34 - Lydia Bogert - Women's Weight Loss and Management
Lydia Bogert is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapist based in London England specialising in Women's Weight Loss and Management. She's originally from Toronto Canada, but after having traveled much of the world and lived in several countries, she settled in London. She has a successful and thriving face-to-face private practice, but also works internationally with virtual clients. She studied Evidence-Based Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy and now works daily to empower women to take control of their mental and physical health in a sustainable, permanent and natural way. She's developed and is extremely passionate about her coveted Women's Weight Management Program, called 'Her Healthy Mind and Body', which is a comprehensive and innovative program that radically shifts women's lives. She helps women foster a healthy relationship with themselves and food naturally, by showing them exactly how to take control of their thoughts, feelings and actions to radically shift their eating habits and exercise patterns without dieting, starvation, binging, self-loathing, fads, trends, supplements or products.
Coach, Hypnotist, Therapist
PAST - born, family, growing up, schools, memorable figures/role models, books that impacted you: I was born in Boston, USA. My mother is a Jew who was born in Kazakhstan (by virtue of her mother's displacement from Poland). She grew up as a member of the Communist Party, and at the age of 9 moved back with her mother to Warsaw Poland where they discovered everyone in their entire family had been killed in the Holocaust. At the age of 18 under the political regime of Gomulka, she was forced to relinquish her Polish citizenship, became a refugee and was lucky enough to move to the USA. There she went on to get a PhD, and met my father while he was studying for his Phd at Berkeley. I was born to 2 professors in Boston, because my dad was working at Harvard. I remember feeling strongly 'American', as my father is an American, and my mother wanted desperately for her children to have an assimilated and comfortable childhood and life in general. At the age of 9, my father got a job at the University of Toronto, and we relocated to Canada. I feel incredibly blessed to have been brought up predominantly in Canada, and have a very strong Canadian identity. I feel Canada is a country where you can truly be who you are, not have to hide where you came from, and work together with others to create a beautiful, fresh life full of potential and positive change. I believe these Canadian values tie in closely with my ethos and the overall work I do. The idea that you can change ... that you can create a new reality for yourself ... that things don't need to stay the same. I believe in progression and positivity, peace and acceptance. That's the crux of all the work I do with women. I help them to progress, to live positively, to find peace and to accept themselves. From that place of self-love and self-worth, in combination with the knowledge and belief that anything is possible, true sustainable health and happiness can be achieved in a natural and permanent way. So, I suppose one could say, Canadian ideals have greatly impacted me. My mother has greatly impacted me as well. Only as an adult did I begin to understand all she's been through, yet she persevered, educated herself and went on to help impact others in a positive way as a professor of Russian Studies. So ... Canadian ideals, my mother, her mother (who was even stronger than her if that's possible), and every other woman who has ever come before me, paving the way for women like me to have the opportunity to speak with an authoritative voice on this or any other subject matter.
I would also like to pay tribute to the Jewish notion of something that we call 'Tikum Olam', which essentially translates as and means: Tikkun olam means to do something with the world that will not only fix any damage, but also improve upon it. Jewish ideals are of great importance to me, and this notion in particular. You see, because I believe without a shadow of a doubt that any damage done to you or by you can be fixed .... you can't take back what's been done, but you can choose to change the lense through which you see it and improve yourself to become and even better, more resilient and stronger version of you, which in turn will help to make the world a better place. This pertains to weight loss and maintenance and is what my version of Tikun Olam is all about.
Present - WHAT LEAD YOU TO THIS WORK?
I've always been interested in psychology, neurology, mindfulness, meditation, self-empowerment, human potential, philosophy and the power of the human mind, but it wasn't until I was pregnant with my first child, 8 years ago, that I discovered and personally tapped into the power of hypnosis.
I studied HypnoBirthing, which completely changed my life, and went on to give birth to all 3 of my children using only the power of my mind and hypnosis as pain management. I was astounded as I felt no pain. After these 3 extremely powerful experiences I knew I couldn't keep this gift to myself and wanted to help empower other women, so I went on to certify as a HypnoBirthing Practitioner, which then led me to study Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
As much as I love HypnoBirthing, and still work as a HypnoBirthing Practitioner when prospective clients approach me, I consciously decided to niche down and work specifically with Women's Weight Management, because it's something I'm incredibly passionate about and have a lot of personal experience with. As a mother of 3 young children, I found myself in a 'new' body, uncomfortable, sluggish and lethargic. My eating habits fell by the wayside and I didn't have the energy required to meet all the expectations of life. I used my methodology to take control of thoughts, feelings and actions. I radically shifted my eating habits and exercise, lost all the baby weight in a healthy and natural way, and have kept it off for years now, which is exactly what I help women from all walks of life do. No dieting, starvation, binging, self-loathing, fads, trends, supplements or products.
