Hello Ms. Naparstek. First, thank you for sharing your wonderful imagery CDs with us. I am enjoying them very much. :)
I bought Self Confidence and Weight Loss ,
but I have only been listening to Self Confidence so far. I read in
your Archives that you suggest people start with one CD so I reluctantly
picked Self- Confidence and have been waiting to start the other. :)
I've been listening for about a week now, not a very long time, I
would think. But what makes me very happy is that I've noticed it is
easier for me to turn down excess food. So I was curious - do people
tend to have other positive side effects when listening to the CDs? Or
is the food thing somehow related to Self-Confidence then? Hey -
anything that keeps me out of the lasagna is a GOOD thing! lol :)
Thank you very much again. Wishing you all good things and continued success. :)
We found this note posted on our Weight Loss page. It’s very encouraging for anyone currently doing battle with his/her own body over weight issues. Here it is:
“This CD was sent to me by a friend at one of the lowest points in
my life. Although I was once healthy and active, after my father's
death and a couple of other major life changes, I found myself 100
pounds overweight, compulsively bingeing, anxiety ridden/severely
depressed and unable to do anything about it.
We’ve been getting an increase in queries about what to do for sugar addiction, which seems to be on the rise. We wondered how effective our program for Alcohol and Other Drugs would be for a sugar problem…
Feedback and common sense led us to assume that craving sugar would in effect be a form of chemical dependency, and that the suggestions on this guided imagery audio would work just fine for sugar addiction. But still, it was good to get this feedback, posted as a review this past week on our catalog page.
So we thank “Kelly” for posting this and wish her the best of luck:
I am not a user of drugs or alcohol, but of sugar. I own Health Journeys' Weight Loss meditation, but it doesn't touch on the deep shame and guilt that lifelong sugar cravings and obsession have caused, and this meditation bridges that gap nicely. I am getting a lot out of it.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined the effects of a 6-wk intervention that used guided relaxation and exercise imagery (GREI) to increase self-reported leisure-time exercise behavior among older adults.
A total of 93 community-dwelling healthy older adults (age 70.38 ± 8.15 yr, 66 female) were randomly placed in either a placebo control group or an intervention group. The intervention group received instructions to listen to an audio compact disk (CD) containing a GREI program, and the placebo control group received an audio CD that contained 2 relaxation tracks and instructions to listen to music of their choice for 6 wk.
Investigators from the Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health & Leisure in Porto, Portugal conducted a study to analyze the association between blood pressure and (1) body mass index (BMI), (2) degree of physical activity and (3) cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF) in young people.
The study included 66 boys and 97 girls (average age around 14). Measures were taken of blood pressure and cardio-respiratory fitness during the school day, and accelerometers were used to determine degree of physical activity, both during and away from school.
Researchers from the Department of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec tested the idea that adding targeted mental imagery to a behavioral change program with the goal of eating more fruit would increase the probability of subjects following through on their goals.
One hundred seventy-seven residents of a student residence were assigned the goal of consuming extra portions of fruit every day for 7 days. They were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: (1) control (active rehearsal), (2) planning of intentions, (3) mental imagery or (4) mental imagery targeted to the plan.
Researchers from the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examined the efficacy of a podcasting program to promote weight loss.
The study sample was made up of 78 overweight men and women in the Raleigh-Durham NC area. They were randomly assigned to receive 24 episodes of a currently available weight-loss podcast (control podcast) or a 12-week weight-loss podcast based on social cognitive theory (SCT), designed by the researchers (enhanced podcast).
Outcomes were measured by weight on a digital scale at baseline and follow-up. Both groups also completed questionnaires assessing demographic information, food intake, physical activity, and SCT constructs at the introductory and 12-week meetings. Additional questionnaires at the 12-week meeting assessed perceptions of the intervention.
Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles conducted a 4-week pilot study to determine whether Interactive Guided Imagery could be effective for stress reduction (and therefore reduce the metabolic disease risk associated with obesity and hypercortisolism) in overweight Latino adolescents.
We got this from Dinah, back in the days when we sold guided imagery on tape:
I am a large, Goddess-like woman, about 5’9” and maybe 285 pounds. I love to eat and so do my adult boys, who are also of generous proportions. Let me be clear: I like the way I look, and so does my boyfriend. But I started listening to guided imagery for Weight Loss for my health. I wanted to lose around 50 pounds for my blood pressure and my knees.
I kept one tape in my car so I could listen as I drove around (even though I know you are not supposed to) and one at home by my bed, to listen to before falling asleep. It was definitely having an effect on me, because I wasn’t as hungry. I was mellow. The fried foods that I normally adore were starting to feel greasy and unpleasant on my tongue. Even though I was not getting on the scale (I think that is a bad idea), I could tell from my clothes that I was losing weight. I had more energy too. But that is not what this tale is about.
I am a post-menopausal, 57-year-old woman from Iowa who long ago gave up the battle to achieve slimness. My husband and I have always liked my healthy, robust, well-larded, corn-fed look, but I recently started having problems with my knees and back.