Analysing the past to predict the future

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Chatting idly with a colleague today and talking about how I’d got my 1 stone shiny on Saturday, we got to talking about how it’s not the individual days that are important in weight loss but the bigger picture. Indeed, I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad days but providing the number of good days are greater than the number of bad days in a week, I usually see some sort of loss on the scales.

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~William Faulkner

My colleague suggested that if we took a calendar and coloured in each day green, amber or red to reflect how we did that day, over time we could take a step back and easily see the bigger picture. Providing the prevailing colour is green, we should be on to a good thing. We could extend this thinking to spot particular patterns in our weight loss. Do we always over-eat on weigh in day? Do we always over-eat at the weekends or drink too much on a Friday night? I’m not female, but I know some who tell me that they over-eat ‘at that time of the month’.  Seeing the bigger picture and how each day fits into a longer time scale should help us analyse our triggers to over-eating and hopefully deal with them. This is a technique I think I will try. I’ve recently decided not to focus so much on the short term but on the medium term (I can’t bring myself yet to think in the long term) and perhaps this could be a helpful technique.

So, to sum up this post, I’d like to suggest that we stop dwelling on the one or two bad days per week or month that we might suffer, instead take a step back and look at the bigger picture. If we see that we have done well overall, then we should see good results on the scales.

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