04.28.2016

Defining My Excuses

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Okay so I have been taking a “gym class” that’s an 8 week program and we go to class 2 nights a week.  The coaches measure us (at the beginning, middle and end of the program), lead our workouts, help us with nutrition and try to keep us accountable and motivated during the week.  All in all, it’s a pretty good program if you’re dedicated and want to make a change.  We’re on week 5 and I’ve missed a few classes because I’m busy, but I’ve been trying to go.  Since it’s at 8 pm that makes it pretty do-able for me, especially since my in-laws are right next door and are so nice to come babysit if DG isn’t home yet for the night.  I’ve been doing pretty good on my calories, not so great on my water consumption and fair on workouts.  It’s so much easier for me to go for a walk than it is to full on workout in the basement because if I go on a walk I can take my kids.  If I want to do an exercise video or run on the treadmill I usually have to wait until EJ is asleep so she’s not crawling on top of me, and let’s face it–I don’t do mornings so there’s no way I’m getting up at 5:30 to exercise.

Anyhow, this week my coach challenged us to write down 4 excuses that are keeping us from our goal–whether that goal is losing weight, getting fit, etc.  My goal is easy:  I want to lose 20 pounds, tone my body, fit into my size 2-4 clothes again and look good in them.  Defining my excuses is way harder than defining my goal, but I think I finally narrowed them down.

  1. I’m busy and I don’t have a regular schedule.  As much as I try to create routine in our house, it’s especially hard in the spring.  For example, my husband decides on Monday that he’s branding cattle that afternoon, so BG needs to be there.  That screws up my plans of getting his homework finished during the first of the week, which I’m super OCD about because the further into the week it gets pushed back, the harder it is to get it done and then it messes with all of the other things we have scheduled.  Anyway, I need to prioritize myself more and suck it up to get good workouts in at least 5 days a week even if that means staying up super late or getting up way early.  I’ll hate doing it, but I need to be stronger than my excuses.
  2. I can’t meal prep.  Okay so “can’t” is my excuse.  I actually can, but I don’t, and I’ll explain why:  I end try to eat the same thing for breakfast (shake) and lunch (chicken salad) every day, then when I cook dinner I make sure to just have the meat, veggie and salad rather than whatever carb or potato I make because I like variety and it’s easier for me to eat whatever my family is eating and just make mine less caloric.  We eat pretty clean and I do cook most nights, so it’s not like I’m making horrible food choices.  The problem with this though is if I get super hungry before dinner is ready I snack which is when I usually make bad choices.  I’ve gotten better the past couple weeks, but I’m still human and not great at it.
  3. “I’m tired” or “I’ll do better tomorrow.”  Well, “tomorrow” has been the last 15 months and instead of getting my ass in gear and actually doing better, I’ve just gained more weight, got more out of shape and progressively started looking worse and worse.  Admittedly there have been times when I did good–even great–for a little while, but I didn’t keep it up so now this is where I am.  Before I was pregnant with EJ, I looked my very best that I had looked since 2011. Seriously, 2011 I looked good.  Then I gained some weight and got it back off during the Spring of 2014.  Got pregnant, had EJ and then I’ve just continued to get huge.  I weigh as much today as I did the day I went into labor.  That, my friends, is sad for me to admit.  Yeah, yeah, I know that bodies change after having a baby and all that, but it’s not an excuse.  I literally haven’t taken care of myself, I ate like crap for a year after having the baby and now I look the way I do.
  4. “I don’t look that bad.”  This is the stupidest excuse for my laziness and it goes right along with Excuse #3.  There are some days during the week where my outfit and hair look fantastic and I don’t feel as fat as I really am.  Then at night when I peel off the layers of clothes that are sucking in my gut, reality sinks in and I see how crappy I look.  Or I notice it when I’m sitting in the chair at the hair salon.  Gross.  I need to focus on my goal every single day, not just on the days when I feel like a blimp.  This excuse contradicts what I said in Excuse #3, but it is what it is.  I haven’t ever fully committed to losing weight and finally getting the body I want back.

So I sent my “excuses” to my coach like she asked us.  I’m not sure what she wanted to do with them or if she intended to have a dialogue about them, but we didn’t, so I thought I’d post them here.  I want to make my excuses (and my goal) known because once they are written down and admitted to someone I’m less likely to let those excuses get me down and hopefully I will work harder to achieve success!  What are the excuses that keep you from your goal?

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