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  • Writer's pictureAbby Christiansen

Stop Making Excuses And Take Control Of Your Life

Let me start by saying that this post is not meant to make you feel like a piece of shit. However, it is suppose to make you take accountability for your life and to help you analyze how excuses could be holding you back from achieving great things.

We have all been there (myself included) when we don't want to do something because we're too tired, don't have enough time, it costs too much, etc. Unfortunately, these excuses are nothing but excuses. We tell ourselves these things to make ourselves feel better for not working out, not making healthy dinners, running late for work, etc. Instead of saying "I have been lazy and haven't made the effort to make it to the gym" we say "I am too busy to go to the gym". And to make matters worse, we tell these excuses to our friends and family. Not only are we telling ourselves these things, we also tell other people in order to validate our excuses.

Don't get me wrong, I realize that a lot of people truly are busy, but the fact of the matter is, there is always time. You have to make time. It's that simple. You have to make time for the gym, healthy dinners and quality time with your family and friends. Once you take responsibility for your own actions, you realize that you are the only one holding you back from accomplishing these things. You have to make yourself accountable. Expect more from yourself. Pack your gym bag the night before, go grocery shopping on the weekend when you have more time, make your lunch the night before. Whatever it takes, do it.

Taking control of your life also requires you to manage your time wisely. If you cannot make it to the gym, do an at home workout instead. Jillian Michael's 30 day shred takes 25 minutes (including warm up and cool down) and can be done in your living room. Everyone has a living room, so no excuses. If you are wanting to eat healthier but feel crunched for time in the kitchen, buy frozen vegetables instead of fresh. You can easily throw pre-cut frozen veggies in a pan and add it to rice, etc. This saves you time on cutting up fresh veggies. My point is, there is always a way to make these things happen. It requires you to think of other options when necessary.

In order for these things to happen, you have to make an effort. No one else can workout for you or eat healthy foods for you. YOU are the only person that can do that for yourself. So, get out your day planner or mental calendar and start making positive changes in your life. You are capable of great things!


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