Sunday, August 15, 2010

Aug. 15: What's YOUR excuse?

Every day, there is something in your way, deterring your journey to better health.

Doesn't it always seem easier for everybody else?  Especially movie stars or that all-around go-getter at work that always does everything perfectly.  They seem to just have it made without any effort.  But even for people like that, life is full of choices - it's all about the priorities in your life.

I'd look good too if I was rich enough to afford a personal trainer to kick my butt.
Not if you didn't actually go to the gym and meet with that trainer.  Let your personal trainer be fitness magazines and the internet!

It would be easy to lose weight if I had a personal chef making me all sorts of healthy, low fat meals.
You're cooking anyway, so just make the choice to cook differently.

It's her job to look good - she doesn't have anything else to do.
Do you really think that's true?  Does she have kids?  A spouse? A script to memorize or a personal appearance to make?  Successful people are nearly always busy.

I'd have time to work out if I had a nanny.
Do you have a friend with kids that you could trade babysitting duties with?  Could you go on your lunch break when the kids are in school?  What about your spouse - he could do some kid-duty while you hit the gym.  Put the baby in the stroller for a nice long walk and let your older child pedal his bike along with you.

I can't even afford a gym membership - there is no way I can get fit.
You can walk, do a DVD, run, find a piece of equipment on Craigslist or at yard sales - where there is a will, there's a way.  When I first started out, I did squats and lunges with a 40 pound bag of dog food cradled in my arms.

The point I'm trying to make is, of course, rather obvious.  There is always a way to make healthier choices. If you really, really want something, you don't think about the obstacles - you think about the solutions.


  1. Smiling here. I have JUST written my post..and yes, if I choose I can get up from my keyboard now and go and get active, and think about the healthy meal we'll enjoy later. This was very apt! Thank you! :)

  2. That's awesome - glad it struck a chord for you!