On my last 50 Million Pound Challenge post, I got called out in the comments by a friend who has known me for years. Shout out to E-Fresh for always keeping it real! Like everyone else, I hate admitting when someone is right, but le sigh…it’s true.
Whenever I try to lose weight, I lock down on my dietary intake. I’d rather eat only a certain food item, or starve myself, than work up a sweat.
I need to exercise.
According to Dr. Ian, I should be getting in an hour every day. To say I fall short of that is understatement of the year. And I’ve got every excuse in the book why I can’t work out. But not anymore — I’m tackling them head on! Here are my top three excuses, and reasons why they are no longer valid.
1 — “I’m not an athletic person.” Seriously, my tennis lessons tutor told me this when I was a teenager. And those words have stuck with me ever since. When I feel defeated trying a new exercise, or realize that I’m physically unable to do something, they float back into my mind. And while maybe it’s true that I wasn’t destined to be Serena Williams — I am capable, and with diligence and sweat, someday I might feel athletic.
The point is, something an old man said over fifteen years ago shouldn’t be an excuse for me not to exert myself. I’m limiting myself, and I’m the person who believes that people can achieve anything if they put their mind to it. Why?
2 — “I don’t have the time.” Isn’t that what we all say? Whether you’ve got a stressful job or are an at-home mom, there’s always something ELSE to do besides exercise. There’s always something more pressing to attend to. I realize the “no time” excuse meant that I was making time for everything else besides my health, my body, my emotions, myself.
My new goal is to make time for myself every day, and I realize that I’m most likely to do this as soon as I get out of bed. Wake up, work out for a half hour, take a shower, start my day. Otherwise, I wind up finding ways to fill up my time with sedentary activities. If you recognize the times in your day where you’re wasting time, and you get in maybe 15 minutes in the morning, 15 in the evening… that’s better than doing nothing and being angry at yourself for not exercising later.
3 — “UGH I hate working out!” OK, this isn’t an excuse so much as an honest statement. I’m not quite yet in that “yay! I love exercise!” zone. I may never quite get there, either.
Yeah, yeah, yeah — I have read so many articles and blog posts where people swear they love working out every day. That is so not me. BUT I realize that I NEED to work out every day, or at least three days a week. The 50 Million Pound Challenge recommends a range of activities, from walking, aerobics, and using the elliptical trainer, to more fun methods like bike riding, swimming, playing basketball, and yay! Dancing! I can get down with that, and if done right it can be quite a calorie burner.
I’m too young to get winded on the stairs. I’m too intelligent to continue on this path, where I’m putting my health and well being on the backburner. And I deserve better than I’m giving myself right now. So, no more excuses. Time to face up to them, fight them, and get fit in the process.
What are your “I can’t work out because” excuses? And how will you defeat them?