Time To Pay The Piper

excuses_obesity_resultsIt's time to pay the piper.  That is a statement that has been going through my head for about a week and a half now.  I am telling myself that because on May 19th when the gun for Ironman Texas goes off I will be paying the piper.  I will have a day that shows that the work I put in was worth it or if I wasted my time in my training.  What I mean is did I do the workouts hard enough and push myself far enough to accomplish the goals (post out tomorrow with giveaway) I have laid out before myself.  Or will the workouts I did prove that I just skated by. I was reminded of this after getting home today from  the gym and I was on Facebook and saw friend Marni Sumbal post on her Facebook page the words: make excuses or make things happen.  I am not one to make excuses for anything.  I either did or I didn't.  I either will or I won't.  There really is no middle ground with me and when I come across somebody who does make excuses I get frustrated.  I have a hard time understanding people who say they will do something and then don't do it.  Why do they do that?  If you aren't going to do it just say you are not sure that it's for you. I have been asked numerous times to help out with nutrition as well as with training.  I love talking about these topics so I get excited when somebody asks for my help.  I spend the time to put ideas to paper for them and then a week later I ask how it is going and the flood of cow dung excuses comes flying out of their mouths.  It is amazing what people will come up with, yet they were the ones that asked me for help.  To me you had the motivation to ask me for help so where did that motivation go. I also equate this to the obesity problem in America.  There are so many excuses that if they had a monetary value this country would not have a budget deficit.  I'm sure you hear it all the time too.  I don't have time.  It's too expensive.  I work 12 hours per day.  I have to drive the kids to school.  I have to cook.  I have to clean.  I have to ____________ (fill in the blank) and it is getting old.  Enough of the excuses.  Enough of the bullsh*t.  It is time to get moving and start taking responsibility for yourself. Don't tell me the marketing of the Lucky Charms forced you to eat them.  If those same marketing people told you to jump off a bridge would you?  I mean be honest with yourself.  Look yourself in the mirror and ask that person if they are doing everything they can to get healthy.  Ask that person if they are doing everything they can to make sure that their children grow up healthy.  If you can honestly answer yes to both questions then you have taken control.  If not, then  start taking control today. I received a handful of emails this week and last weekend regarding a report that 42% of Americans will be obese by 2030.  One of the first reactions I read was that BMI is not the best way to gauge obesity.  You know how I read that?  I read it as another excuse.  Maybe it is not the best way but it is one of the only ways we have to gauge obesity outside of the eyeball test.  Instead of focusing on some BMI scales focus on whether or not you are doing everything you can to be healthy.  I could hear all the excuses starting up after I read the post and I got fired up.  To me there is a time and a place to argue the merits of BMI and whatever other test you want to administer to gauge obesity, but instead of wasting time and money on that let's get to the crux of the matter and that is that America has a problem. I am working with Shape Up America to raise funds to educate people on what a proper healthy diet consists of (you can donate by clicking the button on the right hand side of the page.)  I have also been contacted by two other people who want to align themselves with Shape Up America.  This makes me smile because people are taking control and responsibility and want to help others out.  They are not making excuses but instead are doing the opposite.  They are making things happen.


If we start by pushing this pebble over the cliff then by the time it hits the valley floor it will be a boulder.  Let's build momentum and cut back on the excuses.  Don't start on Monday......start right now.  Take control of your life and stop making 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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