About ten years ago, I made the commitment to get fit. I started eating healthy, I started jogging and weight training. Six years ago, I ran a half marathon. A huge accomplishment and lifestyle change for a girl who used to fake sick notes to get out of gym class. And then I stopped. I decided to give myself a break from all the training … for six years!
I came up with lots of reasons for reverting back to my sloth like behaviour. My schedule changed and I no longer had time. My knees hurt, I was too tired, it wasn’t fun, I needed to focus on other things, the condo wasn’t big enough for large equipment. Blah, blah, blah. And then I saw this video and realized that the excuses needed to stop.
Given that my mom had knee replacement surgery, perhaps pounding the pavement was no longer the best option for me, but that only meant one option was out, not all. And the condo isn’t big, but who says I needed a big, top-of-the line treadmill or elliptical to be healthy. I started my journey back to a more healthy lifestyle by lacing up a pair of sneakers and heading out on walks to explore this wonderful neighbourhood we moved to. I bought myself a condo-sized twist stepper workout machine for rainy days or the soon to be very cold days. And next Monday, I’m stepping it up a notch with my first class of TRX Suspension training (yikes!).
The next challenge. Get my home office back in order. Yes, that space is now smaller. Yes, it is now also a spare bedroom. Yes, I now also have to share that space with my husband. The simple fact is those excuses are only an attempt to get out of spending a day organizing, chucking and putting up shelves. It may not be fun, but the reward at the end will be worth it.
There are other tasks related to building my business, personal and professional development opportunities put on hold, repairing scarred or broken relationships that I am going to tackle one at a time. No more excuses.
Are there some things you have been avoiding? What excuses are you using to put them off?