Groundhog Day Dieting

Hello Health-Minded Friends!

It’s (almost) Groundhog Day!

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. We’ll hear if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not … predicting the length of our winter. Depending on where you live, winter has already been rather long. (Here in Oregon it feels like Spring already. But, I digress.)

One of my all-time favorite movies is Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray. Bill’s character gets caught in a time-loop, re-living Groundhog Day over and over until he can change himself enough to break the cycle.

Earlier this week I was thinking how much this movie reminds me of “yo-yo dieting.” How so many of us keep dieting/exercising and never seem to get it quite right, to break the spell and meet our goal. And, those of us who do meet the goal, often find that, in time, we’re right back to Square One and have to do it all over again.


In the computer-programming-world we talk about “endless loops” or “infinite loops” where the program logic falls into a loop it can’t get out of. This often causes bad things to happen in computer-land.

With all the times I’ve attempted, or even successfully followed, a “diet” (or “eating style,”) or exercise regime, I find that I’m still back at the beginning, living the “endless loop” of dieting & losing weight. Here we go again!

This year, as usual, my goal is to lose those inches … the ones I started losing nearly a year ago, that crept back on as summer happened. My new goal is: identify what happened and see if I can do something different, this time, to lose the inches and keep them off. Not an easy task.

Review the Old, Add the New

I’ve thought about just giving up, but that won’t make me healthi-er or happier. So the challenge is on!

For me, these are the actions I’ll be working on:

  1. Saying No more often.
    I can be very good at turning down treats when I stick to my guns. But I found that I’m also good at talking myself into it … the inner child begs the inner parent, Just this time.
  2. Replacing the junk with healthi-er options.
    I’m usually good at keeping something healthi-er around to curb the cravings. I can step-up my planning ahead. Be prepared!
  3. Cutting portions.
    I’ve realized that I like a hearty portion, but I don’t really need it. Whether it’s using a smaller plate/bowl or dishing out with a smaller spoon, it’s very doable.
  4. Embracing Intermittent Fasting.
    This is something I’ve wanted to look into for quite a while. I’m finally doing it! There are lots of new ideas in the “diet” world. This one has a lot of applications and variations. If you’re gonna do the loop again, throw something new in.
  5. Be with the Band.
    Because I’m currently living in another person’s home, I am not in my usual workout routine any more. I still have my yoga mat, so no excuses there. But I’m adding in Resistance Bands to see how that works. They are very portable for traveling & space limits.

These are just ideas that may work for me. (Feel free to use them if they may work for you!)

Never Give Up

If you find yourself back in that old Loop, don’t give up. Start again with some new thoughts, ideas and plans. Keep what worked, even if it was just for the short-term. If you give up, you’ll never get there … trust me!

You are definitely worth another try!

Here’s to healthier living, day by day!

Mary Zoellner


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