I heard a phrase this week that really stuck with me. Here it is:
You can have success or you can have excuses, but you can only choose one.
Then I thought about that. There are times when we accept circumstances and stop trying to find a way around them. There are times when we don't quit, we take negative consequences as feedback (instead of failure) and we keep moving toward our goal.
Jim Rohn once said, “If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.”
If your hands are full of excuses, you don't have any room for success. So let's look at some of the top excuses.
I Don't Have The Money
I eat from the “value menu” and I can't afford organic. I get this, but you can purchase a family package of chicken (for me about $5) and bake this (not fried). I use the Pressure Cooker XL and (just like the informerical) 20 minutes I have great tasting, healthier chicken. I still take off the skin. You can purchase frozen vegetables (or canned) and have a protein (chicken) and a carb (vegetables) ready to go for a healthy meal. That meal (for me) is $3.75.
I Don't Have Time To Cook
This is where we need to start the stopwatch on your phone the next time you go to get some “fast food.” You drive there, wait in line, in some cases get asked to pull over, wait, only to get the wrong order. You go to a restaurant. You wait to be seated, wait for the waitress, wait for yours drinks, wait for the waiter to come back, wait for your food, wait for your check. Sure, I get it. You don't have to do dishes. How long does it take to put your dishes in the dishwasher? Then get the family involved in cooking and start your stopwatch. I think you'll find you save time (and money, and calories) eating at home.
I've Never Done This Before
There are tons of things you've succeeded at that you'd never done before you tried. You'd never walked before you did, never driven a car before you first got behind the wheel, never had a job before your first one.
I Don't Know How
One word: Google. No Internet? One Word: Library. Don't have a library. It is as simple as eat less (and eat better), and exercise more.
The Conditions Aren't Right
Zig Ziglar once said, “If you wait for all the lights to turn green at the same time, you will never make it to work.
I Don't have Time To Work out
For me, weight loss begins with the food. In regards to working out, I have done workouts that lasted 7 minutes and I've felt results. Who doesn't have 7 minutes?
I Don't Have a Gym
You don't Need a Gym. You can use your own body weight to get yourself in shape using just your body. You can even deal yourself a workout just using your body with FitDeck Bodyweight
I Don't Have a Babysitter
Do you have a TV? Then you do. Again, you can make this happen. You might even have the kids exercise with you and be the role model of health.
Exercise is Boring
Get some music, and pump up the jams. the workout will be over before you know it. Listen to some podcasts. Not sure how? Check out www.learntosubscribe.com to find out how you can use free software to listen to podcast on your phone.
I Need a Coach or a Partner
Over 60% of Americans are over-weight. See if any of your friends need to lose weight.
I Don't Want to Get Pumped Up With Weights
First of all, getting pumped up takes time. It's not like you're going to go to the gym once and wake up and go “Oh my! What have I done?” Secondly, there are ways to lift weight for muscle more than size.
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