Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Excuses Excuses ....

I have a million of them: I'm stressed, I'm tired, I had to work late, my friends are in town, I was at a party/wedding/birthday, I have a headache, my knee hurts, it's too cold, it's raining, it's snowing, it's too hot, it's dark, I'm congested, my asthma has been acting up, my allergies are bothering me, blah, blah, blah, blah, BLAH.

I have been using all these excuses and so many more. I think the only excuse I haven't used is "my dog ate it" but only because I don't have a damn dog, otherwise I'm sure I'd find a way to blame it for my inability to stay focused, eat right, stop binging on junk and work out harder and longer.

I spend more time reading about other people's weight loss successes instead of focusing on my own efforts. I feel like a fraud just having a blog that purports to chronicle my weight loss effort. I started reading blogs like Pasta Queen's (and so many other weight loss champions) when she had over 100 pounds more than me to lose and now she is running half marathons, has had her weight loss memoir published and living the life of a happy healthy person. I don't want to be back here choking on the dust as everyone else leaves me behind in their weight loss wake.

Everyday I wake up with a renewed determination. I tell myself that this is it, this is the beginning of the new me, this is the last time I will see "THAT" number on the scale. Will today be the day? Will that switch be flipped?

Yes! I have to do this NOW! I can't wait another day of floundering around.



  1. It's so hard!

    It took me years (literally) to realize that I had to do something and then it was a coworker who told me she was going to WW "Want to go with me?"

    You know what you've got to do and when you start it will become second nature to you. (even if I had a dog I'd never be able to say that he/she ate it--I'd have probably gotten to it first!)

    I'm glad to see you back and you can do this!!!!

  2. just take it slow MB... tiny wee changes can add up to huge differences... you can do it comrade :)

  3. Manuela: I really appreciate your words of encouragement. I'm still here and still fighting. I'm determined to get into that mode where it is second nature.

    Shauna: I think if I go any slower I'd be going backwards. I know exactly what you mean and I know you've been there too. I am so inspired by your blog and plan on ordering your book as soon as the next paycheck hits the bank. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. waking up each day determined is a great first step so you are on the right path. its definitely not easy and there will be days when you wake up and dont even want to think about planning meals or not making excuses. and it happens, but on the days yo uwake up and feel great and energized, make the most of that and do what you can.

  5. I'm right here with ya sista! I'm tired of making excuses and not getting with the program. I'm thrilled for everyone's successes, but I am getting 'hungry' (no pun) for my own! We can do this you know.... I know we can. Others have done it and while they are wonderful people who deserve so much credit for what they've done, they're still only human. I mean to say that the secret to weight loss isn't a super-human feat (no matter how much it feels that way) that you have to be from Krypton to accomplish. We just have to find what will click and work for us. I feel like I'm getting closer every day. Every since I started looking into the South Beach Diet I started feeling like "hey, this is it." Now all of a sudden I'm seeing more and more that mainstream doctors (even Dr. Oz on Oprah) are talking about cutting out refined sugar and flour and looking at good vs. bad carbs. We can do this. We just have to take it slow. Don't worry about the weight. Don't worry about the scales. Don't worry about how much to eat. Start with 'what' to eat and go from there. I've been drinking more water (that's a big one for me) and although it's not my favorite drink I think I can manage to at least swallow a few glasses without really thinking much about it. Let's buddy up and work together. Let's do something about it together and leave the excuses in the dust. Whattaya say?

  6. Heather:

    You are so right. I need to really push myself on the days I'm feeling energized to make up for the days I can't get off the couch.


    I know that I can lose the weight and I'd love to be able to do it together. I think the SBD is one of the most healthy diets around but it is still hard to stay focused. I've had great weight loss success when I cut out the white stuff (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and the BIG ONE - SUGAR). I've been able to lose more than 60 pounds when I cut that stuff out of my diet but I always end up going back to bad habits. I think I'm struggling to start losing it again because I'm so afraid of failing and regaining AGAIN.

    The last time I lost a substantial amount of weight I didn't eat a piece of pizza, bread or chocolate for over a year and I felt great but you can't go through your whole life denying yourself of things you love. I'm hoping to get to the point where it is everything in moderation and I'm working out on a regular basis.

  7. Too bad finding excuses doesn't burn any calories, huh? I'd have been at my destination EONS ago! :)

    You are moving in the right direction, just not enough to stir up a refreshing breeze. May I suggest something? (I'm sorry, I can't help myself!) Try comparing your behaviors to your behaviors from the day before. All too often we fall in the trap of measuring ourselves against other people's successes (I did it just this morning!!), and that's not fair to any of us. So maybe tomorrow you could simply focus on doing better than you did today.

    Wishing you strength of will and a good strong breeze. :)

  8. Cammy:

    I'm going to try to stir up that breeze and get moving in the right direction (downward).


  9. I've seen people zoom right past me in the weight loss blog world and in real life but we can't compare ourselves to those people. Each journey is unique. I just keep telling myself that "only I can control what the fork delivers to my mouth"

    Its so easy to make excuses, this is hard. If it were easy, everyone would be skinny. Just keep fighting this fight, you are worth it.

  10. Hell, I think recognizing that you're making excuses and not stating legitimate reasons for something is a HUGE step in the right direction.. keep it up.. baby steps. You can do it.


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