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Your Best Health: Adult Weight Management

Garden Analogy

Weight management is a life-long journey. It can take time and effort to make changes. Think of it like caring for a garden and work at it one thing at a time, one step at a time, adding up over time to see results.

You can watch a video about this concept or read the analogy below.

The garden analogy below is a way for you to think about your experience. You may want to take a few minutes now to write down your answers to the questions below.

If the example of a garden doesn’t work for you, feel free to skip it and instead think about the questions below.


To create a healthy garden, the way you plan and prepare sets you up for success. This is the same when it comes to your weight management journey.


For gardeners to be successful, they make choices that influence how the plants grow and then see what works. In weight management, we also make choices and then see what works for us.

What are your choices?
A plant doesn’t grow right away—it takes time to nurture and grow; your weight management journey may take time as well. As with gardening, it’s trial and error. You learn what works for you as you try different things.


Weeding can be part of the process of cultivating the garden we want. Weeding involves getting rid of those things that aren’t part of the plan we have for ourselves. In your life are there things you want to weed out or cut back to create a healthier you?


Gardeners ensure they are working with the strengths of the garden they have and manage the environment around them.

  • What are the strengths in the environment around you?
  • How can you change the environment around you to better support you on your weight management journey?