My trainer and I had a moment a few weeks ago.
Maybe it didn’t stand out to him, but it will stay with me for a while.
Let me start with this: I hate that gyms are covered in mirrors. I know its good to see your form, but I hate watching myself work out. It’s not so much my own reflection that I mind, but having people watch me, watching myself just rubs me the wrong way. It makes me very self-conscious.
Anyway, it was nearing the end of our half-hour session and as I was lifting dumbbells he was asking me about my weight loss progress and telling me how much more weight he believed I should lose.
We talked about reaching 100 pounds lost. He said, in his thick Peruvian accent, “I think you’ll look great there.”
I said, “I can’t even imagine it,” and turned away from my reflection.
He got mad.
“C’mon, Jodi,” he scolded.
Maybe it doesn’t sound like a scolding, but after almost a year of twice weekly visits, he needs few words to get his point across.
And his point was: I should be imaging it.
Every day I should spend time envisioning my goals, whether weight loss or otherwise.
A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary about Lindsey Vonn called “In the Moment.” Vonn is a professional skier with four World Cup championships. There’s a moment right before every race where Vonn closes her eyes and goes through the course in her mind. She has a vision of each curve, every turn, jump and movement that she’s about to take.
That’s where she wins or loses the race.
And it’s a lesson that can be applied to anything.
Take a moment. Slow down. Focus. See yourself successful in whatever way that means to you.
With whatever goal you are trying to reach, there are going to be bumps in the road getting there. Positive thinking will get you through. See yourself winning. See yourself overcoming challenges. See yourself making your wildest dreams come true. See yourself as someone who has lost 100 pounds.
It will happen. It is possible.
The more I sink into my weight loss philosophy, the more I see how the strategies I’ve used to change my weight can be used to change everything in my life.
And it starts with getting your head in the right place.
“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” – Lao Tzu
Starting weight: 243
Last week: 167.5
This week: 166.5
Total loss: 76.5