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By Lisa Shaker-Knopp (
If you’re sick and tired of being overweight but continue to excuse yourself with the same old reasons, it’s time to realize that excuses keep you stuck where you are and cause you to believe that you lack control. And even though old habits are hard to break, if you’ve been making excuse after excuse about why you can’t shed the weight or stick to your plan, it’s time to recognize that you can do something about it and take action to get control! 
As a health coach who speaks to over 100 clients a week, it is amazing how many excuses I hear out of my clients. It is interesting to note the ones who are all in, and the ones who continue to make excuses week after week. 
One of the keys is to first identify the culprits. What is getting in your way of being successful? Sometimes excuses are just a way to sweep the real causes under the carpet. But, there are some triggers that can lead to your lack of will power, and therefore lead to excuses to cheat. Here are a few I hear often:
  • Watching a lot of TV, which leads to mindless snacking. 
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol, which are empty calories. 
  • Eating take-out, or going to fast food restaurants more than once a week. 
  • A diet high in processed foods. 
  • Surrounding yourself with people who stress you out, or food pushers.
Many of us use “time” as an excuse not to stick to our protocol. We are all so harried and busy, we let our time control us, instead of us controlling our time. Make a resolution to stop using your lifestyle as a reason for your weight gain and instead find ways to integrate weight loss into your jam-packed schedule.  Make a decision to re-prioritize your lifestyle to help you start losing the weight. If you’re tired of hearing yourself say that you’re “too busy” to lose weight, you have to change what you are doing. Maybe less time on social media, or get up a half and hour early? Make time on Saturday or Sunday to prepare meals and snacks for the rest of the week. Then you will have grab and go food that is healthy and keeps you on track. Don’t complain, own your time and get it done. You have to become a priority in your life, especially if your health is at risk. 
STOP excusing yourself with “just this once” lines. If you want to lose your weight, you must take action and put yourself at the top of the list, not only when it’s convenient or easy. “Just this once” soon adds up to “just too many times” and you’ve excused yourself for bad eating habits, and then those habits become the rule rather than the exception. Change your words, and your behaviors. 

And, stop saying “I can’t”. 

“I can’t lose weight because I’m too tired.” Maybe because you have a diet too high is refined sugars?  
“I can’t lose weight because I love to eat, and I’m a foodie.” If you see weight loss as a punishment, and that eating a healthy diet will be boring, this is an unfortunate excuse; getting increased energy and fitting into your clothes is so much fun, and so rewarding. 
“I can’t lose weight. I hate being deprived!” “I’ll just be fat and happy.”   Lifestyle dieting is not about deprivation; it’s about managing food to have a happy and healthy life and it can taste great and be very satiating. 
“I can’t lose weight. I have tried many times and it always comes back.” Sadly, most diets do fail because they don’t teach people a maintenance plan and clients don’t make lifestyle changes. Fad diets will never work for the long haul. 
What’s important is to start slowly, and find fun ways to lose weight. Have fun in the kitchen or take cooking classes. Use the site to help you with new recipes and tips and tricks. 
Also, focus on making lifestyle changes rather than being on a “diet” for the rest of your life. That gets old and will lead to failure. 
Lastly, plan ahead. Making weekly menus will help you stay on track and save money. 
Don’t forget to plan one meal out, if you can, but choose the right type of restaurant that will meet your dietary needs. Try to stay away from the fast food joints. 
Stop the excuses, and take control of YOU! 


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