I made a New Years Resolution to commit to a healthy lifestyle on January 1st of 2005. I wanted to loose that last 15lbs of baby weight that wouldn’t go away and become a fit mom to my than eight month old. Flash forward to 2016 and it’s an extra 75lbs I need to get rid of. Why didn’t that healthy lifestyle stick? Why am I still struggling with my weight twelve years later? It’s simple, I fell into the excuse pattern that so many other people fall into.
It starts off innocently enough. You fall off the diet & exercise wagon by skipping your daily run to attend a wedding and then having too many glasses of champagne and pieces of delicious wedding cake at the reception. You tell yourself you will workout and eat healthy again tomorrow. That is until you wake up with the worst hangover of your life. You decide you will nurse your hangover with greasy foods and a movie marathon in bed. You are just taking the weekend off and than you will totally start over on Monday. However, on Monday your monthly visitor arrives and attacks you with cramps until you give in and spend the entire day curled up in a ball on the couch chowing down on your kids leftover Halloween chocolate and wishing you had been born a man. By the time you start to feel better it’s Wednesday, which is now closer to Friday than Monday. You have a party to attend on Saturday, so you might as well just wait and start your diet and workout routine on Monday. So you wait four more days, but than Monday comes around and you are having a bad hair day and you can’t be seen at the gym with dark roots, plus you have a hangnail, and you had a weird dream about aliens and you just need a bottle of wine to process it all. So before you know it you have gone six months and gained another 10lbs. So you sit there in the dressing room, crying, trying on a bridesmaid dress you can’t zip up and telling yourself you will start your diet and workout again on Monday. It’s a never ending cycle, because for some reason the perfect Monday never comes.
So today’s tip is to get off the excuse carousel. Stop saying, “I’ll start on Monday!” There is never a better time to start than now! If you fall off the wagon and eat a carton of ice cream or an entire pizza by yourself, immediately forgive yourself and start over. If you miss your run today, get up extra early to make sure you get in a run tomorrow. Don’t let one ‘cheat’ moment cause you to excuse away anymore days, weeks, or months. Stop putting off healthy living.
Tiffany O’Connor is a mom to two amazing, energetic, and fearless boys. She is married to her high school sweet heart and has three college degrees. Her hobbies include watching TV shows about zombies, hiding in her hot tub with a bottle of champagne, and writing all about her misadventures parenting in a “man cave” at #Lifewithboys.