If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got. There isn’t a more true statement than that.
We all have them, but some of us more than others. I have worked really hard on not making excuses and it helps to have friends who don’t let me make them! Sometimes I just want to say, “Bite me!” and I do say that, but I always realize they are right and I need these people to help me keep my mind right.
Excuses will take us nowhere except backwards. They make us weak. Excuses are for people who don’t want something bad enough. The more we let go of excuses the stronger we get! You can overcome your excuses and if you are trying to figure out how, no worries, I am about to tell you that your excuses are invalid.
- I don’t have time
- I could never give up carbs.
- But, but, but…..fat is bad for you!!!
Whether it is time to workout or time to meal plan or prep – it doesn’t matter. This is an excuse I used for YEARS and I hear it from my friends and those asking me “How did you do it?” time and again. Listen. Anything we find important, we find a way to do it or get it. If not, we find an excuse. If you have time to play Trivia Crack or Farmville on your phone, you have time to do this way of life. If you have time to watch TV, go to the movies, or lounge on the back porch with a margarita or a beer, you have time to do this way of life. It boils down to making a decision and then following through.
I realized if I had time to watch a whole season of a show on Netflix then I could make time for my health. I had to decide what I wanted more, another episode of Dexter or a healthy body. I chose a healthy body and I am still choosing it. Look, I am not saying cut all the “fun” out of your life. We all need “me” time, but you have to decide what is the best use of “me” time. I decided that playing games on my phone and watching tv weren’t going to get me where I wanted to be so I let it go. I spend my time now educating myself about LCHF/Keto living, motivating myself, sharing my experiences and getting my butt to the gym. I love my ME time now more than ever!!
Many things aren’t equal, but everyone gets the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We make time for what we truly want. Nobody is too busy, it is just a matter of priorities. Make health or a new body your priority.
Good gravy, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that, I could go on a year long road trip and never worry about money. YES, you could give up carbs, you just don’t want to. We do not need carbs to live. Period. You want the temporary satisfaction of the taste in your mouth, the feeling that looking at sweets gives you (that is food porn folks!) and the immediate rush you get with the first couple of bites. That is called addiction. I know addiction well. I was the queen of carbs. I ate cake, pastries, fudge, cookies or whatever for breakfast and every other time of day. I ate huge, huge servings of pasta. I ate entire boiled bags of instant rice filled with butter and salt. I ate whole bags of chips with one whole container of dip and still WAS ALWAYS HUNGRY. That is what carbs do to you! They make you think you are hungry and two hours after you eat you are “starving.” This is not normal. This is not what good food does to you.
Giving up carbs is synonymous with giving up fatigue, bloat, overweight, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cavities, acid reflux, sleepless nights, irregular menstrual cycles, bad skin, and a host of other ailments, pains and aggravations. Why wouldn’t one want to give them up knowing all that? I understand the struggle, I do, truly. It took me three attempts at giving them up to finally realize I could live without them. You can, you really can.
Ugh. No. Fat is satiating. Fat is brain food. Fat is energy. Fat is TASTY. Fat and carbs combined and processed are bad for you. Fat and sugar is bad for you. Fat in the form of fast food is bad for you. Fat with veggies is good for you. Full fat cheese is good for you. Butter is good for you. Coconut oil is good for you (not to mention cleansing if you have bowel issues). Extra Virgin Olive Oil is good for you. Avocado is good for you.
I am telling you that those are the things I have been eating over the 14 months that I have forever eliminated 90 pounds now. Plus I eat meat with the fat, chicken with the skin, butter in my scrambled eggs, fried eggs cooked in bacon grease, bacon, bacon wrapped green beans, bacon wrapped asparagus – and I brush a mixture of olive oil, butter and garlic on them. Yep. Ooooh…..so fattening….yet I am down 90 pounds. I don’t feel deprived or like I am starving. In fact I am always satisfied. I don’t fear hunger. Fat has cleared my brain of the carb fog I used to live in. Mmmmmm…..fat. I dare you to eat it.
If you replace excuses with effort you will get results. You are the only one who cares about your excuses. Those of us who have been there, know excuses when we hear them. We know when we are making them. The fewer you make the easier this way of life becomes. The only thing standing between you and your goal (be it weight loss, health, or whatever) is the cockamamie story you keep telling yourself. Stop. Just stop making the excuses and take action. I promise you won’t regret it.
You can have RESULTS or EXCUSES, but not both. If you want it, work for it.
It’s that simple.