Thursday, July 14, 2011

No More Excuses!

by Kris Pitcher

If people heard, or read, what comes out of their mouths in resistance to exercising and eating right...they'd just have to laugh. We spend a lot of energy justifying why we can't do things. Thinking up new ways to put roadblocks in front of ourselves is exhausting.

I can't eat right because I'm having a lunch meeting. I'm pretty sure the menu has a good choice on it - if you're willing to make it.

I can't exercise because I have to get the kids to school. Good try, except you could get up before the kids do. Or you could get them off to school and then exercise. We all have to figure out how to plan the same 24 hours in our day.

Excuses are just our way of rationalizing not being ready to commit to ourselves. And frankly, you don't have to do this for anyone else. So stop making excuses. If you're not ready, you're not ready. Fine by us.

I was enjoying my sunny lunchtime walk the other day when a man coming the other way inspired me. He was clipping along at a good pace. He had a big smile across his face and the breeze was kind of blowing his longish yet clean cut hair. Hitting the pavement with each step his running shoes told me he meant business. Outstretched in front of him was his white cane, this man was blind.

Yet there he was, out there on the trail exercising! No excuses! He wasn't about to let his visual impairment hold him back from enjoying the sunshine, the slight breeze, the community of walkers out on the trail, or from getting his exercise. I realize we each have our limitations. But seriously, what excuse do you have? 

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