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The Nine Reasons Why

No_More_Excuses_DietA friend of mine is the Queen of Excuses. Need a reason why something hasn’t gotten done – she’s got one.  Clever ones. Believable ones. The Nine Reasons Why list (I call it) because she can give you a whole long list of reasons why she can’t do this or hasn’t done that. If you are looking for an excuse for something, she’s your gal!

It is easy for me to see right through her list of excuses. I can spot them before she even finishes her story. Most all of her reasons boil down to one or two basic themes: perceived lack of time to do something or lack of money. Really though, you could probably break it down even more; when it comes right down to it, isn’t it really just a matter of motivation? You are either motivated to do something or you are not. Because, if you are truly motivated, you will (somehow) find the time and/or find the money. If you REALLY want to do something, you will find a way. Yes, it usually is as simple as that.

Of course my friend has a friend (that would be me!) who also has a whole long list of reasons why SHE can’t do whatever it is (make healthy dinners every night, work out every day, get rid of the piles of clutter around the house or the boxes in the garage, just fill in the blank).   She too has her “Nine Reasons Why” list and hers too comes down to what is a priority for her (and what’s not).   Is working out a priority? Uh sure – it’s just there are a couple things that HAVE to get done first (priorities you know) and then poof – it’s the end of the day (dinner time, homework time, bedtime, etc.) and before you know it, the day is over and working out just didn’t happen. And so it goes – just like the movie Groundhog’s Day all over again.

My friend tells me, in that same know-it-all voice I use on her, “If you REALLY wanted to work out, you would find the time – somehow – in your day. We all get 24 hours. Other people manage to make the time to do it, and arguably their lives are even busier than yours.” She speaks the truth. It’s just that…. (insert excuse #217 in here). You see, my friend may be the Queen of Excuses, but this Zen Mama Wannabe is the King!

 Successful people do all the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do. — John Paul Jones Dejoria

I’m not willing to wake up an hour earlier so I can get a workout in before the busy morning school routine starts. I’ve got lots of reasons WHY, but let’s put the excuses aside for a minute; it all comes back to priorities. At 5:15 in the morning, sleep is a greater priority than working out, for me anyway. What that DOESN’T mean is that I should just throw in the towel and write off working out completely. Out of 24 hours, you would think I could find another (more convenient) time. Hmm.

At some point you have to realize that your excuses are standing in the way of you and your goals.  You can choose to stay stuck – or you can say ENOUGH.  Things won’t change until you change! To expect any different is the definition of insanity.

I want abs like Marie Kang, founder of No Excuse Mom. I want to have more energy and feel great. It’s why I was eager to read her book. People who have made great changes in their lives inspire me. I am good at busting my friend’s excuses; well now it is time for me to bust mine!

So, what’s your excuse?? As Marie Kang points out in her book, “Your future is in your hands…..It’s all up to you.”


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This post was inspired by The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang who shares her no excuses philosophy that motivated her to become more fit. Join From Left to Write on March 12th as we discuss The No More Excuses Diet. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.



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4 Responses to “The Nine Reasons Why”

  1. Savvy Says:
    March 10th, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    What works best for me is to find an activity I like and slot it and find a spot for it in my schedule. Early morning never works for me. Like you sleep is more of a priority for me and even thinking about getting up early to work out disrupts my sleep schedule. I also have to go to the gym straight from work. If I go home from work or have to work longer to take a later class I don’t go. Which is why I didn’t work out as much in February – they moved my favorite classes and now they aren’t convenient. I also need a class to keep me motivated. I had a treadmill for awhile and I’d keep thinking I should be unloading the dishwasher.

    Hope you find something that works for you.

  2. Thien-Kim Says:
    March 11th, 2015 at 8:43 am

    You hit the truth for me. I’m not willing to wake up early to work out because I’m a terrible morning person. But I do try to take a brisk walk around the park near where the bus drops off my daughter. It’s not much, but I’m moving.

  3. Tracy Says:
    March 11th, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    SO easy to know WHAT we should be doing but so much harder to find the energy to change. I too, am the Queen of excuses, but am running out of new ones. Time to get moving.

  4. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's Says:
    March 12th, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Mornings are the only times for me to fit in fitness, and that’s okay, I’ve alwas been a morning workout gal, but I do think some excuses are real reasons to use. Your child was throwing up all night and you get 3 hours of sleep? I think it’s healthier (and safer?) for mom to get an extra hour or two of sleep then to become more exhausted at the gym. Mom stayed up too late watching TV? Too bad, get your butt to the gym!

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