What Keeps You Focused?

Strength of Our AnchorsIf you are like me and you have been on this weight loss journey for a while now, do you ever find yourself struggling to stay focused?  You started out wanting to lose the weight and nothing has changed about that, but some days it seems you are more easily pulled off course than others.  These are the times that it is most important to have something to keep you focused.  Last week we talked about anchors in our Weight Watchers meeting and I wanted to talk to you about choosing an anchor for yourself as I know first-hand the value of having at least one.

I find that it is helpful to have more than one anchor to keep me grounded even on the days I might feel like straying off course.  I have even added some anchors to my list as I have progressed through my journey as I certainly never think you can have too many.

For me, my very first anchor was my health.  I knew that if I did not get my weight under control, I was in serious danger of dying of heart disease, diabetes, or worse yet, of sleep apnea in the middle of the night.  From the very beginning of my journey all the way to today, I remain focused on achieving optimum health so that I can live the best possible life for the remainder of my years.  This anchor does a wonderful job of keeping me focused, even on the days that lifestyle change is most difficult.  All I have to do is think about the fact that I no longer have Type II diabetes and I no longer have to use a CPAP machine when I sleep because I no longer have sleep apnea and suddenly, even the most decadent food does not look appealing.

As Good As Healthy

Another powerful anchor for me is making myself proud.  As of today, I have lost 168.4 lbs. and I am extremely proud of that even if I do still have roughly 52 more lbs. to go.  Sometimes, when I am feeling tempted by a certain food or feeling like I am tired of having to watch what I eat, I stop and think about whether or not I will be proud of myself if I give into to the temptation of the moment.  In addition to making myself proud, my Dad and Michael are always telling me how proud they are of me and the thought of disappointing either one of them will keeping me from going off track every time!

My other anchors are more superficial, but powerful nonetheless.  These anchors include fitting into certain items of clothing, looking a certain way, and (please don’t judge me for this one), I want to feel pretty.  These things are not nearly as important as my first two anchors, but they are important to me.

What your anchors are does not matter.  What matters is that your anchors are important to you.  Weight loss is a difficult journey whether you need to lose 20 lbs. or 200 lbs. and it is absolutely critical that you have a clear understanding of what you are working towards or else you will be pulled off course at the first sign of temptation.  I am not saying that every day goes perfectly or is easy for me but I am saying that my anchors keep me focused on the end result that I want to achieve so that temptations are far less appealing than they would be otherwise.

Regardless of where you are in your weight loss journey, if you haven’t already, I urge you to choose at least one anchor for yourself.  I think you will be amazed at how much power it has to help you stay the course, even when the going gets tough.

When You Feel Like Quitting

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