The dog ate my homework, the check is in the mail, and I was late because I missed the bus, these are all great excuses many people have used throughout out their lives and unfortunately they have now become very cliché. So how does this equate to training and leading a healthy life style? The same people who have used such excuses in other parts of their lives will continue to do so when it comes to their health, however in these instances the only person they are lying to is themselves. So when we hear a person who is obviously overweight, stuffing a few KrispyKreme doughnuts into their mouth while explaining how they are too tired to work out, or they don’t have the time or even that they just got a manicure, remember that old Yiddish Proverb, “if you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.”
Just because we justify the reasons that we are not as fit or healthy as we would like to be does not make us a bad person. It’s just that if we record all of our excuses and play them back; we would be horrified to see how frequently we justify the reasons for not doing something about it. Our friends and family are probably tired of our constant complaining about it as well. So what do we do? You don’t like the way you look or feel and you know that you are the only one that can change it, but how to start?
Normally, I would begin telling you that the hard part is recognizing that you need to change things up, but I am pretty darn sure that you already know that, you need to take action, not merely think about it. The first step is to remember that there are no excuses, if you want to get healthy than you have to work at it. You got yourself into poor shape so it’s up to you to fix it. The main excuse that I used to make use of was that I’m too tired to workout, well of course I was too tired to train, I was in such lousy shape that just getting out of bed left me winded. Then I’d begin my walking regime and quit because it became too difficult. The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Do what you can at the beginning, this does not mean don’t push yourself, it merely means push yourself to what you feel is a safe limit, for now. In time the speed and distances will become greater, and so will your overall health. When the excess weight is gone the tired feeling will most likely be gone as well. If not, then consult a doctor (best before beginning any training routine) to ensure that there is not some overriding medical issues causing you discomfort.
One common misconception is that our journey to achieve health and well being starts with getting out of bed in the morning with a goal aimed to get our bodies in shape. Although this definitely an important part of the process, it does not begin here. The process starts in your head as a psychological battle between taking charge of your life and moving forward, or just being complacent and taking what scraps are tossed at you. In the immortal words of the philosopher Albert Einstein, “nothing happens until something moves.” This is especially true when it come to a healthy lifestyle. You need to not just think about what you want to accomplish, but to then take that thought in your head and create an action plan, then put that plan into motion. Remove the obstacles that you place in front of yourself. Trying, just won’t do as it infers the possibility of failure, this is your life, and you cannot fail!
Look, not everything in life in easy and some people will fail, however if you ever took the time to think about things, it seems to be the same people that fail over and over in most things of any significance, like their health and careers. The good news is this pattern can be broken. It just takes some fortitude and a willingness to understand that you did not fall into this state overnight and that it could take time to reverse the process.
People will tell you not to give up, and that they are pulling for you, but the bottom line is that you have to make the decision to change your life and go for it, removing all speed bumps in the way. This may include people too, as you need to surround yourself with positive thinking people who will not tell you what you want to hear unless you actually deserve it. You need to hold yourself accountable for your life and make those changes that get you to where you want and need to go. It’s tough, at times you’ll want to quit, but the end result is a long lifetime of health and hopefully happiness.