This past week I faltered. I got lazy and gained back 2 pounds. I know it’s not a lot, but I have no reason. Just a myriad of excuses that leave me heavier than I was before. And that’s all it was…excuses.
Let me preface this post by saying that I am fully aware that it’s not entirely about what the scale says, but 2 pounds gained is still 2 pounds gained. And this event has required me to ask myself some questions.
First off, “What did I do that was different than the weeks before”?
I have not deviated from the plan that I set out to follow, cutting out all forms of sugar (grains, gluten, dairy, and fructose) and beginning to work out again. I didn’t cheat, but I could have been more diligent in eating more frequently, and I could have had more greens in my diet. I did not, however, work out pretty much at all, I didn’t see my chiropractor, and I didn’t really amp my mind up above “I’m tired”. I illicited a vast array of excuses as to why I couldn’t (or shouldn’t) work out, but at the end of the day, I was just being lazy. I was making excuses.
You know what I realized? I am a chronic excuse maker. I could get a gold medal in excuse making. I pretty much play Deal or No Deal with myself.
Yet, I always lose in the end.
I let only myself down.
So why does this happen? I’m not totally sure, to be honest with you. I only know that I do this, and I do it fully aware that I am doing it.
So how do I stop doing this? I don’t know. The only thing I can think is that now that I’m aware of the fact that I’m doing it, I need to be stronger. I need to recognize that I have the power to say “no” and to stop compromising with my life. After all, I’m fully aware in the moment that I’m making those excuses. I’m compromising, settling, for this current situation because I what, don’t want to do a few crunches or cardio? Lame.
I tell you all this to let you know that I will be working this week (and in the weeks to come) to not be lazy. I don’t want to be that person. I don’t want to make excuses and blame others for faults that can only be attributed to me. And what’s great is that once I start to implement this new mantra, I believe it will begin to spill over into other areas of my life. It will show me that I can not be lazy in relationships, in parenting, even in blogging. Areas where I compromise or make those same excuses. Areas where I am lazy, too.
I want to be 1 step ahead…not 3 steps behind.
Where do you compromise?
When is it the easiest to make excuses?
What are the areas in your life that could use a swift kick in the tail to get yourself moving forward?
I know that we all have at least one, if not a handful of areas we could make more of an effort in. So the first step is to not to be lazy in figuring out what those things or when those times are. Once you get the ball rolling, you will be on the path towards pushing yourself towards a life that could be filled with adventure, or with new-found passions, or with a fresh attitude! I definitely need all those things! So here’s the challenge to find yours!