Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Friday Five Healthy Lifestyle Edition
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Friday Five Healthy Lifestyle Edition

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Hey y’all!  For today’s Friday Five I’m going to continue with the Healthy Lifestyle theme.  For today’s post I wanted to talk about 5 excuses that I needed to kick to the curb to get into shape.  As I’ve been saying all week, I’m nowhere near my goal but I’m getting closer each day.  There were 5 excuses that I used to always make before starting this weight loss journey.  These excuses were what held me back for so long.  I’m going to talk about how I overcame them so in case anyone is struggling, know that you’re not alone!

I can’t do this.

NEVER EVER EVER EVER say you can’t do something!  As Autumn says in her 21 Day Fix workout videos:  Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from doing what you thought you couldn’t do.  I definitely agree with her.  Knowing I can do something doesn’t give me the same happiness as doing something that I thought I wouldn’t be able to do.  Or even saying I can’t but then doing it anyway.  It’s a small victory/accomplishment.

I’m not strong enough for this workout.

Ok, I said this SO many times.  Because of past injuries and what happened in my accident (my back hurts sometimes in certain positions and if I stand/sit too long) I’m a little out of shape to say the least.  My knee was one of the major problems for making me sit out on the sidelines instead of actually working out because of an injury a few years ago.  A lot of times I would say I can’t do this exercise and just sit down and wait for it to be over.  There’s modified versions for everything out there and if you can’t do an entire workout, then find something else that you can do in place of it.  There are so many different workouts out there and some are specifically made for people who have problems a, b, and c.  There are certain workouts I can’t do because of my knee so I do the modified version.  My back sometimes hurts so I need to switch it up, my hip flexor has been annoying me, so I just take it easy.  As long as you keep going!

Just one more.

Whether this is one more day of junk food, or just one more piece of food, stop saying you’ll have just one more because you won’t.  Well at least I didn’t.  You know saying I start my diet on Monday became as common as me waking up every day.  Yea, it got THAT bad.  I would say it all the time and be ok for breakfast and lunch and then binge during dinner time.   That one more slice of pizza won’t make you feel better, if anything you’ll feel worse because you’ll be wayyyyyy too full.  Ok, so it tastes good yes I UNDERSTAND but have it in moderation. 

I don’t have time.

This was my excuse all the time.  The great thing about the 21 Day Fix program is the workouts are only a half hour.  That’s just a half hour to put into your schedule.  I usually do them after work in between feeding the dogs doing kickboxing, eating, prepping my meals for the next day, AND blogging.  Trust me, it’s doable no matter how much time you don’t have.  Am I always busy?  Yes, absolutely.  However I work around a schedule.  Everything is usually planned out which is part of this program.  I love schedules so this was PERFECT for me haha!

I’m too tired

Yes, we are all tired.  We all either work, stress, have a family, have a newborn, have health issues that prevent us from sleeping, have health issues in general or all of the above.  Yes we are tired, but if you are eating correctly that gets better.  When I first started this journey I weight 185 lbs and was constantly tired.  I could probably fall asleep standing up if I really wanted to.  Now, I have way more energy and it’s because of what I’m putting in my body.  I’m actually eating healthy and feeding my body what it deserves and needs.


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  1. I don't have time is such a bad habit to get into (in my opinion). If something is really important to you, you will make time!

  2. Congrats with your progress! It feels so good when you start to see results. Have a great weekend!

  3. Great tips for staying on the ball when it comes to exercise.

  4. Great post! I am actually just getting my butt in gear to train for a 5 km race. I will have to keep this post in mind when I want to make excuses myself (which I always do!).

    Visiting from H54F. Ashley @

  5. I'm so guilty of "just one more"...but its' usually like...just one more week of eating crap and I'll get back to it. I use to think I could only start on Monday with healthy eating too. dumb!


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