Your Excuses Blow

Here are some valid reasons for an unhealthy, inactive lifestyle:
1) Zombies have taken over the world, you’re trapped in a 7-11 and can only consume Pringles and Mountain Dew
2) After a reality TV marathon, your butt has actually fused to the sofa and you’re incapable of eating anything outside of arm’s reach
3) Like the classic “Would you rather?” question, you have buckets instead of feet.

Reasons that are not valid:
1) I’m too busy

2) I’m tired
3) The weather’s bad
4) My yoga pants make my butt look flat and wide
5) The newest episode of The Office is on and I need to catch up on Dwight and Jim’s shenanigans

and the big one:

6) I don’t have enough time

Come on now. That’s not a good reason! It’s not even creative. More importantly: it’s a big, fat lie and excuse.

I’ve coached women who have five kids, work full time and still make time to move their bodies and shop for healthy food. And, yes, they still find time to sleep. (No, they aren’t taking any recreational drugs either.)

Time is a mindset and a choice. When you are aligned and committed, you can create time.

Here’s how:

Develop a morning ritual
It’s incredibly easy to roll out of bed, stuff your maw with some delicious processed carbohydrates (cheese danish, I’m looking at you) and guzzle coffee while you sit in traffic, cursing the other drivers. But what if you got up 30 minutes earlier and spent that time meditating? Or doing a bit of yoga while the sun rises? Or cooking up an egg white omelet while you listen to holiday music? Doesn’t that sound nice? And don’t you think things would run a bit more smoothly (and healthily) if you started off your day on the right foot?

I think so. That’s why I created the Dial It Up worksheet. Download it, use it, change your days.

Create a ‘Stop Doing’ List
The things that you don’t do are often just as (if not more) important than the things you do. If a certain behavior/activity/choice is eating into your time, choose to stop doing it. It’s not always easy, but few things worth doing are.

Possible items for the ‘Stop Doing’ list: checking or responding to work emails outside of work hours, watching TV shows you don’t totally love, committing to things that don’t light your fire, baking 15 different types of Christmas cookies, saying ‘yes’ when you want to say ‘no.’ You’d be amazed how much time you have once you stop filling up your schedule with junk mail, junk obligations, junk situations, and yes, junk food.

We all love to believe we’re the only ones who know how to Do Things Correctly. Obviously, the world will cease to spin if someone else makes Thanksgiving dinner, picks up the kids from soccer practice or organizes the sock drawer. Everyone else is simply incapable of doing these things.

Nope. Sorry. This is not actually true. Shockingly, there are other people in your life who can do these things. They might not do them in exactly the same way (because nobody can beat your pumpkin pie) but they can do them. And when they’re doing them, you’ll have the time you need to build the healthy, active life you want. So don’t be afraid to ask you spouse, kids or co-worker to pull their weight. They might just welcome the opportunity!

Realize that for things to be different, you have to change your thinking and you have to do something different.
It’s honestly no joke that your mornings shape your day. Understand that you need to stop doing things that eat up your spare time and don’t excite you. Know that you are not responsible every.last.detail in your husband’s/children’s/friends’ lives.

There are 24 hours in a day. We all get the same amount (ain’t that fair?) What are you going to do with yours? I’d love to hear your very own tips on how to combat the nasty excuses in your head. Share please!