Excuses Are Like A**holes....

[caption id="attachment_5149" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Naps are ok, but not in place of working out."]lazy_man_excuses[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_5150" align="alignright" width="273" caption="Do you know anybody that would do this?"]excuses_running_exercise[/caption] 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?

Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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