Real People Fit

Are You a Professional Excuse Maker

January 24, 2023 Dave and Peggy Stevens, Kim Gibbs Season 2023 Episode 24
Real People Fit
Are You a Professional Excuse Maker
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Excuses... most of us have a million of them. It's amazing how easily we can justify what we do....

 

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Excuses, excuses, excuses. 

I kind of think most of us have a million of them. It's amazing how easily we can justify what we do. It's amazing how easily we can justify eating food that's not good for us. It's amazing how easy we can not getting off of your butt and moving. It's amazing how easy we justify not going outdoors and getting some vitamin D, some sunshine.

One of the things we've noticed is that when we do group coaching, everybody wants to be nice, and so in our group coaching, including us, we all have a tendency too.... Somebody comes in and goes, oh my God, I had a terrible day yesterday. I totally blew my eating plan. I ate two donuts and six candy bars and had three sodas.

And everybody in the group, like I say, including us, tends to say... that's okay. Don't worry about it. We all slip occasionally. 

I'm not sure that's the best plan.

Now, I don't know exactly what to say or how to say it... to impress upon somebody The importance of staying on their plan once they figure out what works for them.

I mean, it's like, I just want to say, I want to take them by the shoulders and look them in the eyes and say, you know, you do realize you're choosing disease. You're choosing potential unhealthy life, to get that little satisfaction of a soda or a donut or anything else that may not work for you. 

It's, it's, it's frustrating.

It's so frustrating and I've done it myself. My God I can justify all kinds of things... maybe I eat something that's a little bit off and I check my blood sugar and it's ok, so I'm like, well, I can eat that. But no, you can't because if you continue, depending on what it is, if you continue... say I eat a donut today, and my blood sugar's okay, I guarantee you that's not gonna happen if I eat a donut, my blood sugar blows sky high... but I eat a donut today and my blood sugar's okay a couple hours afterwards. There are some foods I can eat once in a while. But if I start eating it every day, my blood sugar numbers, my morning fasting numbers will creep up and up and up. 

So I know I'm choosing the complications of diabetes, I'm choosing disease... when I slip into a habit like that.

What I want to encourage you to do, Is to not make excuses for yourself and call yourself out when you make excuses. 

I've actually gotten pretty good at when I'm really craving something... I am an emotional eater, and when I'm craving something to make myself feel better, I'm really good at justifying it. Well, it's just this one time.

I finally started to take a deep breath and ask myself the question, am I willing to pay the price? Am I willing to be tired and lethargic and, and potential heart issues and, and, and breath issues? Is that donut worth that? 

If I stop and think about it, no, it's not.

One of the things Peggy and I both do is when we're purchasing, something, especially a major item, we give ourselves anywhere from 24 hours to up to a week to make the decision. Then if we still want that item, if we still think we need that item, then we go ahead and purchase it.

Well, maybe we do the same thing with food. You want that donut? Give yourself an hour, talk to yourself. Say, okay, is this donut going to be worth... the potential of making myself sick, exposing myself? I mean, cancer feeds on sugar. 

If you've never heard that before cancer does feed on sugar, and if you don't give it its main source of food you've got a better chance. 

I'm not gonna come right out and say if you eliminate all sugar from your life, you'll never have cancer. I don't know the answer to that, but I do know there are enough studies now showing that cancer feeds on sugar. Sugar makes cancer grow faster and allows it to thrive in your body.

That's one reason I'm always saying don't eat sugar.

All this comes down to finding your compelling reasons and passionate goals to not allow those excuses to take over your life.

It's such an important facet of what we teach people... finding your compelling reasons, and then creating passionate goals. 

Maybe the passionate goal is I don't want to get sick. I wanna live my life healthy. I wanna have energy. I wanna be able to come down to the beach at 6:30 on a Sunday morning, which is where I'm at right now, at 6:30 on a Sunday morning. 

That's my message. Stop making excuses. We are all pros at making excuses. Let's lose some of that skill. 

Until we talk next time, may you move well, stay healthy, be happy. Find a passion in your life, including your compelling reasons and passion and goals to remain strong and healthy the rest of your life...