Are You In Your Own Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day (February 2) occurred several days ago and apparently Punxsutawney Phil (the Groundhog) did not see his shadow, stayed above ground and we are doomed to having 6 more weeks of winter.  As an aside, over the 137 years that Groundhog Day has been celebrated, only 40% of the time is P. Phil correct, i.e. the relative extension of winter cold vs spring warming is more than 50% of the time incorrectly forecasted by the behavior of the groundhog.

In 1993 a hilarious movie was released called “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell and Chris Elliott.  The story was about a surly, sort of mean weatherman (played by Murray) who is covering the annual Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA.  He gets caught in a time loop living February 2 over and over again.  He wakes up to the same song on his alarm clock, witnesses the same events and seemingly cannot move forward to the next day.

Let’s move this concept of “Groundhog Day”, the movie theme and not the actual day itself:  If you find yourself sort of “stuck” at the same weight and feel you are at a “plateau”, take a step back and analyze whether you are “stuck” at doing the same things over and over again as this relates to food and drink intake.  Are you skipping meals over and over again?  Are you failing to ingest enough protein over and over again?  Are you allowing nightly/weekend alcohol use over and over again?

There is truly not a physiological weight “plateau” but there are most certainly behavioral “plateaus”, including not changing our eating/drinking behaviors.   Please self-analyze whether YOU are in some sort of “same behavior” pattern as this relates to weight control and take the necessary steps to change those behaviors and see that scale start coming down.  You CAN break your own “Groundhog Day” as this relates to weight control.

And, my bet is that anyone that has seen the movie “Groundhog Day” knows the song that wakes Phil Connors up every morning….Enjoy Sonny and Cher singing their most famous tune.