At the very beginning of my weight loss journey I idly watched a movie called The secret. Long story short, it is a movie about the Law of Attraction and how the power of our imagination and visualization can help us achieve our dreams and goals in life.
This movie helped me a lot! I’m still not sure if this visualization thing really works but I gave it a try.
I practised visualizing - for just a couple of minutes per day I just lay in my bed (or stay in front of the mirror), close my eyes, and say “It’s the end of the year 2012 and I weight ??? pounds”, then I’d just start walking around, feeling good in my skin, believing I really weight ??? pounds. This kind of sounds silly but it really helps me when I’m not motivated, or when I’m in doubt about working out.
So today I found an article “How to use visualisation for weight loss” and I’d like to share it :)
* What is Visualization? *
We all visualize whether or not we’re aware of it. Anything you’ve wanted and received in your life first began with a picture in your mind. Think of other goals you’ve accomplished. You created the vision first. For example, you first held the image of seeing yourself in a particular job, or driving a certain car.
Visualization is the process of deliberately using your imagination to create a mental model in your mind. The mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imagined, so when you visualize your subconscious encodes this new picture as if it actually happened. This helps you build confidence, keeps your mind focused on your goal and pre-paves the way for you to intuitively move in the direction of what you want.
* HOW TO? *
- Sit or lie down comfortably. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply for several moments to relax.
- Now, picture yourself at your goal weight or a weight you can easily see yourself reaching.
- Notice the feelings and sensations associated with this image. For example, see yourself walking along a street feeling confident as you move your body with ease.
- After three to five minutes, gently open your eyes. Continue longer if you prefer.
We all imagine in different ways. Some people are more visual, others more kinesthetic. If you’re unable to “see” a clear mental picture, that’s OK. Just get a sense of the experience in whatever way feels natural to you.
Connecting with your feelings as you visualize strengthens its effects. For example, feel that sense of confidence at reaching your goal weight.Commit to a daily practice, perhaps visualizing as you lie in bed in the morning or before falling asleep at night.
* Uses of Visualization *
Here’s the fun part. Following the basic formula above, use visualization to “mentally rehearse” your desired behaviors. Here are some suggestions:
- Create New Habits: visualize yourself eating more fruits and vegetables, or taking daily walks.
- Problem Solving: See yourself confidently managing challenging situations. For example, visualize yourself focused on eating your healthy lunch and disinterested when offered sweets in the office lunch room.
- Emotional Eating: Visualize yourself successfully using strategies other than food when feeling overwhelmed. For example, imagine calming yourself by breathing deeply and then writing in your journal to release your feelings.
- Goal Setting: Visualize wearing smaller sized clothing, releasing the next five or ten pounds or walking one mile on the tread mill.
Have you tried this? Did it work? Share your story here?
I think it helps me - at least it keeps my mind busy with happy thoughts.
The whole article - here
More about creative visualization - here