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No more excuses!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I wish I was more consistent! I try so hard and make great gains, then things happen and life gets in the way it seems and so my healthy eating and fitness plans go out the window. Well no more! I'm reading some positive psychology books to be less pessimistic and maybe even get happy! (or at least not so prone to depression and tying up my self-esteem with how much I weigh/ look like). I'm currently reading a book called 'Flip It', which is about how to get the best out of everything. Instead of asking why, such as 'why me?' or 'why I can't do this', it suggests to focus on how, such as 'how can I make this worth', 'how can I afford this'. Essentially the book is trying to get people to change their mindset and see problems as more like challenges to overcome. I'm only 20 pages in but find it very interesting!

I've just read the section about eliminating excuses and found it very insightful. I make so many excuses!! I do work out and try to eat healthy but slip sometimes and think I can have the extra portion because it's a difficult day and 'I need the energy to get through work' or 'I'm too tired to work out this evening so I won't work out today but try tomorrow'. My new motto however is 'no excuses'. Either I eat healthy or admit responsibility for eating crap. I either do the workout or I don't but I know which one will help me reach my goals and what won't (doing absolutely nothing)! I did eat more than planned today. I was going to say here 'but it was the last day of term with the class of kids, teacher and other teaching assistants I work with' but that would be an excuse! I ate too much, pure and simple. The teaching staff met earlier than usual to have a group breakfast. I didn't have to eat part of the nut cake my colleague made but it was delicious and hopefully not too fattening. I did steer myself to eating the fruit and none of the pastries.

I am proud about my exercise today though! I thought I would be too tired today and got back later than usual in the evening but in the park on the way home I saw loads of joggers. If other people can jog around Highbury Fields at 7pm while it's still light and safe, than I can too! So I did! Normally I would just make an excuse and veg out at home. I'm still alternating jogging with walking and did 5 minutes jogging with 3 minutes walking (x 3). This is the most I have done since surgery in February and I got through 5 minutes of jogging without stopping each of the 3 times. My goal now is to stop making excuses and to be more consistent. I'm going to start a streak where I have to jog a minimum of 5 minutes every day. It's summer holiday now, so I have no excuses!

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    No more excuses is right! I agree, I agree! It is summer and so much nicer to be lighter. Thanks for sharing what that book is about. -Great sounding book. Anyway I'm right there with more excuses about getting lighter and healthier. Man, if I can just resist the pastries like you mentioned you did..pastries make my head spin in happiness, but my later my body says 'why'd ja do it? more excuses-it's just not on my menu anymore and that's that. :)
    2403 days ago
    I find I make more excuses when the scale is at a standstill.
    2407 days ago
    I, too, find I make excuses. I use the fact that I broke my neck as an excuse for just about everything. Please check out my SparkPage for more info on my neck situation.

    I have to realize my neck is only one part of my body. I am lucky to be alive. I am luck to be able to walk. There was a time when I couldn't walk, and I remember what that was like. No every step I take is a small miracle to me. I can't look down to see my feet when I am walking, but I wish I could watch myself take every step.

    So what excuse do I have not to walk every day? None. Do I walk every day? Usually. And once I start I am so happy I am doing it I don't want to stop. I am without excuse, yet there are still days when I think that because it's raining, I'll miss my walk. No excuse. I have a perfectly good treadmill. I have a large living room. But since those are not my preferred method of walking, I will still use the "it's raining" excuse.

    I don't know what book you are reading, but it sounds like a great motivational book. I wonder if you could share title and author with me?

    2407 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    That is a great motto, NO MORE EXCUSES!

    Too many times we allow excuses to get in the way of our health. It is too much work, it is too late, I'm tired, etc. I look at this way, I am doing this for ME and I am worth it! Finally, exercise comes in many shapes and fashions.
    I love to watch TV (my greatest vice) but I will walk in place for an hour in order to get some exercise in while watching TV.

    You definitely are worth it!

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    2407 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your plan for eliminating excuses, it is exactly what I need to do. I have been making excuses about starting my gym classes and now after reading your blog I'm ready for no more excuses!
    2407 days ago
    Congratulations on no longer making excuses. The hardest thing in motivation is finding it. Excuses gives us a platform in which to make ourselves feel better or justify our actions. which in turn then demotivates us in the long run. Reading your post only motivates me to look at self more and cut out the excuses I am currently using.
    2407 days ago
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