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Overcoming Procrastination!

OK. I have identified the number one setback warning sign for me. It is definately procrastination!!!!!!!

I had a whole bunch of writing to do this past weekend. Saturday, instead of writing, I got very productive doing everything but!  I straightened up my office, kitchen, and bedroom. I did several loads of wash . I mailed staff paychecks, bought stamps, returned a pair of earrings. I even drove my dog through the bank drive-through so she could get a milk bone (Emma is a recovering emotional eater, too!). I watched five 30 minute episodes of In Treatment. What I did not do prior to 4:30pm was write…

As a result, I found myself food-focused all day. That’s what happens to me when I avoid doing what I really need to do and my anxiety level rises, exponentially. Early Saturday morning I fought a desire to drive through McDonalds (huh? I don’t eat breakfast at McDonalds). I consciously challenged thoughts to stop at a local deli on the way home from the bank. By 4:30pm I had eaten three square meals and a couple of healthy snacks at home. There was a time, in the past, when a day of procrastinating would have been filled with numbing DVD after DVD after DVD– accompanied by trips to a convenience store for junk food and pizza delivery to the house, so this was progress.

At 4:30pm, that same day, I got conscious; mindful. I realized choosing NOT to write was a setback warning sign. Then, I decided to sit down and write. The moment I made that decision I could feel the anxiety lessening. My decision to write was driven by a desire to take care of myself.  This was a good lesson for me…a good reminder. Procrastination is my #1 setback warning sign. I understand that to be true for me. Therefore, procrastination is a choice inconsistent with the life I wish to lead.

I stopped procrastinating, wrote what I needed to write, and got to enjoy the rest of my weekend…without compulsive eating thoughts! And with the house in good shape and the laundry done, life is good!


Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in emotional and binge eating issues. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com


  1. Oh my goodness I think we are twins. This is so true for me as well. I will read and read when I have something to take care of. Someone told me a trick though- ‘Anytime I find yself avoiding or procrastinaging or obsessing about anything I will choose to take one postive action instead’. Words to live by eh? 🙂

  2. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Coach; A Weigh Out says

    I think that’s the very first time someone has quoted me to me and I had a moment when I forgot they were my words. Too funny! Thanks for the reminder! I guess my focus on writing has dulled my mindful thinking a bit!

  3. I loved your comment about Emma being a recovering emotional eater too! I’ve started feeding my pet bunnies in a different manner now that I am recovering! Thanks for the reminder that procrastination is one of my warning signs too.

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