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!!
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!!