Posts Tagged ‘excuses’

BUT Management January #callthemidwife

30
Jan

It’s true. Some BUTs are more easily managed than others and this BUT management in January has been a challenge. Or is that me diving into Excuseland once again?

January is drawing to a close and it hasn’t been a whole lot of fun. I came back from skiing and the Aussies picked on me big time, driving me to my bed with the brutality of their flu. Ugh! It’s been years since I was last bed-ridden with an illness like that. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time, so it was a bit of a shock to both mind and body to find myself void of enough energy to do more than reach out for the next dose of paracetamol. As a consequence, my BUT management focus for the remainder of this month has been …
BUT I’VE BEEN SICK!

Far FAR too easy to succumb to that ‘but’ for days. or even weeks: I should/could go to the gym and work out BUT I need to give my body time, I don’t want to get ill again, I’m still coughing, I’ve got no energy, I’m not fully recovered, blah blah blah. Fortunately, from the safety of my living room I had an episode of SAS: Who Dares Wins to watch, and as those men pushed themselves way beyond comfort zones getting up that mountain all I could hear was the DS yelling ‘GET UP! MOVE! YOU WANT ME TO CALL THE MIDWIFE? GET OFF YOUR ***ING ARSE’ (or words to that effect). Humiliating as it was for the relevant contestant (it is reality tv, after all), the reference to the midwife made me laugh out loud – until the penny suddenly dropped and I thought ‘Sh*t, that’s me right now. Not moving, making excuses about being tired, exhausted, aching …’

And there it was: the perfect time for some BUT management. It was all the motivation I needed. Thank you, DS. The very next morning I hauled myself out of bed and headed for the gym with a kill or cure attitude – and pretty much nailed a decent session. I’ll even admit to hearing that little voice in my head (‘Need a midwife??’) while choosing my weights and yes, it worked. I put back the 8kg and took the 16kg.
‘No midwife for me today,’ I thought. ‘If I’m here I might as well make it worthwhile.’ Felt good.

Kettlebell swing tabata (16 kg)

It hasn’t all been easy, though. I’ve been back working out for a good ten days now and I haven’t wimped out BUT (there it is!) I’m struggling with energy and motivation. Coming up to Christmas I felt driven and couldn’t wait to get to the gym, I was smashing goals and seeing results. This month? Nada. Zilch. Ugh.

Still, I’ve beaten the ‘but I’ve been ill’ demon and even managed to complete thetrilife.com‘s virtual indoor standard distance triathlon last weekend (to be done within a 48-hour period) – 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run. So I haven’t been sitting on my butt BUT I am looking forward to February and I’m trying to come up with some strategies to rediscover my motivation and enthusiasm. There could be a strong case for managing ‘BUT I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT’ over the next week or two. I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, I’ll be catching up on the latest episode of SAS: Who Dares Wins and frantically dodging midwives.

Kettlebell goblet squats - 16 kg

 

(For more about BUT Management, see here)

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Weight loss accountability

19
Oct

Ask a kid why he didn’t do his homework and chances are he’ll come up with a range of innovative and entertaining excuses over the course of a few months.
Ask an adult why he or she didn’t get to the gig on Saturday night or why they haven’t phoned ‘mum’ and you’ll probably get a smaller range of excuses (or, well, most would like to call them ‘reasons’)!
Ask an overweight person why they couldn’t manage to lose so much as half a pound in a week and ………….. you know what? ….. We could be here till tomorrow listening to the outpouring of excuse after excuse after excuse after …
It’s RIDICULOUS!!
Not saying that I haven’t come up with a fair share myself, but I can also honestly say that I will readily admit that there is NO excuse that can truly warrant the inability to lose a measily half a pound in a whole week. And it all comes down to accountability. In other words, just stop stuffing food into your bloomin’ mouth!!!

‘I was passing MacDonalds’ does not mean you have to buy their mystery foods and eat it!

‘X brought over a cake’ does not mean you have to polish it off yourself at a sitting!

‘Friday night is takeaway night!’ Since when?

‘It’s hard when you’re cooking for two!’ I don’t get it!

*cue much screaming and head banging*

It’s time to stop pandering to your own whims and to everybody else’s. ‘I can’t get the weight off’ and ‘I’ve tried and tried but it just doesn’t work’ … complete and utter *&$%^*!!!

Stop with the crap! Stop the excuses! When all is said and done, it’s easy. Just STOP EATING RUBBISH!

There! Said it! Phew! Feel better now. I’m no angel when it comes to food (she says, polishing off a flapjack) … but I feel totally justified in ranting about people not taking responsibility because I do my fair share of stern talking to myself!! And of all the problems in society for which there is no ‘quick fix’, weight gain and/or obesity is one of the problems for which there really IS a quick fix!

And just in case you missed it, here it is:

STOP STUFFING!

Rant over.

Dismissed!

Addendum:  Ok, Ok, that was maybe a little unsympathetic because I didn’t make myself completely clear. To be successful at losing weight yes, you possibly need to get to the bottom of a whole lot of other problems first, but if we’re going to be pedantic about it – as was my intention above – let’s face it, the answer is easy, isn’t it? Quit making excuses and JFDI! ‘Reasons’ can be acceptable in the short term, but ‘reasons’ are few and far between. When it comes to weight loss, too many people have so many ‘reasons’ to hide behind – in other words, excuses! lol

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