Mind Progression of seedling growth.

Published on March 4th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe

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Kaizen! The “bitesize” way!

Kaizen! Sounds like it might be an ancient martial art!

But the Japanese term, Kaizen, means continuously improving by making small incremental changes.

A “bitesize” approach!

 The word Kaizen stands for 2 Japanese words:

  • “kai” – change
  • “zen” – good or for the better

Usually a business term, Kaizen also readily lends itself to getting fit and healthy and losing weight.

Many, many good intentions fall by the wayside because people bite off more than they can chew!

Or rather they don’t “bite off enough to chew”…. and too drastic a change too quickly in what you eat is doomed to failure after the first flush of enthusiasm.

And too much, too soon with regard to changing physical activity levels risks injury as well as putting yourself right off!

But so many people just want a “quick fix” – perhaps for a holiday or an event!

They go on yet another diet without changing their physical activity

They lose the weight – but at what cost? As soon as the diet stops the weight is regained…

But – not just weight!

FAT is regained and MUSCLE is lost! Ending up flabbier and fatter with every diet…..

Repeated dieting is called “rebound dieting”, when the weight gradually creeps up with each successive “diet” as the years go by.

And any “dieting” without increasing physical activity will result in loss of muscle and an increase in fat.

Kind of the opposite of Kaizen!

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Henry Ford

So, take it back to baby steps – success breeds success!

  • If you lose just 1 pound a week, that’s 52 pounds in a year – almost 4 stone!!! That’s a very significant weight loss!
  • Even half a pound a week is 26 pounds – nearly 2 stone
  • 4 ounces a week – a miniscule amount – and you’ve still lost nearly a stone!

Take life just one day at a time and if you lose focus for a day, just start again tomorrow

And see yourself a year from now and how much you’ve changed…..Kaizen style

“Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time”.

Charles M. Schulz

Two children eating ice cream in park

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About the Author

Margaret Pardoe

first trained and practiced as a State Registered Nurse and State Certified Midwife in the UK, and thereafter, as a Master Herbalist, Registered Iridologist and Accredited Journey Therapist. More recently she trained as a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner with co-founder and creator of NLP, Richard Bandler. She has a lifetime of experience in both allopathic and alternative medicine and in mind/body healing techniques.


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