Is Procastination Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals
Posted Jul 31 2009 9:31am
Procrastination is defined as a process whereby, without even probably realising it you consistently put things off and tasks ultimately never get done.
Now if you apply this theory to what you are doing as regards anything in your life, such as when you’re trying to lose weight or eat the right foods and keep your eating habits in check. So if you’re a person who procrastinates a lot it’s going to be a lot harder to reach your end goals.
How it may be affecting you
One of the hardest things when you’re trying to change something that you are doing, is keeping the momentum going. If you are trying to change the way you eat and you are consistently putting it off. This will sabotage your efforts greatly somewhere in your mind, there will be a hierarchy for example we could use food.
At the top of your hierarchy may be all the foods, that you really enjoy and don’t want to give up. This may set up a push-pull mentality you could be finding that one week you eat correctly. And the next week you are consistently putting things off and therefore going back to your old ways of eating this is a classic example of procrastination. And there are many others.
Using this particular example you may think of food as a bit of a friend that you tend to have the wrong relationship with, from time to time. This will create a circle of behaviour and even though you think that you may be eating correctly you probably aren’t.
What you say to yourself
This is a fundamental and very important aspect of keeping procrastination at bay, particularly when you’re trying to achieve something words can become very powerful things.
So you have got to take notice and of what it is you are actually saying to yourself, if you use words such as might, or can’t or I will do that tomorrow, these will be perceived by your mind as weak statements. Thus thwarting your efforts yet again. If you want to do something in particular let’s just say, getting into a routine of doing exercise.
Hold yourself to task and actually make sure that you do it plan a schedule out and stick to it and. If you find yourself thinking about the particular thing that you need to do the make sure that you use empowering words such as.
“I am going to do my work out today”. Instead of “I’ll do that tomorrow”. Our words tend to become our actions.
Some other classic example’s are the weather it’s to cold to do anything today, when it is cold outside there is no reason why you can’t do your work out in doors instead. Or if you are just getting started with your workout routine, it might seem tough going to start off with.
This can cause you to want to put it off, but the trick is to keep going as it becomes easier the more you do it and will eventually become a part of your everyday life.
Having long-term goals
This is a very important factor especially when you’re trying to achieve something that is going to have a long-term, benefit and also become a part of your lifestyle. If you have no goals for what it is you’re doing, then it will be harder to get there. Also you can use goals as rewards so when you do something that give’s you enormous benefit you can give yourself a treat even if it is food. You need to know what dietary goals you want to achieve as in how you want to eat.
You will probably have a goal weight you want to achieve, and the amount of calories you need to eat in order to achieve it. Having these things written down will help you enormously, because you will be following a plan as the saying goes. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
And also exercise goals as well, this will help to motivate you towards becoming the new person that you want to be even they you don’t realise it. As your body shape changes so does your outlook on life.
Keep your outlook positive
There is nothing worse than having a negative outlook on what you’re doing, this will cause procrastination to rear its ugly head at any time when you’re least expect expecting it.
The key thing is to not dwell on the negative that may happen’s but dwell on the positives, if you have been a particularly negative person for a long time it can be very hard to change, but as with everything in life consistency is the key.
Keep focused on what you’re doing
Sometimes keeping focus in our lives can be very hard, especially when we are trying to implement something new into our lives, if you haven’t tried it before have a go at meditating I highly recommend it try to at least find half an hour a day. Somewhere which is quiet and you won’t be disturbed, when you’re initially doing this you may find that thought’s tend to bubble up to the surface.
This is quite normal and all part of the process, the more you do it the less it will happen. This is a great way to stop the internal dialogue in your mind from sabotaging your efforts.
This can be a big thing for a lot of people, because when you are trying to do something new like Kate exercise programme or change of dietary habits, all sorts of things can come to the surface like “can I keep this up”.
“Will I be able to keep the exercise up” these things tend to come from our beliefs if we believe we can do something and we are far more likely to be able to achieve it we don’t.
Your beliefs account for a awful lot so change them and you will see results. Here is a article that you can print off you only need the letter part of it put it somewhere where you can see it. It will help you to understand the relationship you have with food.
How You Can Stop Procrastinating and Start Your Diet
Kenneth Schwarz, Ph.D.
You mean it when you say it. You are serious about it. You want to lose weight, so you promise yourself you’ll go on a diet. But how many of these diet promises have you broken? How many times have said you’d do it and then put it off and put it off?
So many women want to lose weight but have trouble getting started. This is understandable, especially for someone who has dieted before and failed. If you’re one of those people, you know how hard it is to overcome past failures and feel confident about attempting a weight loss diet plan again.
Why not try a new way to get yourself ready to go? Why not try something completely different this time so you can finally stop procrastinating and start being the dieter you want to be? That’s what Maria did. She started by writing a letter.
Don’t be surprised. I’ve certainly tried to do it many times before, but I always weakened and went back to you.
I finally woke up and realized this relationship is not good for me. I’m not getting what I need from you. It’s hurting me, not allowing me the space to grow in the ways I need to grow. You’re holding me back.
I know I’ll have separation anxiety, but I’ve stayed with you too long, way past when I should have. This just isn’t working for me. You don’t listen to me. You don’t give me attention. You don’t care about what I’m going through. It’s almost like you don’t have any feelings for me at all, yet I’ve stuck close to you, helpless and dependent.
I know you won’t let go of me so easily. I know you’ll keep calling me, asking me to come back. But please, let me go now.
In the beginning you were always there, ready to calm me and soothe me, but it went too far. I came to rely on you. I looked to you for everything. In all fairness, it was too much to ask of you. No way could you fulfill all my needs. For so long I’ve settled, afraid to go out there and find something better for myself. I need to do that.
I now withdraw my heart from you so I can be free to put it elsewhere, some place where I can be loved back. I’ve tried to break up with you before. This time it’s real. I want to be on the cutting edge of my own life, and I can’t do it while I’m still tied to you. Thinking about being free scares me, but I want it. I must have it. I think I’m brave enough at last.
I know I’ll long for you. I know I’ll think of you a lot, especially during those hard times. I know I’ll be tempted to come back to you. But this time I’ve got a plan, things I’m prepared to do when I get lonely and sad. I’ve been thinking of other ways to celebrate when I’m happy or proud. I have remedies in place for being bored or tired.
At this point you’re a troublemaker in my life and I intend to keep my emotional distance from you. So in a way, this is goodbye. Of course, I’ll still come into contact with you day to day, but let’s just be friends, not lovers.
Don’t cry (although you never do, it’s me who does all the crying).
If you’ve been struggling with a weight problem, you undoubtedly have your own unique, complicated relationship with food. Do you know how it works with you? Laying out the problem honestly the way Maria did can give you the extra push you need. It is like a breath of fresh air, taking you from procrastinator to starter in one heartfelt step: Dear food …
Kenneth Schwarz, Ph.D. is a psychologist specializing in personal change and goal achievement. Julie North Schwarz is a writer in the field of women’s weight-loss issues. They are authors of the online weight-loss solution, “Diet Tuffy: The Fun Way to Seriously Make Your Diet Work”. For Diet Tuffy and more about how to conquer the psychological side of dieting, go to their website, www.mariaslastdiet.com.