Procrastination and Dieting

By: Kirstie Anders | Posted: 12th February 2010

You're drowning in a sea of good intentions—telling yourself you have to break this lousy habit, change that rotten relationship, write that life-changing why don't you do it?

Putting off tasks that inevitably need to be finished causes guilt and stress to pile up. Just like sitting down to the whole box of cookies leads to guilt, so does blowing off work to go shopping or to talk on the phone. Think of breaking your procrastination habits the same way you would go on a diet. Look at the smaller picture. Instead of being overwhelmed by the incredible task ahead of you, break a big job into several small steps. Feeling overwhelmed can lead to avoidance instead of enabling you to start the task. Put a start time to a diet task and start. You'll feel better once you have started and start to lose weight.

When you procrastinate, you avoid working toward your goal.
Procrastinators don't just kick back and relax. It's not that they are lazy. In place of what they're supposed to do it is true that they may substitute activities that are easier, more pleasant, more appealing. But surprise of surprises, procrastinators often act very responsibly, doing things that really need doing like cleaning, repairing, or taking on some project other than what they should be doing. These activities are not like you'd suppose, less effortful physically and mentally than what they put off. By keeping busy and being productive like this, procrastinators may relieve their guilt for not doing what they should, and then, in part at least, they don't have to feel like they're procrastinating.

Did you know that procrastinators characteristically do worse on the task they put off than others who don't procrastinate? A 1997 study in Psychological Science showed that putting it off until the last minute lessens your overall ability to do it well.
Motivating yourself to lose weight isn't always easy, especially if you have tried before. Long-term weight loss typically requires changing lifestyle habits which for many of us are very hard to maintain.

The good news is that many people have successfully lost weight for the long-term and there are a few proven rules that we can all follow which will improve our chances of success.

Staying motivated is a 3 step process.
1. Taking stock - The first step to long-term weight loss motivation is to affirm or remind yourself why you want to lose weight.
2. Taking action - If you are ready to take action, set realistic goals and develop a plan.
3. Rewarding success - Use positive rewards that are self-motivating and help you along the way to achieving your goals. Buy yourself an exercise bike or join the gym instead of rewarding yourself with fish and chips or a double serve of chocolate mud cake for dessert.

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