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What's your excuse?

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Many of us didn't even start because of all the excuses. Many of us were gung-ho in the beginning, but then all those excuses started creeping in slowly, or even quickly and we found ourselves right back where we started.

In order to keep going, we have to figure out how to overcome those excuses. I like to say, every excuse is a challenge we have to overcome.

Say you've been overeating lately and haven't been paying attention to that. What can you do to overcome that? It may not be as simple as just stopping the overeating. You may have to figure out why you're doing it to begin with and take care of that problem. Most of us probably eat out of frustration or boredom. Once you realize why you're overeating, then you can fix it. You might have to find something to do, like go for a walk instead of having that third snack.

Say you haven't been working out as much because you're starting to get bored. Perhaps you need to find a new way to move that you enjoy and don't really say is exercise. If you've been exercising because you know you need to move to lose it, then it won't stick with it, but if you're going for a walk in the park every morning because it starts your day off right and you enjoy seeing the ducks grow up, then you'll probably do it as often as possible. You may not be one to enjoy dancing, but perhaps you like boxing, it's all about finding the movement that you'd miss if you stopped doing it.

Perhaps you think that your income doesn't dictate a healthy lifestyle? There are a couple of things that can be done here, remember that walking is always free, you can't be stopped from walking. Food is something that needs to be eaten. It's all a matter of being choosy about what you eat. A bag of apples tends to last longer than a bag of chips and makes you feel better. By the serving size, healthy food is cheaper, all those studies done about healthy food being more expensive did the study by the calorie, not the serving size, just think about that.

Something big happened to upset your life, a parent got sick, your household got turned upside down by some pest, you lost your job. Do you just go back to your previous eating style simply because you're stressed? How do you fix your ability to keep on the healthy track? Remember that whatever happens in your life, you are still in control of what you put in your mouth. Don't let yourself go back to habits you had before you started this change, you'll just find that you won't feel any better for having indulged in such unhealthy food.

I'm sure that everyone has more excuses for every aspect of their lives. Think about what your excuses are, write them down, then figure out what you can do to overcome them. In the ultimate healthy life, there are no excuses, just ownership to what you need to do to keep on going in your life.
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    Great blog!! Your blog goes along great with the new background on my computer desktop --
    Sit around and dream about what you want to be...
    but understand that only action will get you there.
    I'm finally starting to take some action and work passed those excuses.
    The background on your SparkPage is great - so colorful - so healthy. Can't wait to get some fresh veggies from my CSA this week to put together a nummy healthy salad.
    Wishing you a happy and healthy September!
    1995 days ago
    No excuses, just ownership. Excellent point! Taking ownership is extremely empowering as well - which leads to success in achieving one's goals.
    1995 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I love how this is written and even more so I like that you say we need to take ownership. I may have to use your last paragraph with my students, if I might? I try so hard not to make excuses, therefor I wont complain that it is too hot and humid for me to get on the elliptical - hehehe. I'll just do it and hope I don't fall over!
    Enjoy your weekend
    1996 days ago
    We have all used excuses for why we have made bad choices. We just have to make ourselves a priority and do what is best for us. This is a new lifestyle and we need to be able to maintain this lifestyle the rest of our lives if we are going to be successful in being healthy and happy.

    We can do it!!!! emoticon
    1996 days ago
  • HHOLT6
    Well thought out and very true! emoticon You made some great points!
    1996 days ago
  • KRYSTL719
    This was a great blog for me, thank you for writing. emoticon
    1996 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Good blog! Like the idea of writing excuses down, then figure out what to do to overcome them. My problem today is DH brought in lots of snack items. I decided I did not want them, real food is so much better.

    Today one of his friends brought over some things for a cookout, and no junk food so I am happy with that. I'm not tempted by lima beans and tomatoes. So nothing bad to shove into my body for lunch at least. It'll be fun to eat with a few of his friends. All my lady friends of course are busy with their families, his friends are all single or divorced with no where to go for this family holiday.
    1996 days ago
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