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Getting rid of the excuse generator!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

I haven’t been in my best mood recently as you may have probably realized.
And, I confess, I have repeatedly – and with overwhelming guilt – turned to food for consolation.
And I have been avoiding the scale (which has brand new batteries and always insists on revealing the truth!)
But I’ve learned how to deal with these emotional eating crises. Sooner or later I come to my senses and show myself the way back to the right track.

But I don’t ever remember having an emotional not-working-out crisis! I would sometimes be tired and lose my motivation for a day or two but I always reminded myself of how much I loved the feeling of strength that exercise gives.

Then, this week, all of a sudden, and out of nowhere, my mind was found in possession of a brand new, fully-automated excuse generator! And every time the thought of working out would cross my mind, it would be instantly turned on and produce the best, most handy and most easily believable excuse!!!

Just take a look at what a brilliant work it was doing:

Sunday: “I don’t have time.”
Monday: “I’m too tired.”
Tuesday: “I did tons of housework so I deserve some rest.”
Wednesday: “I’m bored of doing the same old things over and over again.”
Thursday: …

What? What is it going to be today? “The dog ate my workout DVDs????????”

No! This had to stop. I had to short-circuit this stupid excuse generator in my mind. And I had to recruit all my common sense to do so.

- Time? It’s not about having time. It’s about making time.
- Tired? You’re not tired all day, every day. Not to mention that lack of exercise leads to a lack of energy.
- Housework? Yes, it’s tiring. But it can wait. And mind you, not all of it counts as cardio. Your heart rate doesn't go up when dusting shelves!
- Bored of doing the same? The same old things are the ones that made you what you are today. And going back to basics and to what has been proved to work has always been the number one strategy for getting back on track.

And it worked.

I put on my workout shoes, dusted off my weights and did a full hour of upper body strength training workout. The last ST workout was more than a month ago. I know those arm muscles will be screaming tomorrow. But screaming muscles are a good thing. They loudly praise us for our hard work.

Whether trying to lose weight or trying to figure out what maintenance is all about, excuses are not affordable. They can easily become a habit. And the worst part is that we are sneakily led into believing them…

Excuse generator: OUT OF ORDER!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SCUBAGRL76 9/13/2013 6:54AM

  Yup, I totally hear you on this. Seems like the vacation hangover I get at the end of each summer just zaps my motivation. I'm slowly picking myself up, getting the extra weight off and trying to reclaim my spirit. Thanks for a great blog to give me an extra push!

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GEORGE815 9/7/2013 2:38PM

    Excuses are garden variety. We all have one for not doing something we should be doing.

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TRAVELNISTA 9/6/2013 6:45AM

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_JODI404 9/5/2013 5:44PM

    It is SO true that an object in motion will remain in motion.... but once that motion stops.... and for several days..... it just gets easier to remain inactive. They key is to really try to keep your momentum with daily activity, even if the amount is smaller than your "normal" amount.

Those excuses are so easy to make and run with.... good for you for not letting it get too far and putting an end to that today with an awesome session of ST!! I love that "good sore" letting you know you worked out hard!

Hope things will continue to look up for you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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THOMS1 9/5/2013 5:13PM

    Great Blog! Down with excuses. emoticon

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AEROBISAURUS 9/5/2013 4:32PM

    You are so right! You can do this! Sometimes the hardest part is just putting on your shoes. emoticon You are not alone and you are a motivator! Now get that heiny in gear cause we need you at your best. emoticon emoticon


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SHANTODD420 9/5/2013 3:15PM

    Thanks I needed to read this today. I have had excuses since march and still trying to find that fire again.

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MICKEYH 9/5/2013 2:24PM

    This is so true. Thanks for the great reminder. We can never give up on our health journey. We shall keep on keeping on!!
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123ELAINE456 9/5/2013 1:06PM

  Great Blog. Getting rid of the Excuse Generator is the WTG!!! Try to get back on track tracking your food and doing your workouts each day. You Can Do It. You are on the road to Success. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Never Give Up or Quit.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/5/2013 8:52AM


Hiccups happen and then we get over them and start taking care of ourselves again.

Way to snap yourself out of a funk and for showing us how it's done!


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FUNLOVEN 9/5/2013 8:47AM

    At times, Nuovaelle, those excuses sound pretty familiar to me too and I don't know about you but I seem to have plenty of dust around my house to raise my heart rate emoticon

Good for you to get back on track !

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KANOE10 9/5/2013 8:39AM

    That was a great blog. Get rid of that excuse generator. I had talked myself out of getting a walk in this am and am now going to walk at lunch. Thanks for the inspiration!

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BAKER1009 9/5/2013 8:18AM

    You got this Elle! It happens to the best of us. The important thing is we NEVER give up! Keep pushing!!
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I see your status says 60 mins of ST done...woohoo!! emoticon

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