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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 emoticon A big part of that came from the video suggestions by HEYITSLISA (thank you! emoticon) 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.
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    Congratulations on your continued success.
    Yes, ultimately it's about healthy and weight loss is a direct result of making healthier choices. Sounds like you're on the right track.
    1828 days ago
    You're doing great! Keep it up!
    1828 days ago
    People look at me incredulously when I say I don't have a goal weight. I mean, I know what weight I need to be at for a healthy BMI, but having been 20 years old the last time I was at that weight it's hard for me to remember. Even then I didn't stay there for more than a year. So I know what you're saying. I can't PICTURE being at my goal weight. I don't know what that will be like so I just don't allow myself to think about it. Right now I just think about every food choice, every chance to get some exercise, and getting under 200 lbs. That's as far as my mind will go, and I think that is perfectly ok!!
    1829 days ago
  • RADAMS0408
    Love this!!!! Being "thin" was not my goal when I started this program 1.5 years ago. I literally just wanted to feel better. I was abusing my body and I felt it. I truly believe that my success so far has been because of the healthy decisions I have been making day to day to FEEL BETTER and the weight coming off as a result is a definate added bonus. I guess my point is that, in my opinion, this should be about HEALTH and not skinny vs. fat. In the end, the result will likely be the same (weight loss), but you will sustain it better with this healthier frame of mind.
    1829 days ago
    Congrats on the weight loss, you're doing great! I think the guided imagery sounds like a great idea. I've never been thin either, so picturing myself at goal is impossible, but I CAN see myself exercising and making goof food choices. Thanks for the info!
    1829 days ago
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