Last blog about being in France, promise.

To get around, we hired a car for the week.

Although, to be honest, with the inflation smashing increase in car rental costs over the last few years, I think we’ll be tempted to drive there next year.

The car we had had an ‘Eco’ option on the main menu.

When I looked, I found it constantly assessed your driving and gave you a score out of 5 stars for ‘Anticipation’ and ‘Acceleration’ and an overall score out of 100.

I’ve never driven so smoothly and economically a I did that week.

I could maintain it at 5 / 5 stars and about 95 to 98 most of the time, when I really tried.

And it dropped to the mid 80s overall.

The attached picture shows the 100 I got driving to the supermarket and back as the kids cheered me on.

It was just a bit of fun but it was quite satisfying to see that good score.

Imagine the system had just given me the score when I handed the car in after a week.

Would I have driven as well?

Maybe a bit better than normal, but I doubt I’d have got over 70 to be honest (the previous driver had a score of 60 when I picked it up_.

It was that instant feedback that was key.

Some sort or recognition of my efforts in the here and now rather than in the there and then.

Seeing how every decision impacted the result straight away.

And that’s the problem with a lot of the goals we work towards.

The ‘result’ is too far in the future.

When we want to weigh three stone less, that’s so far away that it’s hard to keep motivated by the daily “not being there”.

Sure, we can track the pounds and ounces along the way.

But that can be demotivating.

The progress can feel too slow.

The hourly and daily fluctuations in weight can mask the forward progress.

If we can find a way to give ourselves the equivalent to that ‘instant feedback’ that can be a huge help.

We can aim to do a certain number of workouts per week.

Or a certain number of days in a calorie deficit (or some other actual measure of our eating rather than just “better”).

For members, set weekly ‘RISE’ Plans which we’ll check in on your at the end of the week (it’s to try out a programme that consistently helps people make progress they’ve struggled with before).

Things that give instant feedback.

And lead to the long term results over time.

As always, there’s no wrong or right.

But if the ‘full marks’ are too far in the future to be sufficiently motivating………….

Then find a way to score points along the way.

Make that feedback more instant.

Much love,

Jon ‘s and Spencer’ Hall


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.