No More Excuses

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?

8 thoughts on “No More Excuses

  1. Laurie, what a great post. As I was watching the video I was counting how many of the excuses I have used whenever I have been ‘undermotivated.’ Whoa… I had to stop there were so many.

    On the plus side, I just got in from a run and I have a 4 times operated on left knee. Now, after watching this, I feel pretty good. I don’t do marathons and halfs anymore, but I still do 5 & 10ks.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Be well. ~Paul

    • Paul, that’s exactly how I felt when I watched the video. There are always lots and lots of reasons (excuses) why we can’t. Changing the focus from “I can’t” to “I can and will” is the first big step.

      And congrats on the run. I am working back up to first the 5k and then the 10k. The high that comes from crossing the finish line is pretty hard to beat.

  2. Good for you!! I love using TRX at the gym…I too had to let go of a lot of excuses and just get on with it. And I feel a thousand per cent better for having done so..

    • Thanks Mimi. Glad to hear from a surviving and thriving TRX user. A thousand percent better is a great reason to keep going! TRX looks a little intimidating, but I can hardly wait to get going. Just wondering how long it will take for me to get tangled up or trip over something!

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