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THE (diminishing) EXCUSE

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Unless any of us live in Southern Florida, which is the only area I can think of in the USA with moderate temperatures throughout the winter, I'd say we're all on the same page with this crazy cold weather, aren't we? We've all had about enough of it!

It pummeled me yesterday, figuratively speaking. It took me and threw me right out of my groove. And on a very important week as well. I dedicated this week to a special workout but yesterday I fell into a weather-induced-coma.

For those of us in the business of attempting to make a healthy life for ourselves, here is a fine example of what we call...


Our furnace blew a few days ago and I'd been waiting on a part to get it fixed. By yesterday I had a chill that would not leave my bones. I coddled that chill all day with a soft blanket, hot tea, and movies that made me feel warm and cozy. My daughter had the day off from work, so just hanging out with her, no real purpose in mind, seemed enticing. I rarely left the sofa yesterday. Even my FitBit app was screaming at me by the end of the day.

How do I feel? I feel disappointed.

I feel awful because I made a commitment that I neglected to keep. I let my Spark family down. I let my Tangerine Team down. I let my Shockers down. (of course they have no idea, but that's not the point.) Worst of all, I let myself down.

What will I do about it? I'll grow from it.

I'll work twice as hard the remainder of the week. I'll extend my workout to Sunday. I'll remember how I feel right now the next time I think about giving in to "THE EXCUSE."

Will it happen again? Yes. I'm certain of it.

But each time it does, I'll grow a little more. It'll occur less and less. One day, THE EXCUSE will bury itself deep within me, only to make appearances during appropriate moments, like an emergency or a sickness. Eventually, I will be immune to THE EXCUSE.

I'm not there yet. But I'm closer than I was 2 years ago. I have that to feel proud of. And I have much to look forward to. Like a completely excuse-free kick@ss workout this afternoon!

What's on your agenda for today? Will you track a workout or make an excuse?

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    Way to go Tina. Kick that excuse in the pants. emoticon
    2545 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12242035
    You've got the right attitude about it. Live and learn! You've got it, girl!

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    2553 days ago
    Oh girl...it happens to all of us! One of those wacky things that makes us human. The fact that it's eating at you and that you've made a plan to overcome, makes you a success...you didn't use that excuse as an excuse to quit. You got this kiddo! We've got your back!!! You could never let the Tangerines down...you build us all up every day!!
    2554 days ago
  • LORI2562
    You can rule over THE EXCUSE!

    The Tangerines will cheer on as you do!
    2554 days ago
  • CBUNNY01
    I hope you get that exercise in today. I have major issues with consistency. If my one day break (I can come up with excuses for every hour of the day) turns into two I tend to lose momentum. I think excuses are our minds believing in something that we tell ourselves that isn't necessarily true. Nice post and I appreciate your encouragement!
    2554 days ago
    LOVE this and I'm right there with you. I'm trying to make myself workout daily now because I know if I stop for just one day....

    well, that's why I'm here. LOL

    2554 days ago
  • PGHP31CK
    Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and kick the rest of our tails --- I KNOW you're gonna do it!

    It isn't that we make mistakes, it's what we do when we do. Learning is trial and ERROR, not trial and success.

    You're gonna kick THE EXCUSE to the curb, lady.

    Cheering you on!
    2554 days ago
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