The power of visualization in weight loss

Regardless of your goal, it is crucial to visualize in your mind what it is you hope to achieve.  For example, my mission statement with my business is “to motivate, educate, and inspire women toward a lifestyle of excellent fitness and total health and wellness, body, soul, and spirit”.  My mission is on my mind every day and drives me toward new and challenging goals (including keeping up with this blog!)  I have a vision of helping as many women (and men – through these blogs) learn how to live the fitness lifestyle for the rest of their lives.  This lifestyle is one of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical discipline.  You can’t just live it in one arena. 

When it comes to visualizing your weight loss, it is vitally important that you actually see yourself how you want to be.  If you are currently a size 14 and want to be a size 8, then begin picturing in your mind what your life will be like when you’re that size.  Now, I’m not telling you to put your life on hold or avoid things until you get to that size… you must live your life to the fullest NOW regardless of your size.  However, I’m saying that you need to hold on to that positive image of you reaching your goal.  Most people unconsciously hold on to negative concepts about life, which only serves to bring more negativity into your life.  In other words, if you do nothing but focus on your fat that you’re trying to get rid of, then you’ll end up with that fat forever.  Take your eyes off your fat, and focus on the “new you” and how healthy and fit you will be.  Guard this positive image carefully, and don’t allow others to take it away from you.  Unfortunately, I’ve found that when people try to make positive changes in their lives, there are plenty of people ready and waiting to “rain on their parade”.  They will say things to discourage and defeat you.  They will sabotage your efforts.  They might even mock or make fun of you.  Honestly, you have to stand your ground and let those comments slide off you “like water off a duck’s back”.  Back off from those people if you can, and cultivate relationships with supportive people who will encourage and uplift you in your efforts.  The main thing is to do whatever you have to do to hold onto your dream and goal, and don’t let anyone take it away from you.  You can do it, and your life will be SO much better for it. 

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