WHAT'S THE MAIN THING YOU DO? : What is your practice, niche, genre, value? I'm a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapist based in London England specializing in Women's Weight Loss and Management. I have a successful and thriving private practice in London England, but also work internationally with virtual clients. I studied Evidence-Based Hypnosis and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. I work daily to empower women to take control of their mental and physical health in a sustainable, permanent and natural way. I've developed and am extremely passionate about my coveted Women's Weight Management Program, which is a comprehensive and innovative program that radically shifts women's lives.
Anything else relevant and good/interesting to know about:
I believe that my mere ability to sit here and write this, and or have this interview with you is beyond incredible. Consciousness is a wondrous, mysterious and powerful thing. I'm obsessed with consciousness and how malleable our minds are. We aren't our thoughts, but our thoughts form us. Ask me about anything regarding consciousness, love, happiness, relationships, love, food, passion, body-image, child-rearing, travel or hypnosis.
Books, trainings or aha moments that had an impact in your life.
I remember being in my early 20's and living in Moscow Russia. I, like many Millenials, was lost and disillusioned. I'd gotten a good university degree (double honours in Journalism and Russian Studies), yet couldn't land a solid position in Canada, so I moved abroad to teach English as a foreign language. I fell victim to depression and an eating disorder, both of which seemed to ravage my self-confidence and joy. I was caught up in a vicious cycle of self-destructive and negative thoughts, feeling and actions, when I went out for dinner with a good friend who told me the following. This was my biggest 'AHA' moment. He said 'Lydia, you know we are meaning making machines. We can choose our which thoughts we want to give attention to and which ones we want to throw away. You can choose to focus on and take action on only the thoughts which serve you well. Happiness is a choice you make'. I'll never forget those words, because they radically changed my life. I remember it was as if a massive weight lifted and the skies begun to clear. I could see for the first time in what seemed like an eternity and I was no longer afraid of being with my own thoughts. Soon after that conversation I changed many things in my life, including my failing romantic relationship, job and country of residence. It so turns out that this particular friend had done Landmark Forum and introduced me to a whole new world of mindfulness, conscious living and self-love.
Hobbies and Interests
I'm excited by my potential and human potential in general. I love piano, alpine skiing, hiking, traveling, learning languages (at the moment I'm learning Hebrew and working on my Russian), cooking healthy food, throwing dinner parties, deep philosophical discussions over coffee or dry red wine, reading any related to philosophy, human nature, evolution, potential, growth and mindset, spending time with my 3 small children and helping them foster their own unique identities.
Interesting or peculiar, skill, talent or fact, something almost no one knows about you?
I speak Russian and graduated from the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music in piano. I have a grand piano at home and play regularly.
Who are your role models today?
All women inspire me. I look at each women as a unique pillar, with the capability to hold up an entire universe with her intrinsic value, love, beauty and talents.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?
- Presentations, publishing, trainings you are giving or taking
Now looking to the future, I'm going on to speak internationally about my program at various hypnosis and women's conferences and look forward to continuing to positively change women's lives around the world.
I'm speaking at HypnoBiz NYC 2020 on the '7 Ways of Supporting Women's Weight Management' https://www.hypnobizny.com
2. I'll also be giving a 1-day post-conference workshop at HypnoBiz NYC 2020 on 'How to become a leading Therapist and Coach in the Women's Weight Management Industry'
3. I'm speaking at the Women Hypnotists Summit and Retreat 2020 in Los Angeles on 'Healing Women from a lifelong unhealthy relationship with food' https://www.womenhypnotists.com
I'm also writing a book, which will be out by May 2020 (so look out world!).
In addition to all this, I'll be attending the UK Hypnosis Convention (so if you'll be there, say 'hi'), and will be back at HypnoThoughts Live Las Vegas 2020.
MOVING FORWARD, what's left on your bucket list to do?
One thing I don't do is set limitations for my potential. My list is ever expanding, as I grow and push towards my passions and goals each and every day my potential expands. That being said, I'm an avid traveller and look forward to visiting Iceland, taking the Trans-Siberian railways from Moscow to Vladivostok (stopping off at Lake Baikal), and eating some fresh succulent sushi in Japan (just to name a few of the top destinations on my travel bucket list).
How do you want to be remembered?
I wish to be remembered as a strong and powerful woman who helped empower other women to take back control of their lives and achieve their full potential.
Lydia's Phone - +4407934598779
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