April 7th’s meeting could have had a nautical theme since we were talking about anchors. But anchors come in all types (not just the nautical kind). Our leader, Pat, mentioned that she looked up the definition of anchor because at first she thought of it as just something that weighed you down. Not the most positive mental image. But she discovered another definition that worked for us – source of security or stability.
She asked us what we saw as anchors or sources of security/stability in our lives. Some of us felt that belief in the plan and that it works was an anchor. Others said that a picture of “before” could work to remind you of where you were and how far you’d come. Clothes can be an anchor or reminder – now they now longer fit or you are now fitting into something you couldn’t before. Pat mentioned that a member in a different meeting said her collar-bone was her anchor. She couldn’t feel her collar-bone before she joined WW and now she can. Nice thing is her collar-bone/anchor goes with her everywhere and is a constant reminder. I like to use my key chain that I earned from WW as my anchor. I use it for my work keys and every time I take it out to unlock a door at work it reminds me of where I was and how far I’ve come. One member reminded us that the meetings and the people who attend can be anchors for us. If she needs support she can just call on one of us to help her through that spot.
Meetings are definitely a good anchor to have no matter where you are in the plan (beginning, maintenance or lifetime). Remember this is a lifestyle we are working on and not a life sentence! If you had a bad week you need a meeting and if you had a good week the meeting needs you.
So what do you use as a reminder or to anchor yourself on your journey across the healthy lifestyle sea?
Something seems to happen when we become adults. We seem to forget what our parents tried to instill in us all those years ago. Some very good advice was shared by a new “lifetime” member at Saturday’s meeting. She had just read an article (and I too remember reading about this) that we need to go back to our childhood when it comes to eating.
The article’s point was we need to eat more like we did when we were children. Our parents encouraged us to eat our fruits and veggies and to make sure we drank our glass of milk. As Weight Watchers members this fits right into the program since most fruits and veggies are zero points value. We need to include at least 5 servings as part of our Healthy Checks. Also we need anywhere from 2-3 servings of dairy a day (depending on age or whether you are nursing). Drinking that glass of milk during your meal is an easy way to get at least 1 serving in.
Also children tend to eat smaller portions and more frequently. This is another thing that we tend to forget as we get older. We settle into the 3 big meals a day routine because of work/school/life. It is better to have 5 smaller portioned meals or snacks between those 3 main meals than it is to try and cram all our calories into 3 sittings.
So embrace your inner child and eat like one! Okay, maybe minus the bib and throwing strained peas across the room 😉