Cambridge Dictionaries online define excuse as “the explanation given for bad behavior, absence, etc.” Other definitions say it is “an attempt to lessen the blame” or “to seek to defend or justify”.
What excuses have you been using? Are you trying to justify bad behavior? Are you trying to avoid doing something?
I confess I have been off and on my eating program since before Christmas. It started when I traveled to the US for an extended stay with friends. I told myself if I ate differently than the other people, I would not be accepted (excuse). I told myself I didn’t want to be different and stand out (excuse). Isn’t it amazing the BS we accept when it comes from a trusted source (ourselves)?!
What happened was no surprise… I gained weight. So I went back on my program and lost the weight I gained. Now I am back on track; I am fully in control. So now I can allow myself the odd treat, drink and decadent meal. Right?
Wrong! I find when I allow myself “one”, it leads to two, then three and suddenly I am out of control again. Does that happen to you? It has been over five years since I began my weight loss journey and I find that no matter how long I have been doing this, I can still fall into the “excuse” trap. It can happen to anyone. It is how you deal with it that will determine if you are successful or fail.
Did you know that failure does not require you to do something? No, to fail you just have to do NOTHING:
- Don’t plan ahead for meals and snacks
- Don’t prepare healthy foods
- Don’t shop to ensure you have healthy food on hand
- Don’t exercise regularly
- Don’t accept responsibility for your behaviors
The next time you hear yourself explaining why something has happened or has not happened, ask yourself if it is just an excuse. Ask if you are trying to justify or avoid something. Don’t let complacency steal away your dreams and goals!
You can do anything you put your mind to! And remember, you do not have to go it alone!