Good Judgement
27 September 2014

I should have seen it coming. But, not for the first time, I was caught napping. The end of the summer spelt the end of my favoured outdoor activities. And like many people I started to spend more time in-doors, inactive, and insatiable. I’ve been here too many times before. Activity levels decrease, cooking and eating as a form of entertainment increases, and as a result, so does my waistline.  My autumnal weight gain has struck again. You’d think I’d know better. 

The first time I experienced this was when I was much younger. Until my early 30’s I never had to think about my weight. A combination of youthful zeal and a busy social life left little time for weight gain. But a sports injury at 31 years of age which led to my leg being incased in plaster of paris for 9 weeks changed everything. From nowhere, so it seemed, I gained one and half stones. My energy balance equation had shifted, and with it so had my scales………. 

I experience the same seismic shift every year. Several times a year if I’m honest. After summer, and over Christmas especially. You see, for me and perhaps most of us, my battle to control my weight is not a one-shot deal. It’s an attitude of mind, a lifestyle, maybe an obsession, albeit a healthy one at that. Because as soon as I take my eye off the ball, as soon as I forget to think, at least some of the time about how I’m living, it all starts to slip. Southwards, that is.

So, here I am again. Activity levels up, food intake down. Bit by bit my weight is dropping again. By around a pound a week. And that’s fast enough for me. I know I can do it. I always do. But my frustration is that I don’t seem to learn from my experience. Will Rogers, the populist humourist and satirist from the 1920’s once said that “good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment”. I’m certainly experienced. If only I could teach this old dog some new tricks and develop some better, more pro-active judgment. 

I know how to lose weight. I’ve helped countless other to do it too. And when it comes down to it the same rules apply to us all. But from my repeated bad personal judgment comes an experience, a belief, that weight loss is achievable for anyone. If you’re prepared and willing to turn bad judgment into good.