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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Okay, it was kind of strange. Last night I had a dream that said "this is what's going to help your weight loss." In my dream I was writing down all the common excuses I make, and writing down why they are not true. I'm going to look at this list every time I feel guilty of that type of thinking. I thought I would share it. Hope this inspires you. emoticon

Excuse # 1: I just can't do this.

Stop right there. Yes you can. The simple answer is within a question: Why Not? There are people of all shapes and sizes who have lost weight. There are people who have been twice or even three times your weight, and THEY have done it, so why can't you? If you are getting the "I just can't do this." feeling, go read a spark success story, that will turn your thinking around. emoticon emoticon

Excuse # 2: It's just too hard.

Yes, it is hard, it is going to be difficult some days, but you are strong and you still have what it takes to go through all the way with this. If it feels like it is just way too overwhelming, maybe its not that it's "too hard" but you are just 'pushing' yourself too hard. You can do your best, and still be kind to yourself, give yourself with little rewards along the way. Stop thinking about how hard it is, and start thinking about the rewards, how GOOD it feels. emoticon emoticon

Excuse # 3: I messed up, so now I have to quit and start over later.

Whoa. That mindset just does not work. So you overindulged a little too much. Make it a learning experiece, not a quitting experience. Tomorrow is always a new day. Go a little extra on the bike,but don't beat yourself up about it. Beating yourself up, has that done anything for you in the past? No. It's only normal to have some misteps along the way. Get back up again, and dust off your shoulders. Keep going! emoticon emoticon

Excuse #4 The scale isn't cooperating. What's the point?

This is NOT all about the scale. This is about FEELING GOOD. The scale is not always going to say what you want it to read every time you step on it. You don't need to be stepping on it everyday anyway, because it should not be the prime focus. Make feeling good your prime focus. Quit stressing over the number. The number will change if you stay strong and keep going, emoticon

Excuse # 5: I can't stand it!!! I need to eat!

Maybe you do. What type of hunger is it? Emotional, or physical? If it's actual physical hunger, eating something healthy, and eat it mindfully. If it's emotional, you know you've dealt with these cravings before. Try a low cal version of it and look up a good recipe, or, try these affirmations. "I enjoy eating healthy." "I am fully nourished." If you are going to feel guilty and you know it after you eat it, is it really worth it? emoticon emoticon

Excuse # 6: Is this worth it? maybe I don't need to lose the weight after all.

YES, it WILL be worth it! Look at all the things you will gain: better health, self confidence, more energy, more self esteem, going to the beach without feeling self conscious. Whenever you feel this way, just imagine and daydream about all of the things you will gain when you loose. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Excuse # 7: I am ugly and it wont make any difference. I will still not like myself.

You are not ugly. You are beautiful. You ARE going to feel a lot better, but self esteem and how much you like yourself should not be all about looks. Make this journey about finding yourself, learning to love yourself, and embracing who you truly are. This can be a fun journey, it doesn't have to all be a struggle. Calling yourself names, hating yourself, putting yourself down, will only make you feel worse. You ARE beautiful, at any size. This isn't about looking perfect, it's about better health and feeling good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BELLEMEMAW 7/9/2013 5:50AM


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SNOOPYMOMMA72 7/9/2013 3:52AM

    emoticon blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NEWTINK 7/8/2013 6:11PM

    You tell em girl ... awesome blog emoticon

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AJDOVER1 7/7/2013 12:20AM

    Great blog! This journey isn't easy, but it's worth it!

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FLPALM 7/4/2013 12:04PM

    Excellent! In our dreams, we can truly "work up some great ideas!" I believe this from the bottom of my heart.



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NANCYPAT1 7/2/2013 9:50PM

    Lovely blog and a really motivational one -

I COULD write a story about any of these excuses - have used every one of them myself BUT . . .

I want to share a story related to you #4 excuse - This is a true story and is currently happening to me.

I ONLY lost a whopping .2 pounds in the month of June. I have been eating well, exercising insanely, eating a bit more to cover the excess exercise, etc. Following the logic of excuse #4 - one I often find myself fighting, I MIGHT be pretty ticked off, right? . . . .

