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My Excuses... and Why They're Not Gonna Fly This Time

Monday, January 28, 2013

I have had some pretty creative excuses in my time. They're still rattling around in my head on occasion, but it's not gonna work this time. You hear that BRAIN?!? You traitor!

Here are some of my all time favorites:

1. I'm too busy to cook healthy food and work out.

This is hilarious! It's probably some of the best bulls&%# I've ever come up with. I work 2 days, 2 nights, and then have 5 DAYS OFF! (And this is a full time job) I have no kids, 2 dogs, and an kick ass supportive husband who does way more around the house than I do.
My friend recently lost a lot of weight and looks AMAZING by eating clean and running. She has 4 kids and had just been going though a tough time at home and works full time. If she (and thousands and thousands of other people busier than me) can do it, I can too.

2. I don't want to go to the gym or run outside because I'm embarrassed about how I look.

Well I could just get over it, suck it up, and go... but since I have a kick ass husband he bought me a treadmill about a year ago so I could run my little heart out without caring how I look. And then I wanted a yoga mat and some weights, so I bought them. And then I worked out hard for about a month... and then my back and knee started to hurt, so I quit. And the deal was that we would sell the treadmill if I didn't use it, but I kept insisting that I'd use it... and I started running again last week, but now:

3. My knee is grinding and clicking and killing me.

So since I'm firmly on the motivation train I decided that I needed a low impact activity and I have really loved spinning in the past. So we went out to the store and bought ourselves a spinning bike. And I found this great website with spinning workouts studiosweat. Check it out. (One ride and my butt is NOT ok, but at least I know that goes away soon enough ;)

4. I just love food too much.

There is so much clean eating food that is delicious. And I CAN still have foods I love. With portion control, in moderation, as a treat, within my calorie limits.

5. I don't have the self control required.

I know that I AM in control of what I do. I control the decisions I make, good or bad, and I have to own them. It is ONLY my fault that I've let myself slide this far. And while I can rely on support from my husband, friends, and the spark community, it will be ONLY me who fixes this. I DO have the self control required. I CAN do this.

I know there are lots more but if you're attention span is like mine, that's about all I can take for now. I'll add more of my awesome, hilarious, excuses as they pop up in my mind and you can feel free to help me bust them.

I'm pretty bummed about my knee, but I'm gonna spin like the Tasmanian devil until it feels normal and then introduce running again one day a week. I DREAM of running my first half marathon. It's driving me, and I'm not willing to give that up. I'm also REALLY enjoying my strength training with Nike+ Kinect. It has exceeded my expectations.

Until next time,
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REGULARSHOW 1/28/2013 5:11PM

    i love your optimism and you can do it!!!! =)

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TEACHFIRST268 1/28/2013 4:40PM

    You're taking responsibility, my friend! That's what it boils down to. There are no 'excuses', instead, there are choices.

It's at least 90% mental. Every step is a decision. In the beginning, we must be very conscious of each and every one of them. In time, they begin to turn into habits (at least that's what I'm hoping!!! Still not habits for me yet, but the choices are getting easier!)


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