Here are just some of my 'well known' excuses:
- I have a headache (and no I'm not talking about that kind of exercise either)
- I have just got home from work
- I have uni work to complete
- I'm too stressed out (yes I have used this, what a load of B.S!)
- I'm too fat
- I've just eaten
- It's too hot
Any excuse you can think of I'm sure at some point I have used. Writing this now I can easily say that I was just being damn right lazy. I was making excuses for not exercising not only to my friends and family but to myself. At some stages I even believed my own excuses.
On the other hand I do want to put something straight. I haven't always had a negative perception of exercise. Actually it was the total opposite. I loved it! Although I have been overweight for as long as I can remember I had always been very active. I swam for my primary and secondary school as well as competing in local events. I played netball for my primary school and took part in numerous championships. I was also a basketball and hockey enthusiast and worked out everyday. It's hard to believe that as a result of all of the activities I did, I was still overweight however I never got the balance of eating right and exercising.
So why have I lost my motivation to exercise? I believe its partly down to being conscious of how I look in front of other people (whilst walking, at the gym, cycling etc.) but its primarily down to the simplicity of making excuses not too.
Pretty pathetic aye...
I'm much more aware of my art of B.S-ing, I can hear it start to emerge in my thoughts. Its the nipping it in the bud that matters as I'm sure I will make excuses for a while yet.
So to round this post up I think its important to take a step back and question yourself when you say 'I can't do something because...' and determine whether you are in fact B.S-ing. If so stop and remember that you only have one life, if you are going to live your life by making excuses for not doing certain things such as eating right, moving more or even basic day to day activities than whats the point. I now realise that I have wasted years of my life as a result of not doing things I wanted to do. Don't let that be you.
Make a change today,
Roo (aka. the former Queen of B.S) xoxo