Drop the Excuses

Excuse – “to try and remove blame from achat cialis 5.” Think about that for a minute; removing blame from… Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else notice how quickly excuses start up when it comes to working out, eating healthy, or just losing weight in general? If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Biggest Loser, then you’ve seen how often the contestants give their laundry list of excuses, immediately followed by the trainers having to argue with them for 5 or more weeks to break them out of that mindset. The trainers do this because, in order for the contestants to get their lives back in order and on the right track again, it is vital for them to stop being allowed to use excuses. The trainers know that if they cannot break the will of the contestant and cause a shift in the way they think, then they will go back to their old way of life the second they leave the show. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the average healthy person has just as many obstacles in life as the average unhealthy person. The difference is, one chooses to be productive and fight through it, the other chooses to use excuses.

Weight loss is 80% mental and 20% activity. If you can’t get your mind right about what needs to be done, you’ll never sustain the activity necessary to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Once you get the mental aspect down, the rest is easy (relatively speaking). When that moment happens, when everything finally clicks… you’ll know exactly what I mean. You’ll WANT to eat healthy. You’ll WANT to work out. You’ll all of a sudden WANT to make healthy choices in everything you do.

Let’s dive into a couple of the more commonly used excuses today.

“I don’t have enough time”: Love this one; it’s very easy for anyone to justify. I think I hear the “I don’t have time” excuse more than any other. This one is so easy to use and justify because it applies to almost everyone since we all have busy lives. Between work, family, church, or whatever else your life may consist of, it’s busy… and I get that. There is a quote I recently came across that describes this situation perfectly:

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” – Art Turock

If living a healthy lifestyle is important to you, then you will find a way to make it happen. A 30-minute workout is 3% of the typical person’s day (assuming 8 hours of sleep). So if you’re using the “I don’t have time” excuse not to exercise, then you’re saying it’s such a low priority that you can’t adjust things if your life to free up 3% more of your day. 30-minutes a day, that’s all it takes.

“I turn to food for comfort”: Yes, another one of my favorite ones. And by favorite I mean that it drives me insane that people actually think this is a valid excuse. Just like we all live busy lives, we also all have stress in our lives. To deal with stress, some turn to alcohol, some to drugs, some to prayer, and some to… food? Sorry but that one just doesn’t make sense to me. You are stressed out so you eat more food? If this is a real problem for you, then you are setup to fail unless you change your thinking. At no point in your life will you be completely “stress-free”. With this mindset, every time you get stressed out, you’re going to have a setback with your fitness goals. That will then lead to frustration, which will then ultimately lead to failure. So the answer to this is… find something other than food to turn to for comfort. Exercise is actually one of the best ways to relieve stress. Go for a 5-mile run and I promise you’ll feel better afterwards. You’ll feel much better than if you choose to gorge into chocolate cake instead. If you allow this excuse to exist in your life, you will never reach your fitness goals. This trap is a dangerous one to fall into, so stay away from it.

“I’m gaining weight because I’m getting older”: Yes, metabolism does slow down with age, but not near as much as you are led to believe. For most people, metabolism doesn’t start slowing down until age 30. Then it slows down around 2% per decade after that. So let’s say you’re 50 years old and are 40 pounds heavier than when you were in your 20’s. Using the formula above, the average person’s metabolism will be burning about 4 – 5% less calories now. Sorry but I don’t think it’s fair to blame that much weight on that small of a drop in metabolism.

Now there are of course some more justifiable reasons for weight gain as we get older. Lives are busier, jobs are more sedentary, etc. But do not use age alone as a cop out for gaining excess weight. I’ve heard people as young as 30 try and use the age excuse for excess weight. Yes our lives are busier, yes we have less time for the gym, and yes are metabolisms are a little bit slower… but that just means that you’ll need to make a few better choices in your eating, and a little more effort to prioritize getting a workout in. I can’t count the number of times I heard someone tell me “Just wait til you get older, married, and have kids. You’ll be my weight too!” No, I won’t. I am older now (33), I am married… and have been for 9 years, and I have 2 kids. I am in much better physical shape now than when I was 21. Aging is real, but don’t let others convince you that it’s impossible to get into great shape once you get past 25 years of age.

There are plenty of other excuses I could list, but these are some of the more common ones I hear today. Get the excuse mentality out of your minds and instead, start working on results!

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