Have you ever allowed yourself to imagine what life would be like if you were thinner?
Let’s define what being thinner might mean. Well, for starters it means that you weigh less than you do presently. Now, since this is a total exercise of pure imaginary creation, you can envision whatever shape you like. Try to keep your ideal model of the same height since that aspect will remain the same unless you are a growing child. Other than your height, there is no restriction to the body that you can imagine for yourself.
1. What would your ideal body mean to you in the way of day-to-day life?
2. How might people treat you differently?
3. How might you feel about the new you?
4. Would your love life change?
5. What exactly would make it change?
If you are trying to lose weight through exercise or diet, you most likely have a perception of how your appearance will change. It might help to consider that as your body changes, the way that others perceive you will most likely change too.
People will treat you differently when you lose weight. Some people will notice your efforts right away and be quick to compliment you and offer moral support. Others might feel vulnerable. Strange though it sounds, friends can feel threatened anytime you try to make positive changes in your life. They fear that you will move on and leave them behind. Family members and spouses sometimes experience these same feelings of doubt.
But what would you do if you were thinner? Would you buy the latest fashions? Wear a bikini or short skirt? How about a fitted evening dress or a pair of jeans you had back in school—can you envision your imaginary body wearing any of these things? Don’t stop to think if it is a viable thought—just allow yourself the act of imagination.
How would the new thin you act at home? If you have a husband or partner, how would they react to the new thin you? Now that you have your new imaginary body, how would you act at work? Do you think with your new thin body that you would have more confidence to go in and ask for a raise? You know, slimming down most always makes a positive impression on those you work for, unless of course they begin to feel threatened.
How would you move about if you were thinner? Remember, you can be as thin as you want. Would you run marathons? Would you wear incredibly high heels and strut your stuff? Maybe you would want to take up ballet or ballroom dancing.
What sports could you participate in if you were thinner? Would you take up dance, tennis or golf? Would you go to the gym more often just to show off your body?
There are so many possibilities when we use our imaginations. However, women’s fitness requires much more than imagination. It requires the commitment, dedication and perseverance to make positive lifelong changes in diet and exercise.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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