Your mind has the great ability to create pathways in your life that will guide you towards healthy activities and positive habits that reinforce your weight-loss progress. For example, let’s say you weigh 160 pounds and you want to get down to 140 in three months. Establish that as a clear goal, and clearly define the food you will have to eat and the exercise you need to do. It is very important to see, picture, envision, imagine and believe that the end result can be accomplished. In your mind it has already happened. I know this can sound tricky to understand when just starting a health/exercise program and haven’t yet done any actual work, but trust me. Begin the program with faith in yourself, begin to feel it deep down inside, and know that you will be willing to do whatever it will take to lose those 20 pounds. It’s essential that you root this belief in your mind before any actual physical work begins. It might sound strange at first, but if you cannot envision yourself 5, 10 or 20 pounds lighter, you will need to practice this until you convince your subconscious mind that these physical changes are possible and will happen.