Many of us procrastinators donít do well with diet and fitness routines, simply because we never get around to following through. It isnít necessarily for a lack of interest, since many procrastinators make great planners. Whether we are writing a list of the foods we plan to eat on our diet or we put together a fitness routine to try, we may spend most of our time procrastinating by planning. In fact, we tend to plan so much that we lose the momentum to take action.
Here are five common reasons why many of us procrastinate:
1) Being afraid of failing. We may feel discouraged if we donít succeed, so weíd rather not try.
2) Feeling overwhelmed by our diet and/or workout plan. We may feel too stressed or anxious to follow through.
3) We have become creatures of habit. We may be too comfortable procrastinating and don't have the motivation to take action.
4) Being afraid of changes since we do not like to leave the comfort of consistency.
5) We just donít know where to start. Not knowing where to start off often makes it hard to visualize where we want to end up.
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In any case, whether you are trying to lose weight or do better with work, you can overcome your tendency to procrastinate. Here are six diet and workout tips to help you stop procrastinating and start losing weight:
1) Set an appointment to go to the grocery store with a friend who is known for taking action. When you have other people involved in your plans, you will be less likely to break them. Plus, seeing someone else go after their goals can inspire you to do the same.
2) Decide to start your diet today. It doesnít matter if itís the day before Christmas or your sisterís wedding; the best time to start making changes is now!
3) Get rid of any junk food in your kitchen that appeals to you. It doesnít matter if you just bought a pint of ice cream; you have to remove the temptation. Donít allow yourself to come up with excuses like ďIíll start my diet after the pint is gone,Ē that just allows you a few days to find another excuse-food to take its place.
4) Try and break your goal down into parts. During your first week working out, only work out when you feel that your body and mind are committed. Whether you go once or even five times, it will give you time to adjust to the new activity. Now that you have had time to access what fitness level you are at, you can make a realistic schedule for yourself for the following week.
5) A main reason many of us never get to the gym is simply because there is some place else weíd rather be and/or someone else weíd rather be with. No matter how important those other things in your life are, you should always make time for yourself. Make a workout schedule that works best for you. Commit to the schedule and to your weight loss goals. Youíll thank yourself later!
6) Donít let lazy people make you lazy. Laziness is contagious and the only thing harder to ignore than your own excuses, are excuses from someone else. The best way to avoid this problem is to not surround yourself with lazy people until after you work out. Another solution is to work out early in the morning before lazy people even get out of bed!
Now the planning is done, thereís nothing else left to do but follow through!