Working out and eating healthy aren't always at the top of my priority list. There are some days when I would rather stay on the couch, order a pizza (or two), and guzzle wine in my pajamas. I mean...that's kind of the best thing ever, right? I definitely indulge in this once in a blue moon, but the majority of the time I get what I need to done.
You can come up with a million excuses to why you can't work out, to why you can't eat a salad, to why you aren't drinking enough water, to why you aren't getting enough sleep.
"I got dumped."
"I didn't go to the grocery store."
"I've been sick."
"I just don't feel like it."
Yes, there are FEW days where these excuses are valid. However, when they keep coming and coming, day after day, that's when the problem starts. Making excuses can unfortunately become habitual for some. I've been there myself, and as a trainer I've seen others get in the habit.
When your excuses get the best of us, not only do you let our health go, but after a few weeks you realize how much we've backtracked. There is a huge sense of disappointment that washes over you when you look back and can't say you've grown or progressed. It's the worst feeling because you know you are to blame.
The thing about leading a healthy lifestyle, is that your decisions are solely your own. No one else can workout for you. No one else can eat healthy foods for you. No one else can get an adequate amount of sleep or water for you. It's your body. It's up to you to make these choices. There is a beauty in that. There is a beauty in being able to do something for yourself.
When you get dumped, eat your tub of ice cream for a night and watch sappy movies. Then get your ass to the gym. Do something for yourself. Don't stay moping around and making unhealthy choices. Get your endorphins flowing. Get your sweat on. Don't feel worse about yourself by gaining 10 pounds. That's the worst thing to do after a breakup.
When you need groceries, go to the store. Don't wait and end up at the drive thru because you have nothing to cook. Make grocery shopping a priority.
When you are sick, rest for a few days, take your medicine, eat right, drink water. Then hit the gym. Sweat out those toxins. Head into the steam room and flush yourself out. Don't use your sickness as an excuse to eat like crap and stay on the couch all day. I truly believe in resting, but I truly believe in sweating it out too. I've never been sick for more than 2-3 days.
When you just don't feel like it, treat it like a job. No, we don't always want to head into work, but we do because we have to. Treat your health like a job and get your workout in. Get in the kitchen and cook a healthy meal. "I just don't feel like it" is the worst excuse ever!!!
Take your excuses and throw them out the window. They are only hindering you. Would you rather be that much closer to your goal, or would you rather look back and wish you'd started sooner?