Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your personal trainer in Amarillo. Today I would like to talk to you about the art of procrastination. If you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806) 322-3188

Why do we try so hard to perfect the art of procrastination? You know, anything that you want to do in life you have to practice at, keep working at, and for some reason procrastination falls in this category.

The reason that this comes to mind for me is that it’s almost Christmas. People avoid thinking about Christmas and all of the work that goes into that season all year long. But next thing you know Thanksgiving is done, Christmas hits, and everyone starts to panic.

So you’ve procrastinated all year when you could’ve been getting those presents bought, plans made, and Christmas photo shoots done. And you haven’t taken care of it because it’s stressful! And then you add in the stress of thinking about everything that needs to be done in the new year. You’re human, humans don’t like change, so the change of the new year is something that no one wants to think about. Letting go of the hopes of achieving all the goals you set out for the year gone is hard, and it’s stressful to think it’s just is going to get put on your list again for the new year.

So why do we procrastinate? Why do we wait until morning to put on that load of laundry? Why do we wait until the last minute to study for that test? Where does procrastination lead you? It just leads to more stress, frustration, and that constant feeling that you’re behind on everything.

Now I talked recently on being better. About doing just one thing better each day to make sure that you’re reaching a place where you can be successful, and feel successful each day no matter what is going on. You can read that post here: https://customfitness.biz/2017/12/07/getting-back-horse-thanksgiving-custom-fitness-amarillo-personal-trainers/

So, what you have to do is set these goals of the things you want to accomplish, and then you have to actually set some dates for these goals. So I’m one of those people where I need to buy Christmas presents ahead of time and I know I have a date to do that by. I make sure to have everything planned and timed out to where Ive got enough time to get it done. If you do this you can be successful and you can move forward.

So what else is procrastination? Well, this time of year definitely leads to it, but it’s especially relevant in the field of health and fitness. As a personal trainer in Amarillo, during this time of year, I have people coming to me with all kinds of different ideas on how they want to look, feel, dress, workout, eat, and they can tend to flip-flop on what they’re wanting and how motivated they are to work for these things. But most people’s mentality is “I’m going to be eating terribly over the next few weeks so I’ll wait until  January to start.”.

So that leads back to that “pause button mentality” I’ve mentioned before. You think that it isn’t a good time to start working out and decide that you need to just pause and get back to it later. This isn’t good, because all it’s just another form of procrastination which will turn into a habit rather than making a habit of consistency with what you’re trying to accomplish.

So, if you try on an outfit and you don’t like how it fits, or you don’t like the way you feel overall, or you know that you’re ready to get healthy, then now is the time to start working towards a healthier lifestyle. Rather than waiting until January, start today! You may not be able to do it in full, it may not be perfect, but there never will be a time where it will be perfect. Even in January it won’t be perfect. There’s always going to be something that comes up in your life that will cause the idea of perfection to fly out of the window.

I always talk about consistency over perfection. And if you start now with a health and fitness plan, then you’ll be able to make it through the holidays better, and then be able to make January much more successful.

So for our clients, we discuss how the holidays are a great time to work on maintenance. Work on maintaining the results you’ve gained so far, and on maintaining the consistency that you have so far. And if you see positive results during that time, then that’s an added bonus. More often than not out clients do have those positive results through working with us because we build so many habits into their lives, that they actually tend to eat better and do better than what they actually think they are.

And even if you aren’t working with us right now, now is the time to start that plan. If you can maintain where you’re at right now and avoid gaining extra weight, losing energy, muscle tone, or endurance, then you’ll be able to make January that much better.

Now, I would recommend getting the help of a trainer during this time period because it’s very hard to maintain accountability and consistency, and that’s about 90% of our job. Yes, we write awesome programs for you. Yes, we have a elite team that does their research and makes sure that you have a complete solution to get you to results. But it all comes down to the accountability that people need, to make sure that they stay consistent even during the distractions of December.

So when it comes down to it, accountability and consistency over the holidays are huge, and procrastination needs to be forgotten. I know that it feels good in the moment to put things off, but when the time finally comes for them to get done it’s ten times worse than what it was in the beginning.

So if you want help with staying accountable, then that’s what we’re here for. We have an entire team dedicated to this as professionals to help you. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.