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The Next Time You Think....

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Sparkfriends, I've used every EXCUSE in the book! More than once....and they still occasionally rattle around in my head, but for the most part I've managed to silence them!

Here are the biggest excuses I have, and how I beat them...and then it's your turn! Tell us what you've managed to overcome and how you found the motivation to keep up with your goals!!

1. I'm too tired to exercise!

This one was a favorite of mine in the old days! And here's how I beat it....facts. Face the fact, whether you're an insomniac like me or you generally sleep pretty well....you sleep better and wake more rested when you're consistently working out.

So I set an alarm on my cell phone that would go off at 7:30 PM. If I hadn't worked out, that was my cue to finish up what I was doing and get in my exercise of the day. Then, I would reward myself with a cup of chamomile tea (sometimes with a little valerian root in it)...and I would fall right to sleep and sleep until morning on the nights I did it. On the nights I didn't, I wouldn't fall asleep, wake up in the middle of the night....you get my point.

At a certain point, this excuse finally made me feel like a masochist! Because it was so obvious that I needed exercise to have a healthy sleep schedule...I'd feel tired UNLESS I worked out!!

2. I don't have time.

Well, look at the answer to the previous. I could waste half an hour (or more) tossing and turning in bed, then wake up in the middle of the night, then oversleep....or I could put in my time!!!

More importantly, though, I would tell myself to focus on just doing 10 minutes. Some days, that's all I did...and I still got in exercise. Most days, once I was out there for 10 minutes, I was ready to keep going....after all, I got all dressed up for it!! emoticon

And on those days when I REALLY didn't have time....like last year in November, during a two week long speaking tour when I was on the road by 6 AM and finally getting home around midnight? I was getting SORE from all the traveling, and even though I was exhausted when I got home, I finally realized that I didn't have to be at home to work out. The funniest one: hip flexors and extension while I was filling up my gas tank....I got a LOT of strange looks, but I managed to get in some extra fitness without taking ANY time out of my busy schedule!

Find ways to fit it in with what you already do. My favorite cardio is STILL dancing while I cook, it cracks my roommate up and Miss Kitty likes to join in by attacking my feet...but you're standing there chopping and stirring and mixing...might as well shake your hips and burn some calories while you're doing it!!

3. My (fill in body part) hurts.

I still have this one sometimes, my knee will act up, or I twist my ankle. And in this case, listen to the inner voice! And then offer it a compromise.

Your ankle hurts? Well, that 5-mile run you planned probably isn't the best idea, is it! What a great opportunity to try (fill in a new exercise that will not affect said body part!)

When my ankle was twisted and swollen and sore...well, I did run on it a little before it was ready to bear my weight, but I decided to try something that would keep me pretty much flat-footed in one place. BELLY DANCING!! Wow, what a great workout! That didn't use my ankle, didn't slow down my recovery!!

Turn this particular excuse into an opportunity to try something new!!

AND MY FAVORITE!!

4. It's too hard.

I said this many times...about running, about zumba, about cardio bootcamps. When I first joined Sparkpeople, I said this about everything.

And powered through with a quote from one of my favorite movies:

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great. "

I want to be GREAT!! I want to be strong enough and healthy enough and fit enough to do ANYTHING!! I'm not there yet, but I'm one day closer every single day. Running IS hard starting off...trust me, I did it the wrong way too! Ease into it slowly, even if a little voice in the back of your head is telling you that you're wasting time and you should be burning more cals. Don't push for that extra mile TODAY....you'll get there next week! When you can run it and STILL have energy left over, and when you won't feel sore for days after you run it!

Change is hard, and changing your lifestyle to do things the healthy way takes time and patience and commitment. But YOU are worth the investment....and even if it's hard at first, you'll be a pro in no time!!
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EASTENDCLAM 12/7/2012 6:52PM

    #2: I'm an early riser also so I stopped the tossing and turning to get another 20 minutes of interrupted sleep. I just get up, have my coffee and fruit and go for it. 7:30? I've been up for 4, 3-1/2 hours you sluggard (laughing).

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JBELICIOUS5 12/7/2012 5:01PM

    I was definitely a "don't have time" person, yet I could find plenty of time to spend on the computer...hmmm...

I've definitely made sure to MAKE time in my day for exercise--6 days a week! It's important! It still stinks (it is exercise after all) and I'd much rather be on the computer or doing something else, but I always get it in there now. Once it's in your routine it's much easier too to have the time to exercise.

Thanks for the post!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 12/7/2012 11:43AM

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STODD251 12/7/2012 11:17AM

    This is awesome!

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SADWHITEWOLF 12/7/2012 10:36AM

    I love your excuse busters and they are all true.
BTW dancing while folding laundry is another good addition. Instead of sitting on the couch or bed, I dump it all on my bed and take one piece at a time, dancing around to music, folding it and putting it away (dancing over to the closet or chest of drawers) Takes longer but is way more fun!

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JOSEY98 12/7/2012 10:31AM

    Yes! I needed this! Thanks!

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KAEBAE 12/7/2012 9:05AM

    My excuse is that I don't FEEL like it so I have to remind myself how tired I'll feel if I don't workout and how GREAT I'll feel if I do. Awesome blog, thanks! Speaking of working out, I'd better go do that now!
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CHERRYTOMATO 12/6/2012 4:36PM

    Love it!! I'm too tired is my common excuse. And I totally agree that by WO, I sleep better, eat better and feel better. Hm, no brainer?

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IRONBLOSSOM 12/6/2012 12:51PM

    Oh man, that was great, you are so right!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/6/2012 12:07PM

    Great blog

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/6/2012 11:58AM

    Great blog! Excuses can pile up like the snow outside.

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EMILYROSEBUD 12/6/2012 11:54AM

    Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing! No excuses for me today!!

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IGSBETH 12/6/2012 11:27AM

    Great blog!

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LEB0401 12/6/2012 10:57AM

    Ohhhh... how I needed this today!

My current excuse is.. I'm too sore from yesterday's workout. Well, sitting around on the couch only makes it worse. You gotta MOVE to flush out that lactic acid.

Also, the dancing while cooking brought to mind that incredibly sexy scene in Fools Rush In when Salma Hayek is salsa dancing while chopping vegetables and Matthew Perry is utterly stunned by her beauty. Hmm.. maybe this could spice things up in the kitchen!!!

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AMSPARKER 12/6/2012 10:21AM

    What a wonderful blog! I know I have "arrived" because the voices in my head are mostly positive ones, which is a world away from wehre I started. Sounds like you have "arrived", too!

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DSHRUBS3 12/6/2012 10:05AM

    Way to go!!! Loved this blog!

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ITSMATT 12/6/2012 9:52AM

    Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

Make it a great day!
Matt

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CATTUTT 12/6/2012 9:52AM

    It's so awesome that you've busted your own excuses! It takes some honest self reflection to do that.

My biggest exercise excuse is that it sucks and I hate it. I know that's not the politically correct thing to say about exercise, but it's true. I just try to remind myself that it's only ____ minutes, and I will feel so much better when I do it. But nothing makes the process suck any less, it just makes it worth it in the end. lol

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LADYJ6942 12/6/2012 9:48AM

    Oh so true, thank you for the great reminders!

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