Yes, I am she. I am the Queen of Excuses and Reasoning. I can talk my way out of anything and in my mind, it’s okay. Too lazy to workout…….. “Oh I don’t want to over do it.” Haven’t been running…… “Life just gets in the way sometime.” Yep, I can justify just about anything.
However, it’s done me no good and the same will happen to you, if you let it. I have ran 6 marathons. Every time (and I do mean EVERY TIME) I have finished one I stop running for an over extended period of time. I justify my reasons in my mind and then I agree with them with all my heart! Then I spend hours beating myself up because “I’m just so slow.” “Gosh I wish I ran faster.” “Gosh, I wish I weighed less.”
Really?!?! Could I be any more of a whiner?
I have no one to blame but myself. There are a few constants in life and one of them is, whether it’s raining, snowing, your cat died, you’ve lost your job, there’s no money in the bank………….running and workouts will be there. Period. Doesn’t matter. You/I make the decisions and you can decide to put your shoes on and get a workout in or you cannot. 2012 I let the wrong decisions shape my life (temporarily). I am my own downfall. I allowed myself to be slow, overweight, negative, temperamental, distant, and lazy. I’m done. Finished. I’m done with the boring and stale thing I called life. You can do the same (for a small fee of $9.99 a month, but wait there’s more!!…………….okay sorry I couldn’t resist! There’s no fee. I just had to say that!)
So how can you avoid this downfall?
1. Get your workouts in early. The earlier the better. If you get done before you ever start the rest of your day, no excuses can keep you from it. If I skip my workouts early in the morning I have all day to talk myself out of it. If I do it first thing, Sleepy Brandy typically has about about 5 minutes (you know, get out bed, toilet and pick out clothes to wear) of serious convincing and typically that never happens.
2. Lay out your clothes the night before if your a early bird. Decreases the chance of saying “Oh I can’t find my pants, must be an omen that I’m not suppose to go!”
3.If your not an early bird, schedule the time and make it mandatory you do it. NO EXCUSES!!! Excuses is what kills our motivation and our goals.
***You have to decide how bad you want it. Every time you stop and decide to start back, it gets harder and harder. I know, I’m in the thick of it!! I’m living it right now and I hate it! Why suffer? Why not make the decision and reap the rewards day after day. For example, so many people don’t worry about their diets until the holidays, then when the holidays get here, they’re all like “Oh my gosh I can’t enjoy food at the party because I’ll really won’t fit in my jeans.” But if your mindful year round, the holidays won’t be such a headache on your diet!
One more point, just remind yourself if the warm bed feels great in the morning, that’s fine but it will be there tonight!! How do you want to live your life? Do you want to tell your grandchildren, “Aww man, I lived life to the fullest. I slept in and snuggled the heck out of that pillow!!” or do you want to say, “Aww man, I would be up at the crack of down and I hammered out those miles long before the sun came up!” What kind of life is it that we worship our bed so much that we miss out on life? How boring?!****
4. Keep your clothes with you for the scheduled appointments. If you don’t have them with you or if you have to go home to get them that really helps the Excuse Monster out big time.
5. Positive talk and motivation. It’s like Zig Ziglar has said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing-that’s why we recommend it daily.” Keep motivating yourself and keep talking positive What we say and think effects us! (Duh!) If we constantly say “We can’t”, guess what? You won’t! We clutter our minds with junk and negativity to the point that the possible seems impossible. A constant dosage of motivation and positives will do world of good for anyone!
6. If you need a workout partner find one. It helps with the accountability. I’m a loner. I like the solitude of running. But that’s me. That’s why I have this blog and my Facebook page. That’s my accountability tool. I know if I post it, I’ll eventually come across someone who is following that will ask, “How’s the diet going?” or “How’s the training going?” I love being able to say it’s going great rather than saying it’s not going at all. I love it!!
I hope this helps. I hope that my self-imposed hardships (not purposefully) will help you avoid the downfalls that “could” await you. Trust me they are avoidable. You can choose to live everyday to the fullest and reap the rewards of an excuse free life or you can fall into the trap of excuses. Trust me, I’ve been there and done that, it’s hell getting out.
Whether you’ve made New Year’s resolution or your just making changes, I hope that you get there. You deserve it. I hope that you become your own motivational story.I hope that we can all look back at our lives and say, ” It wasn’t perfect but I left nothing on the table.I lived life to my fullest.” That is my wish for you.