In my job, we go through PDSA cycles.
In that cycle, you do a small test of change and then decide if that changed worked or didn’t.
I often apply this concept to my personal life, but in general not to my weight loss.
When I examine my past (and present) efforts, one thing is usually evident to me:
I try to change everything at once and when I’m not perfect, I give up.
That needs to stop.
What I need to focus on is making those small tests of change. When I think about it, most successful programs are like that.
Look at Couch to 5K. Small tests of change. Each week add on something more/different. That is why it works.
Even thinking about it and writing this, I’m freaking out thinking, “but if I don’t do A + B + C + D all at once, I won’t lose weight”.
It’s amazing the anxiety and the emotions that it stirs up.
PDSA needs to be my new mantra.
Plan – Journal food for 5 days straight
Do – Journal every bite I eat
Study – Did scale move?
Act – Continue journaling food. Set new goal of 5 – 10 days.
If I can keep doing this and stop freaking out every time I’m not perfect, maybe I’ll start losing weight again.