Switch Points - What a Concept!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
At today’s WW meeting, the leader talked about the switch points on train tracks, whereby three inches of steel determines which direction a train goes. To illustrate her point, she said that one time a train employee hit the wrong button and switched the direction of a train, taking it 1500 miles in the wrong direction.
She likened that to our goal to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight. We all know what we need to do to get there, but then things come up. We are faced with decisions – switch points – everyday that can take us in the direction we want to go or take us way off-track. Little decisions, just like that little piece of steel, make the difference. Exercise today…or not. Stay within calorie/point range today…or not. Choosing to eat healthy snacks…or not. Sticking with your plan when eating out…or not. Sticking with healthy choices when unhealthy choices are an option…or not. Sticking with your shopping list that has foods to support your healthy choices…or not. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day…or not. Getting back on track quickly once you have gotten yourself offtrack..or not.
I hadn’t thought about those daily choices as being “switch points”, but I think that it makes for a very strong visual reminder. I find this a powerful way of looking at the importance of my choices and where I want to go. It also emphasizes – as did the WW weekly magazine distributed at the meetings - the point that YOU are the boss of you. Sometimes I forget that and don’t acknowledge that it is MY choice what I buy at the store, what I eat at home or in a restaurant, whether or not I track what I eat, how much water I drink, and whether I exercise today or not. I have been known to make excuses (it was too hot, it just called my name, etc.) that absolve me of responsibility, and that has definitely slowed down my progress. This switch point idea helps me put that key point - I am responsible and I do have a choice - in the front and center of my mind - another tool in my healthy lifestyle toolbox to help me get where I want go.