Yes, But . . . by Stephanie Nickel
If only coming up with excuses counted as a healthy choice.
Yes, I’ll exercise . . .
But it will have to wait until tomorrow.
Yes, I’ll make home-cooked meals from scratch . . .
But it will have to wait until I have more time to plan ahead—and the inclination to do so.
Yes, I will go for a walk in the evening . . .
But it’s too cold . . . too hot . . . too dark . . .
Yes, I’ll get to the gym . . .
But the monthly fee is too steep.
Yes, I know I should eat more fruit and vegetables . . .
But it takes additional prep time I just don’t want to spend in the kitchen.
Yes, my family needs to get more active . . .
But we’re all so busy.
Yes, I want to have lots of ambition to walk and hike on our vacation . . .
But I don’t have time to get active before then.
Yes, I have my exercise plan in place . . .
But I don’t have the ambition to get started.
Yes, I should drink fewer high calorie cappuccinos and lattes . . .
But they warm me up in the winter. Wait! It’s spring and the temperature is in the double digits.
Yes, I do like the way I feel physically and mentally when I eat well . . .
But old habits die hard.
Yes, I know physical activity improves my mood . . .
But I’m feeling too blah to get started.
Yes, I have shelves full of health and fitness books . . .
But I have so many other books to read.
These are some of my excuses. I think it’s time for a change. How about you? Are you ready to put your excuses aside and begin to form healthy habits?
It’s time to drop the “but” from “yes, but.” (tweet this)
Read other articles by Stephanie
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How do we Make Healthy Changes?
13 Benefits of a Fitness Challenge
4 Tips to Get Exercise in During the Day
Steph Beth Nickel is an author, a freelance editor and writer, a labour doula, and a former personal trainer. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter, on her website or blog.