Let’s take a vacation…an imagination-vacation. Envision yourself living in your body at the weight and health you want. Imagine that you feel as wonderfully fit as you want to feel – right now. You have plenty of energy. You feel light in your body. You feel great in your clothes. You’re not stressing over food. You’ve discovered the lifestyle that makes you feel fantastic and you’re living it.
Close your eyes for a few minutes and soak up the joy of feeling this good.
Now imagine how you’re eating in this scenario. What kinds of foods are you enjoying? What quality? What amount?
My guess is that you’re enjoying a beautiful array of fresh foods. When I ask people to take this mental journey they almost always describe eating a rich variety of scrumptious whole foods. In fact, I’ve never had anyone describe a steady diet of heavy meals, fast food or grazing on snacks all day while living out their dream of vibrant health. We instinctively know what it takes to feel great.
This brings up an important point. Where is your focus? Diets have taught us to focus on the number on the scale, exact count of calories or fat grams, our thighs, our size…scrutinize and criticize. And to what end? This focus has given us crazy food behavior, anxious feelings and, for most of us, weight gain.
Focusing on problems is draining. It stalls forward momentum, or worse.
Now go back to your imagination exercise. What would happen if you focused on feeling great? On high energy, on positive ideas, on feeling agile, flexible, strong, on eating and sleeping and moving in a way that makes you feel vibrant?
Focusing on what causes you to flourish is invigorating and empowering.
We know this instinctively: we naturally drift toward what we are focusing on.
So today. Right now. Acknowledge what you’ve been focusing on. Decide what you want your focus to be. You’re in charge. You’re free to choose your own inner dialogue. Then, someday soon that imagination-vacation will not be imaginary…
Close your eyes and think on that.