No Excuses!

I don’t have time. My schedule is packed. I don’t feel well. It’s too hot. It’s too cold. Its my birthday. It’s too expensive. I’ll do it tomorrow………these and many many others are what we use to talk ourselves out of making the effort to be fit and healthy. There’s always something standing in the way of working out and eating healthy it seems but I have one word for this…Excuses!

Making the decision to workout and be healthy is not an easy one. Working out, if you’re doing it right, hurts because you are making your muscles work in ways they may not be accustomed to, or you are pushing them past their limit. Eating healthy is hard, the best tasting food is usually not healthy, if you have a choice between french fries and carrot sticks, of course french fries will win if you have no will power. To add insult to injury, losing weight takes a long time, in spite of what you may have heard, there is no quick way to lose weight that is also healthy and sustainable in the long run. It could take you years to reach your goal weight and this is with consistency and a complete lifestyle change. So of course it is simpler to take the easy way out and succumb to excuses.

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What is your greatest weakness?

We have all at some point in our lives been to a job interview and were asked the dreaded, “what is your greatest weakness” question, at which point we respond with the standard, “well my weakness is actually a strength because….”. Well, regardless of what we tell an interviewer, we all have weaknesses, we are human after all. This is especially true when working out. It could be that you are unable to do plyometric exercises because of knee issues, or your body is inflexible so you find certain exercise moves difficult or in my case you struggle when it comes to push-ups (oh my gosh, they are so hard for me!).

Unless, there is a medical issue that prevents you from doing a particular workout, the only way to not allow a weakness to control what you want to do, is by trusting and believing that you are in control of your body, you tell it what to do and that little voice in your head that’s telling you you can’t do something is just a little negative Lucy! In one of my previous blogs I talk about mind over matter and this is an instance where this is so true. Your body will do what your mind tells it to! Continue reading “What is your greatest weakness?”

Mind over Matter

We have all had this fight within ourselves, your mind is telling you no and your body is telling you yes or your mind is telling you yes and your body is telling you heck no. This is especially true during a workout. I don’t know that anyone particularly loves working out, for the most part we do it because we are trying to accomplish a goal or because we have to do what we have to do to be fit and healthy. This is where your motivation for being healthy comes into play. Without that motivation whatever part of you, be it mind or body, that is telling you no will surely win. Continue reading “Mind over Matter”

Find what motivates you to be healthy

I was never an athletic person. Physical Education was a nightmare for me. The happiest time in my life as a high schooler was when I got my appendix removed at 16 and was excused from Physical Ed class until I graduated. I wouldn’t really say I’ve had an issue with my weight, as a teenager and way into my late twenties I maintained a weight of 120 lbs at 5ft 6ins tall. I never had to worry about what I ate and working out wasn’t something I ever considered.

And then it happened, I turned 30. All of a sudden all I had to do was think about eating something and I gained 5lbs, or so it seemed. Suddenly, I couldn’t over indulge in food I enjoyed anymore like bread or croissants or french fries or pizza! This was a nightmare, I mean I could literally live on bread and pizza. And cheese, yea I would need to have the cheese too. Great! now i’m hungry. Continue reading “Find what motivates you to be healthy”