Friday, May 16, 2008

INFORMATION OVERLOAD

There’s a saying that “knowledge = power” but can information overload actually render you powerless?

Case Study #1: Miss H is around 50 years of age and slightly overweight. She is very careful to not gain any more weight and ideally she’d like to lose 5kgs “to feel better”. Unfortunately Miss H doesn’t have time to exercise. She enjoys her weekends often eating out and having a few drinks, just like the majority of the population. Then to compensate for the weekend indulgences Miss H will have a Cup-A-Soup with a few cracker biscuits for lunch during the week.

Could knowledge = power for Miss H?

Case Study # 2: Miss M is also around 50 years of age but she’s obese and subsequently unhealthy. Miss M knows that she needs to lose weight and every few months she gives it a go, never really making any noticeable progress and never maintaining at the lower weight. Miss M cant exercise (or so she believes) because of “bad knees”, “a bad back” and a string of other “bad things”.

Could knowledge = power for Miss M?

Case Study # 3: Miss Different M is in her 40s and has actively pursued a healthy lifestyle making her fitness a priority. But Miss Different M has always struggled to eat correctly and therefore she’s rarely achieved her fitness goals until recently. However another set-back (and her fitness journey has been full of them) has meant that she once again faces the challenge of getting her eating right to achieve the physique she desires.

So what’s the problem you ask?

Well Miss Different M has read hundreds of books, articles, programs and approaches to this one issue. She knows only too well that there’s more than one way to skin a cat, in fact she knows a thousand ways, or so it feels like. So with all this information swimming around in her head what’s the poor girl to do if not to scream “aaaaagh information overload”.

So its time for Miss Different M to wade through the mire of information and assess what’s credible and what’s not? What will suit her lifestyle? What just won’t work? Listen to her heart as well as her head. Filter the good stuff and ditch the cr*p. Make a decision about what will help her achieve her goals. And then just do it.

Information overload can = immense power if you use your grey matter and make it work for you.

Cheers all

Magda

5 comments:

Kristy said...

Information overload is definitley possible. So much information and what works for one person doesn't work for someone else... I am working through this in my head too...Best wishes Magda hope you have a great weekend :)

Lisa said...

You go Miss M and discover the new you!

Kristy said...

Magda just letting you know I have tagged you on my post. Details on my blog cheers Kristy

Antigone said...

Its all a matter of trial and era hun :)
Keep up the great work hun :)
Em:)

Lia Halsall said...

Information overload, I can appreciate that after spending my afternoon studying my Cert IV. LOL!! :o) xx