Flipping the excuses
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Living a healthy lifestyle takes as much mental planning as physical. Not only do I need to clean the kitchen cupboards, but also the corners of my mind that have derived perceived pleasure from overeating and undermoving.
In past “diets” I have found myself making excuses. Reasons why I can’t or won’t continue doing the things that will benefit my health. Today, I’m going to start flipping the excuses. Instead of having an excuse NOT to do something, I am making an excuse TO do that thing. By planning to re-frame the way I handle situations that have led to setbacks, I hope to be well-prepared to reduce the amount of times I experience the cycle of: excuse - mistake – shame – giving up and replace it with excuse – flipped excuse – success.
Part 1 Exercise
I can’t walk today because of the weather.
I will walk on the track at the Y or on the treadmill, or use the Wii at home, or a SparkPeople video.
I overslept and could not walk when I normally do.
I will walk on my lunch break or after work.
I just don’t feel like it (in my best 2-year-old whiny voice.)
What?!? I owe myself this time to get the blood flowing, awaken my creative energies and feel good. Just put 1 foot in front of the other and do it anyway (in my best, stern mommy voice.)
I’m too tired.
I will sleep for 8 hours a night and take my multivitamin. If I am doing that and still feel tired, the exercise will wake me up
What excuses have you flipped? Are you struggling with an excuse now, maybe we can flip it for you …