Time to Stop Making Excuses

Yesterday Beth’s Journey DietBet: Take 3 started, and it’s not too late to sign up if you’re still interested!

Recently I came across this quote that really struck a cord with me.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

I am a champion at coming up with excuses. I’ve been traveling to different states weekly for the last several weeks; work has been crazy recently; and I’ve just had a lot going on outside of work too. I know we can all fill our own blanks in with what’s going in our lives and why we can’t make time to prioritize healthy eating and exercising.

Sunday night I got home late from Woodstock with my fam, so I basically melted into the couch upon my return and didn’t do much else. Enter Monday, and I looked at all my suitcases, bags, and the cooler from the weekend (you would have thought I was gone for weeks) on my way out the door to work, but grabbed my gym bag anyway just in case.

After work, all I could think about was needing to come home, unpack, do laundry, go grocery shopping, figure out what to eat this week, and plan my Weight Watchers meeting for this morning. It would have been easy to just head home and start tackling that to-do list, but instead I made myself get on the treadmill and run, and I ended up busting out 4.14 miles in 40 minutes (very good for me lately!) and feeling SO great during the run.

run

I came home, unpacked, and decided to make do with what was in my kitchen for food for the next day or so and hold off on laundry until tonight. After a quick (very random) dinner, I sat down to plan my WW meeting and write this post, and realized how proud I was of myself for prioritizing exercise today over the many other things I could have let myself get into post work.

I even managed to come up with a decent meal plan, though most of that is because I ordered a Blue Apron box that comes on Wednesday so takes care of the latter half of the week…

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
Monday English muffin w/PB + raisins, 1/2 banana carrots and pita chips w/hummus, honey greek yogurt english muffin w/cottage cheese + banana berry smoothie apple with string cheese
Tuesday English muffin w/ cottage cheese + apple Butter lettuce salad w/tuna, craisins, mozz, and pistachios tofu (defrosting) fajitas with peppers and onions and rice and beans orange + strawberry greek yogurt
Wednesday English muffin w/egg whites + cheese + spinach Tofu fajita salad over butter lettuce Roast Cornish Hen w/Mini Baked Potatoes and Spring Veg Sauté (Blue Apron) Blueberry greek yogurt + banana
Thursday Banana Berry Smoothie + toasted english muffin Salmon Roll Sandwich w/Baby Beet + Pea Tendril Salad (Blue Apron) Soft Boiled Eggs w/toasted english muffin String Cheese + fruit
Friday veggie omelet with cheese + toast tofu fajita salad over butter lettuce Flank Steak au Jus w/ Creamy Dijon Cauliflower, Pickled baby turnips, & Watercress (Blue Apron) Banana Berry Smoothie

What I need to get from the grocery store (tonight!):

    • Eggs
    • English Muffins
    • Bananas
    • Fruit (whatever is on sale)
    • Skim Milk

That’s it! It feels so good to have a plan in place and be done with making excuses, for now at least.



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23 Comments on Time to Stop Making Excuses

  1. Sherri Stumph
    May 7, 2013 at 10:08 am (12 months ago)

    Thanks for the great blog! Just what I needed today. I am back on my weight loss journey after having made WW lifetime several years ago and then gaining it all back plus some. I have made so many excuses the last couple of years and have just decided to take it one day at a time. I have been following your blog for a couple of years, but today is the first time I’ve commented. Thanks for sharing your struggles with us. It helps me to not feel alone in this journey.

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    • Beth
      May 7, 2013 at 11:27 am (12 months ago)

      Hi Sherri! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment today. It makes me so happy to hear from people who are regular readers but don’t normally chime in, so thank you! And you are DEFINITELY not alone when it comes to struggling with the journey and weight loss/regain – I’ve been there time and time again! Welcome back to WW. :)

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  2. sarah janisch
    May 7, 2013 at 10:33 am (12 months ago)

    LOVE your use of tofu in your meals! Im just getting comfortable cooking with it so its nice to see you incorperate it into meals like fajitas. I have a question…do you have a sihnificent other? Do they support your food choices? I can only cook tofu when Im the only one eating it…my partner is a huge obstacle when it comes to healthy cooking and eating.

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    • Beth
      May 7, 2013 at 11:28 am (12 months ago)

      Hey Sarah! I’m going to email you the response to this question, but I will say that having someone else in the mix definitely makes things challenging!

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  3. Lauren
    May 7, 2013 at 10:36 am (12 months ago)

    How do you like Blue Apron? I’m thinking of giving it as a housewarming gift to a friend – it looks AWESOME!

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    • Beth
      May 7, 2013 at 11:26 am (12 months ago)

      Hi Lauren! I LOVE it. This will only be my second box, but it’s so awesome. Everything is measured out, so it takes almost no time to get the meals ready. From the first box I got, I had a turkey burger recipe come out of it that I wasn’t that excited about, but they turned out AMAZING and I’ve made them twice since! $60 for a box of 3 meals for 2 translates to $20 per meal, which is less than I spend at the grocery store for a meal of that caliber for sure! That said, I don’t normally make such complex meals several times a week so it’s not something I’d do every week, but occasionally it’s a good thing!

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      • Lauren
        May 7, 2013 at 11:46 am (12 months ago)

        Awesome! This sounds like exactly what I was looking for. I had looked at Scratch DC, which is a really similar concept, but they don’t have as many veggie options so wouldn’t have been a great fit for my friend.

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        • Beth
          May 7, 2013 at 11:59 am (12 months ago)

          Blue Apron actually has a vegetarian option, and I think it’s only $50 for the 3 meals if you choose that option.

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  4. Blue Apron Meals
    May 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm (12 months ago)

    So glad you’re excited about Blue Apron and that it’s helping you stick to an eating plan. Thanks for mentioning us in your post!

