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Meaningful Mondays: Stop making excuses

July 24, 2017
stop making excuses

stop making excuses

We are all guilty of making excuses about many things in our lives – not exercising, eating the wrong foods, not having the time to nourish our mind, body and soul, not being happy, having toxic relationships.

However, sometimes excuses just don’t wash and we just have to accept the fact that we have a CHOICE AND WE CHOOSE to do something or not.

I might upset some people with this post but I really am getting a little tired of the excuses we make for not exercising and being healthy.  There is no excuse –  you either want to be healthy or you don’t.  We all have the same amount of time in a day but it is YOUR CHOICE how you use it.

So many women of midlife hide behind the excuses of ‘I don’t have time’, ‘I can’t run’, ‘we should accept who we are’, ‘I’m unhappy’.  Yes perhaps all valid points but not valid excuses.

I sometimes get a little annoyed when people say to me ‘oh I can’t run’ or ‘I hate running’.  They are actually missing the whole point of my blogs about health and fitness.

Sure, I love to run – BUT THAT IS ME and what I like.  It doesn’t mean that running is for you BUT BEING HEALTHY AND HAPPY SHOULD BE IMPORTANT TO US ALL.

So here are 3 quick ways to help you STOP MAKING EXCUSES

stop making excuses

Value yourself

If you don’t value yourself then how will others?  Don’t be afraid to put yourself first occasionally and do what you want to do.  If you value yourself and your importance as a person then you will make the time for yourself.

Make a plan

Schedule into your life the things you want to do.  In other words, make an appointment with yourself.

  • Plan to exercise 30 minutes x 3 times a week
  • Plan to eat a healthy but balanced diet – that includes treats.  Don’t diet to lose weight, eat healthy to look after your well-being
  • Plan for some ‘me’ time to nourish your mind, body and soul
  • Plan for your goals or dreams and make them happen.  Make a vision board to keep you focused.

Find enjoyment in what you do

  • Find an exercise that you enjoy and you will most likely stick to it
  • Re-discover a hobby that you may have pushed to the side
  • Catch up regularly with family and friends
  • Find enjoyment in the simpler things of life and taking 5 minutes to just breathe and appreciate.

stop making excuses

So will you stop making excuses and start making progress with a healthier and happier lifestyle?

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply Toni Pike July 24, 2017 at 08:04

    This is a very inspiring article, Sue – it is just what I need to get me back on track with diet, exercise and also my other goal of continuing work on my next story.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 24, 2017 at 13:38

      Thanks Toni, I think I also needed this advice for myself. I can’t wait to read your next book!

  • Reply Debbie Harris July 24, 2017 at 08:48

    You’ve nailed it Sue!! I totally agree with you and am trying very hard to make the right choices. I’ve recently started cross stitching again a hobby I haven’t touched fir years. It’s quite calming and rewarding. My running is going better recently as I’mt trying to be more consistent and having a goal in kind always helps me. I find a plan works well and your tips are very helpful. Thanks again for all you do. X

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 24, 2017 at 13:39

      So pleased you found the post useful Debbie. I always need to be working towards a goal otherwise I go off track. I just started knitting again which I haven’t done for years. I find it very relaxing. Keep up the good work with the running! Have a great week! x

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill July 24, 2017 at 12:24

    You are so right Sue – I am the first person to put my hand up for hating running, but that doesn’t mean I get to sit on my bottom for the next 50 years (as much as I’d like to) it’s my responsibility to find ways to move that I can maintain and to watch how much rubbish I eat etc – we’re big girls and need to step up and be responsible for our health – nobody wants to spend their later years in a wheelchair because we were lazy in Midlife.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 24, 2017 at 13:42

      Thanks Leanne. I don’t expect people to run but as you say it doesn’t mean you can just sit for the next 50 years. Any movement is good but we are totally responsible for how we live our lives.

  • Reply athelenerose July 24, 2017 at 14:54

    Hi Sue
    I’m new to your blog. Today I read your e-book From Couch Potato to Fabulously Fit….I found it very encouraging. I’m a few years older than you and have participated in several 5K runs. My goal is to still be doing it at 70 and beyond. Exercise is not the problem for me, it’s the food. I love to eat. I’m constantly working on eating to healthfully fuel my body instead of exercising so I can eat. Big difference. Anyway, thanks for your post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 24, 2017 at 16:16

      Hello there and thank you for visiting. I’m so pleased your found my e-book encouraging and I’m sure you will still be running at 70 – that is my goal too! Eating a healthy diet isn’t always easy but for me I just try to eat well balanced meals most of the time with occasional treats. Life is too short not to have treats! So pleased to have met you and hope you visit again. xx

  • Reply Jodie filogomo July 25, 2017 at 00:01

    I always say a version of that, Sue!! If you want to do something bad enough….you will make it happen!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Reply Donna July 25, 2017 at 02:31

    I ❤️ these tips, Sue. I previously used work as an excuse for so many things. When I retired so did (many of) my excuses!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2017 at 09:02

      I know Donna it is easy to find excuses isn’t it! But you are now living the dream. Enjoy xx

  • Reply Jennifer July 25, 2017 at 03:16

    So true Sue. My back pain has led me away from exercising, but there are things that I can do in 5-minute stints before the pain sets in again.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 25, 2017 at 09:03

      Oh I know what back pain is like Jennifer and you really can be hampered with it. Don’t over do it your body will tell you how it feels that is for sure. xx

  • Reply Leah July 25, 2017 at 09:01

    It’s exercise that’s my problem. I’m good at doing other things for myself, but exercise…I need to find my motivation. Hasn’t happened yet.

  • Reply Roxanne Jones July 25, 2017 at 12:49

    Amen, amen, amen!!! It really is a choice, and we really do find time for what matters to us/what we make a priority. If I can find a half-hour to scroll through Facebook, I can surely get off my arse and onto the treadmill for 30 minutes!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 26, 2017 at 10:37

      Great point Roxanne as I’m sitting here answering comments and scrolling through Facebook! Have a great day xx

  • Reply Jan Wild July 27, 2017 at 15:22

    Well I can’t run 😉 but I do love to walk and have been working hard on being ready for lots of walking in Europe. We have been doing 5km 3-4 times a week and it is really paying off. I sit here munching on almonds and chocolates as I write but I also have a two week microbiome blitz planned for next week. It will be tough but so worth it I know.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 28, 2017 at 07:12

      So exciting Jan and walking is a great way to stay healthy. What is a microbiome? Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply gigi July 27, 2017 at 18:23

    That Karen Lamb quote is so on the money!!! So true! Thank you for a beautiful reminder!

  • Reply Beverly August 1, 2017 at 00:11

    You are right, it is easy to make excuses. But I try to stay focus and keep going. Great post.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon party.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 1, 2017 at 09:07

      Thanks Bev and I hope you have a fabulous week.x

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