BUT here is the rest of the story - I have lowered my BMI and my body fat percentage and when I do the math, since April I lost 12.2 pounds and of those pounds, the most conservative estimate is that I have lost more than 10 pounds of FAT. That works out to at LEAST 80% of my weight loss since April when I last had my BMI checked, has been FAT - I REALLY REALLY TRULY am gaining muscle and the more muscle the more calories I burn AND the thinner I look. (for the curious, how I came up with those numbers is that although I don't have an exact number for my previous body fat percentage because it was listed as "ERROR - GREATER THAN 50%" - so I don't really KNOW what it was but it was AT LEAST 50% so that was the number I used for my starting FAT weight. I used the actual number of 48.4% fat to calculate my CURRENT FAT weight and the difference between them was more than 10 pounds.) So if that isn't a GOOD reason not to get upset, I don't know what is . . .

However, it is NOT my most exciting reason. Since last week I have been off my insulin with healthy blood sugar readings consistently - I have been able to stop taking my insulin for the first time in more than FIVE years - BUT I SHOULD BE UPSET, right? After all I didn't really lose in a WHOLE MONTH - after all how much is 2 tenths of a pound?

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GLAMIT 7/2/2013 9:35AM

    Keep writing, keep dreaming, keep going. You are totally worth it. emoticon emoticon

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    You are so Awesome!!! I needed to hear that today as I have been deciding when the right time will be to start my program. There always seems to be an excuse.... right... I know you can do it! Support is all around us!
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BARCLE 7/1/2013 7:08PM

    Super and empowering blog - love the positive message emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/1/2013 12:49PM

  I hope this was very motivating and helpful. it must certainly was to us. We all have cop outs and these warped rationalizations. emoticon emoticon

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STEFIGURL 6/30/2013 4:51PM

    awesome, awesome blog!
so grateful for you on this journey, Amy!


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REFFIE1 6/30/2013 2:58PM

    Thanks for the great motivation. We all make excuses and have these old negative tapes that run through our head. It is good to stop and counter the negative with some good old positivity. Awesome blog! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/30/2013 10:33AM

    Good job on debunking all of these excuses which hold many of us back!

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MLDRLD 6/30/2013 10:33AM

    Well thought out blog! Your responses to the excuses are spot on and something many of us need to be reminded of from time to time! emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 6/30/2013 9:37AM

    What a wonderful, awesome, TRUE blog! You hit the nail on the head with the answers to all those excuses!

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MOTHEPRO 6/30/2013 9:32AM

    Great blog!

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BLUEROSE73 6/30/2013 9:25AM

    I love it. You need to know what the roadblocks are to avoid them.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/30/2013 9:00AM

    Very inspirational and motivating - thank you so much for sharing with us!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/30/2013 8:52AM

    Beautiful blog my dear. and How Awesome you shared with us.. So true it is easy to make excuses..

this is a very good idea.. one I might have to borrow.


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FELINEBETTER 6/30/2013 8:39AM

    Excuses! Excuses! Really & truly: a simple bottom line is "positve thoughts bring about positive results." Or that old adage, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't -- you're right!"

Great blog! We need to call ourselves out on these things! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/30/2013 8:36AM

    What a GREAT blog and so insightful. Your dream was very powerful and I thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. Have a wonderful week! emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

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CAKAROO 6/30/2013 7:53AM

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MARINEMAMA 6/30/2013 6:50AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!!

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IMREITE 6/30/2013 1:52AM

    i make a lot of excuses too, i have started to bust some of them because i have some goals that i want to reach and i am sick of feeling lethargic and huge.

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RIGEIN24 6/30/2013 12:31AM

    Thoughtful as always...I feel we all rush too much in life. I think that's our biggest downfall, especially when trying to better ourselves because setting a time limit for that is folly. And we do not realize how much we can change, too stuck in our mindsets. We are always capable of achieving great things, every one of us.

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MSGRANNYMAE 6/30/2013 12:14AM

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FLEMIDG 6/30/2013 12:08AM

    What a beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing. I can see myself in there. I have used these excuses as well. Thanks for the motivation to keep going. Keep up the great work.

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