Wednesday, July 20, 2016

List: Ten excuses for unhealthy choices that need to be squashed

Keeping in line with my previous post, I'd like to keep talking about being healthy.
In a nut shell, I'm tired of being unhealthy and decided to make healthy lifestyle choices a habit.

Before I hit that 10 pound weight gain, I filled my life with excuses.
Several times a day I'd make an excuse for being lazy, eating junk, and avoiding activity.
These excuses I would tell myself seem to be common amongst us ladies.
...and it's totally time to squash them!

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Ten excuses for unhealthy choices that need to be squashed.

1.  I'm a mother.
People have said this to me so many times that I started to even say it to myself!
Yes, I'm a mother.  Yes, my schedule is crazy and I have lot of responsibilities.
While that's true, I also have a responsibility to teach my child how to make healthy choices.
I firmly believe that the best way to teach a child something is to communicate AND be an example.
As you can tell by my unusually long explanation that I really, really HATE this excuse.

2.  I'm working long hours.
To be a hard worker is a great trait, but it's no longer honorable when it means sacrificing your health.
There is nothing in this world that is worth risking your health...and I bet your boss would agree!

3.  I can't afford to eat healthy.
People don't realize that a simple, healthy meal typically takes fewer and simple ingredients.
It's not like I'm saying that you need to splurge on organic produce or trendy ingredients!

4.  I don't know how to cook.
There are billions of easy to follow recipes that I guarantee anyone can follow.  Get some!
My baby girl didn't know how to go on the potty.  Does that mean she should stay in diapers forever?!

5.  Everyone deserves to cheat a little.
Of course we do!  But, cheating several times a day isn't cheating.  It's a lifestyle.
Save your cheat meals for a special date night, a holiday, or a celebration!

6.  I'm too tired to move.
This was one of my favorite excuses, until I discovered that moving around actually made me less tired.
Lounging at lunch for an hour makes things worse!  A 45 min walk gets me ready for the rest of the day.

7.  Vitamins are nothing but a pharmaceutical scam.
I always thought thought this until a friend convinced me to try them myself.  Sure enough, she was right.
I was suffering from sinus infections every other month until I started taking a daily multi-vitamin!

8.  Drinking water just makes for water weight.
I don't even like water, but hydrating yourself is so important for every part of you body inside and out.
I find that starting my day with a minimum of 16 oz of water also helps me mentally stay on track!

9.  I can't do it by myself.
To be healthy and happy should be all the motivation you need to make smart lifestyle choices.
I find that people who use this excuse are typically just looking for someone else to blame for failing.

10.  I don't have time to be healthy.
Everyone has time to be healthy, they just have to make habits that work best for them.
If you're falling short for ideas that fit you, ask your doctor or do some research.  You'll find some!

What excuses for being unhealthy do you want to squash?

7 comments:

  1. You are right that eating healthy does not have to be expensive. Less, tasty, healthy ingredients equals better health.

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  2. Time is the biggest one I hear. And 99% of the time, they have the time, they just choose to sit on their arse and watch tv instead.

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  3. To be fair, there was a time I was too sick to actually get up and "move." I'm still coming back from that and it's been 5 years. Everyone can make all the excuses they want, but if we value health and a long life, we'll make the investment.

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  4. I like drinking water outside of eating. I wish I could drink just that alone. My restaurant bills would be far cheaper that way

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  5. most of these are legit excuses! Ain't nothing wrong with most of them :)
    Agreed on vitamins, Dezzy pops them like candy and hasn't had flu or cold in a decade... even though I have an immune system of a butterfly...

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  6. It's always easy to make excuses but I love your reason number 1 and why that shouldn't be used as an excuse

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