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When Does A REASON become An EXCUSE?

Friday, October 02, 2009

As I was doing my daily walk yesterday, I pondered many aspects over the last year since October 13 is the anniversary of this lifestyle change. Never been a lazy person, but I realized that while making changes in eating choices, I had good "reasons" when I slipped and fell off the program. Sure, it's been a very tough couple of years, but life happens and I've never been a person to hide from adversity. However, I remembered the month of August when my reasons suddenly became excuses. Crutches that helped me get a bit lazy in the way I thought and acted toward healthy eating. I think it's something I have to be aware of in the future - when a good reason becomes an excuse that leads to laziness. A reason - something valid that substantiates why or why not I do something. An excuse - a whine about why or why not I do something in order to escape from what will be in my best interest and quality of life. No more excuses!
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    I agree that we all have to fight this divide between want and need and reason and excuses. Especially when we have to compensate for years of making the wrong choices. I know, every day a new day......
    3937 days ago
    there's that thin line between the two. glad we're both wising up to that. emoticon
    3938 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/2/2009 7:41:03 PM
    Proud of you 4 recognizing the difference between the 2. y biggest reason that became and excuse was I was pregnant and since I gained so much it won't be easy to lose it. It's not my reason or my excuse anymore.

    Stay mindful of your own advice and Keep Sparking emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3938 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this with me. I have had this problem in the past. I will keep this in mind from now on.

    3938 days ago
    I was just having this discussion with someone else...we must be channeling each other. Thanks for putting it so succinctly. Have a wonderful weekend.

    3938 days ago
  • DIAMOND102
    Thank you for the insight, I have given myself "reasons" in the past that I now realize was "excuses" for not doing what I know I should do. Seemed pretty good at the time, but now I realize this is not how we do this. We have to stay the course and realize when we are making excuses for not doing what we know to do. Thanks again for opening my eyes and now I will stay focused and not use excuses for what I should be doing.
    3938 days ago
    I've needed some clarity on this. Thank you!
    3938 days ago
    Thanks for the blog -- I will try an use this logic this weekend when I have to choose what I am eating at the restaurant.
    Also, when my exercise buddy leaves town next week and I have to be at the gym (6:30 am) without her.
    3938 days ago
    Interesting thought! I'll kept that in mind the next time I have a "reason" to eat sugar or not exercise!
    3938 days ago
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