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Are you anchored?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

If you’ve ever been a member of Weight Watchers, you’ll eventually hear about the concept of the “anchoring.” Weight Watchers defines it as a process for creating cues or triggers that remind you of your weight goal and the inner resources you have to achieve it. An example of anchoring is hearing a song that reminds you of your high school days or seeing a pair of shoes that your child wore as a toddler. We do it every day, and it works equally well when we are trying to lose weight.

In this context, sometimes we need to seek out an anchor and sometimes it finds us. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive. Maybe it’s an inspiring song or a pair of sneakers or a key chain. It can also be a specific ritual that reframes and refocuses your thinking.

I don’t know if WW still does this, but they used to award you a key chain when you lost 10% of your weight. The intent was for the keychain to be your anchor. I got one oh, so long ago and was surprised to realize that it’s been on my keychain for 11 years. Why did I never remove it when I regained the weight or switched out keychains? Because over the years, the keychain represented SUCCESS. Me at my best doing my best. I like thinking of myself that way and to remove it would suggest otherwise. So I kept it. Now when I see it, I smile.

My morning smoothie has been an important ritual. Get off track? Start the day with a smoothie. Somehow, it’s become an anchor. The smoothie is nutrient dense and reminds me that I am doing this for my HEALTH—to combat prediabetes, inflammation or whatever else I have. It’s full of omega-3s, antioxidents, vitamins, protein—all the stuff my doctor has recommended I consume regularly. The smoothie is more than just a “diet” it represents a large part of my success and road to better health.

So if you’re off track in your eating, try to find a food ritual that reinforces why you’re doing what your doing here on SP. For you, it may be a cranberry-walnut salad, or that new salmon recipe that made you realize, “Yes, I CAN enjoy my food while I lose weight.”

Whatever anchors you to this program, find and use it to keep you on your path to success.

Onward and downward!

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    hey, I have anchors too! and smoothies are one of them... as well as avocadoes and spinach.
    2016 days ago
    Well when I am wavering, I go back to pb&j's they are a mainstay when I need to be anchored. My daughter & SIL did it recently, they still give you some type of key chain thingy. lol

    God bless & be encouraged!

    2017 days ago
  • X5X52000
    emoticon TY for sharing!
    2017 days ago
  • MPLANE37
    My "anchors" are my projects. Anything in my list of projects will get done. Fat loss and muscle building are in my projects. The problem is succeeding in both at the same time seems nearly impossible.
    2017 days ago
    My anchor is logging on to SP daily which reminds me of the choices I make or need to make.

    2017 days ago
  • TONYA46
    Hello Diva,

    You are absolutely correct, when you begin a journey, you shoud have an anchor, the word "anchor" to me means that it's keeping you afloat as well as keeping you grounded and mindful of what you are trying to achieve and accomplish.

    I, at this time, do not have an anchor---at least I don't think so, but if I do, it's some-thing that secretely keeps me going.

    Thanks for sharing, I am going to share this with my weightloss buddy, my daughter.. she likes when I share other's motivational techniques..

    Have a great day, Diva............ emoticon
    2017 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/15/2012 10:19:05 AM
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