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Write Your Vision Statement for Weight Loss

Find Out Why You've Set Your Goals

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Writing Your Weight Loss Vision Statement

A comprehensive and wide-ranging Vision Statement sets the stage for everything that follows in your weight loss efforts. This Vision Statement can (and should) provide both inspiration and direction.

Inspiration
Your Vision Statement should tell you why you want to lose weight or get fit, and why the hard work and effort to accomplish your goal is worth it. Your answers to these "why" questions can include some "general" elements (feeling good about yourself, being around for your grandkids, being a good role model, having the career or relationship you really want, etc), but as much as possible, the big picture you paint here should have specific details. You can generate this detail by asking yourself questions like:
  1. What do I want my life to look like in (1, 5 or 10) years? Explain what you want to be doing, the roles you want to take on, how you want to see yourself, etc.
     
  2. What would my ideal days look like? Explain why you'd look forward to getting up in the morning, the first thing you'd do every day, who you'd spend time with, the good experiences you want to have each day, how you'd face challenges in your daily life, etc.
     
  3. What personal values (love, human connection, security, independence, comfort, variety, interest, excitement, contribution to society, family, career success, etc.) do I want my daily life to express and reflect? Include how you'd rank these values if you had to choose between them at any given moment.
Your Vision Statement doesn't need to include all these questions and answers—just your main goals and concerns that float to the top. The questions are just tools you can use to get yourself thinking. It should also include your beliefs about why losing weight is crucial to meeting your "big picture" goals.

Direction
Your Vision Statement should tell you what else (besides your weight) needs to change within yourself and your life to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be. For example, you could take the list of ranked values you created above and compare that to the values that appear to be guiding your life right now; you could compare your ideal day to your typical day now.

It is crucial NOT to get down on yourself over the way things are now. Make sure you are focusing on what you CAN do to change your life as you see fit. If you aren't ready to give up the self-blame, skip this part of your Vision Statement for now.
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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

  • 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
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    Just looked into this program, it's been very helpful and very motivating. Thank you for
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  • 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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    I absolutely love Dean Anderson`s articles. Everything he says helps me to have clarity and understanding in the way i think about food, the way i use food as an emotional tool and to be finally be honest about myself and find ways to deal with my stress levels when i am frustrated about my weight loss every few weeks. Thank you Dean, your advice is invaluable and helping to slowly but surely change. - 5/9/2011 11:48:18 AM
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    Fabulous article...this technique works in all areas of your life, not just weight loss... - 5/6/2011 8:36:25 AM

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