I am writing this entry several days after “Groundhog Day”, 2024. Apparently, Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow and therefore we will all enjoy an early spring. I read an article about Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions over the years and his rate of correctly predicting the relative warmer than usual temperatures (early spring) vs. colder than normal temps. I am laughing cause Phil’s “predictions” are less than 50%. Heck, if we did a coin flip we would, given all those years this tradition has been present, be at 50%. So goes for the groundhog being correct!
Okay, I gotta admit when I hear the term “Groundhog Day” I do not think of the actual Groundhog Day, but rather, the movie with the same name. This 1993 movie, starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowall, became a classic. In the movie, Murray plays a really cantankerous/selfish weatherman assigned to cover Groundhog day in Punxsutawney, PA. Due to some cosmic event, he finds himself waking up to relive the same day every day. He cannot escape the town or see a day change. However, over time, he learns to be more selfless as opposed to selfish and winds up winning the heart of his producer (played by McDowall) who originally hatred him for his boorish behaviors. Finally, when he is a much better person, the day finally changes.
Hmmm…what does any of the above have to do with health/weight control? Here goes: If you are at a weight you are not happy with, take a step back and see if you are doing the same behaviors every day: Several drinks at night, snacking on carbs, drinking sugar containing drinks and other behaviors that may be derailing your weight loss efforts. You get on the scale every day and see the same number.
If you keep doing the same things over and over without changing, there will be no changes to the scale (other than up). So, take stock in what you are currently doing, wipe that slate clean, and start following new and healthier behaviors. By doing so, you will escape “Groundhog Day” scale readings and start seeing the numbers that will make you smile.
For those of you that have never seen the movie “Groundhog Day”, although dated, it is very worth seeing. And for those that have, I am sure you have a favorite scene or two. Here goes: