When All Your Excuses Are Removed: Time To Act
There are always excuses why you are unable to become a healthier you. For me, my excuses were many but each and every excuse has been removed . I have no other choice but to be real with myself and acknowledge the true reasons why I have not made a commitment to become a healthy me. Unfortunately, I have been battling with my weight for nearly 20 years. Two years ago I started a journey to lose weight and I did really well. I failed because of unrealistic goals and a half-heart commitment. I truly believed that time was different, I worked out in the gym; I walked; rode my bike, and ate healthy. Although that effort lasted 6 months, at the first sight of trouble I fell back on my old excuses. These excuses pop-up when trouble or doubt enter my life. Misery does indeed love company.
Here are my main excuses:
1. I am too tired.
Solution: I can take a nap before working out.
2. It is too expensive.
Solution: I now have access to two free gyms. I can stop buying junk food and sodas, instead by fruit, veggies, and drink water and tea.
3. I don’t have time.
Solution: I can DRV my favorite shows or watch them on-line. I can get up an hour earlier and workout in the morning. I also no longer have a long commute and get home in less than 10 minutes.
4. I am comfortable with myself.
Solution: STOP LYING!
5. It is just so hard.
Solution: Since when was anything you wanted or needed easy?
After removing each of these excuses I had to take a good look at the reasons why I just would not get healthy and make it a goal.
Here is the real reasons.
1. I just don’t feel like it.
2. I love good food.
3. I am addicted to my favorites
4. I am an emotional eater
The reasons listed are so pitiful, I just hang my head. I have been so proud of myself because I spent the last five years removing all the obstacles in my life. Unfortunately I forgot the most important obstacle, my own bad health and well-being.
Since I now know the truth, how do I move forward? How do I make the commitment to become a healthier me? While I probably don’t have all the answers today, I have to start today.
Some of the things I will have to do:
1. Start thinking different about food and fitness
2. Set attainable short-term goals.
3. Stop buying my trigger foods, stop eating fast-foods, stop eating junk.
4. Reward myself every time I reach goals.
5. Daily fitness. (Even if it is just walking around the block at lunch).
6. Journey progress for accountability. (Post a progress report every week)
Now that I have my plan, time to put it in action!
Week 1. Starting Sunday 3/3/13 to Sunday 3/10/13
1. Walk around the block everyday at lunch. If it rains, either climb the stairs or walk on the treadmill at the gym.
2. Workout at the Gym Friday, Sat, and Sun. Include strength training on Friday and Sunday.
3. Stay away from the scale!
4. Stay between 1500 – 1700 calories a day. (keep a food journal)
5. Do not eat any junk food or drink any sodas, including diet soda.
6. Add a fruit and veggie to every meal.
7. Do not eat any red meat.
8. Drink at least five glasses of water a day.