Overcoming Excuses

Hey friends–I loved hearing about all your veggie loves! There are SO many vegetables out there to explore….

…so of course I had to make a heaping plate for my lunch today. (I <3 leftovers)

veggies + bbq chicken on top

Today’s workout:

  • took 1 hour spin class. YES. I got on a bike again. (more on that later)
  • taught 1 hour BodyPUMP class

Holy moly. My legs. My body. My sweat<—–major drippage. YIKES.

This was awesome. I totally reached a goal (of getting back on a bike and into a spin class) by simply scheduling it into my planner and going and DOING it.

No better way to face your fears: schedule to overcome them, and then DO IT.

Nike has something going on there 😉

I have a bazillion excuses for why I hate biking, spin classes, and getting on a bike in general:

  1. I got hit by another biker in Fall 09. Hard. It hurt, I got a black eye (story HERE), and I have been scared ever since.

that hurt! (oct 09)

  1. I did a triathlon and loved it….the biking part, not so much.
  2. My husband is a stellar mountain biker, so he gets the ‘bike’ credit, I don’t have to.
  3. I hated the 5:45 a.m. spin classes I took with my sister, back in 2005. I think it was the teacher, now that I think about it??
  4. It makes my butt hurt. And I am soooo afraid of pain. HAH. right.

As you can see, these excuses are NOT okay. And most of them are pretty lame. I thought so too. So that is why I went and did it, and you know what??

I LOVED the spin class. It was super fun. It was taught by a great teacher (and really good friend), there was variety, super motivating (and loud) music<—I like my music loud when I workout, and great energy in that cool, darkened room.

Why the hEY have I been missing out on all the fun in these spin classes?!

Oh, right. My excuses. And fears.

used to be a fear of mine....eating cookies, b/c I did not want to get fat! Even thought I was too skinny

So, my tips for overcoming excuses, be it weight loss excuses, overcoming fears excuses, nutrition change excuses, getting out of a bad relationship excuses, etc.:

  1. Positive thinking is KEY. Imagine and visualize yourself succeeding at whatever the excuse is. Really paint a picture in your mind, talk to yourself about it, and be excited about imagining yourself being successful at it.
  2. I read a book “Excuses Begone” to help me get out of my FUNK for making excuses with the bike…..so READ it!
  3. Practice taking small steps toward the goal. Example:  I went about a week or so ago and rode a bike by myself. Small steps add up to big changes in the long run!
  4. Pen it IN. You have to WORK towards anything worth having, so WRITE it down first. Make a contract with yourself.
  5. Tell others. I told my husband ahead of time I was going to the spin class, so I could not back down <—I knew he would ask me about it!
  6. Just DO IT. Go, get er’ done. Make the change. Go to the class. Break up with the horribel bf. Whatever it is, just DO IT.

p.s. the amazing book to go read is Excuses Begone” by Wayne Dyer.  

This book has revolutionized the way I handle and view fears and excuses. It is AMAZING, and I highly recommend it if you are often afraid of doing things differently, trying something new, making more money, in the middle of a change in your life, or are sick of making excuses to yourself (and others). Life changing, is a fabulous way to describe “Excuses Begone.”

No more excuses for me! So if you catch me making excuses, call me out on it, mmmkay? 😉

I am off to do a bazillion things on my to-do list….oh, and eat more quinoa!

quinoa + defrosted frozen fruit

What are some of YOUR excuses as of late? What are YOU going to do about it? How do YOU get over excuse making??

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Comments

  1. HOly Cow! That’s crazy. I can’t believe you got hit by a bike and ended up bruised up. I’m so sorry. I don’t blame you for that fear but the only way to overcome the fears is to jump back on. Great tips!

    • I know, it was nuts. The dude came speeding right at me on a a downhill trail (I was going uphill), so luckily it wasn’t any worse!

  2. I loved this post! Great quinoa ideas, will you post on how you make it?

  3. I’ll have to check out that book!

    Your face looks absolutely painful in that picture…My hubby just looked at it and said “man I don’t want to see what the other guy looks like!” 😉

    • it is an INCREDIBLE book. So awesome.

      And yah, the guy, um….he got hurt in his ‘sweets’ <----as my husband calls the area. It made my husband somewhat smug to see the dude struggling and sort of in pain, because of what he did to me (his then-almost-girlfriend...we were sort of on a 'date' then before we were 'dating'). HA

  4. Yay for getting back on the bike! Awesome!

    I’m with you that the biggest thing in overcoming excuses is just going for it…even if starting with smaller steps, just doing something to get past the excuses is HUGE!

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