10 Excuses that Make YOU Fat

by Amy on May 1, 2013

Excuses that Make You Fat

An “excuse” is really just a lie that you use to “excuse yourself” from the inevitable discomfort that goes hand in hand with reaching your dreams. And since I’ve been using my move as an excuse to NOT take care of myself the way I want, I’m focusing on the ten most fattening ones below.

Here are ten of the most fattening excuses:

1)  I’m just Lazy.

You are not “just lazy.” You are thinking a thought about yourself that leads you to feel discouraged and, more than likely, lie dormant for days gobbling Oreos. For the mere practicality of it, try thinking something more empowering about yourself like “I enjoy having fun.” See what changes. I bet when you believe this one instead you have a lot easier time thinking about fun ways to move around. Try some new thoughts on for size.

2)  It’s too hard. 

This is a good excuse lie for the scaredy cats out there how would rather hide than ever risk “failure.” You see your dreams are not going to fall in your lap. You have to be willing to get uncomfortable for a little while in order to establish new habits. If it were easy… well you know.

3)  I deserve it. 

This is a popular excuse lie that usually comes right before you gobble up those Oreos. Is it true that you deserve to stuff yourself silly with Oreos after a long, difficult day? How much comfort does this truly provide? Maybe you should spend some time thinking about what you really deserve? A hot bath? I big hug. A good laugh?

4)  I don’t care. 

This is another binge inducing excuse lie. Is it true that you don’t care? Or is it a handy dandy fib to justify eating that pint of B & J’s? What is the truth? What do you care about? Get your priorities straight.

5)  I’m too overwhelmed. 

This is a very popular one among moms. There are lots of variations. “I’m too overwhelmed from the move (ahem),” “I’m too tired,” etc., etc. It’s a great excuse lie to use when you’d like to “excuse yourself” from taking action on behalf of your own self-care. But what kind of example are you setting for your kiddos?

6)  I’m fat. 

We just love to look in the mirror and find ways we don’t measure up. Too much cellulite. Too much flab. In reality, “fat” is neutral. It’s just a bunch of cells. Neither good nor bad. It’s how you think about the extra weight that leads you to feel terrible which leads you to eat which leads you to gain more of those cells. Stick to the facts, I am a size xx. I currently weigh xx. Stop making the extra weight mean anything more than that. You’ll east less when you do.

7)  I screwed up. 

Maybe you did just eat the entire box of Oreos. It may have been feelings of overwhelm, anger or fear that led you to eat the whole box but it’s the thought “I screwed up,” and all the self-critical thoughts that come afterwards that lead you to want to eat more to cover up the shame for having just “screwed up.” See the cycle? Try taking some time to think about why you felt the need to eat the whole box, you might just learn something important about yourself and prevent the episode from happening again.

8)  I’m too old.  

Repeat after me: age is never a factor, unless you make it one. Think about your current age. If you live until 90, how many years do you have left? How do you want to spend those years? Stop making excuses to play small and start thinking about all the amazing things you could be doing with your life in the years to come!

9)  I’m either on or off my routine.

This is classic black or white thinking. In the world is full of shades of grey but our brains loves to think in terms of black OR white.  “Falling off the wagon,” is just a handy lie when you’d like to “excuse yourself” from your dreams. The truth is you’re never “on” or “off” anything. So notice yourself falling out of good habits, figure out why and fix it. It’s not what you do to cause the relapse that matters; it’s what you do afterwards that really makes a difference.

10)  I should…

Complete this sentence – “I should have gone to the gym today.” “I should not have lost my cool with my kids today.” “I should be cooking a healthy meal every night.” The term “should” always leads to feeling crappy because it’s always a sign that you are fighting a battle with reality. What is, is. When you fight THAT you lose every time. Try the word “could” instead. Starting to see some possibilities? Me too.

So when you hear yourself making excuses, recognize them for what they are – Lies. As with any lie, there’s always truth hidden beneath. So the solution is simple, ask yourself, “What’s really true?” And move forward from that place of clarity.

Your thighs will thank you for it.

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