I’ll start after Christmas or once we finish that whole bag of chips in the freezer or when I next get paid or once I’m back from my holiday…
Is this you? Finding yourself making excuses for why you’ve not started your lifestyle overhaul. There’s ALWAYS something happening in our lives. But it’s time to stop making excuses.
5 excuses you need to stop making NOW!
Excuses. We all have them when we’re not in the mood to exercise or eat healthily. But unfortunately, excuses won’t get us the results we so desperately want! Overcoming weight loss excuses may seem harder than it actually is.
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It’s time we all stop making excuses and here 5 excuses we can start with.
1. ‘I’m tired’
This is one excuse we all use ALL the time! Why? Because it’s true. Everyone is tired. Most people have almost forgotten what it feels like to NOT be tired. If you’re a parent you no doubt will stay in a perpetual state of tiredness until your kids leave home…or longer.
But if you waited until you weren’t tired anymore you wouldn’t exercise for the next twenty years or so.
So getting up and getting a workout in can help get you through the hard days. The endorphins and energy that comes from completing a workout can help you better cope physically, emotionally and mentally. You just need to get past that mental barrier, stop making excuses and get it done.
2. ‘I don’t have time’
There is likely not a person on this planet that wouldn’t love to have an extra couple of hours in each day!
We’re ALL time-poor, whether you work a 9 to 5, work from home or do FIFO work. Everyone has their own challenges. The hard truth is that if you want it badly enough, you’ll MAKE the time.
You will juggle things around and find thirty minutes for exercise, twenty minutes to meal plan or an hour or two to do some meal prep.
Whether you get up at 5 am to get a workout in or get it done after the kids go to bed at night. Will you love it? No. But if it’s the only change you can make to get it done then that’s what you have to do.
3. ‘I can’t exercise with my kids or my family’
You can work out at home with kids and family in tow. Are there times when you may have to stop and your kids will drive you crazy? Absolutely. Are there times when a twenty-minute workout takes 40 minutes? Absolutely. But you can’t put a price on the amazing example you’re setting for your children!
Some days they’ll join in, some days they won’t. Some days you’ll manage to fit that workout in while the kids are sleeping or out of the house, other days you won’t be able to!
Including the whole family in your workouts will not only be beneficial to everyone’s health but it will help with overcoming weight loss excuses because everyone is on the same journey. Your kids won’t need to lose weight but getting them in on the workouts will help them get fit and healthy all the same.
You can also often find a kid-friendly place to do group fitness. This way you can meet new people, get a workout in and not worry about paying for a crèche on top of classes.
With a bit of planning and preparation, healthy eating does not have to be too expensive.
Your grocery bill will likely go down when you plan your meals and shop only for that plan. Especially if you were prone to impulse shop things like snacks, as well as pre-made sauces and packaged foods. Plus, your shopping trolley will always be full of fresh fruit and veggies!
5. ‘It’s too hard’
We can all relate to this. You want the results to be instant and when they’re not it can feel like all the hard work just isn’t worth it. But you know what? It totally is.
Feeling confident in your clothes, in your body and within yourself is 100 per cent worth it. And behind every amazing weight loss transformation you see is a whole lot of hard work, dedication and determination.
Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy!
7 ways of overcoming weight loss excuses and set yourself up for success!
Overcoming weight loss excuses is just one part of getting the results you want, once you stop the excuses you may still need some help or support to actually get things done. Here are 7 tips to help you set yourself up for success when starting your new healthy lifestyle.
1. Take care of YOU
If you don’t make the effort to take care of yourself, how can you expect to be the best version of yourself you can be? When did you lose sight of the most important person in your world? It may sound selfish, but the most important person is you. And that’s not being selfish. For the sake of your family and yourself, you can no longer afford to ignore your physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Whether you get this done on a weekend or when you have time during the week, remember to set aside a little time just for you. Not only will you feel more relaxed going into a new week, but it will also help reset your body and your mind.
2. Reduce your Sunday sleep in!
As parents, it’s a rare occasion when a sleep in actually happens. So if you get the opportunity, do not pass that up! But try not to sleep your day away.
The more you stay in bed especially on the weekend, the more time you are losing to get yourself organised for the week ahead!
3. Set realistic goals!
Every week can look so different to the next. So this is why you should set some goals that are achievable but also changeable to help you be able to move it if you need to. One great way to do this is to take some time on a Sunday to look at your weekly schedule and set yourself some realistic goals for that particular week.
Lock in some times that suit you for a workout, some meal/snack prep, and even self-care. Book these in as appointments that you can not cancel! Put them in your phone and make sure the reminders are on so you won’t forget and will get notified.
Remember that some weeks may be less productive than others and that’s okay! By setting your goals each week you will be able to manage your time better and it will help you see them daily.
4. Prep! Prep! Prep!
Getting a little bit of meal prep and/or snack prep done either monthly and freeze it or weekly on a Sunday can really make things run a lot smoother as it takes the pressure off you during the week or times when things are busier.
Set your prep list, get your groceries done, and do what you can. Remember you don’t have to get it all done at once – every little bit counts.
5. Clear space, clear mind!
Your surroundings have such a huge impact on your mental and physical state! If you’re feeling a little off, use some time on a weekend to get the chores done.
On a weekend, you can do all the little leftover chores from the week before. Once a month you can try to have a good declutter of the house.
Or fill bags that can be donated, and give the place a really good tidy. Clearing the clutter in your physical space can really help you to feel lighter and act with more of a purpose. Make it fun and play some music while you work!
6. Incidental Exercise!
Find that time when you don’t have a lot of family expectations, no work, no kids activities, use some of that time to burn some energy. You could even get the kids involved and make it a fun family activity.
Whether you visit the local park or go for a walk with pets, you should try to move your body in a fun, non-exercising or not-a-workout way. This helps keep your routine of moving your body, while also including the kids and showing them good habits.
7. Change your mindset!
You can do tasks 1-6 over and over again, but the most important change you need to make is the way you think about what this fresh start represents.
It’s full of opportunities to help get you closer and closer to your goals. Go into this with a positive mindset and see how your whole body and life will benefit!
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