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Making Excuses and Why Did It Take So Darned Long to Change My Life Around?


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Weigh-in on Saturday was most successful - 173 pounds! Yet another day at a new Lowest Adult Weight. Yippee! Each day, I like better and better what I am becoming, the old person I am shedding. Even the flabby arms and the squishy belly don't bug me like they used to - my body is MINE, and I know and love what I am now versus a mere 7 months ago.

But why did it take me so long to get here? I'm not talking about the 7 months it's taken to get to my weight today, I mean the YEARS between when I was 183 (2006) and actually losing this weight. Thinking about it, if I hadn't fallen off the wagon and gained a whopping 85 pounds, I would be firmly in maintenance, living a healthy life at a healthy weight.

I made a lot of excuses for my behavior - excuses that don't really hold up to my new eyes. Here are a few of my "favorites", my tried-and-true ones to make my bad eating habits more legitimate.

"It's too hard." - You know what's also too hard? Carrying around a 100 pound person with you EVERY DAY while you walk, exercise, climb stairs, or sleep. THAT is what I was doing EVERY DAY a year ago. I wouldn't voluntarily carry 100 pounds of rice with me everywhere I went - WHY is it OK for me to carry that on my hips and waist and butt???

"It's too expensive." - You know what's also too expensive? Drugs for various medical treatments. Getting diabetes or high blood pressure before you are 30. Paying for two seats in an airplane because you are so big. Being unable to do things you want, visit places you want, and live the life you want because you are so heavy and unhealthy.

"It's inconvenient." - You know what's also inconvenient? Having to go to specialty stores to find clothes. Or wandering around looking for an elevator because the stairs make you too tired. Or being too tired to do anything other than sit in front of a computer and watch YouTube.

"I'm too tired/busy." - If I am too tired and busy for GOOD HEALTH for ME, what does this say about me and my priorities? That a burger today means more than healthy life for many years to come??

"I don't see any results." - You know what - if I don't even TRY, don't even ATTEMPT, I will NEVER see results. Giving up before I even really begin, starting half-heartedly, or not putting my FULL EFFORT into it (like I might when chasing down a burger at Red Robin) just means that I am setting myself up to FAIL.

My health is important. My life is important. I am more important than some burger or fries or milkshake or frappuccino. Those things are eaten today and gone tomorrow, but my body will be here for many years to come IF I take care of it properly.

I AM WORTH IT. I am worth the price for good foods. I am worth taking the extra time and effort. I am worth carving time out of a busy schedule when I am tired to make sure I am taken care of.

So all those excuses that I used to tell myself are one thing: Excuses. A way to "get out" of doing the hard work, of saying no, of finding a way to get myself back on track. And while I am upset it took me so many years to figure out how to shut those excuses up, I am glad I did, and I am glad I am finally taking care of ME.

YOU are also worth it! Never let yourself get away with thinking you don't deserve good, healthy foods and a healthy body! Don't let the excuses bring you down - tell them NO, you ARE worth it!!
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CATNCAG 2/17/2014 4:02PM

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/9/2013 8:26PM

    Thanks for the positive blog. Will try harder to eliminate those noisy, self-defeating excuses. Good luck on your continued journey.

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MONTREAL12 8/2/2013 4:49PM

  having been there; I relate to your story; wishing you every success and thanks for telling it like it is emoticon

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AGILECAT 7/18/2013 2:32PM

    Bravo! We all need to give ourselves some tough-love talk now and then as a wake-up call, to discover our inner drive and desire to be who we know we can be. You really nailed it!

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SHYLONESTAR 7/11/2013 10:45AM

    Small blog...what a spark! Your words made quite an impact. Thank you!

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ENLIGHTENED7 7/3/2013 6:36AM

  Boy, did I ever see ME in your blog! You definitely have your priorities in the right order, and I plan to follow suit. Thank you for the eye-opener! emoticon

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222NICHOLE 7/2/2013 11:30PM

    This is so inspiring and motivational! Thank you for sharing it. I love your attitude and the way you combated all the negative excuses we give ourselves with reasons why it is exactly the opposite. Thank you!

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BUNNYKICKS 7/2/2013 10:31AM

    "I AM WORTH IT."

I think every single excuse you mentioned, and most (all?) excuses in general, are just different ways of saying "I'm not worth it." It's the excuse we never voice aloud, but underlies everything we do. Once you manage to ditch that one, and replace it with an enthusiastic and truly-felt "I AM WORTH IT," the rest of the excuses tumble down.

