Excuses are rationalizations we make to ourselves about people, events, and circumstances. They are invented reasons we create to defend our behavior, to postpone taking action or simply as a means of neglecting responsibility.
Do you find yourself making excuses? You know you could be doing it and not even noticing you’re doing it, Because you actually believe the story your mind is telling you.
Excuses seem to come out most often when we talk about Nutrition and Fitness.
Lets take a look at 10 excuses you commonly hear ( or say) and why you may say it.
We will also look at what we can do to stop making excuses so you can move forward in your health and fitness journey.
Excuses the top 10 and how I respond to them.
Im too tired, — Just start and Give it 10 minutes
I can’t afford a gym,– there is always videos and Other ways to work out.
I don’t have time, –We all have the same 24 hours its only 30 minutes
I need to be motivated,– No you need to be disciplined
I don’t like to exercise alone, — You’re not there to chip chat, Save that for your social hour.
I get bored easily, — Lots of other options, If you follow the schedule you won’t get bored, Dont wing it.
I’m too old / Fat — Just plain old not true, Everyone starts somewhere, your place is now.
I have tried, I can’t stick with a program — you have to believe the process, If you do the right thing and take the right steps it will work.
I don’t like to sweat– Picture it like your fat is melting, It is healthy to sweat, it is detoxifying.
The weather is not right, — Then don’t go outside But MOVE.
Do any of these excuses sound like something you would say? Have you sad them before? I will be honest even I have used a few of these. Im not perfect and neither are you. But you also do not have to continue to believe these things either, They are Show stoppers, Dream killers, and quite frankly just means IT (whatever your dream is) is not important enough. So a big question is………..
Why we make excuses
Fear – (F E A R ) False evidence appearing real.
Out of habit
don’t want to come out of your comfort zone
Don’t want to fail
You don’t have a specific and measurable goal
You’re scared of making a mistake
You compare yourself to others
You think you lack the resources (Money, or know how)
It’s easier than telling the truth
In self-defense of not feeling adequate.
Any way you put it, Its an excuse that will be holding you back from reaching your goal. You have to want it (your Goal) more than you want to accept your excuses.
Why its important to STOP making excuses
Excuses lead to failure and no one wants to fail.
They make you live with regret(the road not taken)
It prevents growth
It will teach your family the same Bad habits
The great news is you can stop the madness!! You have the power to take control of your life and your dreams.
Actions to stop
it’s your life and only you can live it. If its broke fix it , if it needs to be done do it. and get back to living.
Take charge of ownership of your life
You are not alone here and you don’t have to be strong, or skinny or fearless. No one walks in your shoes but you, and if someone is looking at you….. They are thinking Damn I should be doing something too. Good for her.
Fear of the unknown( False Evidence Appearing Real)
Dont believe the lies. Every step in the right direction gets you closer.
Take action every day
The compound effect, Don’t ever have a day when you don’t do something for your goal.
Dedicate blocks in your schedule and make it happen
15 minutes to an hour before everyone gets up, 30 minutes before going to bed, or at your lunch break.
Set small goals
meal plan for the week, walk 4 days a week, Write 1 story a week. whatever your goal start small, when you reach that one a more to it, but start somewhere.
Learn from your mistakes
Wow, this one is important because you will make mistakes. Whether its, lifting too hard, not having the proper form or eating too much. It will happen but don’t let your mistakes derail you, Learn from them.
Don’t focus on your weakness
Weaknesses like being shy, being unorganized, Dont be so critical on your self.
Be proactive but don’t be connected to the outcome.
Meaning if you don’t lose 30 lbs in 30 days stay committed and keep going. When you enjoy the process you’ll get there.
Believe in yourself
List things you are good at or have succeeded in and remembering what you have accomplished when you don’t feel successful.
There will always be a “good excuse.” But research has consistently shown in over 70 different studies, nearly every group studied – healthy individuals, those with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease and even cancer patients – benefited from consistent exercise. No more excuses!!
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