When I were a lad I travelled back and forth to the US every summer for nearly 10 years to work on a summer camp.
It was a sports camp at the side of a huge lake in Casco, Maine called Camp Samoset.
It was a wonderful place with wonderful people and it shaped my direction in the world, I’m still friends with lots of the Samoset crew.
Every year I had to fly to Newark New Jersey, and spend one night in New York, and then catch a Greyhound up to Portland the next day to start work.
So on my third round of doing this journey, I was feeling confident, you could even say cocky.
I’m in Grand Central Station getting my bus ticket.
It’s close to midnight.
I wandered over to the platform and there was a train just about to leave, and I don’t know why, probably a combination of cockiness, other people rushing to get on, and tiredness, I jumped on the train.
Big mistake number one.
It took me about 10-15 minutes to realise this train wasn’t stopping, it was the express, and went straight out of Manhattan into Queens.
I got off the first chance I had and got on another train heading back in the right direction.
Over the next hour, I got off and went to the street level at lots of stations, trouble is they all look the same, the trains, the subway stations and the STREETS.
Eventually, thinking I recognised the area, I decided to walk the rest of the way.
I didn’t mention that I happened to have my entire summers spending money on me and my passport in one of those gay neck wallets.
So I’m walking down the street, towards Central Park, at 1 or 2 in the morning.
With all my valuables on me.
I know…. genius.
Luckily for me, I started speaking to some local girls and they said “what you doing out here this time of night honey”.
I told them I was lost and they advised me not to walk through Central Park!
I found a taxi and eventually arrived safely to where I needed to be.
Why do I tell you this?
Because it provides a valuable hidden weight loss lesson.
I see people making the same mistake I did in New York with their diets.
They think they know what destination a certain diet (train) will take them.
Only to realise their mistake when they end up in the wrong place, time and time again.
They try and work it out themselves without advice and direction from experts (the local girls).
My advice is to choose your approach to weight loss carefully and accept help from guidance from an expert to make sure you end up in the right place.
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