Visualize to Maximize: Using the Power of Visuals to Help You Lose Weight

Pounds To LoseThe power of visualization can be a very effective tool when attempting to reach any goal and weight loss is certainly no exception.  When most people think of visualization in goal setting they usually think of the “laws of attraction”, which can be incredibly useful and I encourage you to look more into it at some point.

Today, however, I want to focus on a much simpler form of visualization—creating visuals in your immediate environment to keep you motivated and on track. Two very simple ideas to get you started:

Weight Loss Visualization with Jars

Take two clear jars and label one, “Pounds to Lose” and the other one, “Pounds Destroyed.”  In the “Pounds to Lose” jar put objects (marbles and coins work well) equal to the number of pounds you would like to lose.  After weighing yourself each day, shift the objects corresponding to the pounds either from the “Pounds to Lose” if you lost or from the “Pounds Destroyed” if you gained.

Doing this accomplishes two very important things:

1) It helps visualize your goal in a way that seems more achievable and tangible and

2) It holds you responsible and more accountable to the weight loss because of the transparency of the exercise.

I also recommend putting the jars in a place that you frequent often and also in a place that others can easily see—your desk at work is a great place!  It will certainly start a conversation and giving you more motivation knowing others can see if you are succeeding at reducing the objects in the “Pounds to Lose” jar or not.

Weight Loss Visualization with Motivation Boards 

Some people call them “Inspiration Boards” or “Vision Boards, and even “Dream Boards”, but they all seek to accomplish the same thing, which is to keep you focused on goals and things you want in your life in a visual way.

The first step is to sit down and write down everything that you want to achieve from weight loss whether it be fitting into your skinny jeans or going on vacation to a beach or even just living a better life.

Motivation BoardNow after writing all of the things that you want to accomplish from your weight loss, go get a few magazines and start cutting out pictures that best represent the items you wrote down.  Some people cut pictures of their favorite celebrities or favorite vacation spots.  You can even write or cut out phrases if you can’t find a picture that represents your thoughts well.  Paste all of the pictures to a corkboard and put the board preferably in your bedroom so that you see if when you first wake up and right before you go to bed.

The board can change as you get closer to the goals or after you have surpassed one and striving to reach another. You will find that the boards will better help you define your goals, focus your efforts and keep all of them at the front of your mind.

Being able to actually see your goals in a visual way helps them become more of a reality and makes them seem more tangible, ultimately helping you reach them. 

Do you have any ways YOU visualize your goals?  Let us know by sharing in the comment section of the blog today!

Kate Miller
Kate Miller

Kate Miller, mom of 5, is on a mission to stay fit and healthy. As HealthyWage's Community Manager, she's fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring success stories day after day. In 2012, Kate lost 50 pounds and documented most of her journey right here on the HealthyWage blog. Since then, she's had to learn the subtle intricacies of staying on track by mastering the daily ebb and flow (and parties and holidays and periods of extreme laziness) of life.

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