No More Excuses
Thursday, July 05, 2012
It has been almost a month since my surgery. The fears I had about not being able to get back into my routine are gone. I started running again a week after my surgery and haven't stopped. I am now running more miles per week than I did before my surgery. I am well on my way to reaching my goal. Many people look at how much weight I have lost and ask, "what is your secret? How are you doing it?" They want to know "the secret." They want to know what the magic potion is to weight loss. I often answer, "There is no secret. I just use common sense. I put good things in my body and move a lot." They usually walk away disappointed. However, there is another tactic that I have been using to lose weight and to reach other goals in my life. I accept no excuses. We all struggle with our inner selves telling us why we can't do certain things. "I'm too tired. I don't have time. Healthy food is too expensive. I can't do it because (fill in your excuse)." The trick is to identify these excuses as they enter your brain and do the opposite of what they say. For example, a few days ago, while I was working out, an excuse came into my head, "You are too tired to run your normal 2 miles on the treadmill. Just run one mile this time." I identified that this was an excuse and pushed myself to go that second mile. I did not die from it. I did not feel any more tired than I had before I did it. I just ignored what my brain was telling me and got in the zone. After a while of doing this, you will be able to retrain your brain. The excuses will always come, what you do with them is what matters. Will you listen to the excuses? Or will you ignore them and keep pushing?