After working in weight loss for more than 15 years, it is safe to say that plenty of excuses have crossed my path. Sure, some of these excuses are real - emergencies, illness, urgent work deadlines, but others not so real and the very excuses that ultimately hold you back from achieving the health and fitness goals you have set for yourself.
So, as we move into the tougher months of the year when it comes to maintaining commitment to a healthy lifestyle, here are some of the commonly used excuses, and the truth serum that may help you ditch them for good.
Excuse One: It is..... too cold/wet/hot/dark/late to exercise
Did you know that you can wear warmer clothes or a water proof jacket and hat when you exercise so that you do not get too cold or wet should the weather conditions be a little more challenging? Once you stop letting the conditions outside affect your training, you will be one step closer to taking control of your weight, for good.
Excuse Two: I do not have time
Who has time? We all get 24 hours a day to use, and some of us manage to fit in exercise and meal preparation while others do not. It is all about priorities really. Do you want to sit and watch an extra hour of TV, or could you record it, watch it later and go for a walk and prepare your lunch for the next day? As soon as you begin to factor in your food preparation and exercise before the other commitments in your life, the sooner you will be exercising regularly and eating well on more days than not.
Excuse Three: I am too tired
Everyone is tired, most people have too much on their plate and are exhausted at the end of every single day. While it may not be our natural desire to pop on our training gear and get out to the gym or for a run when we are feeling tired, the truth is that you will only feel better if you do, even if it is just for 20 minutes. So stop putting your energy into thinking you are tired and instead focus on how much better you will feel when you get some more blood pumping around your body.
Excuse Four: I will start tomorrow
Why wait until tomorrow, start today. Whether it is going for a walk, choosing a healthier dinner option or choosing to throw the biscuits away rather than eat the whole packet just because they are there. The issue with constantly putting things off until tomorrow is that tomorrow never comes. If you have the time, do it now, as the sooner you start, the sooner you will get results.
Excuse Five: I bought it for the kids
You know what I am talking about - the chips, the snack food, the bite size chocolate bars that you tell yourself you are buying for the kids but that you end up eating anyway. Let's be honest here, the kids do not need it either. Our kids are some of the biggest in the world so stop kidding yourself and stop buying it, if you really do want to lose weight.
Excuse Six: One day will not matter
The issue with writing off an entire day of healthy eating and exercise, is that if we write of two days a week, it is more than 2 months of the year that we have not eaten well or exercised. Make more of your exercise and food decisions count and when you do choose to take a break, take a meal break or an exercise session break, not an entire day.
- Sydney Morning Herald