I recently heard a nutritionist (who lost 200lbs himself) discuss “visualization”. This really is no more complicated than knowing the definition of the word. Websters dictionary defines the word as: “the act or process of interpreting in visual terms or of putting into visible form”.
I’ve come to embrace this concept, to visualize what it is I want to look like, to be, to act, etc.
But there’s only one problem……
This also greatly scares me. How am I suppose to visualize something I’ve never been? I’ve always been bigger, I wasn’t necessarily fat when I was younger, but I’ve always had a big frame and I never really put on a lot of weight until I wasn’t able to play sports anymore at age 14 due to shattering my elbow.
By junior year when I was cleared to do lifting with my arm the way it was, I was already up around 290 b/c for 2 years I hadn’t been active and instead of finding ways to be active I sat around feeling sorry for myself. By my senior year the lowest I had my body fat recorded at was 14 % and I was typically around 270, but at this point I was in very good shape. I would say I had a very intimidating stature.
But at my age now it’s not about intimidating anyone and it’s not about how much weight I can lift. One of my biggest goals in the back of my head is to be able to go get a tailored suit made and I’d very much like to dress sharper on a daily basis. So how do I visualize being 6’4″ and 230 lbs when I haven’t been 230 since sophomore year?
This is something I’m struggling with but I firmly believe you can achieve a goal much quicker if you can visualize the end result. If you constantly drill something in to your subconscious it will take over when you yourself are not even aware of it. It will kick things in to overdrive as if it’s trying to achieve it’s own goals. It will stop those hunger pangs and those cravings you have for the “bad foods”.
Have you ever thought of something and you were so focused on it you could almost taste it, smell it, or hear it? That’s what I need focus on. I need to be able to look in the mirror every morning and see something I’ve never been. The best I know how to do that so far is to imagine other people that are of the size I want to be. Maybe that’s the key….I don’t know.
All I know is that I feel like I have a drive inside of me that I haven’t had since the days of leaving everything I had in the gym. I’m genuinely excited of where I’m headed and where I’ll be in the months ahead.
I want to conquer the ability to visualize because then I can carry that over to many aspects of my life and use that as another tool to achieve all the goals I set for myself.
I highly recommend you do the same. Please share your thoughts or share this to others. and again, thank you for the continued support. Not a day has gone by where I don’t hear something positive from a peer.