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Chapter 5 – Overcoming Obstacles and Excuses (And I am the QUEEN of Excuses)

Welcome back!  So far I’ve shared how I got started with my journey to transform my health, but now it’s time to get real and tell you some of the challenges and obstacles that really wanted to get in the way.  And you totally can let any one of them derail your mission, that’s the easy way out.  Let me tell you about my biggest obstacles and excuses and how I overcame them, and maybe somehow this can help you.

  1. I always, always, always said I could NEVER workout in the mornings.  I have chronic insomnia and my best sleep is usually from like 5-7am, so how can I get out of bed at 5am to get to the gym?But then in the same breath I said I couldn’t make myself get out of the house after a long day of work and coming home to take care of my pups. Looks like I’ve talked myself out of working out at all since I’ve taken away mornings and after work!
    • Terry wasn’t having any of my excuses.  We started out weight training 3 days a week in the mornings, period.  I had to just make it happen and I did.  As I progressed, it turned into 5 mornings a week and I just did it.  It was part of the plan, and I had to do it.
    • Eventually after I started following the process completely, I came back after work to do my cardio.  No excuses – yes, I was tired but I went home, played with the pups and fed them, and then got in the car to go do cardio.  Period.  That was the plan and I had to follow it.
  2. I hated grocery shopping, so to make it more tolerable, I LOVED to see the latest flavors of OREOS, potato chips, whatever the latest and greatest snack food that I saw in the commercial during whatever sports I was watching the night before.
    • To combat the temptations, I signed up for a grocery delivery service.  Made my list each week and had ONLY those items on my meal plan delivered straight to my house.  Never had to go to the grocery store again!  This was probably the single best thing I did to jump start my progress.
  3. I’m an almost 5o year old woman, my hormones have to be out of whack and I’m sure my metabolism is so slow I will never be able to lose weight.  My time for being in shape has long passed.
    • WRONG!  There is no age limit on getting in shape!  You can start ANYTIME, why not now?  You just have to find the right training plan and nutrition program for your body type and it can happen.  Oh yeah, and also you have to follow the process 110% 🙂
    • I am PROUD to say I’m an almost 50 year old woman who has managed to lose almost 80 pounds and completely changed my body as well as my health and outlook on life!
    • I want to inspire any woman of any age who has said she doesn’t have time, or that she can’t improve her health for whatever reason.  YOU CAN!!!!
  4. My knees are so sore and the arthritis is so bad I’m sure I can never do a good enough leg workout to get rid of these fat legs and shape a nice lower body.  It’s intimidating to see all these gorgeous ladies with their amazing legs and glutes, both online and in person.
    • Yeah so ok, I couldn’t do a full leg workout, big deal.  We started doing what I could do, and as I began to get in better shape, the things I could do pain free increased.  Imagine that!!!  I had written off everything just because I could only do a little.
    • Here is where I need to introduce you to the concept of “more than zero” because I have always had this perfectionist attitude.  “If I cannot do absolutely everything perfectly, then why bother doing it at all?”  Well – doing SOMETHING is far better than doing NOTHING.  More than zero is always better.  Argue with me- prove me wrong!! I dare ya, because you can’t.  That’s an absolute truth 🙂

Bottom line – you have to want a better you more than you’ve ever wanted anything else in your life.  It will be SO hard, and things will test you around every corner.  You will get tired, your body will be sore, you will want to just stay in bed, and you will swear you’d kill for a piece of pizza or key lime pie.  Or a bagel for breakfast – CARBS!!!  But then you will remember that all of that is short term pleasure that will only detract from your long term goal.  Motivation is great and there will be days when you wake up all about this process, and super fired up to do anything it takes, but when you find yourself lacking the motivation and desire to get up and go, you have to dig deep and find that DISCIPLINE that is critical to success.  If you asked me for the two most important things you will need to get through the difficult times (because there will be LOTS of them), it has to be discipline and dedication.

Don’t you ever try to tell me that something is impossible.

Will Smith

 

YES, this transformation has been the absolute hardest thing I have ever done – but also the most rewarding.  Why?  Not just because of the number on the scale, although that was something I never, ever thought I would see change as much as it has.  But mainly because I’ve overcome ALL of my excuses, and good lord I had millions of them.  I got out of my own way and just DID, and continue to do, because even though I’m a much better version of myself, I am not finished.  I will keep working because now I love the process and cannot wait to see what’s next.

One year anniversary at HardBody Fitness!
One year anniversary at HardBody Fitness! What a difference a year makes!

4 Comments

  1. Jodi Kelly Jodi Kelly

    Spot On Pam!!!!!!

    • bennep01 bennep01

      Thank you! Queen of excuses so I have an answer for all of them :). I so appreciate your being here and reading.

  2. Amazing progress! Your story sounds so much like mine. I’m looking forward to more of your posts.

    • bennep01 bennep01

      Thank you so much!

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