Ever daydream about being thin? Be honest. You start a new diet. In the beginning it\u2019s all about reading over your program material and getting fresh fruits and vegetables in and the hidden stash of cookies out. After the first few losses on the scale, the excitement starts building. \u201cThis is it!\u201d you think to yourself. \u201cWhy didn\u2019t I do this sooner? It\u2019s actually not that difficult! I can\u2019t wait to be thin!\u201d And you smile softly to yourself as you drive to work on autopilot, eyes glazed, the sound of the radio fading into the background. You can see it all now\u2026 \u2026 Walking across the street in your skinny jeans as heads turn. \u2026 Running into your ex at the grocery store \u2014 he can\u2019t believe it\u2019s you! \u2026 Hurrying up two flights of stairs without being out of breath. \u2026 Making a dazzling entrance at your next reunion in a little black dress. I have to admit it, I\u2019ve had my fair share of daydreams in the gazillion times I\u2019ve started dieting. It\u2019s only natural when we feel so passionately about something. And there\u2019s not much more we want than to feel good, get healthy, and look down right fabulous. Daydreaming can actually be very encouraging. Setting goals and envisioning the achievement of them are an important part of staying motivated. But daydreaming has its hidden dangers as well. Think about how you feel when you come out of a daydream. Looking down, the fading image of your gorgeous trim thighs melds with the truth of what\u2019s in your lap and you realize how far you have to go to achieve your dream. You aren\u2019t in your skinny jeans after all. Far from it, actually. A sudden dose of reality can sting like a cold shower. How long is this going to take? You put your math skills to work rapidly. \u201cI lost four pounds this week. Let\u2019s see ... if I can average three pounds a week for the next 16 weeks, that puts me at ... \u201d No one reading my column knows what I\u2019m talking about, right? As a weight loss leader I have often had people join my meetings and ask me, \u201cHow long will I have to do this?\u201d My answer is always the same. \u201cYou have to do it for the same amount of time as Marcia \u2014 and as Bill \u2014 and as me. We all have to do it for the rest of our lives.\u201d Well, in the end I have this to say about daydreaming: Do it. Enjoy it. Relish it. But when you\u2019re all done with peeking into the future, turn your focus to today. Ask yourself, \u201cWhat can I do to make today a fabulously tasting, on-target eating day? If you can transition your excitement from the fabulous future to a delicious, well-planned present, you can have the best that fantasy and reality have to offer. Kim is a lifetime dieter who lost more than 200 pounds. She leads motivational meetings at The Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center, 405 Bridgeport Ave., in Shelton. For more information call 203-513-8722 or visit kimbensen.com.