“A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse.”
I have made a lot of excuses for myself in the past. Excuses for my behavior, excuses for my actions or inactions, excuses for my weight, excuses for my lack of fitness, excuses for not getting out and taking photos like I want to…
When I ran across the quote at the top of this post I thought about my life and the excuses I’ve made for not achieving my “wants”.
I want to lose weight, but it’s too hard to give up the things I like to eat.
I want to be healthier, but I hate to walk in the Arizona heat (or the Colorado cold, or the Wyoming winters)
I wish I had a college degree, but I didn’t know how to pay for it so I got married at 18 and had kids soon afterwards. And even now that I’m an adult, it costs a lot of money to go to school! But I sure wish I had that degree.
I would exercise more if I had a gym membership, but they’re so expensive!
I would take a picture of that _____________ but I forgot to bring my camera!!
I wish I had read that book, but I just didn’t have time.
And the list goes on and on…
I think it’s time I quit making excuses and start doing the things I want to do.
I think it’s time for me to stop whining about what I miss out on eating and enjoy what I can eat that is good for me and still tastes good. So what if I can’t have ice cream, candy or a whole bag of chips every day! I can have seafood, fruit and an occasional treat. I can eat salads and learn creative ways to make them interesting and fun. I can learn new ways to prepare chicken and lean beef. I can eat more asparagus (I LOVE asparagus) and plums.
I just got a e-gift card to Amazon from my stepsons and their mom (Thanks T!) and instead of buying books (I’m so addicted to books!) I bought an exercise ball and some exercise bands and tubes for creating a comfortable, yet inexpensive, workout routine in my home. I also have a new book (just had to have this one) called Pain Free by Pete Egoscue and have been checking out his method of living pain free. I’ve heard really good things about this book and the Egoscue Method and, having read the first three chapters, I think it sounds doable. I hope to try this consistently for a few months and let you know how I feel about it then!
I think I’m also going to sign up for at least one class at the community college. Maybe it isn’t a degree, but learning doesn’t have to stop just because I’m not in a degree program right now. There are many things I’m interested in and I’ve always LOVED school! The tuition at the community college level in Arizona is way cheap, so I have no excuses for not signing up. There’s one class on Web Page Development that sounds interesting and an Introduction to Psychology class that I think I would enjoy. I’m also interested in taking a photography class or a Photoshop class. So we’ll see what happens.
I am going to compose a list of books that I currently own, but haven’t read, and then read them and write a short review on each one, possibly on a new page on my blog. I love to read, and keep buying books at yard sales and on eBay and at book stores and at Costco…..you get the idea. But I haven’t read half the books I own! So I’m going to quit making excuses for not reading them and just do it!
Okay, so I’ll probably make more excuses from time to time. But at least I’m starting to recognize an excuse and am willing to take action to turn the excuse into an action.
I’m on the right track now!