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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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by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I use that one too LOL

Quoting Kainalu55:

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!

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

My excuse is usually "I'm too tired". But I just get more tired before I finally guilt myself into

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I have no idea. I really try not to make any.

by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

"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."

That made me LOL for real.

by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 7:09 AM

I want to stop hearing the excuses as to starting a diet and exercising.  I am my own worst critic and make up a bunch of excuses as to why I can't do it, if I would just put as much energy into doing it as I do making the excuses than I would be so much better off.

by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Nope! Its all very scalable - you start out doing what you can and then eventually work up to the workouts "as RX" meaning you can do the WOD (Workout of the Day) as prescribed. It's great to see progress.

Quoting goddess99:

Wow lol I would imagine that you already kind of need to be in shape to do this without hurting yourself. ugh I can't imagine.. at least not now. Interesting though!

Quoting AndreAnnaRose:

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."

by Ruby Member on Mar. 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

 My excuse is sweet food such as chocolate makes me feel better. I eat it when I am stressed which is every. It's like an addiction!

by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Being tired...

by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I just don't like it. Let's be honest here. I desperately need to do some kind of workout, and I am going to try, but I hate the process of going to the gym, and my doctors won't let me walk for exercise. They really want me to do water aerobics only, and I don't have a pool. That means going to th gym. I'll try to do better.

by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

 "I'm too tired." That's my #1. As for Eric, well, you just simply CANNOT have him!! LOL


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