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Write Your Vision Statement for Weight Loss

Find Out Why You've Set Your Goals

If you give it some thought, I bet you’ll agree that losing weight is not really your goal. Sure you want to lose weight and it's important to you. But why? Is it because some number on a scale is really that important and meaningful in and of itself? Probably not.

If you’re like most people, you probably want to lose weight because in your mind that will make it easier for you to live the kind of life you want to live.

What this means in concrete terms will be different for everyone. It may involve solving or preventing medical problems; living to see children and grandchildren grow up; having the ability to do activities that you enjoy (or need to do); or looking in a mirror or going out in public without feeling like some kind of escapee from a circus side show act.

But whatever your real goals might be, losing weight is just one thing that will help you achieve those goals. It is not the ultimate goal itself, and that's important to keep in mind while working on your weight loss. Maintaining your motivation for a long-term project like weight loss means clearly picturing the real reasons for all of your hard work. If you make the mistake of getting the means confused with the ends, at least two major problems can develop:
  1. You may develop weight loss tunnel vision. You’ll be so focused on the scale and your weekly weight loss drama that the inevitable ups and downs you experience will make you miserable, stressing you out so much that you become your own worst enemy. Emotional eating, here you come.
  2. You’ll make the first-then mistake. This involves the incorrect belief that you need to lose the weight first, before you can do anything else about reaching your actual goals. This is a tragic mistake. You may arrive at your weight loss goal, only to realize that being lighter doesn’t magically solve other problems in your life. Many people go back to their old ways at this point, regaining the lost weight. If you expect everything to be different when the weight is gone, but don't work on making other necessary changes, you'll put too much pressure on your weigh-ins. You’ll tell yourself that not dropping pounds means you are still that much further from having the life you want, but that’s just not true.
To avoid these problems and others, you need to prepare your Weight Loss Vision Statement right now!
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About The Author

Dean Anderson Dean Anderson
Dean Anderson has master's degrees in human services (behavioral psychology/stress management) and liberal studies. His interest in healthy living began at the age of 50 when he confronted his own morbid obesity and health issues. He joined SparkPeople and lost 150 pounds and regained his health. Dean has earned a personal training certification from ACE and received training as a lifestyle and weight management consultant. See all of Dean's articles.

Member Comments

    I want to thank Spark People in general for the wonderful information, recipes and articles that you give to all of us. MOST OF ALL I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU PROVIDE IT ALL FOR FREE!!!! I am 71 years old. I am working on my vision plan and I am going back so that I can see the five articles that came before this one. I do not participate in most blogs or in the Community pages. I don't know why but I am examining that aspect of my weight loss journey. I have lost weight several times in my life but I always allow it to come back and then I hate myself again. I am trying really hard to stick to the Spark People eating plan but I am still struggling. I do rely very much on the scale and I am trying to weigh only once a week and rely more on my tape measure. I walk at least 7000 steps each day and I know it is my eating that is the problem. Thank you for being here for us. - 9/16/2015 11:04:53 AM
  • Write a Vision Statement??!!! I'm not a writer. I'm also a realist. I look in the mirror and see what really exists, a 65 year old fat Goodyear Blimp! This is not negative, it's fact. And you can't argue with facts. Can I change it? To some degree, yes. But I'm not 40 years old anymore, I can't walk for 45 minutes. Realistically, if I'm consistent (daily) with nutrition and exercise, it will take me at least 2 years to take the weight off. So, yes, I focus on the scale, because that's my only way of tracking how I'm doing. - 5/7/2015 9:41:15 PM
  • Lordy! Every time I read one of your blogs I am moved - if not swept away! Thank you for being here and writing these posts. I have been a spark member for nigh on to 6 years and have never done a vision collage because ... I couldn't see where to start. Thanks for that too. - 5/7/2015 6:20:09 AM
  • I find the more I focus on the scale, the less luck I have. We tend to focus so much on what we need to lose with weight loss, that we tend to forget what we are gaining: better health, more energy, increased self esteem, a longer life. This reminds me that I need to focus on the beautiful gifts I will be gaining, and if I do that, the weight is more likely to take care of itself. I still weigh myself, but my primary focus is no longer the scale and the number to the point where I obsess over it. It's about balance, inspiration, and doing this for ourselves and a healthier lifestyle. =) - 5/6/2015 8:49:01 PM
    I get it - and for the most part I agree. But my main goal is to fit in my cute, smaller clothes. The ONLY way that is going to happen is if I lose weight - and that means focusing on the numbers on the scale and measuring tape. If I'm truly honest, everything else (easier movement, better health) is all secondary. I know I'm pretty. I know I have a great, positive personality. I just want a hotter body. Unfortunately, I also love all the foods that make me fat. - 5/6/2015 10:22:55 AM
  • Wow, i rally loved this article it hadso much good information. I'm s glade i found ths site. - 3/12/2015 8:55:21 PM
  • Great article. I do really well at weight loss then stress, hubby and anxiety get the best of me. I can't help I keep picking the wrong ones for husband material. I have been married to hubby #2 for over17 years but often feel like throwing in the towel. - 10/19/2014 10:07:13 PM
  • When we goal set sometimes we need to purge not only our kitchen cabinets of bad food products, but other negative influences as well. rethinking our choices in what we allow into our lives has a profound result in our success with our weight loss, and maintenance for life at our final goal weight. Negative creates stress, stress creates the hormones that increase our Omentum fat, we ruin our health and looks when this happens. For myself, I have not only purged my kitchen, I have purged other areas as well. What television or radio shows I watch, who I socialize with, what gym I attend, what volunteer groups I'm involved with, what social clubs, and friends and family who to put it bluntly...just drag me down and are sources of sabotaging my weight loss goals. - 7/28/2014 12:18:43 PM
  • Good points. But, this little gem: "looking in a mirror or going out in public without feeling like some kind of escapee from a circus side show act." -- that was a pretty cruel statement. This is the kind of crap that overweight people need to stand up AGAINST -- especially morbidly obese individuals who struggle with disabling issues EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. They don't need to read stuff like that -- especially when they're HERE trying to change their lives. Be kind. It's pretty easy, really. - 4/24/2014 12:37:32 PM
  • Great article. - 11/9/2013 1:34:31 AM
  • Very good article. Love the simplicity and reminders to move forward and avoid pitfalls. - 8/23/2013 10:11:04 AM
    Just looked into this program, it's been very helpful and very motivating. Thank you for
    putting forth the effort to create this for all of us. - 5/1/2013 3:14:31 PM
  • Good article. Goals are important and can help measure where we are and where we need to be. We must also remember we are human and if we blow it today, we can realize it tomorrow. - 3/12/2013 10:15:51 PM
  • Good thoughts, I would have liked to have seen a sample statement. - 12/13/2012 4:04:34 PM
  • Dean has such good wisdom. This is a good idea. Planning out the day took me some practice, but it does work. - 11/2/2012 10:48:58 AM

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