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Weight Loss: Are Excuses Holding You Back From Losing Weight?

Jun 6, 2008
It's eight o'clock at night and you had plans on working out. The television is on. Federal agent Jack Bauer is dealing with another problem during one of his long days on the television show '24'. WorkoutKieferworkoutKiefer. You just caved in and are now parked in front of the tube watching another hour in the life of a fictional character.

Six o'clock at night and traffic is backed up. You were going to go home and eat a healthy meal of measured out chicken, rice, and carrots. You were going to add a nice fresh fruit for dessert and start eating healthily. One problem: your stomach is growling and the smell of Kentucky Fried Chicken is wafting through your car window. You swerve into the take-out lane, your hunger overriding your head.

The check book is low on money and your plan of buying healthy food has been blown to shreds in an effort to keep food in the house. Your cart is full of 'broke food' like macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and frozen dinners. You have no time to workout. You can't afford the gym membership. The weather sucks and your walk has been canceled.

Does any of this sound familiar? Well, if it does, then you're playing the excuse game. You're using an excuse to keep from starting that weight loss regimen that you wanted. If you were serious about losing those few extra pounds, you might as well forget it. At least until you can stop making excuses and get your butt in gear and get motivated.

This is the biggest obstacle for anyone to face when they have good intentions about dieting and losing weight. While we all want to lose weight, human nature makes us notorious procrastinators. We will do everything we can to say, 'I'll start tomorrow' or 'I'll get to it tonight'. Instead, we need to be just biting the bullet now and get going.

Once we stop making excuses, we find our motivation. It's just like quitting smoking. We have to take that first step and throw the cigarettes away. The same applies here. You have to take that first step and walk into the gym. You have to take that first step and exchange the doughnut for a bowl of healthy cereal and milk. Once we stop procrastinating and take that hard first step, everything becomes a lot easier.

Stepping into the gym and attending that first aerobics class is the motivation you need. Once you get into class and start jazzercising, you'll find how much fun it really is and then you'll start to look forward to the class. You will have found the motivation you needed to get started on the path towards losing weight.

The same goes for eating healthier. After you get the first few days of healthy food under your belt, you'll find the cravings for all the things you shouldn't eat start to dwindle. In addition, once you start to see the weight coming off and you're looking better, you will have found your motivation. I encourage you to stop making excuses and start losing weight and feeling better all around.

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