Stop Playing the Blame Game in 2014

Mindset // Sarah Link // 20 March 2014

It’s easy to blame your partner/friends/cat for your weight gain or lack of motivation. But not anymore! Our 12WBT nutritionist Georgie Moore and 12WBT fitness expert Dan Swanbury are busting through some all-too-familiar excuses to get you off the couch, and into a healthier life!

“I’m just not motivated”

Dan says: “Motivation has nothing to do with it. You go to work everyday even when you aren’t motivated because you see a tangible reward in your pay. Exercising is the same only your pay isn’t money, it’s your health and life.”

“I’m too busy”

Georgie says: “Get organised! Take 30 minutes each week to work out when you will be home, when you’ll be out and when you need a meal that you can simply heat and serve. Then put together a meal plan, shopping list and do a grocery shop. If you have all the stuff at home, it makes it a lot easier than trying to play a guessing game with yourself.”

“I can’t afford a gym membership”

Dan says: “You don’t need a gym membership to exercise. Walk/jog outside or do a circuit such as some pushups, squats, sit ups and lunges. Simple but effective! As you find out what exercise you enjoy, consider a gym membership. You can probably afford it but see no value in it; when you’re exercising regularly that could change. But that is NO reason not to start exercising!!”

 “I’m too tired to work out”

Dan says: “Exercise is the fastest way to boost your vitality and energy levels and wake you up, so what better to do than a workout if you’re tired!”

“I like my food too much”

Georgie says: “Being healthy doesn’t mean not eating, it just means making better food choices. Like everyone, I have a sweet tooth. And yes, it’s occasionally treated to a slice of cake or ice cream. However, this is not an everyday occurrence!! Treat foods should be really enjoyed for what they are – a treat!”

“Exercise is boring”

Dan says: “What a boring excuse! Exercise can be whatever you want it to be. Take a moment to pick something you think you might enjoy and try that! Keep trying different things until you find something. There are so many styles of exercise out there. Remember, exercise isn’t just lifting weights or running, try rock climbing, dancing etc.”

“I’ll get too hungry”

Georgie says: “If you eat the right foods you won’t be hungry. By making better food choices, you will actually be able to eat a lot of food that contains very little energy, so you’ll be left feeling full in the tummy, without that heavy, bloated, sickly feeling.”

“Life’s too short to deprive myself”

Dan says: “I couldn’t agree more!! So don’t deprive yourself of exercise OR good health. Choose to have both in your life as you can’t have one without the other.”

“I don’t know where to start”

Georgie says: “Being healthy doesn’t have to be difficult and it doesn’t all have to happen at once. I’d suggest replacing all sugary drinks with water. When that’s under control, change all bread and cereals over to wholegrain options. Then maybe aim to eat the recommended five servings of veggies and two pieces of fruit per day. That’s a good place to start!”

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  1. Kelli Reply

    It’s funny you should mention the cat as he’s a Ragdoll who has been on a perpetual and expensive diet for six years. We seem to get fatter and thinner together. Most recently I bought him an auto feeder so he’d stop waking us for breakfast at 5.30am. It must’ve shot out too much food as he has become a bit tubber again. Same for me but it ain’t the auto feeder in my case! To my horror I now weigh more by myself that the two of us weighed together.

  2. m___encouragement 79 Reply

    The blame game is definitely what holds me back! But not anymore. I am going to take control and make the time for exercise as I am just as important as all of the other things and people that I make time for and look after. Yesterday I bought the Michelle Bridges stepper from Big W and I cannot wait to use it!

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