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Excuses are like...well...you know.....

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Excuses are like ...well...you know.

Armpits, yeah...that's what I meant. Excuses are like armpits; everyone has them and generally, unless you pretty them up, they all stink.

I have no excuse for not being further along in my journey. I have reasons for some of the setbacks, but no excuses. I choose not to allow excuses in my journey. Why? Because it would be SO EASY to just say to someone, "I have arthritis, lupus, spinal stenosis, neuroforaminal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I've had a heart attack and there is a stent in my artery. I have muscle fiber tears in my hamstring and calf muscle. I have stress fractures in one of my feet. I have fibromyalgia. I hurt ALL OF THE TIME. I am stiff and sore MOST OF THE TIME." It would be so easy. So understandable. "Poor MJ", they would say. "She has so many things wrong with her. No wonder she can't lose weight. No wonder she sits in that chair most of the time."

OH HELL NO, THEY WON'T! No matter how stiff I am in the mornings, I move around and stretch until I loosen up a bit. No matter how much my joints throb and ache, I am NOT going to be an invalid, disabled, impaired from LIVING. Some days I can do yoga, even power yoga. Some days I can walk a mile or two. I proved that in January when I walked 13.1 miles, didn't I? Does it matter that it took me more than 5 hours? Nope, cause I did it!

So I have no excuse for EVER giving in to the limitations I have. Instead, I have to work around and with them...WORK being the key word. If I rest, I rust. No one likes a rusty She Beast...trust me on that.

I have been in a lot of pain the last few weeks with this torn hamstring and calf. I broke my own rule and used it as an excuse, along with my son's wedding, for not exercising and for not tracking my food. I allow myself days off from certain types of exercise for injuries, but I should have, and could have done some seated cardio and some ST...so I have no excuse for not exercising. I allow myself to eat some indulgent foods now and then, but not tracking them has proven detrimental in the past so the busyness of my son's wedding is no excuse. I could have used the Spark iPhone app, scraps of paper, sent myself a text, etc...NO EXCUSE.

I believe in accountability. I believe in being honest with not only yourself, but with your team members. I fudged up for a week or so. No excuse. Time to get back in the saddle and back on the right path. No excuses...I just goofed off and it has cost me a little weight gain and a little loss of flexibility and strength. I'll lose the weight and earn the strength back. I claim it and I own it.

There isn't a single reason other than extreme illness, coma, or death for anyone on here to not find SOMETHING they can do to improve their health. Let's promise to stop making excuses, own the fudge ups, and move on and past them. We are stronger than people think, sometimes even stronger than we think. Let's get moving and prove it.

Never give up. Never give in. As always, I love you all.
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    I loved this blog! I am only recently learning how much excuses hold sway in my life, and it boggles my mind every time. I was in the hospital this weekend, and the food offered there was not the most nutritious. I should have had my husband get something healthy for me from the cafe, but I ate what I was served instead... and when I got home later, I had some of my husband's potato chips. There was no good reason for that, it was just one of those ''might as well'' things. I could have tried harder than I did. I'm not beating myself up about it or anything, but just being aware of the many ways my brain tries to talk me out of doing the healthy thing. You are super inspiring and I love your attitude!
    2128 days ago
    You don't know how much I needed to read this blog! Thank you for the inspiration!
    2128 days ago
    Awesome post....you are truly an inspiration! Love your "no excuses" attitude. I surely needed a dose of that!

    Keep up the good work!

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    2129 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Love you too! And here I've berm whining about my injuries? Wish you had posted this last December, but I'm there with you now! emoticon
    2129 days ago
    emoticon Claim it and Move On without any "Baggage" -- There is NO ROOM on this Journey for Trash like Guilt , Regret, or Excuses!
    emoticon Thank You for one of the Most Positive & Encouraging Blogs I have read in awhile.
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    2129 days ago
    You can do it MJ! You're one of the strongest people I know, and you will make it to the end of this road!
    2129 days ago
    Love it, and in your walk..you weren't last! yay! That's a long haul. Yes, when stiff, I found out Spark has these warped things like tricep exercises. grrr. That excuse gone!

    I like to say, "Excuses are like brains, in that everyone has one, it's how you use them that makes the difference!"

    I was fudging on water...I drink weak instant coffee all day, and was counting that as my water. I have since straightened up. I come from a place where the water is sweet and cold from the tap (natural spring fed lake from sugar creek), about its only redeeming feature LOL. so all others seem rather boring, and some nasty salty.

    Good luck! Good skill! Good get going! emoticon
    2129 days ago
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