This post is a direct result of the Tough Love session at Fitbloggin. While I did not attend this session (I was in my PiYO + Insanity workout), I love the idea of calling myself out for not doing the things necessary to be the fittest and healthiest person I can be. This is a letter to myself, calling myself out for just that. I want to be accountable to myself and I want the help of my community to reach my goals. #tribelove and #justtrollin were the hashtags agreed upon for calling each other out and I want you all to know that I welcome your feedback and honesty and I will take it all in the spirit of love and support because I know that is where it comes from. I am titling this letter No More Excuses.
So how have you been doing? Struggling a bit? Clothing fitting a little tight? Put on a few pounds? Well, girlfriend, that is because you have not been doing what you need to be doing to keep yourself healthy and fit.
I know what you are going to say. My next race isn’t until fall so I don’t really need to run all those miles. It is way too hot to run outside now so I will just have to run in the mornings. Wait, I am so tired I will just sleep in a little today and run tomorrow. I don’t really want to cook tonight so why don’t we just get something at the drive-thru. I have PCOS which means my metabolism is very slow so it is hard for the pounds to come off but I still look okay. BMI is a horrible way to measure your weight so it doesn’t really matter. I have muscular legs from running so I weigh heavier than I look.
You seem to have an excuse for just about everything. But Benjamin Franklin once said “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” So today I am saying to you NO MORE EXCUSES.
You are never going to lose the weight you need to by sitting on the couch eating McDonalds. You are going to have to make some sacrifices. You are going to have to MAKE time to workout. And I don’t mean just a short 30 minute run a few times a week.
You have a half marathon coming up on Sept. 6th for heaven’s sake. You will have to get up early on Saturday morning and get your long run in before it gets too hot. You are going to have to cook at home. And it will have to be healthy, whole food. Give up meat a few days a week and eat those yummy fruits and veggies that are in season. Push yourself to do more than just running to burn the fat and get yourself in shape.
But now you are probably wondering how the heck you are going to accomplish this. You will:
- Make a workout plan and stick to it. You will post your progress here on the blog so that your wonderful readers will hold you accountable.
- You really loved the Insanity workout with Kat at Fitbloggin. So you will complete Shaun T’s T25 workout program as well as your running training. This will help you get stronger, melt some of the fat, lose weight and get into half marathon condition. This will mean working out 6 days a week – NO EXCUSES.
- You will begin tracking your food again on My Fitness Pal (user name is hsheinlein if any of your readers want to follow/friend you). And share it publicly so all our wonderful #tribelove peeps can hold you accountable if you try to slip in too many cheat meals.
- You will realize that no matter what the scale says, you will look and feel better once you are in shape and healthy again. And you just might run that 3 hour half marathon you have been wanting to run.
I know this seems daunting now but just imagine what you will look like and feel like in January when you get ready to start IVF. This will be not only good for you, but for your future baby. And remember, you are not alone.
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