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  • Writer's pictureChris Atkins

Eliminate Excuses

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” - Jim Rohn 

No one ever says “being healthy and fit is a bad thing”. Everyone generally agrees to the fact that carrying excess body weight brings about a myriad of health problems and puts one at higher risk for metabolic diseases. Not only that, but also the fact that being overweight and out of shape will leave people feeling tired, unable to move well and no longer able to enjoy the activities they once did when they were younger- declining their quality of life and overall emotional well-being.

So, if we are all in agreement that being healthy and fit is a good thing, then why is it that one out of three Americans is obese? How does someone move beyond believing that health and fitness are worthwhile endeavors to becoming healthy and fit? Quite simply, one’s behavior has to change. We are a product of the choices we make.

“Change your habits and you can change your life”, as they say. 

So what stands in the way of people changing their habits? Bluntly put, excuses. 

You can either make excuses or get results. You can’t have both. 

So how do we eliminate excuses?

Take Personal Responsibility

Taking personal responsibility for our health and wellness is the first and most difficult step in the process. Once we stop passing the blame on bad genetics, our desk jobs, slow metabolisms, injuries etc etc. we will finally realize that we are the only ones that can take responsibility for our bad health. 

Find Support 

Find some people that will help you make positive lifestyle changes, and limit your exposure to people that are a bad influence on your health. Your friends like to go out for drinks every day after work? You usually eat pizza three times a week with your buddies? You will have to decide for yourself that you cannot keep old habits and make progress. “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”. Make yourself accountable to someone you trust. Be honest with them and yourself about your struggles. 

Find a Way to Give Back

The best way to stick with a healthy lifestyle is to begin to help others to do the same. The feeling that you will get when you help someone feel better will inspire you to be a good example for others to follow. 

In Health, 


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