You Didn’t Make An Excuse Today, Did You?

The top excuses I have heard since I have been helping people battle obesity.

1 – I just can’t live without ice cream.
2 – I love pasta.
3 – I don’t have the time.
4 – I was going to, but then I got side tracked.
5 – I slept late.
6 – I am stressed out.
7 – I don’t have the will power.
8 – I eat out all the time.
9 – I can’t cook.
10- It is the holiday season.
11- I WAS going to start on Monday.

Some excuses are from friends, some from people who have seen my web site and some from those who knew me in my obese days and tell me they have to get in shape, but just ______ fill in the excuse.

There are many excuses not to re-take control of one’s health, but there are few legitimate reasons. Yes, there are actually legitimate reasons, but that is not the topic of this column.

As far as excuses go — I have heard them all, here is a little secret; I have used them all.

I am here to tell you that there is no reason to be obese and/or unfit. As I written previously, obesity is not a complex issue. In the absence of a medical or hormonal condition, obesity is a choice. I know, I know the burning of me in effigy is commencing. I can hear the epithets being directed at me now.

Doc, how dare you say I choose to be this way!
How dare you say I want to look and feel like this!
Who do you think you are, do think that if I could, I would control myself?

How can I have the temerity to state that obesity is a choice?
What gives me the authority to make such a claim?

That’s easy — I once weighed 375 ponderous, pachydermian pounds. I was closing in on FOUR HUNDRED!! I had to squeeze into a tight-fitting size 56 pants. I was so far out of shape that simple, every day tasks required Herculean effort.  I am confident I know a thing or two about becoming obese.

Recently, I have dropped two hundred pounds, that’s right 200 pounds and transformed by rotund shape into a fit physique.  I also know what it takes to drop the weight.

Jack Lalanne had often said that exercise is the king and diet is the queen. How do you argue with a person who reached 95-years old and remained full of vim and vigor?

You don’t!

I tell people to get their own new physique and recapture health and vitality entails a complete commitment.

I even us a formula.
100% Exercise + 100% Eating + 100% Energy
= Renewed vitality, health and fitness.

It is not difficult to get in shape, eat the correct foods and stay focused; it requires the three D’s:

Many excuses such as time or eating out can be overcome with proper planning. Training for a triathlon takes a lot of time, time I don’t have in any single block. What do do? Well, I split my workouts over the course of the day.

I bike first thing in the morning, sometimes before dawn, lift weight directly after.
Lunchtime is filled with a five mile run.
And at the end of the long day, I hit the pool and swim.

Do you think I am thrilled when the alarm goes off just after 5am? Do you think I enjoy not going to lunch with friends, or eating dinner alone in the evenings? However, that is when I have the time, and since my health, fitness and wellness is a priority — that’s what I do.

Throw out the excuses
Say no to obesity! 
Choose health and fitness!

As far as excuse number 11, the hell with Monday — Get with it today!

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