Do you want to be healthy and fit?  Visualize yourself in the condition you want to be in.

No doubt there are a lot of reality TV shows that address health and fitness issues, especially weight loss.  Dozens of women’s magazine covers promise flat abs, a tight tush, killer legs, and the sexiest body ever.  We are a society obsessed with looking good.  And as the old Seinfeld line goes, “…and there’s nothing wrong with that.” There is nothing wrong with it as long as you do it the right way.  The way that will contribute to long-term health, not a short-term faux fix. Start by developing your Vision Plan.

When you are happy with how you look, you are more confident.  When you are confident, you are more likely to step out and do something new with a good attitude. When you step out of your comfort zone and do something new, you have something to be proud of. This process exercises your self-esteem muscle.  It is a scientific fact that any muscle that gets exercised, gets stronger.

Do I love to work out?  No, not every day.  Do I love what a good work out does for me physically and emotionally?  Absolutely!  Having the self-discipline to work out regularly keeps my mind straight, my weight down, I sleep better, and it equips my body to fight disease and other physical health issues.  Stimulating, physical activity releases endorphins in the brain which allows you to feel pleasure and reduces tension.

I don’t like the word diet. It implies a starvation process that must be endured in order to get to a number on a scale. Once your reach the weight loss goal (that magical number), it is easy to go back to old eating habits yet expect the weight to stay off.  That kind of weight management is short-lived and has no chance of long-term success. I’ve known a lot of people who’ve tried the Atkins diet, and some other diets.  They dropped some weight at the beginning and felt good, but a few months later they were back to their former weight feeling defeated and looking for the next diet. Don’t be so quick to jump on someone else’s diet plan unless you’ve seen it work for them successfully over a long period of time.  Without on-going goals to navigate you forward, you are bound to repeat the past. I am neither a professional nutritionist nor a dietitian, however common sense and every wise person I’ve met, tells me there are no short cuts on the way to lasting success. That rings true in all areas of life.

Here’s a nugget: If it’s picked from a tree, a vine, or pulled from the ground, it’s good for you!

What does all this have to do with your ultimate life vision?  The better shape you are in and the healthier your body is, the longer more active and satisfying life you’ll live. It also means you’ll make fewer trips to the doctor and spend less money and valuable time treating health issues.

Physical health and fitness like everything in life be it career, relationships, financial stability, spiritual connectedness; if we don’t water and prune it little fruit will be produced.

You can read more in my book, YOUR ULTIMATE LIFE VISION, a Handbook for Life, available on