What excuses did you have that could have impacted your ability to lose weight and what did you do to overcome them?
Hopefully this will encourage some folks who are facing the same sorts of challenges.
1) I have a full time job, I don't have time to workout.
I started running during my lunch hour AT work. Started eating my home packed lunch at my desk while working
2) I have two young kids, I REALLY don't have time to workout.
Running at work doesn't impact my time spent with my kiddos. I run on the weekends many times before they are even awake. I take them with me and we run around outside and play chase.
3) I can't meal prep and eat a specific diet because I'm cooking for my whole family.
I didn't make wide sweeping changes to my diet, mostly i watched portions and i cooked a larger batch of a lean protein (usually chicken) and some vegetables for dinner on Sunday and ate through the rest of it for lunches during the week. Dinners I kept normal for my kids and husband but just ate more reasonable portions and filled up on extra veggies.
4) I don't have money for a fancy gym or classes.
I started running because if you have decent running shoes that is literally all you need. I also didn't start with running i started with walking with my family and progressed up to running a few times a week. I run 90% of the time outside even in rainy wet Washington winter.
5) Tracking and Weighing isn't realistic, I don't have time for that
I spend roughly 5-10 minutes a day on my app tracking my food. I could definitely stand to be more accurate with tracking but realistically a "close enough" approach has worked for me thus far. I find that the act of tracking is really just about keeping me accountable.
6) I travel for work, eating well and working out is very difficult for me
I travel a fair amount for work and making good choices is more difficult but it's not impossible. I realized that I used to use travel as an excuse to eat anything I wanted because I could and I had the freedom to choose. You also have the freedom to choose to eat well while you travel and to make time to get a quick workout in.
7) I've fallen off the wagon today, there's no point to keep trying
JUST KEEP SHOWING UP. I can't tell you the number of times I ate my feelings, blew through my calories or missed a workout that I was planning on. You just have to keep getting up and trying, weight loss isn't linear, just like life isn't linear. One day at a time, one work out at a time, one meal at a time.
Whoa, this ended up being much longer than i anticipated but I'm really curious to know what other excuses you all used to use and what you did to overcome those barriers!