Procrastination & Weight Loss
Just Get “A Round Tuit”
I’ve got a drawer full of these neat little wooden coins that have the word TUIT engraved in the center.
They’re “Round Tuits.” I give them to people who have trouble getting started on projects they’d like to complete. You know, the self-admitted procrastinators. Like you, like me, like all of us, sometimes.
It’s a reminder that, if I’m procrastinating on something, I need to get “A Round Tuit” (“around to it”: I need to get around to it, get it? Haha).
In all seriousness, procrastination can be a real soul-killer. It prevents us from reaching out for what we want, from achieving our dreams. And it certainly gets in the way of weight loss.
“I’ll start Monday,” we say. Or “I’ll start when the kids go back to school.” Better yet, “I’ll start on Jan. 1 next year.” But we never get “A Round Tuit,” do we?
I’m a weight loss coach here in Mississauga, Ontario. I write food plans, nutrition programs, and do personal training one-on-one here in my in-home gym. I love helping people get motivated to become the best they can be. I even have an online nutrition program you can sample for free here: http://fitin20.ca/online-courses/.
But today we’re talking about getting going on projects we’re having trouble finding the motivation to start. Just how does one get past the procrastination beast?
How to Beat Procrastination
Here’s the thing. David Burns, a well-known Psychiatrist and Cognitive Therapist, believes that we procrastinate because we get something out of it. And it’s true, I think. Why would we keep on doing something if there wasn’t a payoff?
We procrastinate because we’re either trying to avoid something we won’t enjoy doing, or because we’re trying to prevent something that we don’t want to happen. It’s all about trying to avoid pain while trying to maximize pleasure.
For we who procrastinate, however, we know that it comes with a price. The thing we’re procrastinating on doesn’t go away, and the pressure to finally “DO SOMETHING!” about it builds. Eventually we come to a crisis point where the pain of not doing anything about it finally exceeds the pain of doing something about it.
Then we finally take action. Hopefully, anyhow.
Is there a way that we can accelerate this process so that we take action sooner, rather than later?
There is, and it comes in the form of a good, old-fashioned “Pro and Con” list.
The Pros and Cons of Doing Nothing
I used to work for a Vice-President who had trouble making decisions. The frustrating thing for me was thathe knew it, and even once said to me “You know, Mike, procrastinating on something is not like a fine red wine. It doesn’t get better with age, it gets worse.” He was right, even though he drove me nuts with the fact I had trouble getting him to give me the green light on projects I worked on.
A Pro-and-Con list is a list designed to show you whether or not making a certain change in your life is worth your while, or not. So if you’re struggling with something, let’s say, beginning your weight loss project, then here’s what I’d like you to do:
1. Take a fresh piece of paper, and draw a line down the middle.
2. On the left-hand side, at the top, put the title “Pros of NOT Starting My Weight Loss Project.” On the right-hand side, at the top, put the same title except substitute “Cons” for “Pros.”
3. Write down all the pros first. Be honest. Saying “Because I want to keep eating cheesecake” is perfectly acceptable. Write down ALL the relevant reasons.
4. Now write down all the cons. Be honest and thorough here. “I’m tired of being overweight” is an example of what you might write here.
5. Rank each item you wrote down – on a scale of 1 to 10 – as to how important and/or true it is for you. If being overweight is a big deal, you rank it closer to 10 than to 1. Do the same for both the pros and the cons.
6. Add up the numbers on both sides. If the pros outnumber the cons, then the pain of staying the same obviously hasn’t exceeded the pain of change, and you’d be better off continuing to procrastinate. Really! If, however, the cons outweigh the pros, then continuing on will only cause you more stress and distress. Making a change is probably best, if this is the case.
It’s Simple, But Not Easy
Yes, folks, it really is that simple. The numbers on the left versus the right will tell you what actions you should take. Whichever is higher is the way to go, and the larger the discrepancy, the clearer the path you should take.
If you’re still struggling after the numbers clearly show that action is indicated, then perhaps write another couple of lists, on two sides of the same sheet of paper.
On the left, write down what life will look like if you continue to procrastinate. On the right, write down what life would look like if you took action. Rank these from 1 to 10 as well,as to how much you like that particular outcome. If the left outnumbers the right, then you may have discovered your problem. Whereas the Pro/Con list shows you should embark on your weight loss project, deep down you don’t yet see the benefit in it.
But if the right outnumbers the left, then – even if your cons outnumbered your pros – you really want to lose the
weight deep down, and probably should get going on your project.
That’s when you need to get “A Round Tuit.”
I Can Help
I motivate and inspire people to change their lives for a living. Myself having lost 95 lbs of fat from my highest weight, I can teach you what you need to know in order to be the best you can be. I will be there for you, even outside of our sessions, should you need the support. You can count on that.
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