Turn Those Excuses into Action for Better Health
By Debra Rodzinak
Everyone has made excuses in their lifetime. Whether it’s an excuse of uncompleted homework as a child, not returning a phone call to a parent in a timely manner, or not finishing a task assigned at work, everyone makes excuses. This includes making excuses to ourselves about our health.
It’s Too Hard!
Many people are motivated to lose weight, eat healthier, or exercise more, but when it comes down to action, many people claim, “It’s too hard to find time to exercise every day,” or “It’s too hard to prepare meals that are healthy,” and “It’s too hard to weigh or portion my food out all the time.”
Instead of focusing on the negative, turn it around and think positive. Begin a sentence with, “It is easy to …” and then fill in the blank. You may find it easy to take a walk during lunch, eat a meatless dinner twice a week, or include one fresh fruit or vegetable at breakfast. As you focus on the positive, not only will your brain begin to recognize opportunities to change, but you will change your focus to goals that have been met.
I Have No Willpower!
Experts believe that people have more willpower than they believe. However, with constant advertisements bombarding us since childhood with unhealthy, processed foods, willpower is not the issue, but rather constant negative messaging.
Instead, turn off the TV or mute it when food commercials come on to tempt you. Try to consciously decrease the amount of negative food messaging you are receiving. If that is not possible, be aware of the foods that are advertised and think of the negative additives such as salt, sugar, chemicals, and other harmful things that are in the foods -- and what could replace them that you will enjoy.
I’m Not Worth It
So many people have been exposed to people or situations that make us feel unworthy. The “I’m not worth it,” moniker is the hardest habit to break, but it can be overcome with a little effort.
Addressing and identifying the old habits, triggers, or that downtrodden spirit will help in making the conscious change from unworthy to worthy. Repairing the damage done in the past and advancing toward a life full of wellness is not only beneficial but necessary. You owe it to yourself.
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