Results from Week 18 and Envisioning Success
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I am feeling back on track (just in time for Thanksgiving, fortunately!) I had a great weight loss at my last weigh-in that made up for the increase the week before, so I have lost a total of 43 lbs so far
A big part of that came from the video suggestions by HEYITSLISA (thank you!
) It's great to have something more in the bag o' exercise tricks!
On the blog that I write as a career consultant and resume writer, I did a post about guided imagery as a way to achieve success. Basically, the premise is that guided imagery works better than affirmations. Affirmations just scratch at the surface, trying to convince you that you are good enough. Guided imagery, on the other hand, helps you in a couple ways: 1) you are able to go through a "dress rehearsal" of what you are trying to achieve, and 2) you are engaging all of your senses so you actually feel the success that you practice in your mind.
I've been thinking about how guided imagery can be used to envision my success with weight loss. At first, I was hitting a brick wall because I was trying to see what I would be like at maintenance. The problem is, I have never been that thin, and I couldn't picture what the "end result" would be like for me.
Then it came to me. Instead of envisioning myself at maintenance, I need to be doing guided imagery of the process. Making healthy food choices, exercising, dealing with temptations, keeping things in balance -- those are the things I should be thinking about! And it's easy to picture myself doing them since they are a part of my everyday life.
Another benefit to doing a dress rehearsal of success in the process is that it helps to build a foundation for sustained success over the long term. It's not picturing myself being thin that will help me keep this healthy lifestyle going for me. Rather, it's making good choices day in and day out. Having a good model in my head for how to do that will make it even easier to execute it more consistently in real life.