Excuses, excuses

Updated Aug 12, 2014

It’s funny and sad.

For all my good intentions of getting in better shape and getting to the gym, actually getting there and doing it seems to fall to the wayside far too easily. I’m probably one of the world’s biggest excuse makers, and I can come up with some doozies.

“Oh, well, I can’t go the gym after work, because the dogs will staaaaaarve if I don’t go feed them right now.”

“It’s raining, and I don’t have an umbrella. No gym for me!”

“I’m in a hurry, so I’ll grab lunch at McDonald’s since it has a drive thru and Subway doesn’t.”

“I just want french fries and ice cream. I’ll eat healthy tomorrow.”

Do any of these sound familiar at all? If you’ve put any amount of thought into changing your eating and exercise habits, you may have faced similar thoughts. It’s important to see these things for what they are, whether you’re working in an office or out on the road: Excuses.

I wish I had an easy answer for how to overcome this, but I’m still working that out myself. The best thing for me is to take it one step at a time. If I can get myself to the gym or make a healthy food choice, it makes me feel physically better. And if I can remember how I felt, it helps provide motivation to go again.

This weekend I plan to take the first step by doing some gardening at home (because that’s good exercise, too!), and maybe I’ll even make it to the gym. What will your first step be?