How many times have you thought negatively about your body? It’s nothing to be ashamed of, everyone has negative thoughts about their bodies every now and then. Yet for some of us, we live day in and day out knowing we could be different if only we had more determination. We’ve tried popular fads, read countless books, and gone on specialized programs, but in the end, the change we need lies solely within ourselves.
What if I told you that you could lose the extra weight and get the body you want by using positive thoughts? It might sound crazy but it works. When used in conjunction with regular diet and exercise, your ability to think positive focused thoughts can help you achieve the weight loss you desire.
Our thoughts and our emotions can affect us in more ways than we realize. Positive thoughts tend to have a positive uplifting impact and negative ones weigh us down and are detrimental. Consider how your body feels when you’re overly stressed, worried, or angry. It doesn’t feel good. Instead, you want to harvest your positive energy and use it work in your favor. Just imagine how energized, happy, and strong you’ll feel when you focus on the positive things you want for your body.
Here’s how to get started:
Now that you’re ready to begin, the steps are simple. The first thing you will want to do is select a time for some peaceful introspection. During this time you will want to have a piece of paper and a pen handy. As you begin your introspection you should consider what a healthy body means to you. Once you have a few set ideas you can begin to write them down. To help get you started these are a few areas you will want to focus on:
- What would your new body look like? Try and focus on particular aspects. Consider particular problem areas like saggy arms, thighs, stomach, whatever is bothering you the most.
- Imagine how your new body would feel. Think about the happiness you would have from having a smaller figure.
- Think about all of the things you look forward to. Do you want to be able to fit in theater seats better? Fly in an airplane without feeling like a burden to those around you? Go on a hike without feeling winded? Whatever your dream is, write it down.
- What weight or measurements do you consider ideal? While your imagination is the limit it’s helpful to be realistic. Try not to focus on making your body unhealthy and too thin. Think of a weight that would be good for your height and body type.
Write all of these ideas down and any others you may have.
The next step is easy. You’ll want to choose two or three times a day to focus on your goals. In most cases it can be helpful to utilize the time when you first wake up and right before you go to bed. Your brain is most receptive during these times which aids your creative visualization. For the third time you can pick whenever is convenient, some enjoy creating a special focus time just before or just after they exercise. If that doesn’t work for you consider lunch time or if you have a few minutes at home before everyone else arrives. During these times you will want to sit in a quiet place where you can be alone with your thoughts. Think of this like a meditation, clear all other thoughts from your mind and just focus on the list you made previously. Imagine yourself thin and healthy. Picture yourself doing activities effortlessly and looking great in swimwear. Visualize your clothing becoming loose and baggy. The point is to imagine yourself how you want to be.
Using creative visualization can help you reach your goals in a natural way when used along with a focus on healthy eating and exercise. Creative visualization will help you to keep the drive and determination you need to make it through your daily exercise and to stay on track with nutrient rich foods. Using the visualization as a tool will add extra punch to the methods you are already utilizing and help you to achieve results faster. Through your visualization you’ll find yourself wanting smaller portions, craving healthier foods, enjoying exercise, and all with little to no effort.