Write it down. While it’s not very common these days to use a pen and a paper, hand writing things really does work when you’re trying to accomplish a goal. There’s a psychology to it. That is why we have our patients keep food journals. Try it out with your personal weight loss journey.

So, what do you write in that journal? Start with where you are now along your weight loss journey. Are you just starting or are you trying to keep track of the progress you’ve begun to make? Next, write down your realistic, short-term goals followed by your ultimate goal. Take note of everything that has to do with your journey – like foods you’re eating, exercise/activities and how you feel emotionally. Taking note of these will help you see the successes as you achieve them, acknowledge and move on from any bumps in the road, and keep your goals at the forefront.

Why write? Why not get an app? Apps work (and we use them, too) but handwriting is more intimate. It is more connected to you because it is you starting to put work in – into the thought, into the plan, into the journey. Go get yourself a really nice journal and a fancy pen that you’ll use only for this purpose. Write things down and later flip the pages to see where you were and how far you’ve come!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, or would like to attend a free informational seminar, please call us at 907-644-THIN.

Foods that Make you Happy (and Healthy!)


One of the best choices of fish for feeling content and boosting weight loss, a steamed piece of halibut has an impressive amount of protein and influences your serotonin levels. It’s also ranked as one of the most filling foods, according to The Satiety Index of Common Foods, an Australian study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The moral of the story? Bust out of a “hangry” mood with a little halibut.


Did you know?

During the 19th century, a diet called “Fletcherism” became popular. Introduced by American Horace Fletcher (“the Great Masticator”), the diet promoted chewing a mouthful of food at least 32 times or until it was turned into liquid. He argued his method of eating could help people avoid disease and lose weight. (Not exactly true!)