You know those skinny mirrors that some stores have in their dressing rooms? They give you a longer, leaner silhouette and make you look great in almost whatever you try on, thereby leading you to purchase more clothes. It’s kind of a sneaky trick, but you can use it yourself to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
 
You can actually buy something called a Skinny Mirror, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the power of visualization. I used it before I got married to push myself through tough workouts, and turned to it again when I was trying to drop 30 pounds of baby weight after each of my three pregnancies.
 
Here’s how it works: While you’re exercising or doing another activity, create a clear and specific mental image of what you want to look like and how you want to feel. When I was in pre-wedding mode, I pictured myself in my strapless wedding dress and imagined the toned shoulders and flat belly that I wanted to achieve. I also pictured myself feeling happy and stress-free. You might picture yourself on the beach in a bathing suit that shows off your curves or in a pair of jeans that show off your physique. It may feel silly to close your eyes and do this, but research shows that it does actually work. The caveat is that you need to be in a relaxed state while you’re visualizing, so don’t try it when your kids are asking you for dinner or when your boss is tasking you with something.  Try to set aside the first 5 minutes of a power walk to visualize your healthiest you, or perhaps do it right before bed.
 
Elite athletes use visualization as a tool to improve their performance and it works. In addition to picturing what you’d like to look like, also imagine what you’ll be doing in this new healthy body and how you’ll move through the world. Creating a daily mindful meditation can really help you achieve your healthiest self. I really do believe in the power of positive thinking. Dream it, do it!
 
Yours in health,
Frances