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Published on March 9th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe


Poka Yoke – or how to avoid the banana skins of weight loss!

If Kaizen sounds like a martial art, Poka Yoke could be a children’s TV show!

But this is another Japanese term that goes well with weight loss bitesize-style.

It’s a business term that means mistake-proofing – which is how I’m setting up my own bitesize journey.

For me that’s putting in place a foolproof structure.

With my health and well being taking high priority.


So, how to avoid slipping on the banana skins en route to a healthy lifestyle…..

First of all – a bit of structure.

For me, something I’m a tad resistant to (but I have the great privilege of being at home most days at the moment so not working to anyone else’s agenda).


  • The first thing for me is to come straight downstairs and use the rebounder – currently for 4 minutes doing the “health bounce”

  • Then a biiiiiig glass of water (I drink this tepid as I can’t manage this volume cold) These two have to be in this order – the alternative creates a gastric tsunami!

  • A coffee whilst writing for an hour and then breakfast

  • Prepare something for the late afternoon energy dip – a risky time – whilst getting breakfast ready

  • Shower and shampoo followed by yoga and meditation – 30 mins maximum


Then get on with whatever is on the cards for the morning


  • Rebound again before lunch on an empty stomach

  • Biiiig glass of water again

  • Lunch

  • No more coffee from now on or risk insomnia later


Carry on with writing or other work/plans for the day


  • Nordic walking for 45 mins minimum whilst there is still plenty of daylight

  • Another biiiig glass of water
  • Eat the prepared snack

  • Get dinner ready

  • Another glass of water or herbal tea before dinner

  • Watch TV or out-and-about for the evening / more writing or reading

  • Rebound when dinner has digested

  • Last (smaller) glass of water before bed – said to reduce risk of heart attack or stroke during the night

  • In bed by midnight, aiming for at least 7 hours sleep

And then, repeat, repeat, repeat…..till the new structure becomes a habit!

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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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