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#440: There Comes a Time...

Friday, December 17, 2010

There comes a time in our lives when we need to admit that we are responsible for our thoughts and for our actions. If we want to succeed at something badly enough, we will allow no negative thoughts or actions stop us from reaching our goal.

To often, though, we read comments from people such as, "Well, I didn't mean to overeat." Who forced you to open your mouth and cram food inside of it?

Or, "I always gain a few pounds over the holidays." So why does that have to continue? The same seven days a week occur whether or not it is a holiday.

How about, "I didn't have time to exercise." Oh, no? In 24 hours you didn't have five minutes to do some chair exercises or push ups or to walk up and down the sidewalk in front of your house or the hall in your office?

Then there is, "I know I can't be around all of the treats and not have some." Again, who is twisting your arm to eat them?

This could go on indefinitely but what it boils down to is making excuses and not assuming responsibility for our thoughts and actions. There is currently a slang expression about taking responsibility, "Man up." Whether man or woman what it says is quit making excuses, stop rationalizing and just do it.

When we started on a mission to lose weight and become healthier, we were excited and maybe a little intimidated at trying to accomplish something we had likely never before achieved. But we had passion and enthusiasm, determination and dedication.

So what happened? When did the excuses begin? And the rationalizations?

And when will they stop?

If you do not want to succeed, then continue with the justifications and simply admit to yourself that becoming healthier is actually something you really don't want to do. Admit you have no motivation and don't care about how you look or feel. But don't try to convince yourself or others otherwise.

There is another saying that you're either in the game or you're on the sidelines.

Where are you? Decide now if you're only going to talk the talk or if if you will actually walk the walk. Don't be wishy-washy. Make a decision. One way or another. Just decide. Whatever way you choose to go, take responsibility for your decisions, your thoughts and your actions.

It's time. What will you do?
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  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    I guess it's time to put on my "big girl panties" and just do it. No excuses.

    3706 days ago
    Love the straight talk. No beating around the bush, no sugar-coating the situation.
    Do it or don't. Great blog, Lou.
    3724 days ago
    I have come to a point in my life, that I recognize that everything about my weight and health is due to my decisions. I live a NO EXCUSES life. I can't say that means I don't make bad choices. I do! But when that happens, I know that was my choice and I am the only one to blame for the consequences. It's also a time to get my lazy backside off the couch and do things the right way. SO I agree, NO EXCUSES!
    3725 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    Right on Lou! EXCUSES BEGONE!!!1
    3726 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
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    3726 days ago
    Ooooooch! Thank You! Joy
    3726 days ago
    I LOVE your post. Sometimes it helps me to repeat something over and over, like a mantra. I'm gonna use "man up" whenever I start to feel my resolve start to wane.
    3726 days ago
  • REJ7777
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  • LESLIES537
    I'm gonna "woman up"! emoticon emoticon
    3726 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I am determined to NOT gain this holiday. So far so good.

    3727 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5684000
    Wow! This blog really speaks to me and I'm sure it will reach the many, many people who will read it.

    "The same seven days occur whether it is a holiday or not". This line in particular, jumped out at me and I'm shaking my head in agreement. I am going to be mindful today, this week and the next one, the next one, .....!

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    3727 days ago
    Lou, THANK YOU! While some may view this blog as a school master scolding others, I'm pleased that you wrote so frankly. It's exactly what some people need at this (and other) moment. emoticon emoticon
    3727 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Another great blog Lou - you certainly know how to tell it like it is, and tell it well.
    3727 days ago
    Excellent blog! Thanks for the reminders that WE are responsible for our actions OR lack there of. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    3727 days ago
    I want you to know i've taken some of your blogs to heart....I know it will take a few swings of the axe to fell this tree, I have updated my goals to having 4 good days a week, i'm taking my weight one day at a time. I have a tendency to say why? I know why, my mind wasn't in the right place. I want you to know i'm on day 5 of success. Your right, taking it moment by moment is much better then looking so far ahead. Thank you for your inspiration and ideas. emoticon emoticon
    3727 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    Oh Lou you wrote a blog i NEEDED to read this Saturday morning.
    I had a few terrible weeks (AGAIN).. have a lot of stress and i justify that with stuffing my face.

    I started crying when i read your blog, cause your are right. I was making excuses. i was so proud yesterday of going to the gym in a terrible snow storm but now i dont feel that proud anymore...

    3727 days ago

    I choose to take responsibility as I RESPECT my body and I don't wish it any harm. emoticon
    3727 days ago
    As always, an inspiring blog! We are responisble...thanks for the reminder!

    3727 days ago

    Great blog! I choose to take responsibility for my thoughts and actions. There is power in that!

    Be well,
    3727 days ago
  • MISSY455
    Great blog! A nice reminder that we are responsible for our own choices. I choose to succeed! Thanks!
    3727 days ago
    Powerful blog and words that we all need to hear. We are the captain of our own ship and we decide which course to take. It's about being accountable and responsible for our own actions...no excuses.
    3727 days ago
    Great blog, Lou! You reminded me of the Body Works Fitness Center employees' comments when they saw me working out when my leg was in a cast. "WOW," they said, "You could be our poster person! Most people cancel their training sessions if they stub their toe, and here you are working out with a cast on your foot!" That made me really proud! I probably could have been excused to sitting home on my tush, but I wanted it bad enough that I gave no excuses! emoticon Now, if I could just do that with saving money! emoticon
    3727 days ago
    Like the old saying goes, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything! I'm taking a stand for my health and NOT falling for the temptations and traps. Thank you for this needed message!
    3727 days ago
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