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Write Your Vision Statement for Weight Loss

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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.

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.

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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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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