By Barbara Broggelwirth, RD, CDN
A vision board is a collection or collage of images, affirmations and dreams that make you happy.
The purpose of creating a vision board can be a good way for you to find inspiration, identify and shape your dreams, and keep you focused and motivated. It is not a guarantee of specific outcomes but rather a way to channel your efforts towards long term goals.
Your vision board can be used to visualize the process, not the results; it is most effective when it is used to help keep track of steps (or non-scale victories) that help keep you motivated along the way.
How can a vision board be used to sustain long term weight loss?
Use it to display images of “non-scale victories” as a reminder to celebrate the results that can’t be encapsulated in a number on scale:
- Your clothes are fitting looser – Include before and after pics
- You are playing more with your kids – Include images of going to games / playing in the park
- Your body inches are less – Include images of a measurement tape
- You notice that you are eating more vegetables and drinking more water than ever before – Include images of healthy dishes or pictures of fruits and vegetables.
Include pictures of ideas you would like to use as rewards for your accomplishments:
- Pamper yourself: Include images of being pampered at a day spa
- Going to the movies: Images of a movie theater logo or theater tickets
- Bowling: Images of bowling ball knocking down pins
- New clothes: Images of your favorite brand names or shopping stores
How to start your vision board:
1) Reflect upon your goals—What do you want to accomplish in the short term
2) Break down your goals into smaller actions- If weight loss, exercise or eating healthier
3) Choose your theme—Healthy lifestyle
4) Decide upon your format— Poster board, Cork-board
Include powerful words that you want to describe you:
- STRENGTH / STRONG
INCLUDE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
- I am good at overcoming adversity
- When I commit to something I follow through
- I have a new found confidence in my new abilities
- Routine and structure work for me
Barbara Broggelwirth, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is currently working with Bariatric and Medical Weight Management patients. She works with patients to help them achieve their health and weight loss goals.