Visualisation and Compassion in weight loss

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Act like you've already achieved your goal. So often we put our lives on hold and wait to be kinder to ourselves or more brave when we've arrived at an elusive place of perfection. Assume you've already arrived and start living that way! Very often when my clients are trying to lose weight, I ask them to think about someone they imagine is healthy, confident and fit. What do they eat? How do they dress, sit, and engage with the world? Without exception, their response is the answer to what they need to start doing straight away to get there!! Call it 'fake it till you make it', 'law of attraction' or whatever you like. It works!! One client kept relapsing onto old habits after a few days because she kept thinking she didn't have enough 'time under her belt' to keep it up, and that she wouldn't have much to lose by giving up and starting again 'on Monday.' What helped her was to imagine she was already one year in to making a change and act as though she didn't want to undo her months of hard work! Whatever works for you to stay on track and treating yourself kindly. Even if you don’t change a single thing about yourself every again, you are good enough and you have arrived.

What You'll Need

  • Imagination and compassion!

What You'll Do

  • Practice visualisation regularly

Tips & Warnings

  • Very often we are happy to treat others better than we treat ourselves. Some people find it useful in the early days of weight loss to imagine they have inhabited the body of the person they care for the most. When making food choices, ask yourself, 'would I want my child/mother/best friend to eat this?'
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