Tell the excuses to shut up….

With Instagram and other social platforms, it’s easy to fall into the illusion that everyone has their sh*t together and are “crushing life”. But that isn’t reality at all!  I can assure you, myself and fellow fitness peers know that it’s a daily battle to maintain healthy habits with a demanding lifestyle.

It’s easy to slide into rationalising those reasons for not doing behaviors we know benefit us in the long term. With that said, it’s time to conquer this war with your excuses starting with these four sneaky ones.

Sneaky excuse #1: “I don’t think it’s that bad…I’m doing alright”

What do stubborn people, addicts, and self-sabotagers have in common? They’re full of denial and delusion. One day, you want to change your body, your life, and your mental approach toward life. As soon as you feel a little bit of resistance, discomfort, awkwardness, or insecurity it’s all hands off deck. You tell yourself, “maybe I was just overreacting… or t’s not that bad”. Admit there’s room for improvement and move forward. It’s okay to admit the need for improvement. Crisitism and failure are the words greatest gift.. Why? Because it a clear indication of where we went wrong. And how NOT to approach a situation again. 

Sneaky excuse #2: “I don’t know enough yet, I need some more time to plan”

When you procrastinate on your health because you don’t know everything nor how it will pan out, it sounds logical. Buy more fitness books. Listen to more podcast. Search the depths of the internet for more biohacks. Approach your nearest gym. Get a personal trainer. INVEST IN YOUR HEALTH. Or, you can just do something—anything really. Planning, and more planning is procrastination in disguise. You’ll never feel 100% ready about anything you’re going after. You don’t need another instagram fitness book. You don’t need to precisely get your macros right. You don’t need to listen to another podcast on why pomegranates are great. Focus on moving more often, eating foods that weren’t made in a chemistry lab, sleeping more, and prioritizing key relationships in your life. You learn by doing, not by spectating.

Sneaky excuse #3: “I don’t know what to eat and I’m too busy to cook daily”

Solving your dietary situation starts by exposing yourself to reality. eating a big breakfast and then maybe a handful of proteins bars or doing a juice cleanse. surprisingly, will not only give you crazy digestive discomfort but poor energy, which will lead to more procrastination. Before even attempting to solve the nutritional riddle, the first priority is to formulate a nutritional guideline. Calories in vs calories out.

If you don’t know how to cook, either learn to cook some basic things or use a meal delivery service to remove this situation. furthermore, if you’re crazy busy, use meal delivery to help or pre-pack your own meals by preparing them in advance. When preparing your meals, include an even dose of carbs, proteins, and fats. 

Sneaky excuse #4: “I’m going to start focusing on my health more, but not this week…I’ll start fresh on Monday.. Or in the new year.. Or after easter..”

“After this weekend, I’m going to get after it”. “I would start this week, but I have too many things to do”. “This week is almost over; I’ll tighten up my diet starting on Monday”.

What is it with people associating Monday as a default day to kickstart new goals. If I had a kid (which I don’t) and I wanted to start being a better parent, I wouldn’t say “I’m going to start prioritizing and being there for my kid, but not this week…I’ll start on Monday”… 

If you’re an business owner and wanted to grow your business and make more of an impact, you wouldn’t say “I’m going to start prioritizing and growing my business to make more money & create a bigger impact, but not this week…I’ll start fresh on Monday.” If you wait until tomorrow or the next week, you most likely get pleasure out of making commitments and planning. If you want something, and it’s within your power you’ll start as soon as possible.

It’s not important that you execute gracefully at first! it’s important that you take action. Taking action is the first step to momentum which is the precursor to a body that looks and performs well. As Apollo Creed told Rocky, “there is no tomorrow…there is no tomorrow” (play this before your next training session). Act with all sorts of aggression and have an unapologetic feelings toward action.

Lots of love dijana x