“When you visualize, then you materialize. If you’ve been there in the mind you’ll go there in the body.” ~ Dr Denis Waitley
One of the most powerful tools for weight loss is your own mind. When you are able to SEE yourself as the person you want to be in your mind and stay focused on that image, you can create the life you want.
The same goes for losing weight, if being thinner and healthier is part of your ideal image.
Start Creating the Body You Want by Visualizing It First
Part of the journey to physical health starts in your head–and your head needs to get there before your body can follow.
But when you’re out of shape or overweight and you haven’t been close to your ideal weight for a long time, it might be hard to visualize the body you’re trying to create.
Besides focusing on how you’ll feel when you have your ideal body and trying to feel the feelings, it really helps to SEE the body you’re going for–but since every body is different, it might not be healthy for you to just pick some random model or actor as a visualization tool.
My Techie-Type Tips for Healthy Body Visualization
I think it helps to find photos of yourself at your ideal weight–and if you don’t have any, then you can find photos of someone else who has the same body type and height and who has a body that looks similar to what you’re working toward.
But unless you’re 5’8 and fairly proportionate (or 6′ ish as a man), it might be hard to find bodies in the media that you could realistically use as a visualization aid.
For me, it helped to look at. You can enter your ideal weight, your height and your body type and then find photos of real people who fit those requirements.
I created a file on my desktop that had photos that were inspirational to me–and among them were a few from MyBodyGallery.com.
Other options including signing up for one of the virtual makeover sites or virtual dressing rooms. They’ll let you create a visual representation of yourself or anyone you like, based again on height, weight and body type–as well as breast size and even various face shapes. (Got a few of those in my folder too, not gonna lie.)
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.