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Women's Top 10 Diet and Exercise Excuses

Posted by on May. 8, 2009 at 11:46 AM
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Excuse: "I don't have time to work out."

That is total baloney. Make the time. I am sure you found the time to watch your favorite television show, right?! You're busy, and I get it, but you have to find a way to make your health a priority. Start scheduling workouts like you do appointments. You can get up a little earlier and do a fitness DVD. You can squeeze it in on the weekends. You can get a piece of cardio equipment and do 30 minutes while unwinding and watching "The Office." The reality is that you must make the time. You will have more energy, better overall health, and better self-esteem—it's worth it.

Excuse: "I have to keep junk food around for my kids and/or boyfriend."

Trash it! They shouldn't be eating that stuff either!

Excuse: "I've tried to lose weight before, but I just can't do it."

Ridiculous. Of course you can. You can do anything when armed with the proper information. Take some time to educate yourself about how to work out properly. Learn about calories—how many are in the foods you are eating and how many your body burns naturally each day. When you are informed you are empowered to make choices that create life changes. The next time you are about to say, "I can't," stop and ask yourself, "How can I not?"

Excuse: "I have too many business dinners and social gatherings. I can't lose weight in that environment!"

Seriously, is anyone really going to notice if you pass up the fatty appetizers? Or the open bar? I go to business dinners all the time and I find they go better when I am not drinking. For dinner parties, offer to bring something. That way you'll know there is at least one healthy thing to eat. And if you're worried about offending people, remember you don't need to be preachy about your eating habits; just say "no thank you" to the unhealthy fare.

Excuse: "I travel a lot and can't get into a routine."

Listen, I travel constantly and I can still eat healthy and work out! Yes, fitness is my business, but anyone can do what I do: Bring your own snacks at all times. Stay at with hotels with gyms. Bring fitness DVDs and do them before bed in your hotel room. Be high-maintenance with your ordering when eating out: Get foods grilled or baked, get all dressings and sauces on the side, sub out starchy sides for steamed veggies. If I can do it, so can you.

Excuse: "My friends eat poorly and it makes it hard for me to eat healthy."

Communication is critical. You must tell your family and friends what your health and wellness goals are and then teach them exactly how to support you. The only way they are going to know what you need and how to give it to you is if you tell them. So ask them to eat healthy with you, and if they can't do it, then ask them not to push food on you or ask you if you want bites.

Excuse: "My loved ones nag me about my weight and it makes me want to rebel."

This is sort of similar to the friends who push bad habits on you—communicate your needs and desires. With that said, if your family still nags at you, then you must set boundaries. Tell them that your weight and fitness habits are simply not up for discussion, and don't discuss events or things in your life that trigger them to start in on you.

What's your biggest workout excuse? And be sure to check out Karina's progress on the Shape Up! blog today. You'll never believe how much weight she's lost already!

Jillian Michaelsis the author of the new book Master Your Metabolismand the motivation coach for the Body by Glamour shape-up program. She's helped dozens of people get slim and healthy as a trainer on "The Biggest Loser," and has helped thousands of others through her DVDs and books.

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