Thursday, 25 October 2012

Getting Real

So now it's getting serious. Michelle has challenged us to put it all out there. To examine the excuses we make and to come up with solutions to overcome these excuses.

Internal Excuses

I'm too tired.
  • Plan to get enough sleep, but not too much (as sleeping too much makes you tired too).
  • 7.5hrs sleep average per night - that means going to bed at 9:30pm for a 5am start.
  • Remember that exercise GIVES you energy!
I don't feel like it.
  • JFDI!!!!.
  • You always feel better when you've looked after yourself.
  • You will definitely feel better after you've done it.
I don't deserve it (to do it for myself) or do deserve it (chocolate, a drink, food).
  • You deserve to give yourself the best.
  • You deserve to look after yourself.
  • You deserve time for yourself to exercise, socialise and relax.
  • You deserve the right foods.
  • You don't deserve the bad feelings and weight gain that come with eating the wrong foods.

External Excuses (within my control)

 It's too hot or cold or wet or windy.
  • Make sure you've got the right clothes ready for the conditions (wet, cold, windy).
  • Schedule runs and exercise to be in the cool of the day when the weather is hot.
  • Join a gym for when the weather is too hot.
Everyone else is doing it (drinking, eating) or is not doing it (exercising, abstaining)
  • It doesn't matter what everyone else is doing.
  • Do the right thing for yourself.
  • Invite others to lunch or dinner - bring healthy snacks to share (people actually like the food you eat)
I'm too busy. I don't have time.
  • Make time - there is more than enough time to do what you need to do if you stop procrastinating.
There is something else I want to do (games, internet, watch TV, etc).
  • Schedule in the important stuff.
I'd prefer to stay in bed with my partner.
  • Find a partner who gets up early and exercises as well.
  • Find a partner who is happy to kick me out of bed.
  • Sleep alone.
  • Easily said, but am I strong enough......

External Excuses (outside my control)

These don't come around very often but are mostly related to illness, work or travel.
  • Schedule in your exercise and food when travelling.
  • Get back into it as soon as you can once you get your bearings.
  • Do what you can and eat carefully when injured or sick. Look after yourself.
  • Remember the 30 second speech by Bryan Dyson. Your career will bounce back - it is not everything - your life is more important.

30 Second Speech by Bryan Dyson – Former CEO of Coca-Cola
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four Balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.”
Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest.
Value has a value only if its value is valued.

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