Weight Loss Support - Tips for Weight Loss Procrastination?

04-29-2012, 09:32 PM
So, one of my biggest obstacles is that I tell myself, I'll start on my diet next week...so for the rest of this week I can just eat what I want. Similarly, if I mess up and eat something carby or bad for me, I just start eating that way all day. Do you guys have any tips, inspirational quotes or experiences that will help get me to stop doing this so much? I feel like the "tomorrow" I always talk about never comes and I'm constantly thinking of dieting in the future. I've been telling myself I'll change for three years! Thanks in advance!

04-29-2012, 10:03 PM
This might not be terribly helpful, but I think the easiest way to get back on the wagon is just to do it. Even if you don't want to, you know it's in your best interest to, and if you're like me, you'll feel better once you've re-adapted to healthy eating habits.

04-29-2012, 10:05 PM
I know exactly where you are coming from. I am always eating that "last " meal and treat before I get serious. Problem is, I never get serious and I have now gained over 50 pounds since Dec 2010. I am getting so big that I actually get in my own way!:cry::?::nono::stress:

04-29-2012, 10:13 PM
That's a tough one! I think a lot of people can relate. Change is definitely not easy. I think wanting it really has to come from within and when you're ready you know it. Your desire to lose weight has to be strong and you need to have a good plan in place. You can start slowly by making some modifications...it doesn't have to change all at once. Maybe start by cutting out one thing (like soda) or just finishing 1/2 of what's on your plate for dinner.

For me, I'm trying to be more forgiving of myself if I go off plan for meal or day--it's OK! I can start fresh with the next meal. I've also found weighing myself daily helps me stay on track. Trying to see the big picture and thinking of my new way of eating as lifestyle and not a diet. I count calories and don't eliminate any "bad" foods. I generally eat healthy but won't deny myself of things I love, like chocolate. I just build it into my calorie allotment for the day. Also, it takes 2-3 weeks to adjust to your new way of eating. I find the first few weeks are always the hardest but once your beyond that it does get easier!

04-29-2012, 10:17 PM
Thank you guys so much for your insight! I think it really helps me just having other people who can share and give advice in weight loss. I already feel more motivated and powerful. I just keep reminding myself that waiting until tomorrow, and eating that last bad meal have been happening for three years so when I say it I need to tell my self I'm really just giving up. I need to start weighing myself every day too but I hate seeing that big 220 on the scale. And to think I used to freak out when it would say 120 :) Thanks again for your replies, I was really hoping this forum would help me make friends and keep me accountable, sort of like WW meetings :)

04-29-2012, 10:28 PM
Here's a quote that I find helpful (sorry don't know the author)

"If you want to do something you'll do it...if you don't you'll make excuses."

It's helped with weight loss but also with procrastinating with other things as well.

04-29-2012, 10:43 PM
Here's a quote that I find helpful (sorry don't know the author)

"If you want to do something you'll do it...if you don't you'll make excuses."

It's helped with weight loss but also with procrastinating with other things as well.

Love this!

04-29-2012, 10:44 PM
Someone on here posted a question....If you trip on a step, would you go ahead and throw yourself down the rest of the stairs? Point being....one bad meal, snack, carb doesn't have to mean a bad day.

04-29-2012, 10:57 PM
I also had a three-year procrastination period before I finally got serious. What did it for me was stepping on the scale, which I had been avoiding for the previous three years. Then I wrote out a basic eating plan, printed it, and put it on my desk. Starting that day I weighed myself at least once a week. There's something about that regular accountability (and the good feeling when the numbers drop) that makes it easier to stay on track.


04-29-2012, 11:05 PM
I have a constant battle with myself similar to this. Fighting myself to eat what I should instead of what I want. Lower carbs helps my cravings. I also work in a lot of my favorite veggies prepared different ways with seafood or something lean. Don't wait until you're starving to eat. Plan out your meals, snacks, and drinks. Weigh yourself daily or weekly. Lately I do daily because it seems to help me set my brain to "gotta watch it" mode. Take a good look in the mirror before you decide to eat that bad meal-that is something I am still adjusting to. I wish you the best!

04-29-2012, 11:10 PM
What great quotes! Thank you so much! I really need to dust off the scale (my husband uses it more than I do!) and get serious. I love the quote about excuses and also about the throwing yourself down the stairs. Really I've been making excuses for three years and my weight has crept up so much. I went from being a size 2 to...I don't even know what size I am now. I wear yoga pants and comfy things because I don't even want to know. I miss being fit!

04-30-2012, 12:29 AM
haha, like nike..just do it. the first step is to assess your pantry. get rid of all the unhealthy, poisoning junk. stock up on some lean protein, veg, fruit and low cal alternatives.


04-30-2012, 12:30 AM
I like the quote, "nothing tastes as good as thin feels". I also like "Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Pick your hard".

