recently read a Huffington Post article entitled I Really Hate It When I Procrastinate, written by John Murphy. I recommend you read it, too. Procrastination can creep into our lives, slowing or even stopping progress. You may procrastinate for a variety of reasons but the same ill effects come of it. A successful person must first master him- or herself to be able to create a lifestyle conducive to success.
This advice I’m about to give you is the same advice I give my clients. First, you must figure out why you procrastinate and what you procrastinate about. Second, create a strategy to fix the situation and follow through even when you don’t want to. Procrastination is often a degree of avoidance due to conflict, difficulty, and hesitation on how to go forward. We put off things we don’t want to do, don’t know how to do, or are not sure what the outcome will be.
This is a surefire way to achieve a mediocre life and not become the person you truly want to be. I’ve yet to meet anyone who wants to just make it by and exist one day to the next, yet I’ve met hundreds of people stuck in this whirlpool. How do you break this hold? Here is my advice, and we are going to talk specifically about procrastinating with regards to fitness and nutrition today.
How to Stop Procrastinating About Your Nutrition
Nutrition requires a substantial amount of proper planning and discipline, and has little room for procrastination. Being able to eat healthy requires purchasing your food, often well in advance, preparing the food, and packing it with you to eat throughout the day. A small amount of procrastination in any point of this process can quickly derail the most iron-willed person, sending them scampering for the nearest quick calories. As athletes, weekend warriors, fitness enthusiast, and busy family members, our nutrition has one of the biggest impacts on how we feel, our performance, and our health. So how do we keep the train on the rails?
- Make a meal plan for the week or month – It doesn’t have to be complicated, butplan out the basics and make sure you know the main components of the meal.
- Plan your shopping trips into your schedule – If it doesn’t get planned it doesn’t get done.
- Make your food in advance for the day or week – Explore the world of crockpots, cooking en masse, and freezing, and doing weekly cooking prep.
- Buy travel containers to take food with you – Do you have access to a way to reheat your food? If so, try glass containers. If not, look for lightweight plastic or metal.
- Buy a water bottle – Select one that is easy for you to travel with and take it everywhere.