What's Your Excuse?


We all make them.

When it comes to nutrition, what excuses do you find yourself using that derail efforts to stay on track?

A common one I hear is… and confession, something that I find myself saying… “Its just hard to stay consistent…”

Making healthy choices on a consistent basis, and staying on track with your health and wellness goals is hard. That is true. It is ok to feel like this is hard.

Rather than staying stuck with these excuses, my challenge for you, if you find yourself making this excuse, is to make a list of things that are hard. Your list may look something like this:

  • Losing weight

  • Meal prepping!!!!!!!!! (SO common to have this be a challenge)

  • Working out at least 3x a week

  • Logging food on Myfitnesspal

  • Not giving into tempting foods at gatherings

  • Staying committed to achieving your goals

Okay, make your list. Right now! Write them down! 

Now, next step of this challenge is to find the counter argument to these excuses. What else is hard?

  • Chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes

  • Fatigue from eating the wrong foods

  • Losing strength and endurance from not working out regularly, or staying committed to an exercise program

  • Walking up the stairs and being out of breath

  • Being disappointed in yourself for your food choices and workout habits

Next time you find yourself making the excuse of what is hard, examine your list. What is truly hard? In the moment, your effort may feel difficult, but take a moment to reflect on the big picture, and reshape your thoughts. What are things you can do TODAY to stay committed to your long-term health and wellness goals? When you change your thinking, you have the power to change your life, make consistent healthy choices, and ultimately achieve long-term goals and long-term health.

Sam Wheeler