Congratulations on your continuing success!

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KAB7801 6/30/2013 9:17PM

    Nice blog
It took me about 10 years to decide I'm worth it
We are worth it!!

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BRILLIANT_GIRL 6/30/2013 7:27PM

    Beautifully stated!!! Just have to try and set aside being upset with anything we have done/haven't done in the past and continue to move forward with positivity:)

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AUNTCAT 6/30/2013 10:12AM

    Great blog. Very well said. emoticon

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AUNTCAT 6/30/2013 10:11AM

    Great blog. Very well said. emoticon

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RADIATIONMAMA 6/30/2013 10:09AM

  great pep talk!

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REALLYRETIRED 6/30/2013 9:45AM

    Oh WOW! I read that "excuses scrip"t as well. They sound soooo familiar!!!
I love the way you turned the excuses around and referred to the "old us." Thanks for writing your blog. You will be my first "favorite blogs on my page and I will read it often to keep me on track..
Have a great day.

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ILUVTHE80S 6/29/2013 11:56PM

    Very good points to remember! Dont' forget heart attacks are expensive to! emoticon

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BONNYSPARKGIRL 6/29/2013 5:05AM

    Way To Go......I really needed to read this blog. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 6/28/2013 7:57PM

    What a great blog! Something I wish we could all have come to this conclusion long before we needed to look back and ask why did it take so long?

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CELEST 6/28/2013 2:10PM

    No wonder this blog was put up as a featured blog. Absolutely true true true. Loved every word of your blog....every last word! Thanks for the push in the right direction. I am worth it.

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JSEATTLE 6/28/2013 1:34PM

  Same old excuses we battle with each and every day. Well said and thank you so much!

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BARB5970 6/28/2013 10:44AM

    I so needed to read this blog this morning. I'm the queen of excuses. My favorite, is that it's too much of a chore to track my food. But the truth is I know tracking is a tool that really works, if you use it. Excuses are my way of self sabatoge and then I wonder why I've actually put on more weight instead of losing it. Thanks for sharing. It's time for me to stop the excuses.

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MISSZANTI 6/28/2013 10:38AM

    Those are my excuses! Thanks for showing me how foolish they are!

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BANDMOM2012 6/28/2013 9:50AM

    This really spoke to me this morning. I have been a member of Spark for 2 years and have gained to my highest weight during year 2. Thanks for the boost to keep getting back up!

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AMARIE013 6/28/2013 8:24AM

  Whoa. Best. Blog. Ever. emoticon

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ELINTY 6/28/2013 8:19AM

  way to go

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AZMOMXTWO 6/28/2013 8:10AM

  awesome

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ANNMACP0212 6/28/2013 1:46AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! Congrats to you!

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JIBBIE49 6/28/2013 12:12AM

    Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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MARPLO 6/27/2013 10:57PM

  Very well said and inspirational! The rice analogy is very good. I think I'm ready to try again. Thanks for posting.

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WHITEANGEL4 6/27/2013 10:17PM

    Great blog....thanks for sharing you views

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BHEALTHY4ME1 6/27/2013 10:15PM

  Love this. Love the new picture. emoticon

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NORASPAT 6/27/2013 9:19PM

    Great job very well done. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMBER461 6/27/2013 9:06PM

  Interesting blog, everything you are saying is so true. You have to believe in yourself and love yourself. Thanks for sharing.

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JERICHO1991 6/27/2013 7:43PM

    It's never too late to start. You, (we, all of us), are worth it!

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BECCA315 6/27/2013 5:18PM

    LUV how you chopped down those excuses! Becca

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/27/2013 4:35PM

    I'm still asking myself that question - why am I still not honoring my body and needs?

Thanks for sharing your insights!

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SEARCHINGNANA1 6/27/2013 3:38PM

    Amazing how many people can relate to this, including myself. Thanks for the message and motivation. Will definitely walk this afternoon. Am going to attempt to copy this.

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SALSA08 6/27/2013 3:19PM

  you are right on the $$ and can't wait to read more!

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THISCHICKRACHEL 6/27/2013 2:29PM

    I love this! thanks for reminding me why I need to keep going!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/27/2013 2:05PM

    This is so true! THanks for posting!

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AVANDREA_ 6/27/2013 12:54PM

    These words have struck home with me, I AM so worth it... Thank You!!! emoticon

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