Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Transformation Tuesday: Stop Making Excuses

"I'll start my diet tomorrow."
"I just won't eat the rest of the day because I had a calorie-fest frapp this morning."
"I'm on vacation, I'll eat healthier next week."
"Being on a diet sucks."
"I'm too tired to go to the gym."
Don't do it. Don't make these same excuses. If you're dedicated to losing weight, eating healthier, and getting into shape, you won't have time for these excuses.  

Getting into a healthy lifestyle isn't about going on a diet. Diets don't work. Go ahead, argue with me. You might be right. But in my opinion, I've failed at so many diets. Why? Well... once your "diet" stops, you go back to eating crappy food, limiting your physical activity, and before you know it your weight is right back up there before you started, or even a little higher.

I'm not mocking diets out there. I'm not mocking the ever-popular 21-Day Fix and Shakeology because I know so many people who have had success with these plans. My mom does Weight Watchers and has had great success. I have friends who have done the low-carb thing and look fantastic.

But when it came to my "transformation" - it was simply limiting fats, increasing fruits and veggies, and a TON of physical activity. I admit, I calorie counted. I kept a log of the calories I had for each meal. I used My Fitness Pal as well. It worked. 

Everyone has their right to decide which route they want to take if they are ready and willing to make the commitment to their goals. 

Making excuses doesn't fit into this commitment. You have to be 100% dedicated to reaching your goal. In the midst of me changing my lifestyle to one that was healthy, I worked out at 5am EVERYDAY before work. Most of those days I worked out AFTER work too. Was I tired? Heck yeah. But you know what? Seeing myself look healthier every day was such a motivation. Having to go out to buy new pants because mine were getting too big was an amazing feeling. Hearing people compliment me on my HARD work was encouraging. 
You have to be ready to make the commitment to BOTH - eating healthy and exercising. They go hand-in-hand. They don't work without each other.  

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So, I encourage you - stop making the excuses. Get healthy for YOU. Get healthy for your personal satisfaction. Get healthy for your children. Get healthy so you feel prettier when you're out on a date with your husband. 

But STOP making excuses. Just get out there and DO IT! You'll be happy you started TODAY and not TOMORROW!

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  1. Great tips, and very inspiring. I love "You can't out-exercise a bad diet." So true! I get bored easily with diets and think eating healthy AND exercising is the way to go.

  2. I think calorie counting is huge. Everytime I need to lose a few pounds I just hop on my fitness pal app and it whips me right into shape! :)

  3. This is so true! Healthy eating is key to healthy living, and your mindset is everything! A healthy life is a life STYLE, not a DIET...Thank you for sharing.

  4. That's awesome. I just started a weight loss challenge. Good luck with your goals!

  5. This is very inspiring. I am on a constant quest to eat healthier and exercise more.

  6. I love the My Fitness Pal app- I even used it when pregnant to make sure I was getting ENOUGH calories and then again afterwards to help me stay in the right calorie range. It's super helpful!

  7. Just started going back to the gym yesterday! About to leave now! I'm in this thing! :D

  8. I'm a myfitnesspal fan too! Lets get it done!

  9. I love everything about this post! Excuses always get in the way of results. I found a quote somewhere too that said to forget the 70% diet, 30% training rule-- it's 100% diet, training, and passion. Definitely got motivated to do my long run today after reading your post!

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  10. I think when things like Shakeology, the 21 Day Fix, My Fitness Pal, Calorie Counting, etc. works, is when they create a lifestyle change and aren't used as a short term fix. I'm a Beachbody Coach and I've had quite a few challengers try different programs. The ONLY times they see good results, is when they aren't looking for a quick fix, but to actually change their habits. (Even if they are very slow changes). Great post! Excuses or Results! :-)

  11. Great advice. I always say I'll start something tomorrow or next week, etc. I need to start things TODAY. That is such a mental hurdle.

  12. This post is so great! Instead of making excuses, I should just make the decision to do it not later. Thank you!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  13. Not trying to lose weight but definitely trying to get in better shape, so this was super helpful! I need to kick my butt in gear and stop waiting for "the future".

  14. It took me a while to get there, but I did finally do it. I've been going strong with healthy eating and exercise for 2 months and have lost 20 lbs. Still a ways to go, but it's a journey.

  15. Although I wish I had time to exercise I am working on a path to eating better.

  16. Oh man…this has been my husband and I for a month. It all started with our Disney Trip and our good eating went out the window! But, we are back on track as of Monday. Eating better and going to the gym. I think we over did it Monday, though. We are so sore! But, the best kind of sore.

  17. Yes, thank you! I've started Couch to 5K a few times, and this time I actually stuck with it! I'm loving it! :)
    xo, Caitlin
    And Possibly Dinosaurs


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