On the right track

choc-digestives1The days of eating like a Hobbit in the Lord of the Rings are over.  Well, for the time being that is – until I go on a cruise where the food is all inclusive.

I’m miserably restricting myself to a reduced amount of calories a day, based on the Weight Watchers Points system – I have been wondering whether my attempt to lose weight via this method will prove to be more successful than previous attempts I have done by myself.

I am so peckish all the time and am missing things like bacon rolls, crisps and chocolate.  The system does allow you to eat what you want, as long as you take account of it in your daily points allowance.

Unfortunately for me, having a large glass of wine, or a pint of larger and a lovely delicious (ok…fattening) snack, just about uses up all my points for the day.

But I have lost a fair few pounds these last few weeks, so I’ll just have to persevere if I want to feel comfortable in some of the posh frocks I have for the cruise.  I’ll just have to make sure I wear them on the first few days!!

I have tried several ways to lose weight myself in the past couple of years, but I’ve never had much luck.  I don’t seem to have much will power when it comes to food and drink and I seem to convince myself that something as small as a few tiny squares of chocolate or a few odd biscuits won’t make much of a difference.

So, why is this working for me now?

Well, Weight Watchers has been operating successfully for years and the secret to its worldwide success is due in no small part to ‘tracking’ and ‘monitoring’.

 The process of tracking everything you eat, as well as examining activities and achievements, has been proven to help.

There is also the notion that someone else monitoring you via weekly weigh-ins also spurs you on to achieve your goals. Believe me, you want to ensure you have done as well as you can each week, when you know someone else is monitoring!

So, this got me thinking about our DLE and the various reasons why we monitor and track learner progress.

In the main, it seems DLE users are monitoring and tracking courses which learners ‘must complete’ to comply with legislative training needs.  The DLE is perfect for this and the monitoring reporting shows most mandatory courses are being completed satisfactorily.

However, there are other occasions where DLE reporting suggests other courses aren’t being used as much as a council would like.

So, maybe we should do more to encourage learners to complete courses by reminding them that they are ‘being monitored’? It might help nudge them on more.

Given that most learners have set goals to achieve in line with their performance, maybe they too could keep some sort of tracker about their progress through courses?

Maybe their line manager could do the equivalent of a monthly weigh-in of sorts, using the information in the DLE, to check the learner is keeping on track.

The people behind the Weight Watchers organisation know a thing or two about motivating and encouraging so maybe some of their methods can be used elsewhere.

Now then, back to my own tracking.  How many points have I got left today, I wonder?  Enough for a jaffa cake? 



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