The excuses on the other hand make me cringe. I am not saying no one has a reason or an excuse. We all have excuses. I have excuses every morning. Every morning, I wake up and I self talk to myself. I tell myself, I am too tired, I am too hungry, It’s too cold (I workout at home) but still the blankets are so warm. However as I am telling myself all the reasons why I should not exercise, I brush my teeth, wash my face and put my long cascading hair in a high Pebbles style ponytail, plug my iPod in my ears and get to business. Is it easy to get out of bed as the roosters are getting ready to crow? No, of course not, everything that is right and wrong in my head is telling me that sleeping until the kids get up could possibly be an option. Can I use every single thing in my life as an excuse? Absolutely! So why or more importantly how do I do it? How do I get the motivation to get out of bed and muster up any energy? Easy, it’s the selfishness within me that wants more energy. I know that complaining is part of my ritual. Fighting with me is part of the not so fun way of me being able to get out of bed and JUST DO IT!
I know what you are thinking, “You are a trainer, you should LOVE working out!” There are many things I love, working out, meh, not so much. And I must tell you I am not the only trainer out there that can admit to this. The ever famous Jillian Michaels, and my professional hero, has also admitted to disliking working out. No one said you had to love exercise but the afterglow of the exercising; the euphoric feeling of accomplishing a kick ass workout for yourself; the feel good endorphin high that accompanies a great sweat, now these things I LOVE. These are all the things that I look forward to. This is the reason I and all the people I know who sweat it out day in and day out, do it for. This is the reason we instil in our kids why physical activity is important for them.
One thing we must learn as adults and especially as adult parents is that finding time for ourselves is not selfish. Wanting the endorphin high that makes us feel good is not selfish. Wanting this feeling and grabbing onto this feeling allows us to be healthy for our children now and their children in the future. We teach them that it’s good to engage in activities they are interested in but then slap ourselves if we do or want the same thing.
Excuses are good; they are good to have in our back pocket. Writing them down could actually show us how silly they truly are. The best thing to do would be to write your excuses in big black marker, read them aloud to yourself and then burn them. Let the excuses know who the boss truly is and who will win this battle of excuse giving. Stop making excuses and GET MOVING!
Live from the Inside out,