How To Stop Saying, “I’ll Start My Diet Tomorrow”

When I finally woke up to the idea that I was running out of tomorrow’s, I knew I couldn’t put off my weight loss goals one more day! This is how I recognized the lie of “I’ll start tomorrow”, and how I started today to start my diet.

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All week I have been thinking about making this video because I caught myself saying it!

I kept hearing myself say, “I’ll start tomorrow” when I found myself rummaging through the cupboard to find some chocolate chips, and sprinkle them into a bowl of peanut butter! Yes- not just a spoonful of peanut butter- although it started that way. Then I thought, who am I kidding. I’m gonna need a bowl here.

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The lie we tell ourselves that “I’ll start tomorrow”, Or, I’ll start after my vacation, or after the holidays, or after my birthday, or on Monday can be pretty tricky.

I remember when I finally had the realization that I could keep saying that until I’m 99 years old. 

Which would mean, I never reached the one goal I thought was so important to me my whole life.   I remember thinking, 40+ years have passed with me justifying overeating by saying “I’ll start tomorrow”. 

I still struggle with this self talk. But now, I recognize it for what it is- a lie my brain is telling me to justify eating off my plan. And now, I can journal about it, and refute it.

The reason this lie is so sneaky is because I had full intentions of starting tomorrow. I was even excited about tomorrow. My tomorrow self was really good at eating clean, and losing weight.  In fact, my tomorrow self was AMAZING!!  I even heard once that the MORE confident we are that tomorrow we’re going to be better, the BIGGER the binge will be today! 

But, the reason it’s a lie is because we don’t even know if we’ll get a tomorrow. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Tomorrow is just a reason to justify your overeating today.

I just wanted to point out a few things to watch for, so you can start refuting this self talk, and challenge it.  Once you start challenging it, you can over come it.

The first thing to watch out for is what some people call the “last chance syndrome”.  This is when we do something in excess, because we’ll be radically different tomorrow.  Instead of just eating an untracked meal, you eat that meal, but then you go for seconds, and then you get the ice cream out and eat it out of the tub, and then you rummage through the pantry to find a stale bag of chocolate chips, and you eat the bag….  EXCESS

The second thing to watch out for is romaticiazing your tomorrow self.  To have a false sense of reassurance./   Tomorrow’s amy is so disciplined. Tomorrow’s amy will do everything perfectly.  Tomorrow’s amy can stick to the plan!  If today’s amy can’t do that, do I really believe tomorrow’s amy is so much better than today’s?

The third thing to watch out for is seeing tomorrow with rose colored glasses.   Tomorrow nothing will go wrong. Tomorrow we believe the last pieces of the puzzle will come together and we’ll know all the right things to do to reach our goals.  Tomorrow feels conquerable!  Tomorrow is this mystical place where all our motivation lives.

But our minds are only telling us this to be comfortable today with our choices.  We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Tomorrow, someone might bring cookies to the office. Tomorrow you might accidentally sleep in and miss your work out.  

And lastly, watch out for the lie that “one more day wont matter”.  Technically, that FEELS so true too.  Out of 365 days a year for 40 years, does one more day really matter?  

I would argue that YES! Once I decided one more day matters a LOT, otherwise I’ll never see progress, was when I started to change. 

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So, don’t let another day pass without getting started. Today matters. The more today’s you string together towards your goal, the closer you will be!

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