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  5. Caroline
    May 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm (12 months ago)

    Your candor has been helpful to me, and I’m sure many others. Fancy photos and cheerful postings get boring after a while, and it is far more interesting over time to see the struggles along with the successes. The reality of gaining back weight is all too famailiar and i give you so much credit for talking about it. Thanks to you I got back on the WW wagon and signed up for Diet Bet this week. Love the accountability of posting a photo and weight, particularly since I have a small child and full time job so I do WW online.

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  6. Mel
    May 8, 2013 at 6:15 am (12 months ago)

    I admire anyone who can manage diet and exercise successfully. Even more so those who look after families/partners and those who also travel a lot. Two things that I find to be really helpful:
    1. Include exercise in your daily activities, eg walk to the shops instead of driving. I have a pedometer to help me track my 10,000 steps each day. It can be really hard trying to schedule a chunk of time to exercise and as a result it’s easy to just skip it all together.
    2. Make healthy meals and freeze them. During the week when I am very busy I know that I have a selection of meals ready to be taken out of the freezer and reheated. Takes about 5 mins to reheat and I stick to my eating plan.

    I still make loads of excuses too, but both of these activities help to limit them!

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  7. Lynette
    May 8, 2013 at 9:35 am (12 months ago)

    Thank you for being so ‘real’. I look forward to your posts every day. I know it doesn’t always happen, you are a very busy woman! I am a huge excuse maker: oh, I have a headache, it’s too late, the kids have to go somewhere, blah, blah, blah….. It’s good to let go of things to take time for yourself, do what you need to do to keep yourself in line with your goals. I find that if I register for a 5k every month, I’m bound to keep up with my running. I also find it difficult to not go off plan with 2 hungry kids in the house. Too much temptation that I cannot resist. And my husband would never support me in trying something new, like the Paleo diet. I, too, need to jump back on the WW wagon. We can do it!

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  8. Ann
    May 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm (12 months ago)

    Hi Beth,
    Blue Apron sounds really neat! Do you have a two person subscription? Do you know how much it costs for one person, 3 meals/week? Is it only a DC thing?
    Thanks for the info!

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  9. Carrie @ Season It Already!
    May 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm (12 months ago)

    That is so hard to do! I’ve done that once or twice and felt great, too. It’s amazing how you’d think you have to get so much done, but once you workout your mind is clear and you realize it isn’t so stressful or pressing as you thought. That you can think through things better.

    And this –> “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn <– I love.

    Whenever I've talked to people about trips to Europe (or travel in general), I hear people say, "Oh, I've always wanted to go to Paris." And I think to myself, "Why don't you?" It's as if they are thinking… One day I'll get there… But they don't make it happen.

    Becoming healthy is the same thing, but I never thought of it that way until you put it out there today! Thank you!

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  10. Jennifer
    May 12, 2013 at 9:40 am (12 months ago)

    That quote is so right. We never have a shortage of things that need to be done, and can always find an excuse to put off things that we don’t really want to do. Good for you for putting exercise first. I know when I do that, I always accomplish so much more the rest of my time instead of that niggling feeling in the back of my mind that I need to be working out and didn’t do it.

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  11. Kristy
    May 13, 2013 at 11:43 am (11 months ago)

    I think we’re all good at excuses. I decided taking the dog for a walk was my workout today instead of the heavy weight training I had planned.

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  12. Jim
    May 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm (11 months ago)

    Good for you! I lack self control when it comes to working out. I always imagine how awful it will be and then once I actually get my butt into gear it makes me feel amazing. I’ll never understand what’s with all the excuses!!

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  13. LC
    May 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm (11 months ago)

    I hear you on the excuses – but I’m so impressed you have an entire week’s worth of meals planned out. I’m just working on the not eating takeout/junk, but baby steps, right? :) This is inspiring!

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  14. the10principles
    May 25, 2013 at 12:18 am (11 months ago)

    Hey Beth! Love your website and LOVE your quote re: make things happen vs. making excuses for things not to happen! I struggled with weight for 10 years – I always thought I wasn’t determined enough – always worried I was making excuses… Always trying to make dramatic changes. But I found when I eased into changes it was never about ‘will’ anymore or excuses… it just became the natural thing to do without thinking. I’ve been the weight I always wanted to be for 15 years now and eating is a non issue – I don’t have to think about it or plan because of 10 really simple principles that have allowed me to ‘find my normal’ so that every choice is natural. http://www.the10principles.com – these simple things changed my life. Congratulations – your story is awesome and everything I’ve read about weight watchers is really healthy and sensible unlike so many weight loss approaches out there. Congrats and have fun in Peru! (Green with envy!) :) Kelly

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  15. Nate Anglin
    May 30, 2013 at 7:10 am (11 months ago)

    Great stuff Beth.

    It’s nice to hear you broke through the excuse and got your butt in gear. ;-).

    I figured this deserved a comment since I just wrote on this topic as well.

    I believe organizing your priorities and breaking down your discomfort is key to getting rid of excuses. Excuses are born from discomfort avoidance and if we can recognize our discomfort, be willing to learn and adapt, excuses will disappear.

    I see excuses so much in my profession that I have coined it the excuse epidemic.

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  16. ultimate reset meal plan
    June 6, 2013 at 3:28 am (11 months ago)

    Great work beth. Thats true that I think we’re all good at excuses. so we should stop making them.

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  17. making40fantastic
    June 7, 2013 at 7:21 am (11 months ago)

    So happy to have found your blog! Such a great resource. I love your WW tips and meal plans…. and your honesty about your successes and struggles. Looking so forward to being a regular reader!

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