the small, moment to moment details of his life performance, that in the past had been leading him down some pretty dangerous roads. Once he woke up to a particular moment, he was able to take the very same tools of Interactive Self-Hypnosis & change course.

Subconscious Mind Work Image -

Heightened awareness or being able to wake up & pay attention to small details occurring in your life is vital to lifestyle change success. Imagine for a moment that you are a journalist & asked to visit a distant land where you were to closely observe & report back your findings. As a respected reporter you know that your research would require very close attention to even the smallest of details. You would make certain that you were very ready to do the best job. Your readiness would include a good plan for observation & detailed attention to what you needed in the way of supplies, etc.

Your experience would remind you that attention to personal needs was also important. Things such as good nights sleep, a sustaining breakfast to keep blood sugar levels balanced & other special needs would be mapped out. You would make certain to keep caffeine at a minimum & know where to access water & the bathrooms. All of these factors would play a big part in a successful work assignment. Here you are practicing heightened awareness & future pacing, both tools of interactive self-hypnosis.