Seriously, I’ve heard them all! Excuses for not making it to the gym or excuses why eating right was not an option come to my ears almost weekly!
Let me start by saying excuses are exactly that, AN EXCUSE! The online dictionary says,
An attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify. or, “release (someone) from a duty or requirement.”
AKA a cope out!
I get it! Life gets crazy with kids and trips and family outings and special meals get in the way of the best laid plans, but if you want to remain social and be healthy you have to stick up for yourself and STOP MAKING EXCUSES!
I love to tell the story of my ten year old wrestler son, who knew he had to “make weight” in two days. As we pulled up to the convenience store for an after school snack, I got a phone call I needed to take so I sent my little guy in with $10 by himself and said, “Make a good choice!” I was a bit shocked when he came back in the car with a bottle of water, a pack of gum, a banana and a hard boiled egg! You better believe he made weight with no problem that weekend! He was 10 years old and a BOY~! and he could made a good choice!!!
SO stop making excuses! In fact, right now get a pen an paper and write down ALL the excuses you have been using to let yourself eat junk and skip your workouts!
Now, after you read each one tell yourself a NEW PLAN!
For example if you use your kids as your excuse say (out loud) “My kids are my reason to workout, I want to model fitness and health to my kids and be able to keep up with them!”
If your excuse is: I don’t have time!
You tell yourself, “I’ve got 24 hours just like everyone else! I will make time!” (and you can always do a 15 minute high intensity interval training workout and boom, you are done!)
Whatever it is, just cut the excuses! Be honest with yourself! If you want it bad enough, you need to make it happen and excuses won’t get you there!