I have had one of those days today. One of those days where everything just seemed unnecessarily difficult. I had all the motivation of an unmotivated sloth. A breed not famous for their go get ‘em attitude to life. Motivation, procrastination and pain – the key.

I have had 2 months to do my homework assignment. I know, I know, I am far too old to have homework but let’s call a spade a spade. That’s what it is even if it’s for University.

motivation, procrastination and pain

Me wasting time – a lot of time

Anyway, I’ve had 2 months and so what do I do? Well I leave it to this weekend to start it and it’s due in at midnight tonight. Sigh.

Don’t panic dear reader. I have done it and submitted it a full three and a half hours ahead of schedule. But boy-oh-boy was it like pulling teeth. Part of the problem is it was on a subject I don’t find particularly interesting – meiosis and the randomisation of genetic material in sexual reproduction – if you’re interested. It even sounds dull. I mean it is inherently fascinating how we, as human beings, create new human beings but the anaphase, telophase stuff is pretty hard going.

So rather than face down the beast I embarked on a programme of procrastination that would have made anyone proud. It wasn’t enough for me to clean the house. Oh no – I took it upon myself to colour code my sock drawer. Come on, that’s an impressive waste of time any way you look at it.

So today I spent the whole day wasting time, fighting myself because in reality I didn’t really want to sit down and do the work. I knew I had to do it. I knew the deadline wasn’t going to move. Yet still I farted around doing anything else I could think of. Totally ridiculous but something we all tend to do from time to time.

Weight loss is one of those things that tends to fall under this category. Something we know we should be doing but that just feels like a bit of an effort. At best a rather dull necessity. Does that sound familiar?

That’s how I felt about losing weight and taking care of myself for many, many, many years. It took me a really long time to work out how to change that. To make losing weight and being healthy into something that I actively wanted to do.

The worst thing is how bad the blahhhh feeling actually feels. I have not enjoyed my day today. There isn’t much fun about fighting with yourself all day. I haven’t done any of the things I enjoy today. I didn’t go for a walk on the beach, I didn’t make the delicious dinner I had planned. I didn’t do any of the things that would have helped me feel good. The good news is that tomorrow is a new day and I have a full schedule of training, healthy food and fun.

So if you have had enough of that blahhh feeling and you’re ready to change it into easy motivation then come and join me at my London workshop on May 28th. It took me years to learn how to break the blahhhhhh cycle. Let me show you how to do it in just a few hours.

Author: Victoria Wills. Founder of weight loss retreat NuBeginnings and author of “Lose weight the NuBeginnings Way” who has lost over 150lbs in weight herself.