I admit that we can make so many excuses when it comes to living healthier. I do it, too. You’re not alone. You start doubting yourself sometimes, losing your motivation, and perhaps give up before you even start.
Well, I’m here to tell you today that you can do anything you set your mind to.
If there is a will there is a way.
Mind over matter.
Do you get it yet?
At the end of the day, ultimately it’s totally up to you as to when and how you want to improve your lifestyle. But, when you want something bad enough you make it happen.
Here are some lies (ahem, or just plain excuses) I have heard, and even been guilty of saying myself at some point in my own life. But, have no fear, there’s a way around them.
Lie #1: It’s too late to get in shape
It’s never too late.
Ever heard of Ernestine Shepherd? At 79 years of age she is a personal trainer as well as the world’s oldest performing female body builder and currently in the Guinness Book of World Records because of it.
She started bodybuilding at the age of 56 and hasn’t looked back since.
And how about Sister Madonna Buder, also known as the Iron Nun, who didn’t run her first race until she was 48 years of age. At age 52 she completed her first triathalon. She is now 86 years old and has completed almost 400 triathalons, including over 40 Ironmans!
And don’t forget about Charles Eugster who is currently the fittest 96 year old in the world. He didn’t get serious about weight training until he was 87!
So, what’s our excuse?
Lie #2: A detox will just take care of it
WRONG! A detox is not your answer. A detox could be a great start…if it’s for the right reasons. So, while there are plenty of reasons why you would detox (for ex: feeling sluggish, reduce/eliminate toxins, and food allergies), there are also good reasons why you would not. Read 5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Detox.
Lie #3: Working out is too expensive
Working out does not have to be expensive at all. As a matter of fact, you can do alot of workouts right at home without any equipment. If you take a look around the blog that is pretty much what the workouts I offer consist of…no, or very minimal, equipment.
Lie #4: Working out takes too much time
I’ve got stuff to do, too. No one wants to spend hours on one thing.
This is why I am a huge fan of 30 minute or less workouts. Take a good look around the blog at the same articles I mentioned above. You will also find the workouts are no more than 30 minutes. You’re welcome!
Lie #5: You’re too busy
This is sort of like lie #4, but can still be viewed separately.
If you’re not too busy for social media or to watch TV, then you are not too busy to put forth the effort to live healthier.
You always make the time for the things that matter to you. So, if getting healthy matters to you, then you will make the time to do whatever needs to be done to reach your health and wellness goals…that is if you want it bad enough.
Lie #6: You have to count calories all the time
No, you don’t. You can generally tell what’s good for you, especially when it comes down to eating a chocolate cake or a carrot.
In the beginning, you may feel more comfortable doing so until you get used to it, but making sure you choose quality food over quantity will be the key to a healthier lifestyle. Find out why quality beats quantity any day of the week.
Lie #7: You have to cut out all your favorite foods
If there is one thing I can say about myself is that I LOVE to eat! And one of my favorite foods is chocolate. Yes, I make and eat healthier recipes than what I used to, but who says you have to necessarily give up your favorite foods? I mean I still love regular store bought ice cream, Kit Kats, and ginger ale. I don’t have them nearly as often as I used to, but I still do have these things….in moderation, of course.
Honestly, there are some things I just lost a taste for. That happened as I adopted healthier eating habits. So I didn’t really give up anything, just some of my tastes changed. But you can still find room in your diet to eat your favorite foods.
What’s the biggest lie you’ve told yourself about being healthy?