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Anchors Aweigh! Use An Anchor To Inspire Weight Loss

Anchors for weight loss

Have you ever thought about using an anchor as a tool for your weight loss plan? But wait - anchors are heavy, right? Read on to learn how an anchor can help you shed pounds!


When thinking of an anchor, we normally envision the heavy object thrown overboard to hold a ship in place. Why would we want to think about heavy weights, when we’re focused on losing the heavy weight on our bodies?

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On closer consideration, though, an anchor is just what we need. An anchor represents control, stability, and the ability to keep a ship from going somewhere it shouldn’t. I suppose we could attach a heavy anchor to our ankle, to keep us out of the kitchen, or we could chain an anchor around the refrigerator door so that we can’t open it, but I’m not talking about a literal anchor.

The last time I participated in Weight Watchers, one of their Tools For Living was called Anchoring. Of all the tools for weight loss I’ve ever employed, I found this one to be the most helpful. Think about it – sometimes our appetites, our willpower, even our resolve, seems to get tossed about in a storm like a ship out of control, and we find ourselves blown off course.

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What are some things we can use to “anchor” us, to keep us on course, and safe from the storm? For me personally, it was always something visual. After my granddaughter was born, and again when my grandson was born 22 months later, my focus was on how much I loved those babies, and how I wanted to be around for a long time. I envisioned being able to play with them, watch them grow up, and participate in their activities. It required taking a long, hard look at the direction my life was going, and I did not want to be so overweight and unhealthy that I died before they grew up, or that I couldn’t enjoy doing things with them.

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For my visual anchor, each morning I would draw two tiny footprints on the inside of my left wrist in blue ink. All throughout the day I would see these reminders of the babies that I love so much. When my appetite would get out of control, I’d simply turn my wrist and see the footprints. At lunchtime, I made healthier food choices. The burger and fries, or the cheesy quesadilla would tempt me something fierce, but the tiny footprints reminded me that my grandbabies needed their grandma, and I needed them, far more than a few minutes of taste bud pleasure.

Another anchor that was very helpful to me was a simple greeting card I had purchased to send to a friend who needed encouragement. I ended up keeping the card myself, and hung it on the wall over my desk. It was a picture of The Little Engine That Could. “I think I can, I think I can,” and underneath it I wrote “I KNOW I CAN!” This was a very effective visual as well, that was always just a glance away.

What about you? Can you think of something significant that would work for you as an anchor? The internet is full of inspiring quotes, posters, and blogs. Find something that helps you stay grounded. Already use this technique? Leave a comment below and let us know what works for you.