What’s Your Excuse?

Like the rest of America and the world, I’ve been spending my evenings this past week watching the Olympics, and I never cease to be amazed at the extraordinary talent of the top athletes from every country. There is a commercial that Ryan Lochte narrates saying how luck didn’t get him to the games and he’s right – a lot of time, energy and discipline did. The athletes all make extraordinary sacrifices to get to the top of their game, and it got me to thinking about the excuses I and a lot of people I know make when it comes to not exercising or eating healthy. Some of mine are:

Don’t have enough time to work out or make food at home. Actually, yes I do have the time. All I have to do is count the hours wasted away on Facebook and there’s magically a lot of time available now!

Don’t have the money for a gym membership or for buying good food. Well, people have been active outdoors since the beginning of time. It’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s too windy, it’s rainy – at the end of the day, none of those excuses matter. And I bet if I gave up my $4 coffee treats, I could afford food that is actually healthy and nourishing.

Don’t have the energy at the end of the work day to go work out. Here’s a brilliant solution: work out in the morning when I do have energy. Problem solved!

These are just some of the excuses I’ve caught myself making. How about you? What’s your favorite excuse? Once you actually see it written out, and then you watch the Olympic athletes, I bet your excuse won’t look too good anymore.


Samantha Borow is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and the owner of Serenity Wellness With Samantha. Her practice specializes in helping the women of Gen Y heal themselves naturally and permanently without drugs, dieting or deprivation. Follow Samantha on twitter at @CoachSamanthaB.

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