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Talking Myself Out of Excuses

Monday, January 28, 2013

Today's SparkCoach activity is to figure out what my excuses are. When I start using them, I need to have a plan to talk myself right back into the healthy ways. I've been having a great week and am super motivated today so I have to think hard about what excuses I use when I slip.

One excuse I have to work on is pain. Pain/fibromyalgia are just a fact of life in my world. Pain and fatigue used to be my excuse not to exercise. I wasn't eating much so my body was in starvation mode. I gradually started exercising 5 minutes at a time. I discovered my energy was increasing. Of course, I was also eating again, only much healthier foods than ever. Again, a gradual change. Nowadays when the pain comes I have to not use it as an excuse, but at least try. Most often I can continue my exercise and the pain actually lessens!

My excuses for working out and playing outside: it's too hot/too cold/too windy. One way to handle this excuse is to visualize our service men and women who bear this extremes is full battle gear while they defend our country. I'll do something in their honor.

My excuse when hubby brings something yumful home and I've already hit my nutrition goal: I'll hurt his feelings if I don't eat some. Solution: I can usually take a bite or two and save the rest. He rarely brings home edible treats that can blow my day these days. In fact, he'll bring home fruit and specialty cheese. The kind you only need a bite or two to savor the flavor and be satisfied. If I am at the top of the range I will not eat it and look forward to a taste the next day and make sure I plan for it. It will be a reward for staying on track!

That excuse can apply when eating at somebody's home. Though I had to learn that the theory "clean your plate. Kids are starving in China" is just a saying, I can enjoy small portions. I won't be hurting anyone's feelings. I'll also think of it as a life-style exercise.

My excuses about exercise. If I haven't done my exercise in the morning, it is difficult for me to get them in in the evening. I am usually very tired (if I get up past 4am I've overslept) and achy. I also think exercise will wake up my thoughts. Oh, my body is willing to go into rest mode, but the thoughts just won't quiet down. Soluton: exercise for at least 10 minutes early on. This usually leads to more. If I'm exercising to music I'm amazed when 30 or 40 minutes have gone by. If, for some reason I cannot do them in the morning, I will walk in place or do a series of stretches. There is NO excuse for not moving the body.

Motivation. Sometimes I just plain don't feel like sparking (my new word for my program). Like exercise, I make myself get 10 minutes in to connect with my teams. Unfortunately that time goes by fast too, and I end up having to control it. What's my excuse for sitting at the puter so long for Pete's sake?!

That about covers it for now. I know I'll think of other things. When I do I'll journal them. It is important to know what excuses and trigger points I have in order to better handle the inevitible road blocks waiting for me.

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    This is one of the best exercises that Spark Coach gives, when we really examine out excuses, why we use them and make plans on dealing with them it makes this journey so much easier. Well done at identifying your excuses and coming up with plans for over riding them.
    1908 days ago
  • CHERYLL1949
    1908 days ago
    Great Blog!
    1909 days ago
    Hi. I just happened upon your blog -- just after sitting here thinking about how I've run out of excuses. You touched on some of my issues and I thank you for putting a positive spin on them. Good work!
    1909 days ago
  • DAISY443
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    1909 days ago
    Sounds like you know yourself well enough now to plan ahead and stave off these excuses.
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    1909 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this. A number of your excuses resonate with me as well and it's great to see your plan for dealing with them - what a great exercise. Let's do this - we CAN keep moving and be healthy!
    1909 days ago
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