I think the best thing to do is just start over again right away. Instead of just throwing in the towel for the rest of the day and eating with reckless abandon, just start getting serious now. So you screwed up at lunch. You still have that afternoon snack and dinner to turn it around. You can still go to the gym or go for a walk, or pop in an exercise DVD. If you screw those up, and end up watching TV all night, then start over in the morning. And so on. The thing is, even if you keep messing up and messing up, you have that mentality that you're going to do better starting now, and eventually, you're going to do it! And then you start seeing the results you want and it helps keep you focused even more!

I also find that weighing myself daily is helpful and keeps me accountable. Some people don't like doing that, but it really works for me.

04-30-2012, 12:33 AM
This is extremely common in many aspects of life.

Speaking for myself I told myself for 4 years I was going to lose weight and get back into shape. I thought I would do it with exercise and would go out and way over do it - get injured and that was it for a while.

Eventually for me I had a life altering moment which was the catalyst for changing everything about my life including my weight.

So you can sit around and wait for a major life event (in your case maybe getting diabetes) to propell you to change or you can just take action.

If I knew in 2005 what I know now I wouldn't have waited. What I know now is that you don't have to change everything at once. Just make one change. Do you sugar soda, fruit juice, or some other drink loaded with sugar and calories now? If so - eliminating that drink would be a good first step. One change to lower your caloric intake and a month later - make another - and another - and soon you'll be eating much healthier and at a much lower calorie intake.

04-30-2012, 11:02 AM
Oh thank you guys so much, what great, inspirational quotes! I will keep coming back to these as I know I will need to!

JohnP- In my early 20-s I did Atkins so I learned all the evils of sugary drinks. I just drink water. I've done a diet journal a few times and for the most part I think I need to just be really honest about what I'm eating and how much. I mostly eat low carbohydrate foods and lean proteins. But when I have an off day I just eat whatever I want and that happens a couple times a week...so I think it's been adding up all these years.

04-30-2012, 01:14 PM
I used to be like that more. If I had bad food in the house I'd eat it all before I started my diet. For some reason I wouldn't throw it out, oh no, I had to eat it. This diet never really started either. It was like anything else "oh next week". It doesn't work.

If possible I'd avoid having bad food in the house and make sure you always have lots of healthy options so you don't get bored. Good luck :)

04-30-2012, 01:19 PM
Sounds like two different things to me. For the procrastination, call yourself out. Develop the habit of asking yourself, "why am I not doing it today?".

For the eating a ton once you start eating badly, remind yourself that "relapses" happen and it's not devastating to eat wrong. It's not all or nothing. Good luck.

04-30-2012, 01:34 PM
For me it came down to stopping the excuses, and the first step to that was admitting my "reasons", justifications, and rationalizations were nothing more than excuses. This time I started on a Wednesday because I didn't want to give myself that extra few days to find another excuse to not start on Monday. This is not to say I'm perfect, because I catch myself making excuses still.

Weigh yourself, take pictures, take measurements. For me, having it all there in my face, no denying it, was a real wake up call. It made it so there were really no excuses I could even make anymore. As much accountability as possible has helped me a ton! However that looks for you, do it! For me, I blog about it, I talk to people about it, I put it out there as much as I can, it really keeps me from backsliding even on days I have absolutely no motivation. I'll get a random text from a friend saying I've motivated them to workout, or eat better, and it'll come at a time I was pondering not working out, or going to McDonald's for a 1500 calorie dinner.

For me I have to be all in, and at the begining it took a lot of force, and it isn't easy. I don't know if, as a whole, it's ever easy. But I have more and more good days as the weeks go on.

04-30-2012, 03:12 PM
Well thank you so much for that! You're right, it is nothing but excuses. I also haven't really tried to stick to a diet for the past three years. I even tried...HCG...but I did it for about 5 days and was STARVING the whole time. Go figure.

I want to get to a point where I love exercising again. I know this is sort of an excuse but I'm excited to move to Texas. I live in Oregon now and it's constantly raining so that is a real damper on my exercise plans!

Thank you guys for all your support :D

04-30-2012, 03:16 PM
I think this whole pattern started when I had a slight eating disorder in my teens. I spent so many years denying myself that in my mid-twenties I started having these cheat days where I could eat whatever I wanted. Well the cheat days started turning into cheat weeks. Now they've been cheat years. I've never had trouble losing weight before when it was 5 or 10 pounds. But the 100 pounds is really daunting to me.

04-30-2012, 07:19 PM
The advice in this thread is great, I used to have real trouble with binging and I'd end up writing off the whole day as a failure. I think it was something I learned on here though, that if I binged or overate,anything-To get straight back on track. Not tomorrow, or next week, or later that day but now!

It's probably one of the best things I've learned regarding healthy eating.