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Some of my go to favorite excuses are me telling myself I need a little pick-me-up of some sugary packed dessert. Last week my sweet husband gave me the annual giant birthday ice cream cake. It’s like heroin to my tongue and usually my most favorite part of my birthday! By Tuesday this week, the giant thing was gone; yep, that only took about 5 days and a bazillion calories. I just kept telling myself tons of excuses – “It’s my birthday week. I’ll eat better later.” or “I’ll just have one or two slices; they are super small.” I sooo need to quit the excuses that are leading me down a diabetic path! It runs in my family and I’m pushing the scales lately!
We all use excuses usually to do something we shouldn’t or to get out of doing something. And while these might be okay when you’re trying to get out of your work party at Christmas or when you’re telling your in-laws that you are busy over the weekend, the excuses you use just won’t fly when it comes to matters surrounding your health.
You only have one life, so making the most of it is a priority. If you are too unwell to function, then you are obviously going to struggle. Let’s have a look at two of the excuses that, if you hold onto them for too long, could jeopardize your health.
Quit the Excuses #1 – I can’t afford it
We aren’t all blessed with bank accounts filled with money, but that shouldn’t be a factor that debilitates our health. However, many of us neglect to exercise because we use the excuse that we can’t afford gym memberships or don’t have time. When we have problems with our hearing or sight, we might cite money as a factor as to why we can’t afford hearing aids or glasses. And as a consequence of both of these things, we start to suffer the consequences when our health slips.
But here’s the thing. We don’t need to go to the gym to keep fit, as can be seen here. Quit the excuses of not being able to afford being healthy! Of course, most of us know this, as the excuses we use are simply a cover for our own laziness. And Medicaid covers both hearing aids and glasses, although in cases where it doesn’t, insurance will cover some of the costs. As can be seen in the linked article discussing hearing aids, there are other options too. Of course, many of us know this, as while money might be an issue, we might also use the excuse because we simply don’t want to wear hearing aids or glasses. This is a bad mistake, as our senses will only get worse if we don’t. Also not being able to hear means missing out on social interactions and a lower quality of life.
Quit the Excuses #2 – I’m too busy
Most everyone lives busy lives. We might convince ourselves that we don’t have time to exercise because of our hectic family, work, and social lives. We might also use the ‘busy’ excuse when it comes to cooking, as rather than spend time in the kitchen preparing something healthy. We might live on a diet of fast foods and microwave meals because ‘we don’t have the time’ to cook. We might not have a retired body builder/trainer husband that cooks all of the meals and snacks at the beginning of the week for us like my dentist does. She lost 60 pounds this past year because of this and plus she has a body builder husband! LOL Sadly, our health will only start to suffer if we don’t find the time to keep fit or eat a healthy diet. And you don’t need a retired body builder/trainer living with you to eat healthy and exercise. You have to have the right mindset and priorities!
Quit the ‘busy’ excuse. While you might have a schedule packed with things to do, your health should always be the priority. Make room in your schedule by removing those activities that aren’t particularly important, or use these tips to fit exercise into your busy life. And when it comes to your diet, you might want to cook healthy meals when you’re less busy and pop them in the freezer. You will then have less need to eat something terrible. You might want to invest in a slow cooker too, and let your evening meal simmer when you’re at work, and you could research healthy takeaways for those days when really don’t have time to cook.
Your health matters, so quit the excuses, even if you are using them with honesty. There are always workarounds to support your health needs, so follow our suggestions and look for others, as you can feel a lot better in yourself if you do.