Why You Should Never Start Your Diet On A Monday

Monday Green Road Sign with dramatic blue sky and clouds - Days of the Week Series.Let me amend that statement.

I’m not a believer in diets. Diets actually cause overeating and binge eating. So let’s call it ‘your weight loss program’.

How many times have you said this to yourself:

  • I’ll just start Monday.
  • Or, I’ll start after the holidays.
  • Or after the New Year.

The thing about Mondays or any other arbitrary starting point is that those dates are meaningless.

What we’re really saying is ‘not now’… I just can’t commit right now.

And that is the problem.

We can imagine committing sometime in the future, but not now.

And that future date never happens. Because when Monday or New Year’s Day actually come, we then let some other little imperfection in our behavior push back our starting date again.

And again.

And we become more demoralized. Less confident. And our weight continues to add up from this psychic procrastination.

So what can you do? You still want to lose weight. And for whatever reason, you think you have just blown your effort and need to get back on the wagon as soon as it’s convenient.

Here is what you can do:

Always start now. No matter the day, the date, the year or the holiday. As soon as you deviate from your plan, first figure out what you can learn from it. And then continue. There is no big start. Just a continuing road that you will be on.


Does that mean you will always have to be focused on losing weight?

No! It simply means that taking care of yourself physically and emotionally is a life-long endeavor. And you are never done.

You never fail… you just get feedback.

It’s like the kids’ game of warmer or colder… are you getting warmer… closer to your goal? Or colder, further away?

Every step keeps you on your path of living your life. It’s like a huge experiment, where you are constantly checking your results to see if you like what you are creating.

And if you do, stay on that road.

If you don’t, well, make an adjustment. Right now.

With the next meal.

The next drink.

The next snack.

Now is what we have for sure.

So do it now.

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4 Responses to “Why You Should Never Start Your Diet On A Monday”

  1. Liz says:

    Thanks for writing this, Cookie. Perfect timing. Yesterday morning I made the decision to get back into my exercise routine – on Monday! And then I read your article. Workouts have resumed – today!

  2. Lilia Lee says:

    Great article, Cookie. I know that it is true about committing now. My best weight loss efforts have resulted from an immediate commitment.
    Thanks for posting.

  3. Thanks Lilia….it’s funny how we can commit to so many things in our life, and when it comes to committing for ourselves, we hesitate.