So we are a few days into the New Year already, how are you doing with those resolutions to eat right and exercise? After taking NINE days off from the gym during Christmas and indulging in an abundance of cookies, pumpkin gingerbread cake, cocktails, special breakfasts and delicious holiday meals, I thought it was going to be difficult to get back to my healthy habits in the New Year.
Instead, on Sunday while we were in Louisiana for New Years Eve, I found myself checking Instagram and seeing all of the healthy food people were preparing and longing to get home so I could start cooking in my own kitchen again. In fact, I made Trey stop at the grocery store so I could have some snacks for us during our trip instead of relying on eating out at restaurants.
We got home Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning, I was up at 5 AM getting dressed for the first day of my new boot camp class. Yesterday I packed my workout clothes in my new pink gym bad and ran three miles at the gym during my lunch break. We have been eating healthy foods again the last several days and it actually feels good to get back to my normal exercise routine.
I will admit, I wanted to enjoy the holidays with my family and get some rest while I was off work the week of Christmas. My husband and I slept late every day, which meant until about 8 AM when the kids would come into our room complaining that they were hungry and wanted to watch TV. I cooked a big holiday meal without trying to lighten-up the recipes, my kids and I baked Christmas cookies and I made Trey some homemade butter bars (also known as chess bars). I know I mentally needed a break from my everyday routine, but I also found that I did not feel like myself the entire week. I was tired, lethargic and unmotivated.
Even though I was getting enough sleep each night, I did not have any energy because of my poor diet and lack of exercise.
This month, I am signed up for a 5:30 AM boot camp that meets three times a week and every other Saturday. I am also registered to run two races this month, the Hotcake Hustle 10K and the Hypnotic Donut Dash. Basically, I have NO excuse to NOT exercise!
A few weeks ago, I asked my fans on Facebook to share the most common excuses people use to NOT exercise. Here are some of the excuses:
- It is too far to drive to the gym
- I am too tired to exercise
- I don’t have time, I am too busy
- I have already blown it this week, I may as well not even go
- I don’t see results fast enough
- I am too fat to go to the gym
- I don’t have anything to wear
- I need to get in shape before I go to the gym
- I don’t care how I look anyway
- It is too hard
I know that this time of year, the gym is packed with new people who want to get in shape. In fact, I saw lots of new faces when I went to the gym at lunch yesterday and the treadmills were busier than usual. Within a few weeks, a am sure that some of those people will start to disappear and go back to their old habits. I wonder what their excuse will be to STOP exercising?
Are you still saying that you need to get in shape but haven’t made the commitment to get started? Have you bought some new exercise DVDs but haven’t opened them yet? Do you have a gym membership but the person working the front desk would not recognize because you haven’t been inside in about six months? What excuse are you using to NOT exercise?
Well it is time to STOP making excuses and start making an effort to make exercise a part of your life. My personal healthy living mantra is Make an Effort, Not Excuses. I guarantee that exercising will make you feel better than sitting on the couch every day, wishing you had more energy. Sometimes I am not in the mood to go to they gym but now that it has become part of my routine, I don’t make up excuses to skip a workout. I have never gone to the gym and wished I had stayed home instead.
So tell me, What is Your Excuse to NOT Exercise? Share the best excuse you have heard or one you have used in the past. Do you have any exercise mantras or quotes that keep you motivated to exercise? Share it in the comments.