What’s Your Excuse?

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Excuses.

Those words we speak to ourselves—either vocally or silently—are often the things we blame for not reaching our transformation goals! See if any of these sound familiar:

  • I’m too tired.
  • I’m too old, too fat, too…
  • I have little kids around all. day. long.
  • I work really long hours.
  • I don’t have time.
  • I can’t afford to join the gym.
  • I have an injury.
  • I have a health issue.
  • I travel a lot.
  • I don’t like to go to the gym.
  • I can’t, because…
  • I don’t have a support system.
  • I don’t like veggies.
  • This is just the way I am.
  • The treadmill is soooo boring!
  • And on, and on, and on…

We are brilliant excuse makers! But here’s what I know: Most excuses are rooted in fear—the fear of failure, of what others will think of us, of change, of hard work, of the unknown, of discomfort, and so on.

But you know what? There are really very few legitimate excuses. Injuries or health issues? Nope! Chris and I have never encountered an injury or health issue we can’t work around. And some of our Extreme Weight Loss peeps have dealt with some of the most horrible things imaginable—abuse, loss of a child or parent, eating disorders, loss of a limb, lack of feeling loved, and many others—and they were able to rise above these and reach their goals!

And what about those rationalizations—an excuse’s best friend? They can be just as damaging to reaching our goals! Here are some doozies:

  • I’ll start tomorrow—today’s not a good day because of … (and tomorrow never comes!).
  • I’ll start Monday—a new week will make all the difference this time!
  • I’ll eat this just this once.
  • It’s a holiday…my birthday…my anniversary…my vacation…(fill in the blank). I deserve it! (And then we often overindulge more than a little).
  • If I just finish this carton of ice cream, or this bag of chips…M&Ms…Oreos…etc., it will be all gone and I won’t be tempted to eat it anymore (that’s a classic!). 😉
  • I exercised today so I can have “extra” calories.
  • And on, and on, and on…

So how do we eliminate excuses and rationalizations so we can reach our goals?

  • Make a list of every excuse and rationalization you think and speak. Besides being rather enlightening, you might even get a pretty good chuckle from how creative you are! Once you’re aware of what you’re doing, you’re better equipped to make changes.
  • Do one small thing today to reignite your fire to achieve your goals. One small success leads to many others!
  • Reevaluate how you spend your time. Let’s be honest—we make time for what’s important to us. Is your time filled with unimportant—but “fun”—time wasters that turn into excuses?
  • Get creative and think outside the box. Can’t workout because you have kids? Find ways to workout WITH the kids (see the video below for an idea!) Sometimes rethinking how we do something is all that is needed to overcome self imposed obstructions.
  • Likewise, remember this important thought: The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse (Unknown). ‘Nuff said. 🙂

Let’s get to work and become doers, not excusers!

We can do this!


6 Comments

  1. Emilie - February 1, 2014

    Hi Heidi, this is Emilie from France 🙂
    Just to thank you for the motivation you, Chris (and also Jacqui McCoy, my favorite EWL candidate so far <3) are giving me everyday. Can't say how much you help me on my weightloss journey but also on my everyday life. I only have some 20 pounds to loose now, I lost 50 pounds last year and I've been plateauing for a few months but your posts help me going on and stay motivated.
    I also want to thank you for going on sharing with us all your pictures, posts and motivational messages, whatever the reactions are. Your experience and your help is really helpful. Just to let you know that positive and thankful thoughts are targeting you and the Powell pack, each and everyday :-))

  2. Leah - January 30, 2014

    @ Leah…the other Leah, I am breastfeeding my 4 mo old too. Do you track your calories? If not be sure to do that but add in an extra 400-500 each day for breastfeeding. If you are creating too much of a calorie deficit it will affect your supply. Also make sure you are drinking lots of water and are getting plenty calcium. Good luck with it and congrats on your wee one. 🙂

  3. Leah - January 30, 2014

    I hope you don’t mind me posting this question here- but as a breastfeeding mom of a 3 month old, my milk supply has reduced significantly as I have increased my exercise. Do you have any tips since you exercise so much and breastfeed 🙂 thank you!

  4. Leah - January 29, 2014

    Hi Heidi,

    I love the idea of listing your excuses and rationalizations. I do some of the ones you listed. I hate the treadmill with a passion and I live in rainy Oregon BUT I will still run outside even when it’s raining OR I will go over to the gym by me and run laps around the basketball court (I got 8 miles in which was a lot of laps about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am a stay at home mom of three (oldest will be five on Monday and youngest is 4 months) and it’s hard for me to workout with them around sometimes SO I either have them work out with me OR I wait until they are in bed. I will be writing my list of other excuses and making a plan to get past them…the most important part of my plan is to never, ever give up!

    -Leah, a low thyroid mom of three on a budget…and still getting it done!

  5. Jeanette - January 29, 2014

    OMG! I think I have used all of the above. For the past 2 weeks I art attend going back to the gym doing Zumba, Bootcamp and Tonning. I feel much better and energized. However, I need to change some of my eating habits. I am Puerto Rican and we tend to eat RICE everyday. I am trying my best to eat salad for lunch but when I get home I eat my plate of rice with beans. I am 41 years old, only 4 11′ and I weight 167 which is a lot. I am trying to lose about 50 pounds. I need help. I have to say that your show Extreme Weight loss was my motivation. Thank you!!!

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