Becoming “Comfortable” in Your Body

Being Comfortable in Your Body

Are you comfortable in your body? Does this question stir feelings and emotions in you?

As many of you know, I used to struggle with my weight — up and down like a roller coaster, eating sweets for comfort, and every night vowing that tomorrow would be different. Needless to say, I wasn’t comfortable in my body. I was self critical, frustrated and impatient. My self-esteem would fluctuate in direct correlation with the number on the scale.


So what happened? I was guided towards hypnotherapy, where I learned the powerful lessons of acceptance without judgment, compassion and self love -– lessons that helped me become “comfortable” with myself and in my body.

Do you want to hear a secret?

You can become comfortable in your body -– right now! Regardless of whether you are trying to lose weight or not…regardless of what is going on in your life. The point of transformation lies within you at this very moment. The key to becoming comfortable in your body is to love yourself –- completely and deeply, without judgment, and with lots and lots of love.


So go ahead, and open the door to love. For some people it is self-love — for others it is divine love. Open to the love at the core of your being, and watch how you become “comfortable” and at ease.

Gerri Levitas, Certified Hypnotherapist,is the founder of the Inside Out Weight Management Program. The Inside Out Weight Management Program provides a unique, comprehensive approach to weight loss and weight management that combines proven mind/body relaxation techniques and the most balanced and healthy food plan possible.

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries

When do you know it’s time to set boundaries? When you feel overwhelmed, when it’s hard to say no, and when you have LESS of what you want in life, instead of MORE!

Why set boundaries?

Our boundaries define ourselves and make us feel safe – in body and in spirit. When our boundaries are violated, either intentionally or unintentionally, we may feel a host of emotions – including confusion, anger, numbness, and hurt. When we set healthy boundaries, we increase our own sense of self respect – and we enable others around us to treat us with respect.

It’s your RIGHT to have healthy boundaries!

It is your right to determine the limits of what is acceptable to you and where you need to draw the line with inappropriate or unacceptable words and/or behavior. Indeed, it is your BIRTHRIGHT. Setting healthy boundaries will allow you to live with a feeling of peace, safety and security.

Do you struggle with establishing healthy boundaries?

Here is an AFFIRMATION for you:

I have a right and responsibility to take care of my body and mind.
I deserve to be treated well and with respect.
I embrace my healthy boundaries, and choose to live in peace.

For more information on how hypnosis can help you, contact Gerri Levitas, Certified Hypnotherapist, serving clients in Walnut Creek, California, as well as phone & Skype sessions for clients around the world.

Affirmations – Developing your own words of wisdom

Creating AffirmationsWhat are affirmations?  Simply put, an affirmation is a statement of positive intention.  Affirmations are very powerful when spoken aloud.  They enter our realm of consciousness and begin the process of shifting away from the negative and towards the positive.  When repeated frequently, affirmations can flow into our subconscious mind and create an even more powerful effect.

Here are some commonly stated affirmations that you may have heard:

  • Today is the first day of the rest of my life
  • I deserve to be happy
  • One day at a time
  • Yes, I can!

Do you have a favorite affirmation?  Do you want to create one?

Here’s a tip to create an affirmation that is personal and powerful.  State the affirmation in the present tense, and use only positive words.  Take a moment and write down the affirmation you wish to focus on.  Then, think of it often, when at work and when at home.  Trust the power of your mind.  You will find that you will begin to feel more positive and more energized.


For more information on how hypnosis can help you, contact Gerri Levitas, Certified Hypnotherapist, serving clients in Walnut Creek, California, as well as phone & Skype sessions for clients around the world.

Looking for “Perfection”

I wonder where we got the idea that we have to be “perfect”. Is there even such a thing? Or is that bar constantly being raised so that we never get there?


Put simply…are we good enough, perfect enough, even with our imperfections?


When we make mistakes, as we surely will, we think that we have failed and that we are not measuring up. Yet we all make mistakes – its part of being human.


As one of my clients recently said to me, “That’s why there are erasers on the ends of pencils”. Wise words, indeed.


So what can we do to be free of the self critical voice from within that chides us when we make a mistake?


  • Remember that you are good enough – just for being you…with all of your strengths and with all of your flaws
  • Remember that your flaws are strengths not yet developed
  • Make a commitment to keep developing your strengths
  • Accept yourself with love and compassion
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Never forget that being imperfect is to be human – embrace this, and go out and live your perfectly, imperfect life with joy.

How to Feel More Deserving

Adapted from TransformationZ Stress Reduction program.

Feeling deserving…it’s an interesting concept, and one that often seems to confuse us.


After, all, we KNOW that we are worthy and deserving….so why does our self esteem dip so low? Why are we so incredibly hard on ourselves?


More importantly, what can we do to raise our self esteem?


Here is a quick tip that will shift your energy, and give you the mood boost you want.

Just for today, become a Joy Seeker!


So what exactly is a joy-seeker? A joy-seeker is an individual who opens up to the joy around them. Joy is pure and simple. Joy is the delight of being alive. The dictionary defines joy as “great happiness”. We use common expressions such as “jump for joy”. It is a feeling elation. Just for today, open your mind, your thoughts, your emotions, your heart to noticing and receiving moments of joy.


Affirm that you are ready to welcome moments of joy into your life. The feelings of joy are deep within one’s being –they are far deeper than mere “happiness”. When you feel joy there is an excitement, an enthusiasm, an awakening of the spirit that is incredible.


So what is it that really gives YOU that “joyful” feeling?

Good Enough

Adapted from the TransformationZ Stress Reduction program.


When we don’t feel “good enough”, we get stuck in our ruts. Self critical comments fly around in our brain, both on the subconscious and conscious levels. We don’t feel in control, and the stress level escalates rapidly.


At a deep level, not feeling “good enough” emanates from a place of fear, worry, and insecurity. We do not feel trusting and we do not feel loveable. There is usually a resistance, however, to being present with these negative emotions. We close down and power through. “Get a grip”, we say to ourselves. We become impatient and frustrated – with ourselves and others. Many times it is our families that bear the brunt of these feelings.


You are worthy and deserving!


It is my belief that at a core level we are all perfect – even with our imperfections! When we accept ourselves, without criticism or judgment, we can then begin to move forward towards our transformation. Interestingly, accepting ourselves makes it easy to accept others as well.


Here are some ways to feel better~

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Be compassionate
  • Listen inwards to your intuition
  • Be patient
  • Be loving


What do you really LIKE about yourself?

Feeling Deserving

self-careNot feeling “deserving” is one of the most pervasive self-limiting beliefs in our subconscious mind. We are frequently unaware of this feeling though.


When we don’t feel deserving at this deep level, it becomes hard for us to take time for ourselves, and this translates often into not eating right, not exercising, not sleeping well etc. We usually are not consciously aware of “not feeling deserving”, but insidiously it lurks under the surface.


Our lives are constantly changing, yet our inherent self worth remains constant. It is my belief that it is your right – your birthright – to feel worthy and deserving of a wonderful life. We do not take time to reflect upon this, because we are so caught up in our daily tasks and obligations.


Do you feel deserving? Many of my clients grew up receiving a message that it was “selfish” to take care of one’s self.


In actuality, it is fantastic when we can take care of ourselves! We become better partners, better parents, and all round more productive citizens when we are self directed, feeling strong and deserving. Getting in touch with our own personal power allows us to become true to ourselves and to be the best we can be.