Picture in your mind something you desire (a situation, an event, or an image of yourself) as vividly as possible. Be detailed and complete, making sure to include your emotions in this vision as well. Concentrate on the image, truly believing in it as if it were already real. Congratulations, you’ve just done a visualization exercise! My life coach, Michelle Hastie, had me do quite a few variations on this exercise over the last year. (Remember my vision board
?) She believes that by using my imagination, I can create positive experiences that improve my self-image and help me realize my goals. That’s why I rip out pages of magazines that depict what I’m working toward. I glue them in a sketchbook and, when I need a little boost or a pat on the back, I flip through the pages. Visualization has been a key to my success so far, I hope it will be for you too!
Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!
Who’s helping Stacy?
Life coach Michelle Hastie, nutritionist Ruth Frechman, R.D., and personal trainer Whitney Cole.