Stop Putting Off Your Running and Weight Loss Success





Maybe you haven’t started running yet and have been putting it off. Maybe you already run but sometimes skip runs or find it hard to get yourself motivated for your next run.

We all experience these types of feelings at some points in our lives, some much more than others.

It’s known as “procrastination” which can be defined as…

“To delay or postpone action” or “to put off doing something”.

Procrastination is a type of behaviour which is often used as a way to cope with the anxiety associated with starting or completing a certain task. It’s far easier to just put something off and even try to forget about it than it is to actually do something.

However, easier does not mean better. Very often by leaving things to a later time it becomes harder to start them at all. It’s also harder to maintain any sort of progress once you do get going if you keep procrastinating.

That’s why it’s counterproductive to put off your running and weight loss efforts whether you’re a beginner runner or an experienced runner.

One of the main problems with procrastination is that it can easily become a habit. When you’ve put something off once, it’s far easier to do it again and keep on doing it.

But where does this get you?

Well first of all, nothing gets done. You stay exactly where you are without any improvements to your life.

You get increased stress. Remember that nagging feeling in your head which keeps saying that you should be doing something when you aren’t.

Plus it’s also harder to start again after you do procrastinate. That’s why plenty of people lose weight with running but then skip a few runs and struggle to get back into it. They then put the weight back on only to start all over again with their running and weight loss efforts months or years later.

The key is to take ACTION…

And do it NOW!

Once you do take some positive action you feel so much better about it.

Also, the sooner you start running, or commit to doing your next run, the more you get out of running. You get to experience more and more of the great benefits of running and you get to experience them sooner.

The longer you put off running or losing weight the less fit and healthy you become, the shorter your life, and the lower overall quality of your life.

So don’t put things off that will make such a big difference to your life.

Don’t let precious time in your life dwindle away, never to be seen again.

For most people they’ll find some motivation and determination and say that they want something, but they still don’t do anything about it.

They’ll say that they’re going to start running on Monday, next month, or at the start of the year. They’ll say that they’re going for their next run this Saturday, or that they’re going to start cutting back with their diet on Monday.

Very often these things don’t happen, but people still keep repeating the same mistake over and over again.

Just remember that the longer you go without running, or the more runs you skip or keep putting off, the more of your life you spend being unhappy about your weight.

Either you get the best out of your running and weight loss and make it happen right NOW, and feel much better about yourself…

Or you spend extra months, or even years, of your life worrying about your weight.

In the end you have three choices. You either do it now, later, or never. But let me ask you a question…

Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?

Make the changes to improve your life now not later. Get the most out of your running, weight loss, and life, now not later.

Do it NOW!

What are your thoughts?

Are you a procrastinator? What are you going to do about it?

Are you going to keep wasting precious time in your life when you could be improving your life right now?

Make a commitment by leaving your comments below. When you write something down and you share your thoughts with other people, then what you’re aiming to achieve suddenly becomes more real.

It’s no longer just a thought in your head that you can easily let slip away. You’ve made a commitment by telling other people what you’re going to do…

And that makes it much more likely that you’ll do something about it and actually make the improvements that you really want in your life.

James

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7 Responses to Stop Putting Off Your Running and Weight Loss Success

  1. Penny says:

    Thanks for the reminder- starting today I will not skip anymore of my runs. Running is what keeps my stress levels down. When I finish a run I feel like I can conquer the world. Your blogs have truly been a great encouragement to me.

  2. Debbie says:

    Can you send me an email every day to make me go running!!!!!!!!!
    I was feeling bad that I haven’t managed any at all this week. I find it hard to run when it is so bitterly cold but no more excuses. I do feel so so much better when I run. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Here in New York the snow has really been messing me up with my running which I had began this summer 3 days a week. I take the train in the morning before work to the gym but with the heavy snow it’s been hard to leave the house let alone get the train to the gym to run the treadmill. What do you recommend in that case ?

    • James says:

      Maybe you can bring your running home Elizabeth.

      If you can’t run outside or reach the gym due to the weather what about looking at getting a treadmill?

      Or you could consider getting another exercise machine like an exercise bike or elliptical trainer just to keep your fitness up for times when you can’t run.

  4. Gail says:

    Hi James,

    Finally done it!!!! Went for my first run this morning after putting it off for the last 6 months or so . Read your blog yesterday and it gave the kick I needed. Only managed to walk/ run but hey it’s a start !!!

    • James says:

      That’s great Gail, well done with that!

      Making a start is very often one of the hardest things to do. Now that you’ve made that breakthrough you are on your way.

      All the best with your running, and keep it up!

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