I had work today so I couldn’t really work out, well I had time in the morning but becuase I finally got my laptop back I wanted to catch myself up on things… heh.
I should try and to fit in a workout video but I am so lazy. I know, bad, but I am only human. I wanted to go tot he gym but at the same time not really but they already closed so no working out for me today.
I heard that the mcbites are back at mickey d’s and I really wanted to get someone but halfway walking there from work I got lazy and then I told myself did I really want to it them?
Action! The world is full of dreamers. There aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.
It’s human nature to procrastinate, but your health and fitness aren’t some of those things you can wait until the last minute to fix. Read below for some common fitness excuses WITH SOLUTIONS to incorporate in your daily life.
1. “I don’t have enough time!”
Everyone is busy, and there’s no reason why workouts have to be like marathons on any given day. If you have absolutely “NO time” to drive to the gym, set your kitchen timer for 15 minutes and do a circuit workout including body weight exercises like pushups, planks, mountain climbers, etc. High intensity, short, workouts are extremely effective. Don’t believe us? Well, there’s only one way to find out….
2. “It’s too expensive to get a personal trainer.”
Nowadays there are so many resources to take advantage of, you can pretty much be your own personal trainer—for free! Know your basic exercises and what categories they fall under (push, pull, etc.) In addition, read over some of our articles about exercise for some tips and ideas:
3. “I have no clue what I’m doing.”
If you feel this way, know that you are not alone. There are so many myths out there when it comes to health and wellness, it CAN be daunting to sift through it all. Start by reading some of the articles on this site…we try to break things down step by step, because it shouldn’t have to be rocket science!
4. “But…healthy food costs SO much!”
One of the most common excuses that could be the farthest from the truth. Some of the healthiest, most nutritionally balanced foods are some of the cheapest in the supermarket. If you’re really hurtin’, try buying a dozen eggs, a bunch of bananas, and oatmeal. Good fats and carbs that will keep you satiated for long periods of time.
5. “I’m destined to be fat all my life. It’s in my genetics.”
“Though genetics do play into some fitness factors, there are plenty of non-genetic factors that you can modify such as building lean muscle to increase your basal metabolic rate and finding easy and novel ways to eat well. Most people who blame or use genetics as an excuse, don’t realize that being fit has much more to do with lifestyle choices than with their pre-determined traits.”
6. “I can’t stop eating/snacking!”
Snacking throughout the day is not the problem…it’s what you’re snacking on. What’s in your cupboard right now? Is it oreos and dorrito chips? When you get cravings for all things crunchy and salty, try dipping baby carrots in balsamic vinaigrette. Have cravings for sweet things? Make a bowl of greek yogurt and fruit.
7. “Eating healthy doesn’t taste good.”
Eating healthy doesn’t always have to equate to stale rice cakes and tofu burgers. If you’re really in the dark about what healthy foods will suit your taste preferences, go to the bookstore, grab a healthy cookbook (we’ve experimented with some fun recipes from Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield) and just see if anything jumps out at you.
8. “It’s difficult to get my whole family to eat healthy. If they won’t, then I can’t.”
We do agree that it can be very difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle or a diet when the people around you aren’t in your same boat. It can also be sad when you yourself feel and look great but the rest are sluggish and moody because of their diet. In this scenario, try to step in by saying things like, “Would you like to try some of what I’m cooking?” or offer to do the grocery shopping. When it comes to cookies and chips — out of sight, out of mind. If they are unwilling to make changes themselves, this is when you’ll have to exert some willpower. Have a mutual understanding that your eating habits, schedule, and choices will be different from everyone else’s, and that people will just have to be OK with that.
9. “I don’t have the support or help.”
This is a similar answer to #9. No support sucks. What makes fitness fun, though, is if you can find friends that will become a workout buddy with you. Try and convince a neighbor or best friend to go swim laps at the pool or go for a bike ride with you. Make fitness like a game…a little friendly competition never hurt anyone! As far as nutrition goes, invite your friend over for healthy meals, or have a recipe exchange club. Gather a small group of friends, and like a book club, every week someone brings in a new and nutritious dish. A new week, a new person makes a new dish for everyone to try…a great way to spark conversation and to quell a hungry stomach!
10. “As soon as I lose weight, I know I’ll gain it all back.”
Quick-fix diets are good in the short term, but in the long term will do you NO GOOD. If you’re concerned about gaining weight back, you’ll have to embrace your longterm goals of health and fitness, and not expect things to happen overnight. Like they say, it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
11. “I’m way too tired and don’t have enough energy to workout.”
First off, analyze why you’re this tired. Could it be because you only get 5 hours of sleep every night? Hmm… With fitness and working out, sometimes all it takes is that little push to get you going, and once you get going you’re unstoppable! Think of ways to inspire you to workout. This could be putting on your hottest looking outfit, your favorite playlist, or (a weird one, but Caroline does it) putting on makeup?! Everyone’s fitness routine will be a little different. You’d be surprised to see how much energy working out GIVES you!
12. “It’s pouring outside, I can’t workout!”
Rain or shine, a good workout prevails. Bust out your yoga mat or bosu ball and get your sweat on indoors!
13. “It’s so boring to exercise and eat well!”
If you think exercising is boring, you’re probably doing the same thing everytime you workout. Yeah….running on the elliptical for an hour everyday does get boring. Create a varied, fast paced routine, and push yourself outside of your comfort zone! You’d be surprised how much mental acuity it takes to get in a good, focused workout. As far as eating well goes, “spice” things up in that department as well!! Have a week where you make dishes centered around one ingredient or a certain culture. Say good bye to “same ol’ same ol’!”
14. “It’s just too hard.”
Nothing worth having in life comes easy.
15. “I’ll start (insert date).”
There’s no time like the present. Get up. Get going. Now.
