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  • You say you’re fat and out of shape. Why?


    By Travis Steffen on Friday, March 26, 2010in Help & Motivation, Weight Loss  

    We all have our reasons. It’s simply a matter of acknowledgement. I hear excuses and justifications all day long. Here’s a few of the most popular…
    Excuse #1
    “I don’t have time to work out”
    My response
    “Really? Because you just went into a detailed account of what happened last night with the Desperate Housewives. Seems to me you had an hour to spare there.” OR “you hit the snooze button on the alarm clock 4 times this morning. That’s 36 minutes that could have been spent far more efficiently.” OR “If you don’t have time to work out then how did you have time to read and forward me the 7 joke emails yesterday?” You see where I’m going with this…it’s all about priorities.
    Excuse #2
    “I have kids and I can’t work out with them around because I have to watch them”
    My response (and I have a MILLION for this one)
    “You know children are mobile right? If they are old enough they can walk with you, or put them in a stroller and find a hill to walk up and down numerous times. Some of them nap…work out then. Some of them are in school..what are you doing while they are there? Find a friend to exchange an hour of daycare with you…they can watch your kid while you work out and then you can return the favour. Worst case scenario…join a gym and take advantage of the daycare!”
    Excuse #3
    “I’m so busy it’s impossible to eat healthy because I’m always on the go”.
    My response
    “That’s a lame statement. We’re all busy. The best option in this case is to take 5 to 10 minutes in the morning (or the evening prior) and pack some healthy meals and snacks to take with you. It’s very simple, throw some veggies, nuts and/or fruit in a ziplock. Grab a yogurt or a cottage cheese cup, maybe a piece of fruit with cheese or peanut butter. Simple. If you do find yourself out on the road with nothing to eat, there are healthy choices. Even fast food restaurants and convenience stores have healthier options now. You’ve got a choice…Big Mac or garden salad with grilled chicken? There’s no room for excuses there.”

    excuseWe all have our reasons. It’s simply a matter of acknowledging our excuses and justifications. I hear them every day, all day long some much more than others. Just when I think I’ve heard them all, a new one pops up and I have to think of a way to stomp on it.

    Here’s a few of the most popular…

    Excuse #1

    “I don’t have time to work out”

    My response

    “Really? Because you just went into a detailed account of what happened last night with the Desperate Housewives. Seems to me you had an hour to spare there.” OR “you hit the snooze button on the alarm clock 4 times this morning. That’s 36 minutes that could have been spent far more efficiently.” OR “If you don’t have time to work out then how did you have time to read and forward me those 7 joke emails yesterday?” You see where I’m going with this…it’s all about priorities.

    Excuse #2

    “I have kids and I can’t work out with them around because I have to watch them”

    My response (and I have a MILLION for this one)

    “You know children are mobile right? If they are old enough they can walk with you, or put them in a stroller and find a hill to walk up and down numerous times. Some of them nap…work out then. Some of them are in school..what are you doing while they are there? Find a friend to exchange an hour of daycare with you…they can watch your kid while you work out and then you can return the favour. Worst case scenario…join a gym and take advantage of the daycare!”

    Excuse #3

    “I’m so busy it’s impossible to eat healthy because I’m always on the go”.

    My response

    “That’s a lame statement. We’re all busy. The best option in this case is to take 5 to 10 minutes in the morning (or the evening prior) and pack some healthy meals and snacks to take with you. It’s very simple…throw some veggies, nuts and/or fruit in a ziplock. Grab a yogurt or a cottage cheese cup, maybe a piece of fruit with cheese or peanut butter. Simple. If you do find yourself out on the road with nothing to eat, there are healthy choices. Even fast food restaurants and convenience stores have healthier options now. You’ve got a choice…Big Mac or garden salad with grilled chicken? There’s no room for excuses there.”

    So how are your excuses working for you? Are the justifications you make helping you lose weight and tone up? The definition of insanity is doing the exact same things day after day but expecting different results. I suggest you have a good long talk with yourself and be brutally honest about what you can and can’t do because that old saying is true…”Whether you think you can or think you can’t…you’re right.”

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    About Travis
    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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