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Mental Preparation

Friday, August 03, 2012

I have mentioned before that I believe it takes mental preparation before you can make a physical transformation. I thought I would try to make a list of questions to ask yourself, and things to visualize when you are mentally preparing yourself for your weight loss journey.

I consider this to be a form of meditation, so when you have time, find a place that is relaxing and quiet so that you are better able to concentrate.

Sit or lay down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and take a few deep, calming breaths in and out. Ask yourself:

Why do I want to lose weight? Is it for myself, someone else? Do I want to lose weight because I want to be skinny? To be in shape? To be healthier? To look good?

How will I feel after I lose the weight? Will it make me happier? More comfortable? More confident? Am I counting on losing weight to fix my problems, an end in itself?

How will I begin my weight loss journey? Are the changes I make going to be sustainable over a long period of time? What habits can I change now for the better?

Visualize yourself in a day of your new habits. Picture yourself waking up, preparing and eating a healthy breakfast, putting on your workout clothes and working out. Actually picture yourself working out. Jogging, swimming, running, boxing, whatever it may be, picture every motion. Imagine the feeling you get when exercising.

Visualize using portion control, eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are satisfied. Picture yourself measuring out your portions and making healthier decisions.

Some other questions you can ask yourself are: What are the foods that trigger a binge? How do I feel after eating out of depression, or boredom, or happiness any feeling other than hunger. Why do I turn to food for comfort? Most importantly what coping skills can I use to start eating smaller portions and healthier foods.

This may seem a bit silly to some but I believe it can be very effective. Being mindful, I think, is one of the keys of losing weight and keeping it off. You can become the person you want to be just through mental practice.

Being able to sit with yourself can sometimes be uncomfortable especially if you feel guilt after binging or not exercising.

Being mindful is also great when you are having cravings. Before you dive into an entire cake, stay with the craving. Ask yourself some of the questions I mentioned above. Why do I want to binge? How will I feel? Often times if you wait out the craving long enough it will pass.

I am not an expert when it comes to meditation but it has definitely helped me along my weight loss journey, and I hope it can help you too.
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    You are wiser then your years. Thanks for posting this, and being so inspiring! emoticon emoticon
    1557 days ago
    thank you for these tips I'm so going to ask myself these questions and answer them honestly- weight loss is a huge mental process
    keep up the amazing work DandyManderz you're such an inspiration to all!!
    1819 days ago
  • WINDO4
    Your ideas are good. Your mind must be ready to be in sync with your body in it's weight loss journey. I will take your suggestions to heart and use them. Thank you!
    2077 days ago
    you r correct ...if u don't set ur mind to the new mindset of i am embracing a new lifestyle of selfcare and health u set ur self for failure. I find that the reason i go so fat was i tried to eat like a mouse for my goal then go off my mealplan when my goals were met. i now am in it for the long hall til i die.
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  • ROCKMAN6797
    Excellent exercise, all in all, one has to WANT to make this change. And by that I don't mean just verbalize the desire but actually push in with all of your chips. The best results are achieved by by embracing a lifestyle change and commiting to making changes. These changes don't have to be made at the same time but each change should be done to achieve a lifestyle change. Practicing baby steps repeatedly will produce good habits which will result in the changes you seek.

    Just my 2 cents....

    2089 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    Wonderful exercise in mindfulness!!! emoticon
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    2090 days ago
    Excellent advice
    2090 days ago
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