Tuesday, November 09, 2010
I do not want to sound to harsh or maybe I just got up on the wrong side of the bed, but why do people make the excuse "I don't have time to exercise", or "I don't have time to eat right" or "I am to tired"? I see these excuses made in many post on SparkPeople threads, from friends, from family members....etc. Pre-SparkPeople I was very guilty of making these very same excuses and a few others I made up to rationalize for myself.
The way I look at it is; I have to be truthful to myself. If I don't lose weight I generally have no one to blame but me. If I lose only 1 or 2 pounds over a long span all I am doing is maintaining my overweight status. If I sit down and talk to myself I can come up with the real answers.
I used to use the excuse "I don't have time to exercise" or "I will do it tomorrow". When I say things of this nature I "lie" to myself because I do have time to exercise and do have time to eat right every day! All I have to do is set my alarm-clock to give myself time and have a plan of action . I have not met one person in my life that cannot take 30 minutes out of their busy 24 hour day to get in some sort of cardio exercise. I have 15 min. here and 15 min, there....etc. I have time if I "choose" to take time to exercise and make healthy food choices.
Sometimes life's tragedies gets in the way of my plans and I get derailed. It is understandable to have a recovery period of life's tragedies: health issues, and other crisis issues. But it is a compareable situation to a hard workout that requires a recovery period to heal the muscles. But if I choose not to adhere to my nutrition and fitness program, it is because I made a conscious choice to divert from plan. Of course some things are out of a persons control, such as a Doctor may give specific instructions that may change your diet and fitness plans somewhat. but generally not completly.
I have learned not to make excuses but understand it is my choice when I fall off the wagon. If I don't lose weight within a certain period of time it is because I am not working hard enough to improve my situation, not educated enough, or I need more motivation.
Motivation to stay on plan/track is generally, for me, the main key for my nutrition and fitness program. I do not have a strong support system around me, so usually I need to motivate myself from within or hit the SparkPeople message boards to keep me on track. If I fall off the wagon it is generally SparkPeople, SparkFriends, SparkArticles.......you get the idea, right?
With that all being said I have no excuse but to get up from this computer, which is in my plan, and get to my planned workout , and my planned nutrition.
For me Execuses=Failure.