I heard every possible excuse in the gym yesterday, and it churned my stomach. Normally, I am overly empathetic and understanding when it comes to people’s concerns and situations, but yesterday was an overload; a much needed one.
We coddle ourselves with excuses and justifications for just about everything we do, but when it comes to our health, we have no excuse. It is simply not okay anymore to prescribe to the new American P.C. idea that carrying excessive body weight or living an unhealthy lifestyle is okay. It’s not okay to trash your body. It’s not okay to make excuses because of your genetics, age, stress, or time restrictions. It’s not okay to hate your body and starve it; it’s not okay to harm your body by binging in an emotional purge. What is okay is to recognize that these examples might dominate the experience of your past, but that they do not have to be invited into your future.
This is my call to honesty. We must stop enabling ourselves and others to procrastinate on our health. We must recognize that we have made bad choices in the past, but that those choices do not affect us anymore if we choose to change how we think and live.
Nothing is more tragic to me than a life half-lived, and when the body is unhealthy or mistreated in any way, it becomes impossible to reach our full potential of life. Stop making excuses and stop allowing the people in your life that you love to make excuses. It’s time to charge onward to the land of endless possibilities and full energy — that is, the land of health and movement.