Excuses Are Like A**holes….


Naps are ok, but not in place of working out.

The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.  ~Author Unknown

I am the BEST person to give excuses. When I am running, if I see a sign ahead, I think it must be a stop sign, I need to stop. If a runner in front of me stops, I think ‘oh I better stop too..‘ The list of excuses goes on.. its raining, snowing, windy – I have a cold,  sinus infection, headache..  ANY excuse usually worked with me. Not anymore.

Recently my passion for running and working out has rubbed off on others – and they want to jump on the fitness bandwagon.  The problem is, no commitment – just excuses.  Starting something new is always scary but when you have someone offering to do it with you, and test the waters – don’t think of reasons not to do it.

First of all – I take this personally when you cancel and give me some silly excuse.

Second – REALLY?  That excuse sucked.

The general rule – if its above the neck – Think: Sneezing, runny nose, scratchy throat. You most likely have a cold or something similar, and running actually can help you recover fast. If your symptoms are below the neck – Think: Chills, fever, upset stomach, flu – stay home and get better.

If your excuse is something such as.. I am tired, lazy, its raining, its cold, its hot…please stop.  Don’t act interested in changing your life, and go back and sit down on the couch with your crunch and munch or doritos, or both.

I enjoy running… in the rain, in the snow, in 100 degree temps (carrying a frozen water bottle) and I enjoy the way I feel after finishing a run. Some days I don’t have a lot of time to do much, but I get out and get something done. Its better than nothing at all.  This weekend, I have had a pinched nerve in my back, and I cant move my neck or look to the right at all. Did this stop me from moving? I ran a total of 19 miles this weekend and did a hour long bootcamp. How do I feel? Well other than not being able to look to the right and see Jason sitting next to me, I feel great. I feel like I have accomplished something. I ate red velvet pancakes with zero guilt.


Do you know anybody that would do this?

I talked to one of my friends the other day and she is working on getting in shape, and she walked a little over two miles in 50 minutes. I was thrilled.  Who cares how fast you went. JUST MOVE and keep moving!  Take care of your body now. I have another friend who walks half marathons. Awesome. She is not sitting on the couch – she is moving. You have all weekend to go do something – go to the park, rent a bike and explore, keep moving and enjoy the world. Stop with the excuses.

Today I am still good at excuses. Just different ones. “Jason my back hurts will you make me some popcorn”, I need to re-lace my sneakers and I always mess up, can you do it?”  The other excuses with running are gone. I tackle hills, pass the stopped runners and I keep moving.

Do you have excuses?

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  1. Jeff says:

    Yum, Munch and crunch! I have not had that in years! Haha! I’m with you though. It’s very rare I miss a workout – 340 workouts last year. Wish you were closer so I had a running buddy at 5am during the week. It’s pretty lonely then.
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  2. Jen says:

    I once was the queen of excuses but now I am way better at pushing them away. In fact, more often I’m trying to figure out ways to get my runs in when there are legitimate blocks in my path – even if I can just get out for a mile or two I take it.

    I am still a wimp when it comes to ice and snowy weather but then I take it to the treadmill. (at which point I have to decide what I’d prefer – boring and ice free or sucking wind and more interesting.)

    Excuses from others are annoying. You want to shake them and tell them, just put in a little work now, someday you’ll love this, someday it gets easier, someday you won’t want to make excuses anymore. It’s hard to get started but worth it.
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  3. Bob says:

    Only Chevy Chase in National Lampoons “VACATION” did they walk their dog like that…. didn’t turn out too well….
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  4. Tonia says:

    “I’m tired, will you make me some popcorn?” is pretty much my favorite phrase. I use that one daily.

  5. Christina says:

    I’m getting better at fighting excuses. I really try to take advantage when any friend wants to work out so I rarely say no even when it is crazy stuff. But it is still a bit of a battle for me.
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  6. Nah, no excuses. I work pretty hard finding ways to get it all done. This post, by the way, really applies to all facets of life.
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  7. katie says:

    for a second I thought that first picture was of Jason! whoooa! thank goodness, no.
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  8. lindsay says:

    umm. i would do that. hahaha. if it was realllllly cold. good thing i don’t have a dog i guess :)
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  9. misszippy1 says:

    Great post, Karen! No excuses here. I love training–it is a gift and a pleasure, and so I make it happen. I truly believe that for some, it’s all a matter of figuring out what makes them tick. Once you’ve got that, the excuses go away.

    Now I do hope your back feels better soon!
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  10. Jeff Irvin says:

    Used to make excuses now I just make time ..boom!
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  11. marlene says:

    Great post, LadyB! I am not a fan of excuses. It takes a lot to leave me on the couch.
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  12. Beth says:

    I HATE excuses more than anything. 99% of excuses boil down to, “I did not make X a priority.” That’s fine, your priorities don’t have to be the same as mine, but don’t give me all sorts of reasons you couldn’t do something.
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  13. Colleen says:

    I find that time (or lack there of) is my biggest excuse. I need to really plan for my workouts and there is always time! :)

  14. Maria Simone says:

    Well said! I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve unfortunately had plenty of conversations with friends, family and acquaintances about how they can add movement (of any type) to their life, only to be handed a series of excuses. I love the tough talk!!

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