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No More Excuses

Posted by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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"I work outside of the home, so I don't have time."

"I stay home with my children, so I don't have time."

"I'm too tired/sore/old/young/out-of-shape/stressed/fat/skinny/poor/busy."

"Eric Northman is my secret lover and he says I can't eat healthy or work out or he'll leave me with stupid, brooding Bill."

Assuming the last one isn't true (and if it is, I will fight you for him and I warn you, I'm from Jersey and fight dirty), what excuse haven't we all used?  I have two small children - Charlotte, 5, and Sawyer, 3 - and work full-time at home as an Editor for a worldwide technical publishing company. My days are pinballed with phonecalls, deadlines, manuscript corrections, school lunches, errands, drop-offs, pickups, Crossfit, dinner, dishes, laundry, and then of course there's that pesky hot husband who likes some of my attention.

But we're no different, you and me. We all have our baggage and show me one SAHM who is on her cushy tushie eating bon-bons watching Hoarders and I'll show you a working mom in a tiny pencil skirt schmoozing execs on the Upper East Side with perfectly coiffed hair. You are me and I am her and she is you. Get over it. There is no excuse better than the next.

My husband was diagnosed Celiac in 2010 after a few years of illness that no one could figure out. Once we knew what was causing his issues and that it was genetic, we tested our babies. Both came back gluten-intolerant and all of a sudden so many things made sense: Charlotte's GERD, eczema, and asthma; Sawyer's constant bout between diarrhea and constipation and his skeleton-like frame.

Around the same time, I was teetering close to 250 pounds again, a weight I swore I'd never see after losing 100 pounds five years prior. I was on multiple medications, a size 22, and I wasn't even 30 years old. 

I had read a few books my doctor suggested to treat my PCOS and had just started adopting a "Primal/Paleo" lifestyle and found  Crossfit. In the span of a few short months, my life had been turned upside down. The more I researched my husband's disease and the better I felt and more weight  I lost eating the way we were, the more I realized that the answer was so simple: Eat Real Food.

I've lost 120 pounds from my heaviest near 300, my husband and children are healthy, and we're all fit and strong. I'm not some miracle-pill success story. I'm just a mom, like you. But I stopped making excuses. And I started living.

I hope that my story and the tips and tricks I've learned over the years following a Real Food lifestyle with my family will show you that no matter what excuse you give yourself every day, that you are better than that. You and your family are worth it and I can show you how.

Are you ready? What excuse do you want to stop hearing in your own head?

by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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goddess99
by Michelle on Mar. 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

What is crossfit?

AndreAnnaRose
by on Mar. 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Crossfit is a combination of gymnastics, olympic weight lifting, plyometrics, sprinting, etc. It's a full functional fitness program. CrossFit is a brand and there are affiliate gyms called "boxes" all over the country. Most recently, Reebok has picked up sponsoring the CrossFit Games, a competition based on "the sport of fitness."

MamaMandee
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Im working on getting ready ... ehh I guess thats an excuse :/

Kmakksmom
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 3:47 PM

 I spent 4 months losing weight last year.  I went from 166 to 120. I've been really stressed lately and I am losing weight again.

Kainalu55
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM
I don't have time for organizing with my little one keeping me busy all day! Sad excuse...I need to make the time to get it done!
copperswifey
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Congratulations on the weight loss! That is so great! :)

My excuse is that I'm always too tired to work out and try to get back to the weight I want to get at. I think no matter how tired I am, I just have to do it no matter how I feel.

MistressMinerva
by Jennifer on Mar. 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

My excuse is that I'm always tired and never have time to work out to lose the weight I need to lose.

Quoting AndreAnnaRose:

"I work outside of the home, so I don't have time."

"I stay home with my children, so I don't have time."

"I'm too tired/sore/old/young/out-of-shape/stressed/fat/skinny/poor/busy."

"Eric Northman is my secret lover and he says I can't eat healthy or work out or he'll leave me with stupid, brooding Bill."

Assuming the last one isn't true (and if it is, I will fight you for him and I warn you, I'm from Jersey and fight dirty), what excuse haven't we all used?  I have two small children - Charlotte, 5, and Sawyer, 3 - and work full-time at home as an Editor for a worldwide technical publishing company. My days are pinballed with phonecalls, deadlines, manuscript corrections, school lunches, errands, drop-offs, pickups, Crossfit, dinner, dishes, laundry, and then of course there's that pesky hot husband who likes some of my attention.

But we're no different, you and me. We all have our baggage and show me one SAHM who is on her cushy tushie eating bon-bons watching Hoarders and I'll show you a working mom in a tiny pencil skirt schmoozing execs on the Upper East Side with perfectly coiffed hair. You are me and I am her and she is you. Get over it. There is no excuse better than the next.

My husband was diagnosed Celiac in 2010 after a few years of illness that no one could figure out. Once we knew what was causing his issues and that it was genetic, we tested our babies. Both came back gluten-intolerant and all of a sudden so many things made sense: Charlotte's GERD, eczema, and asthma; Sawyer's constant bout between diarrhea and constipation and his skeleton-like frame.

Around the same time, I was teetering close to 250 pounds again, a weight I swore I'd never see after losing 100 pounds five years prior. I was on multiple medications, a size 22, and I wasn't even 30 years old. 

I had read a few books my doctor suggested to treat my PCOS and had just started adopting a "Primal/Paleo" lifestyle and found  Crossfit. In the span of a few short months, my life had been turned upside down. The more I researched my husband's disease and the better I felt and more weight  I lost eating the way we were, the more I realized that the answer was so simple: Eat Real Food.

I've lost 120 pounds from my heaviest near 300, my husband and children are healthy, and we're all fit and strong. I'm not some miracle-pill success story. I'm just a mom, like you. But I stopped making excuses. And I started living.

I hope that my story and the tips and tricks I've learned over the years following a Real Food lifestyle with my family will show you that no matter what excuse you give yourself every day, that you are better than that. You and your family are worth it and I can show you how.

Are you ready? What excuse do you want to stop hearing in your own head?


alliesmom112
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 8:39 PM
Great blog. I love working out and try to do it 4 days a week
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OliviasMommy611
by on Mar. 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Congrats on the weight loss!
Rushn311
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Congrats on your weight loss.

My excuse to not sticking with a healthier lifestyle change is usually being tired. I do have some type of health issue going on-but yeah, I wish I could just stick to being more active and not over eating.

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