Weight loss tip: Stop making excuses

WLT 174 - Stop making excusesWLT 174 - Stop making excuses

Failure is making excuses for your weaknesses.  

WLT 174 - Stop making excuses

WLT 174 – Stop making excuses

Stop Making Excuses

Stop Making Excuses

We all look for what we have failed in the past, but this search might be holding you back.  We all think of things to keep us from losing the weight that we are trying to lose.  A prime example is when you blame desserts or a family member for tempting you to overeat.  These are nothing more than excuses and excuse are ways of rationalizing our own failures.  If you rationalize your failure, you will likely make an excuse for it.  I am not saying that you should be hard on yourself, but you also should not excuse your bad behaviour.  

Weight loss is simple if you stay on the path.  If you veer off the path, make a u-turn and get back on the right path. Instead of making excuses, look at each challenge as an opportunity to learn about opportunities that you have taken and the outcome was just a tad less than expected.  Excuses limit your ability to learn from the past.  

Personally, I keep a journal when I diet and make notes every day to record my frame of mind and anything that has contributed to successes and challenges for the day.  It feels great to develop self-awareness to my own capabilities and talents.  I often write in a combination of paragraphs and bullets depending on the amount of time I have.  I am not worried about grammar because I can edit it later.  The purpose is to just to document it for future use on the fly.   

It is never too late to take ownership of your health by avoiding excuses.  If you are too hard on yourself, you will become overwhelmed by negative and blaming thoughts.  The prospect of starting a new diet or workout regimen can be quite daunting so start small and don’t overdo it.  Identify one healthy change you can make and continue for the rest of your life.  It does not have to be a huge change, small changes can make a large difference over time.  Before you know it, you will meet your goal and if you maintain that change, the weight will stay off.  

The bottom line: Stop making excuses and start doing.  If you know your weaknesses, you can use them as a strength.  Be strong and stop making all these weak excuses.  In other words, just move forward and take action.  Excuses lead to procrastination and although conditions will probably always look better at another time, there is no better time than the present to take action.  Pick small changes that you can incorporate in your daily life and learn healthy habits what you maintain in your life so you can lose weight and keep it off.

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About the Author

I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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