One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

WEEKLY QUESTIONS

Do You Visualize Your Weight Loss?

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weekly questionTravel with me back in time, will you? (I seem to be doing this more and more the older I get.)

The date is July 27, 2005, just a few days after my 29th birthday. I have a 6 week old baby boy. I’m 191 lbs, embarking on yet another weight loss attempt. I’ve been attending Weight Watcher meetings and I start a small web site to track my progress.

One of the first things I do on this new site is post an image of my virtual model. Click here to read my old posts from the first year!

Roni's old virtual model

Why? Well it was a great motivator for me to see what I may look like at my goal weight. Sometimes it’s easy to lose site of our goals, especially when we may not be able to see the big picture.

So I used a 3D model to do it, some people may use old photos of themselves or maybe even a picture of an outfit they really want to wear. There’s also a new online tool at WeightView.com where you can upload one of your own photos and Weight View will show you what you may look like after losing 20lbs. Pretty cool!

As always this long winded intro brings me this weeks question(s). First do you think visualizing weight loss is important and if so, how do you do it?

P.S. Posting this link brought me back and I ended up reading all of my old journal entries. I had tears streaming down my face, My gosh! I’m such a sap.




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Discussion

There are 12 comments so far.

    Christie

    April 30, 2008

    I visualize my weight loss with pictures from my past. I keep some old pictures on my vanity and I look at them in the morning when I get ready. I think to myself, “I’m totally going to look like that again. No, wait… I’m going to look even better!”.

    MizFit

    April 30, 2008

    When I needed to shed some weight I used old pics of myself as motivation.

    WASNT A GOOD TOOL FOR ME at all.

    it only seemed to bum me out and not spark the I WANNA GET BACK THERE as I thought it would.

    I yanked em off the fridge after a few weeks.

    M.

    Kathy

    April 30, 2008

    Ah, now you have me crying too! I’m so proud to know you!!!

    Anonymous

    April 30, 2008

    My “thinner” pictures from the past are way too old. I was a lot younger and that in itself is too depressing. Anyway, I am not doing this to be young again. I’m okay with my age, just want to be and feel healthy!
    When I first set up my blog here I created a virtual model before and after….only, can’t figure out how to get them on my blog page for easy reference. Oh well…Tammy

    CaRoLyN

    April 30, 2008

    Definitely! Visulaization is the key and many times, it’s what keeps me on track. Picturing myself in my bikini in Punta Cana has kept my hand out of the cookie jar on more than once occasion in the past few weeks. Same with goal outfits, I’ll say no to that extra roll at dinner if I know I’ve got an occasion to wear that snug dress to.

    Oh, I meant to mention, remember that popcorn and movie contest you had a few months ago (that I won, Yay!) I never heard anything more on that. Any news on your end?

    Scrumpy's Baker

    April 30, 2008

    Sometimes I don’t think I visualize it stongly enough and that’s what leads me to cave into temptation. I need to regain that view of myself at goal!

    casmommy

    April 30, 2008

    this is a great question! i’ve never really thought about it,but i think i used to visualize myself as some super sickly thin celebrity and that never worked (and in reality i’d never want to look like that anyway). when i finally lost the weight it was with no expectation of what i would look like, but just hoping to be healthier and slimmer. when dealing with post-partum weight loss, i just wanted to get back into my old clothes! i did the virtual model thing too, but i always wondered why the heavier weight didnt come with optional fat rolls, touching thighs, etc….i mean if we’re being realistic :)

    Misty

    April 30, 2008

    Not until today have I felt such a connection to you. I have been reading your blog for about a year, now. July 27, 2005 I turned 29 and had a 9 day old baby. I was at 203lbs. At that time, I had not committed seriously to losing the “baby weight”. I gained 70lbs. while pregnant and the thought of trying to lose it all was too much to handle.
    Visualizing, with pictures of myself pre-baby and old clothes, kept me on track. I now weigh less than I did pre-baby. And made WW Lifetime Jan 3, 2008!!!! And I can fit into some of those pre-baby clothes.
    Thanks for all of the inspiration!!

    MizFit

    April 30, 2008

    visiting and reading.

    intriguing point scrumpy…and tammy is SO LIKE ME :) it was too depressing and “Ill never be that sice or THAT AGE again”-ish.

    MizFit

    Anonymous

    April 30, 2008

    Hi There,

    You Look good but there was an easier way!

    It is great to lose weight for your health. You know what though? There is an easy way to do so without punishing yourself. The diet industry is fraught with scams that make people miserable and waste hard earned money! There is hope though! Real honest hope!

    Why don’t you visit http://pure-hoodiagordonii.blogspot.com and check it out the real MCcoy to gauranteed weightloss. This is the real deal and it will definitely work if you follow the instructions.

    Regards

    Rich

    mindy

    April 30, 2008

    I used to visualize myself at a normal weight all the time. I’d fall asleep to images of me looking hot in a tank top and jeans running into an old boyfriend and watching him gawk. LOL I don’t so much anymore because I found it caused me a lot of anxiety. I felt angry I wasn’t there already and it would cause me to eat more! I do visualize myself in other ways though. I visualize myself feeling confident, eating when I am hungry and stopping when I am satiated. I also imagine myself being an intuitive eater. That kind of thing. I DEFINITELY think it helps me to feel that I can be a success. Great question as usual! I have to admit that I did create a virtual model of myself and post it on my blog :) It’s nice to imagine the end product every once in a while!

    Janice

    April 30, 2008

    I had to try and imagine what I would look like thin. I had no thin pictures of my adult self! Now, 120 pounds lighter, I did not picture loose skin, and saggy thighs, but you know what? It is all right with me. I am healthy and very happy.