When I was in the Corporate world, which was almost 2 years ago now, we used to hold Daily and Weekly Operational Review meetings (or DORs and WORs for short). The idea was to spend no more than 15 minutes each day or 1 hour each week to review how things were progressing versus our team objectives – via Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs for short). I guess many of you will already be familiar with this process and I’d like to follow this concept through in my Weekly Review of my weight loss programme, posted last week. To save you looking it up, the aim was/is to lose 1kg, or just over 2lbs, per week leading up to my Zurich marathon on April 9th (i.e. Week 14) and reduce my 77.7 kg (171 lb) slightly paunchy frame of last week to a more lightweight 70.7 kg (156 lb).
Now, what most of you will not be so familiar with is the style of reporting – whereby each KPI is reported in some form of visual or graphical form and the latest position is either green or red. (This makes it very easy to see the latest position at a glance). There are no ‘almost made the target’ or amber traffic lights in this system. You either made the target or you didn’t. And, if you didn’t, someone in the team (in this case me) has to take an action to do something about it. In extremis, if the latest position stays red for any length of time, then someone would volunteer, or be volunteered, to carry out a Go, See, Think, Do (GSTD) exercise to get to the root cause of the issue. More on that topic maybe if anyone is really interested.
Getting back to the plan… I vowed to cut out that extra piece of toast in the morning, cakes and biscuits with coffee and tea throughout the day and one less beer every night. This is Plan A and I have a Plan B, or even C, if I don’t quite get there. Hopefully we’ll not need to use Plan D, which involves the dreaded ‘S’ word – Salads!
So how did it go ? Well, I did only have one slice of toast all week and I resisted those delicious cupcakes upon return from my run last Tuesday. BUT, the freshly baked scones were too good to miss, so one of them went down very nicely as part of my ‘recovery’. And over the next 2 days, those 2 cupcakes were far too good to throw away and so they disappeared too. Then on Friday we were invited to our neighbours for coffee and it would have been rude to refuse a slice of the most delicious apple tart. On Saturday we were invited out for dinner, so you can imagine… though I did skip on the dessert. My beer consumption has gone down, though wine consumption has increased.
So how did I do ? Drum roll please….
The scales do not lie…
This represents a loss of 1.2 kg. So, my graph is green and no further action required on my part (other than not to be so weak when it comes to those cakes!)
Since were also talking marathon training here, I thought I’d add another important measure, which is the amount of exercise I’ve been doing. After all weight loss is not only about the input, but also the output as well. So below is the number of kilometres that I’ve run each week this year. Since that’s not very much, and I have been walking quite a bit, I’ve decided to show both together, versus my ideal running plan (i.e. what I would like to do if my ageing legs were up to the task). Note that the weeks in this chart run from Monday to Sunday.