“You may delay, but time will not.” - Benjamin Franklin
READY to shed the pounds? Check out these quick tips:
1.Commit to Fit - The quicker you realize that you want to make lasting changes in your lifestyle, the easier it will become to riding the fast track to weight loss. You have to commit to it.
2. Plain Ol’ Cup O’ Joe - Drink your coffee black. Skip the “venti carmel skinny macchiato…” it’s not about to make you any skinnier.
3. Cook at Home - When you cook your meals at home, you’re not only guaranteed to use fresher ingredients (picked by your eye), but you’ll also be able to account for what goes into the dish. You’ll know exactly how much butter and salt you’ve added to your pasta primavera.
4. Spice Up Your Life - Some like it hot, and if you’re one of those people, take advantage of all the weight loss benefits spices like cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes can give!
5. A Picture is Worth 1000 Words - Take pictures of yourself and pair them with inspirational pictures of what you aim to look like. A visual on your fridge can sometimes be just the deterrent you need from overeating or binge eating.
6. Taste the Rainbow - They say the more colors on your plate the better. Try and fill each meal with colorful vegetables…the darker the pigments of green, red, orange the better.
7. Grill Out - Invite the members of your residence hall floor or fraternity to a cook out. Stock up on lean meats such as turkey or chicken to make sandwiches.
8. H20 - Hydrate all throughout the day. Especially in the summertime. If you want, take a fun sharpie marker and decorate a bottle by setting times to drink a certain amount: draw a line down the bottle at noon, 3pm, 5pm, etc. Drinking a cup of water before and after a meal can also fill you up so you’ll be less likely to overeat.
9. Home Gym - With all the cheap equipment available these days, you can have a great home gym in your own living room! Buy a few key items to keep around: some kettlebells or dumbbells, a yoga mat, or a bosu ball. Do bodyweight exercises during commercial breaks of your favorite show.
10. HIIT it Hard - ramp up your workout intensity by doing interval training. To make things extra challenging, try reducing the amount of time for rest periods so that they are shorter than your work periods.
11. Eat Fat to Lose Fat - Fat is not the enemy. In fact it’s been said that having a diet higher in omega-3 fats can aid in the reduction of body fat. Take a fish oil pill everyday, eat whole eggs, and ask for the guacamole at Chipotle! MMM
12. Keep a Log - Keeping a food journal really keeps you accountable on any given day. Writing down what you eat is a surefire way to avoid grabbing things like devil’s food cake or deep fried chicken fingers.
13. Don’t obsess - Getting too crazy about counting calories or weighing yourself everyday can often sabotage your efforts. Know that you’re making solid changes in your lifestyle and don’t burn yourself out by nit picking or becoming your own worst enemy.
14. Rest Up - Getting plenty of sleep is important to all around health and wellness, but it can also reduce stress levels. Too much stress doesn’t help anyone.
15. Wake Up - Get up early each day! Whether this means setting an alarm or what have you, the earlier you get up…the more you get done! Plus, you’re more likely to get your workout in when you’re fresh as opposed to 7pm after work when all you want to do is zone out.
16. Furry Friends - A dog can be a great forced exercise program. If you don’t have one, offer to volunteer your time at a local animal shelter. You’ll be getting in a nice workout while doing your share of good deeds for the day.
17. Tag Team It - Invite a friend from your chemistry class or a neighbor to be a workout buddy. Having a friend to join you on your fitness crusade can really make things fun and easy!
18. Love Bug - If you’re in a relationship, convince your partner to work out with you! It’s been proven that couples who work out together stay together.
19. Reward Yourself - It’s important to indulge every once in a while. Cheat days are important even when you’re losing weight. For some, cheating can be a slippery slope, however, so eat something that still fits within your diet but still seems like a treat. This could mean chocolate covered almonds or strawberries, or going out for some frozen yogurt.
20. Eat Small Meals - Eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day has proven to aid in weight loss. Don’t go without eating for hours on end. When you’ve got the shakes from hunger, that means your metabolism has crashed and burned and your body will be finding energy from its own muscle stores.
21. Eat Protein - Vegetarian or not, eating some form of protein at each one of the mentioned meals above is important for your weight loss goals.
22. Skip Dessert - You’ll be glad you did.
23. Don’t Buffet - If you’re worried about willpower, these can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to weight loss.
24. Make a List - Before doing the groceries, make a store list and stick to it! This way you’ll be less likely to get distracted by all of the bad-for-you foods on the shelves. In addition to this, don’t even dare going to the store hungry!
25. Don’t Skip Breakfast - No matter if your 8am class starts in 5 minutes, or you’re about to be late for work, skipping breakfast is a no-no. Seriously, don’t do it.
I didn’t want to go to the gym but I have to think about the future, I have to start being the healthy me. I need the mindset again.
Anyway tho I saw Lily there so that was fun talking to her and I think i was able to fix my laptop/ Maybe? Temporally. Idk man my knee is starting to hurt a bit now too~
Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.
Didn’t update yesterday becuase my laptop has been acting really weird on me. I was going to go to the gym then got lazy and wanted to run but also too lazy, hopefully I’ll do it today.
But becuase I didn’t do any other those things at the end of the night I was like screw this, if I do anything today I’ll regret it tomorrow. So why make myself fell down in the dumps about not being in shape when I’m not doing anything about it right?
Did nothing today other then some stretching, I woke up even sorer then the day before. Maybe I pushed too hard but I don’t know. I stretched them out a bit so I could walked and when that still hurt I ran them over with cold water twice which for some reason it was the warmest cold water I’ve ever felt. LOL.
I just hope I didn’t do any damage to my muscles…. This is the first time in my life where I actually wanted to run ( ok not really ) but I couldn’t becuase something was holding my physically back - not mentally, did not feel good.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.