You need to stop for fuel

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I’ve mentioned before that my two oldest sons go to school near Bakewell.

As they have half the week with me in Macc but are based over there with their mum.

Having a nursery, train station and school drop off in Macc before needing to get them to Bakewell by 9 means we’re often tight for time.

Many a time we’ve been a bit borderline for fuel as we set off.

The other day we were approaching the top of the Cat and Fiddle and the range (remaining mileage) on the display dropped from 20 to a blinking light.

“You need to stop for fuel Daddy” the boys pointed out.

“Nah, I’ll be alright” I said.

And explained that the range was overly affected by the average of the last few miles.

Driving up the Cat and Fiddle we go from 500 feet above sea level to 1680 over just a few miles.

Hitting 15 to 20 miles per gallon for some bits of it.

Once we’ve hit the peak, it’s mainly downhill to their school which is still 18 miles away.

So I was actually back up to a range in the 30s by the time I got there.

And had enough to get back to Buxton to fill up.

It’s kind of an example of the ‘peak-end rule’ .

Where “people judge an experience largely based on how they felt at its peak and at its end, rather than based on the total sum or average of every moment of the experience”.

Tests on pain have shown that we remember things as been much more painful overall if we have a high pain level at the end.

Compared to fairly painful for a longer time.

We remember the quality of nights out based on the best or worst bit and what happened at the end.

Same with relationships and friendships.

Best or worst bit and last bit influence our memory disproportionately.

And we’re the same with our eating.

We had a slice of cake at work and biscuit before bed and remember it as being an awful day (food wise).

Or we try and new salad at lunch and say no to the Pringles our other half offers us infront of the tele that night and remember it as a good day.

Even though the second day could easily have a higher calorie total.

But, whilst the brain works that way, the body doesn’t.

It doesn’t care about peaks or ends.

Just the ‘total’.

And the average of that over time.

Which is why tracking can help so much.

Strips away emotion, opinion, memory, beliefs and everything else.

Just gives us some cold, hard facts to work with.

It’s not 100% accurate, sure.

And don’t “need to” do it.


If you’re not sure why you’re not losing weight……….

If your recollection of what’s been happening makes you feel you should be……….

But you’re not………..

Then a week of accurate tracking with something like MyFitnessPal should give you a clearer idea of what’s happening.

If you’re a member and haven’t tried it yet, get us to show you how next time you’re in.

It’s a bit of pain.

But only a bit.

And more than worth it.

If you’re not already a member?

What are you waiting for? – – >

Much love,

Jon ‘Diesel’ Hall and Matt ‘Kevin Nash’ Nicholson

About The Author

Jon Hall

Starting in the fitness industry in 2002 and working up from free-lance Personal Trainer to Club Manager, Area Manager, and now co-owner of The Academy - Group Transformation Centre as well as training new Personal Trainers for the PT Academy, running online programmes and developing support products for other PTs, Jon has seen and done it all in his chosen field.   With a passion for helping people change their lives by addressing thought processes and mental breaks (rather than shouting at people at telling them to eat less and move more), Jon has an unparalleled record in helping people achieve amazing life and body transformations.   Enter your info in the box to the right of the screen to find out more about how we can help your transform your life and body in as little as 28 Days.   You can read '28 things you might not know about Jon'' here   Visit the main Academy GTC site:   Website keywords: Macclesfield personal training weight loss gym