On Sustaining the Gains (and Losses)

You are probably past the point of setting New Year’s resolutions and have forgotten the one you set last year.  Yet when you look back a year and look forward a year, it is surprising how little changes and how much stays the same.

Sure, 2011 was turbulent for many.  In Europe, we seemed to leave the year with an uneasy sense of unknowingness about what lies ahead in 2012 for the Eurozone.  And we are told that the world is now so connected that we don’t need New York to sneeze before the rest of the world catches a cold.  The sneeze could come from Berlin or Beijing or anywhere else for that matter.

Yet there is nothing like a conscience and a critical review to remind you of what you committed to and what you forecast might happen…. And writing a blog is somehow a very public way of saying that I commit to something at the start of a New Year.

So it was that I was surprised to find that I went public this time last year to reduce my bodyweight.  Apparently this is the most common New Year’s resolution that people make.  I did actually manage to lose a stone between January and April last year – only to put on 9 pounds between April and Christmas!

So often, (in weight loss AND in business performance), the gains are difficult enough to achieve – but even harder to sustain.  It is not that my body needs to be as heavy as it is.  It is more about habit – and changing the habits that have been laid down over a lifetime.  It didn’t take much for me to revert to my old habits as the summer came and the bees started to make honey!

Reading the press over the New Year, it was interesting to see that the UK population has become more and more obese – and some say over 35% is now obese.  As has the banking system and, perhaps many of the service organisations that try to service our needs – or so the current UK government thinks.

So the question for me is how to we can reduce weight and sustain a healthy lifestyle in a world that seems to becoming more obese.

My diet last year where I managed to lose a stone in weight was not really a diet.  I never felt hungry the whole time I was on the regime.  I simply reduced the number of calories I ate.

In a similar way, the two puppies that we took on in September are a good weight – because they get fed the correct amount of food each day.  It is interesting, also, that we have never been as healthy as our parents and grandparents were the 1940s when the country had food rationing.

It is not so much, then, about reducing weight.  It is more about eating the correct amount you need to achieve and maintain a natural bodyweight.

So, for this year, as well as reducing weight (another stone would do), I resolve to try to sustain the weight loss.  I would also like to do the reverse for my business – increase the revenues and sustain the flow!  Funny that in March last year I earned the most in a month when my weight reduced the most!

Maybe one idea works with the other.  Who knows?  Maybe the Lean Folk know.  Makes you think, anyway!

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5 Replies to “On Sustaining the Gains (and Losses)”

  1. Your experience last March was no coincidence. The higher enegy levels and greater mental agility after low fat eating contrast strongly with the mental and physical lethargy following the carb laden food our genes seem to make us crave. Overcoming addiction (and a million years of conditioning) is never easy though and for some appears much harder.

    Go forth and seek healthy diet clarity!

    1. Thanks, Simon. Always enjoyed my food! Trick seems to be to not to eat too much!

      I will post again in a year to see what progress I have made.

  2. Thanks, Lorne. Candid and thoughtful as ever. I really liked the Christmas trees. Have a great 2012 and I look forward to reading your Thursday Thoughts during another year. The secret of dieting is to cut out all sugar.

    1. Thank you, Angus. I eat no sugar – only honey. The bees make it one of my main weaknesses! Look forward to seeing you soon.

  3. Sorry this got put into the spam folder, Chris. What a coincidence (really it was) that I have posted about this book, The Progress Principle. Please comment on today’s post and enlighten us more!

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