I can’t tell you how many times I have heard my clients say to me, “ I will start my new diet or eating plan tomorrow.” The word procrastination means ‘putting off’ something that we could do right now – today. Our brains are wired to respond to immediate threats and it is more difficult to generate any sense of urgency about something in the future. In other words, it is easier to enjoy that piece of cake right now than think about what you will look in a bathing suit next summer.
We are all guilty of procrastinating at one time or another but there are many of us that procrastinate so much that it has a negative effective on our life. You might have a fear of failure or success and perhaps low self-esteem. If you don’t overcome procrastinating, it can lead to lost opportunities, no meaning or joy in your life, no satisfaction or achievements. It can cause chronic anxiety and even failure in our relationships.
When it comes to weight loss, procrastination can manifest through our thoughts such as “I don’t have time to go to the gym today” or “someone brought dessert into work today so I will start my diet tomorrow.” We all know what we should do. Find the time to buy healthy food, prepare it, and exercise. Break down projects into smaller steps and figure out how much time you need to get it done. Taking smaller steps is often a better way to overcome procrastination. Add some dedication and a little self-examination, and successful weight loss is possible.
Do you procrastinate? If you do and are feeling a bit frustrated, it is most likely due to a fear of failure, stress, feeling overwhelmed or not motivated. Increasing your awareness of your feelings is first step in conquering those feelings. If you are procrastinating over your eating plan, it might be that your goals are not appropriate for you. Address your procrastination by giving yourself some structure in your life that is measurable, realistic and attainable. Be patient. Reward yourself for small accomplishments. You can do it!