What’s your Excuse?

I hear a lot of excuses about why people don’t live healthy life styles. I get tired of hearing the excuses. Truth be told I have used some of these excuses in the past. This is one reason that I have made 2013 the year of no excuses.

Excuses that are typical for not exercising and eating right

  • I don’t have time.  Really? You don’t have time to get healthy and live a better life. Being over weight can cause a host of health problems that can affect all areas of your life. Cut out one television show, or one video game, get up a little earlier there are many ways that you can add a little time to your day.  What we all should be saying is, “I don’t have time to not be healthy anymore.”
  • I don’t have the money to eat right and exercise.  Yes you do. Junk foods actually cost more than healthy foods. The cost of junk foods are hidden in future medical cost. Fruit and vegetables are always 100% better for you than chips and dip.  You do not have to join a gym to exercise. There are lots of exercises you can do at home and in your community. Take a walk around the block or run in the yard with your kids.
  • I am too tired. Guess what, if you eat better and exercise you will not be tired all of the time. Two years ago I had a hard time staying awake past 7:30. I would sit down on the sofa after dinner and fall asleep. Now, I have energy and I go to bed at a normal grown-up hour. By taking time to exercise I have gained more hours in my day.
  • I don’t know how to start. Its not rocket science and anyone can start on the road to better health by doing a simple Internet search.  Start with little changes. Drink more water, cut soda and other high sugar sweets and move on from there. Just start by doing something, doing anything is better than doing nothing.
  • I have a slow metabolism. Guess what, working out and eating right will change your metabolism. Will it work over night? No, but in time it will and you will feel better and look better.
  • My entire family is overweight that’s just how it is.  My question to this response is are they over weight because of learned behaviors, or is there a true genetic issue that makes them this way?
  • I just want to live my life and be happy, eating makes me happy.  Sometimes your life is not only about you. The choices you make affect your spouse, children, and other family members. It is not fair to your family for you to live an unhealthy lifestyle that in the end will affect their lives. Having dropped 65 pounds I can truly say that I am a much better wife and mother than I was three years ago.
  • I have no motivation.  Last time I checked motivation does not burn calories, getting up moving your body does. Start small and create your own motivation. Set some goals that will motivate you.

What excuses are you letting hold you back from living a healthy life?


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