Making excuses and justifications can only take us so far. At some point, we need to start making smart choices, goals and owning our decisions when it comes to nutrition, fitness, and life!



>> Me: ‘How has your nutrition been going?’
>> Client: ‘Well…it hasn’t been that great. I just really wanted ice cream last night…’

>> The Hubs: ‘As much as I want a Ryan Reynold six pack, I’ve just come to terms with the fact that it probably won’t happen.’
>> Me: ‘Well, you might just need to hone in on your nutrition a bit more.’
>> The Hubs: ‘Yeah, I’ve come to terms with the fact that it probably won’t happen.’

>> Me: ‘I’m going to work it and be a boss with side plank, babe’
>> The Hubs: ‘That’s great, get it.’
>> Me: [A week later] ‘Shoot, I didn’t really practice side plank at all! Blast.’

We’ve all been in a spot where we want to make a change with our nutrition or your fitness habits, but we just can’t make it happen. It can be laziness, lack of support, lack of time, lack of direction, lack of clear cut goal, or just not wanting to put in the time.

The thing is, at some point, we have to own the fact that we are not making progress. We can make excuses for only so long, before we need to put on our big kid pants and do something about it. Notice how I say ‘we’ and ‘our’. I’m guilty of this too!

I’ve been training my client for nearly 6 months and she has been saying a similar thing for months. She is seeing someone else for her nutrition, so I am only able to offer small tidbits of encouragement every now and then. I understand craving sweet things, I can understand having a hard time enjoying healthier foods, but honestly, as a trainer, I can only do so much. She needs to own the fact that she isn’t being as strict with nutrition as she should be, in order to see the results she desires.

My desire to be a boss at side plank is a great idea. But, really, I am not going to be a boss, if I don’t put in the time to practice and work towards the goal. The Hubs, while I am confident he could work hard enough on his nutrition to see some results in his mid-section, if he isn’t willing to put in the time, then nothing is going to change.

Own your decisions and choices, friends. Excuses only work for so long, amitright?

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Now, say you own that choice. You realize somethings gotta give. What now? Do you have goals written out? How specific are they? Realistic? Timely? Manageable?

Let’s revisit my side plank story: I said I wanted to be a boss at side plank. I told myself I’d practice each day. Only, I didn’t practice every day. I didn’t set aside time in my workout or incorporate the move into my workouts. Well, of course I’m not a boss at it yet. I won’t be until I start doing side plank.

And my client: Keeping food labels is part of the issue, as well as having cheat days. Also, unless she writes down some concrete goals when it comes to the food she consumes, she will constantly find excuses to indulge in foods that do not serve her body in a positive way.

Writing out a goal that is specific, timely, realistic, manageable, and attainable will make it much easier to stay on point, track progress and actually meet that goal.

So, being a boss at side plank could be: I commit to spending at least 3 minutes per day practicing side plank, at 3 different points in the day, and include side plank in at least 3 workouts per week. Something like that.

What about after we make the goals? What if I’m faced with a temptation or get too busy to do my workout for the day?

Own the choices you make. 

This month, I’m working on making sure my gut health is in check. That means I am limiting my consumption of gluten and dairy. While waiting for my tires to be changed, The Hubs and I went out for breakfast. Two slices of thick wheat toast came with my meal. I just wanted a small bite with jam (their toast is really good!). It sat on my plate for a while, but the waitress ended up taking it away as we left. I didn’t eat any of it.

Remember, I don’t like to label foods good or bad. But, eating that bite slice of bread would not have served my body well. And if I justified that bite slice, it might be easier to justify other things. I had to OWN the choice and OWN the goal. If I want a healthy gut, I know eliminating foods that don’t make it happy, while adding in things that do make it happy, is the best thing. Continuing to make excuses and justifications will not help the gut heal and be strong.

Asking yourself questions like: does doing X help me reach my goal? Will consuming X help me reach my goal? If I don’t workout on X day, will it help me reach my goal?

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Sometimes the answer will be no. No, eating toast will not help me heal my gut, but I don’t care, I want it. No, consuming ice cream multiple nights per week will not help me reach my goal weight. No, skipping a workout today and tomorrow might not help me reach my goal, but I think resting would serve my body better.

Think through your choices. Think through your options. Figure out how to make things work for your life and your goals.

How about you? Is there something that you need to start owning? An excuse or justification you need to stop making? Have you written down concrete goals?

If you constantly find yourself in a rut with nutrition, fitness, or even life, take the time to write out some goals and start owning the choices you make on a daily basis.

What is one goal you can create a work towards today? How can you start owning your choices?