Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!!

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Excuses are tools of the incompetent, which create monuments of nothingness. Those who specialize in them are seldom good in anything…. –-Author Unknown

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Excuses! We all have them! But when excuses become a way of life and prevent you from establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it’s a problem. Yes, life happens and it will continue to do so. Think of life as a spectrum of activity. There will be happy and amazing times overflowing with laughter and action. There will be sorrowful times filled with stress, grief and despair. In between (most of the time), there will be the ordinary (i.e.: commonplace, routine, familiar, everyday, normal). And what it comes down to is making yourself a priority and establishing and maintaining your goals through the ordinary. It will help you to manage through the opposing ends of the spectrum as well.

When it comes to the excuses for not working out or being fit, there are many! For the record, I’ve never just asked someone why they do not work out or questioned unhealthy food choices. Oftentimes, conversation would start when others commented about observing me running outside or saw me somewhere still sweaty from a workout. I am also a pescatarian who is mindful (most of the time) about food choices. In those instances, curiosity initiated discussion about eating healthy and general fitness. In the majority of these contexts, I was offered unsolicited excuses for why they could not commit themselves to a more active and healthier way of living even though they claimed to want to get in shape.

If we are truly honest with ourselves, we always managed to make the time for things that we enjoy and are important to us. For many of us, our twenties were filled with dating, getting together with friends, and taking trips every now and again. Yes, there were occasions that we chose to stay home. But, for the most part, that time of our lives was spent doing the many things that we enjoyed. Even when we had to be at work very early the next day!

Entering into our thirties and forties comes more responsibility and a shift in priorities as well. We get married, have children, and settle into the life of building a future for our children and ourselves. This often entails a flurry of competing priorities and activities at any given time. While it’s important to actively engage in these obligations and secure stability for our family, I contend that managing health should be a key priority throughout this time as well. After all, doesn’t enjoying life and building a future assume good health and being able to actively participate in it? We already have the experience from our twenties of making time for the things that we felt were important. So why not build on that experience and come up with a plan to incorporate good health habits and fitness into our daily lives? There is nothing to lose and many benefits to gain.

– Wishing you success in your fitness journey!

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Copyright 2015 Nichole Michele