We all have excuses. And valid reasons (at least in our own mind) why we don’t do something that we know we should do.
Why we don’t exercise regularly.
Why we don’t make better food choices.
Why we don’t get more sleep.
Why we don’t plan, prepare or organize.
Why we don’t invest in ourselves.
We know how important all these things are for our physical health, our sanity and our well-being.
SO…why don’t we just do it and stick with it?
Because we ALL have excuses.
For me, I’ve realized my excuse for not doing something I should do (most often something for myself), is usually…“I just don’t have time.” (sound familiar?)
I recently realized that every time I make an excuse to not do something that good or positive for me, what I’m really saying to myself is, “Lindsay, you’re just not worth it.”
I would never tell my son, my husband, a friend or a client that they aren’t worth my time or energy. And you probably wouldn’t either.
Why? Because we are givers.
We give our TIME. We give our ENERGY. We give our MONEY…to EVERYONE ELSE…BUT OURSELVES.
It’s no surprise why we have no self-motivation to workout, or to prepare a healthy meal, or to go to bed a little earlier. We simply have nothing left to give ourselves.
SO WHY DO WE DO THIS IF WE KNOW IT’S NOT GOOD FOR US?
I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on this question and here’s what I’ve concluded:
We put MORE VALUE on the time we give to OTHERS.
We put very LITTLE VALUE in the time we give to OURSELVES.
And usually if we do something for ourselves, it’s ridden with guilt (think of the last time you bought something for yourself, got a pedicure or a massage, or did something that was for you).
I’ve started to rethink my “excuses”…and it’s had a pretty profound impact on my life.
If I find myself saying, “I can’t get in a workout today because I don’t have time” – I’ve started to rework my thinking to: “If I DO workout today, just think of how much more productive I’ll be because of the energy even a 10-minute walk gives me.” Even on my absolute busiest days, I know the reality is that I can figure out some way to get in some movement even for a few minutes. And this applies to any excuse in the book…
It may sound cliché, but what if you changed the “can’t” to “can;” the “should do” to “want to do;” the “I don’t know” to “I’ll find someone who can help me”?
Can you imagine the potential you have because YOU are not the one stopping yourself?
When you find yourself making excuses, ask yourself:
- If I don’t have time to take care of my body…do I really have time to deal with the lack of energy that keeps me from doing the most basic things I need to do in my daily life?
- If I don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal…do I really have time to deal with potential weight gain, health issues, lack of energy and sluggish hormones?
- If I don’t have time to stop what I’m doing late at night just 10 minutes earlier to get a little more sleep…do I really have time to deal with irritability, inability to focus and cravings for junk food?
- If I don’t see the value in making a small energetic, time or financial investments in myself…can I afford the long-term costs of buying quick fixes or trying to undo damage done?
- If I don’t see the value in taking care of myself – inside and out…do I honestly believe I can effectively take care of my family and those I love?
I’ve heard (and personally used) nearly every excuse; most of us are so desperate for change in some aspect of our life.
What we don’t realize is that it is not because of circumstance but our own mindset that keeps us in this vicious cycle of feeling like we’re stuck in a body that isn’t ours, empty of the vibrant energy to live fully, and lacking motivation we crave so we can be our best selves for what we care about most.
If you’ve been following me even for a short time, you probably know I’m pretty passionate about finding ways to help busy women figure out how to manage the real, legit chaos of “life” and set them on a path to sustainable, lifelong success through what I call our “BP Method.”
The BP Method is based on 5 Pillars of Success: Mindset, Accountability, Education, Fitness and Nutrition. These 5 work in tandem to make you successful in all areas of your life…if one is lacking…the rest our out of sync.
If you feel like you’re lacking in even one of these pillars – I’d encourage you to consider our 8-Week Body Project Complete Lifestyle Program.
You may find yourself going back to excuses of why you can’t do this program (or any positive opportunity that can help you be better):
- “I don’t have time for it”: the commitment is 8 Monday nights for an hour and a half…I think that’s absolutely worth it for the potential life change that awaits you (there’s 44 other weeks in the year to be too busy!).
- “I can’t afford it”: we have always made this work for women who ask and want to do it badly enough…we even offer a payment plan for you, we just want to share this program with as many women as possible!
- “I’ve done other programs in the past”: trust the over 200 women who have gone through the 8-Week Body Project that this will be like no other program you’ve experienced.
- “I’m not fit or have physical limitations”: we individualize each woman’s workout program to as little or as much as is safe and progressive; we’re a perfect place to start back at it or to bust through a frustrating plateau.
- “I know what I’m supposed to eat/do/workout, I’ll just go back and do that”: ask yourself how many times you’ve had to “go back to that plan”…our 8-Week program is about creating lifelong habits that STICK.
Read more about the program and watch the video HERE and you can email me directly with questions or call 609.336.0108.
REGISTRATION CLOSES THIS WEEKEND!
Whether you’re considering the 8-Week Body Project or not, can I ask you to do me this one favor?
Do something for YOU today (doesn’t have to be big or extravagant or take a lot of time) and take notice of how much better it makes you! (then keep practicing that and watch your life transform!).
Committed to your success,