“The Secret”… and Weight Loss

Guest Column by Anja Christy,
Master Certified Weight Loss Coach

The Secret”. The Law of Attraction. You can create your reality with just a thought.

The Secret” is a film that has been viewed by millions worldwide. The Law of Attraction is the central theme in the “The Secret”. Simply stated- our thoughts create our reality. What we think about is what we attract into our lives. Rhonda Byrne researched common truths that have been at the heart of religions, teachings and philosophies throughout the centuries. What she discovered was captured in this film has been at the center of countless controversies.

I agree with the ideas presented in this film.  However, I noticed a ‘missing link’ in the way the “The Secret” portrayed The Law of Attraction. Think and so it will be is a common idea that was portrayed. It would be amazing if all we had to do was think about money, a car, or a perfect body and just wait for that to appear. But, thinking about it is just the first step in the process.

Wait, there’s more.

I use “The Secret” coupled with a technique known as Treasure Mapping described in Shakti Gawain’s book, Creative Visualization (1982). Treasure Mapping entails creating a picture board of your goals or wishes.

How does this apply to weight loss?  Let me tell you.

As a weight loss coach, I encourage my clients set weight loss goals and imagine the body that they would love to live in.  If the idea of “The Secret” was enough, everyone would have that body. I am sorry to say that just wanting it is not enough. But it is the first step. The second step is to make lifestyle choices that support those goals and images. Treasure Mapping is a useful tool.

Here’s how it works. Find a picture of the body that they you would love to live in. It could be a picture of you at a time in your life when you were at your ideal weight or it could be a picture in a magazine. Make this image your own. Using Photoshop or scissors and glue, attach a picture of your face to this body image. Put this picture in a place where you will see it daily.

Why does this work? Because we think in pictures. If I say, “close your eyes and imagine a lemon”, most people will ‘see’ a picture of a lemon, not the letters L-E-M-O-N. How would you picture losing 10 lbs? Why not try Instead to create the actual picture of YOU at 145 lbs. You will begin to ‘see’ the possibilities!

When faced with the choice of Ben & Jerry’s OR a slim, vibrant, healthy image of yourself, you are reminded to make choices that support your goals and bring you closer to living in the body that you dream about.

To find out more about individual or group weight loss coaching with Anja Christy, e-mail her at anja@jonnybowden.com