Life can be tough. So having a solid decision making process to help navigate situations r quickly and in an organized pattern can be helpful. You will find yourself coming to solid decisions faster using the method described below!
Identify what the problem/challenge really is. Sometimes what we think the challenge is turns out to not be the real issue. We think the issue is weight loss but in reality we food as a companion when we get lonely. Dig deeply and explore the situation and your feelings surrounding the issue. If you can identify what feelings are being triggered or the “why” behind the situation you now have objective data to use when ascertaining what direction in which to go, not a pile of emotions to try and sort through.
Explore the options available and identify the evidence that supports each option. A wise woman once told me that there are always options. We may not like what those options are but there is always an option or a choice we can make. Take your time in this phase to truly explore what might be available to you. Seek guidance from trusted people in your life, read books, articles or blogs from legitimate sources to shed light on what others have done in your situation. And I highly recommend staying away from psudo-experts on social media or people in your life who are negative, only have negative ideas for you or nay-say your desire to create a healthier path in your life.
Keep a list of what options are available so in the future if the one you choose is not fruitful you have other options to experiment with. As you explore each option keep a record of the pros and cons of each option or what evidence there is to support each option. What do other trusted sources say about the options.
Choose an option/make a decision. Once you have compiled your list of options and the evidence for or against each option this is the time to choose one. Please remember there are few decisions we make that are irreversible or cannot be changed. If it is an irreversible decision then there may be some pressure you feel at this phase of the process. But if the decision truly can be altered or changed then keep that in mind so you can remove any unnecessary pressure off your shoulders and keep a clearer mind.
Collect data and analyze. As you move past making and implementing your decision, track data. Try to make the data as objective as possible; for example, if health is a concern tests such as bloodwork can be a concrete measurement to use. If body composition change is the goal then use body measurements to track change over time. You can track sleep, mood, headaches, diet, weight, body measurements, athletic indicators such as speed or strength or ability to recover.
Choose a course of action based on the data. Create regular check ins of the data to analyze how you are trending and make adjustments as the data indicates. You can make simple tweaks or completely change direction, but remember to make those adjustments based on the data you are seeing, not any anecdotal reason or because someone else gives their input and it makes you doubt your process. Pull out the list of options you made if you feel you need to change direction. That being said, however, there needs to be a reasonable amount of time collecting data before changing position. You should not be changing your diet weekly because you have not lost 10 pounds. Remember to be reasonable with your goals and the timeline.