Have you ever had a question posed to you on a forum here at SparkPeople that goes from a simple response to an all-out rant/self realization moment?
I just had that, when BLC #20 asked "What's your Mantra". I don't have one....well I didn't when I started answering.
My mantra….I guess “Cut the Excuses”. I know that’s a horrible one, but I don’t know what else to go with. The more I think about it, the more I realize every 'I'm kicking my own butt verbally' blog, self-talk, etc has been about cutting stupid excuses and getting down to business.
My latest excuse has been stress. I’ve had a stressful year, but really it’s just what life throws at you. Everyone has stress – from work to relationships, chasing kids to medical problems…each of us deal with our own every day. Mine has become a crutch more than I wanted to admit.
Stress makes me tired, simply dealing with it I can forget to work out – forget that working out makes the whole day better. I’ve convinced myself that excuses cover my butt. I can say ‘oh I get home from work so late I’m too tired to work out,’ or ‘I forgot to pack a lunch and don’t want to spend money so I’ll just buy a dollar menu thing’….but if I keep making these excuses on a daily basis I’ll NEVER break that cycle!
Sparkpeople is all about good streaks….but the flip side of that? Have you ever thought of that? GOOD STREAKS are designed to be the opposite and opponent to BAD STREAKS. I hadn’t realized I was back into my cycle of poor exercise and bad food decisions until I went to the gym last week. I’ve fallen victim to BAD streaks, and made excuses for my GOOD ones.
Last week was a major wake up call, and brought my streaks into sharp focus. For some reason I really felt the need to get my BMI checked – and I’m glad I did. I found out my bmi is 42%. Think about that…almost half of my body is pure wasted space and energy. That’s a weird thought, when you think about it, that ˝ of your body is unnecessary and can be removed. For me, 42% means 91.98 lbs of my then 219 body weight was fat. Granted to be healthy I can’t shed all of that…but it means I have 80-92 lbs to get rid of before I’m healthy.
But beyond a realization that half of my body is removable…the physical trainer who measured me asked me why I was willing to let myself make excuses. Why can I sit at home for 3 hours a night playing around and watching tv…but can’t take 30 minutes to go to the gym because ‘I’m tired’? Why do I care enough to get my BMI tested, but not to DO SOMETHING about it? The more I thought about it, the more I realized he was right. If I care enough to be in these competitions, to have a gym membership and sign up for 5k’s, I obviously care because I WANT to be healthy and make a change.
Two days after being tested I was right back in that gym for another workout. The same trainer saw me, and just grinned. I told him it was his fault that I was there…he just smiled and nodded. I think he knows he made a positive impact on my life and routines. Thank God for people like him in my life, who kick my butt back into gear when I lose my way!!!
It's time to post my mantra everywhere, my phone, my wallet, my mirror, and live my mantra. CUT THE EXCUSES. Break the BAD streaks and get back to the GOOD streaks!