We all want to lose weight, be our healthiest selves and look amazing in a bikini or swim trunks, right? So why is it is so dang difficult to just stick to a healthy regimen to reach those weight loss and fitness goals? The killer is that intangible, endless list of excuses that manipulates the mind and leads us to believe that we just have far too much to do before we can even start to think about changing up our health routine. It’s called Procrastination.
In its best sense is the biggest derailer of all goals and achievements. Procrastination is a learned habit that we create for ourselves to avoid something we are not willing or ready to do. Some of the reasons we procrastinate are:
- Avoiding risks – we rather stay in the comfort zone
- Lack of time management
- Sidetracked by other things
- Fear of failure or even success
- No clear focus on the goal
- Lack of confidence or self esteem
- Put it off until another day
Procrastination keeps so many people from reaching their potential in so many realms. For weight loss especially, procrastination allows you to read the health magazines and continue to be inspired by other’s weight loss success stories on youtube and blogs. Then, without fail, gets in your head, drowning your thoughts in all the reasons why today is not a good day to start.
Procrastination is inevitable at times in our lives, but the good news is, you can beat it and here are 3 Simple Steps to get you started!
1. Define your true goal
Many people will say “I want to loose weight” or “I want to start exercising” or “I need to eat better”. Those are not goals. You have to get clear on what it is you really need to do in order to loose the weight. Procrastination sets in because your brain doesn’t know exactly what to do, all it knows is that you want something but don’t have a plan to get it. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight” create a real goal of “Over the next two months I will work out three days a week, have a set meal plan five days a week and work towards losing 10 pounds”. Give your brain something to do instead of guessing on how to help you.
2. Calendar your plan
We are all guilty of time traps such as social media, tv, magazines and other things that keep us from the real work we need to be doing. Create time in your week to work out, meal plan, and grocery shop. We procrastinate because we have not been diligent with our time and don’t make weight loss a priority. Create time in your calendar every day or week for the important stuff to happen in your weight loss journey.
3. Start Now
Procrastination is all about putting it off until later. If you beat procrastination to the punch you will get stronger at resisting it. Build up that brain muscle of getting started now and not putting it off until later. There is no better time to start weight loss than the present. If you start now you can even manage the holidays like champ!