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Blame it on…

May 23, 2011
  • not having enough time
  • not having enough money
  • your commitments at work
  • your housework at home
  • your kids
  • your spouse or partner
  • eating out too much
  • being too social
  • not being social enough
  • not having a gym nearby
  • not liking the people at your gym
  • not being able to stop eating
  • not having enough energy
  • not being able to start until you finish X
  • not wanting to do it alone
  • not wanting to buy a scale
  • not wanting to weigh yourself
  • not wanting to say no
  • not wanting to cook
  • Mexico (if you’re George Strait)

All good reasons not to diet, right? Or to not eat right or to not get in shape or to not take care of yourself.

In my case, I used a few of those excuses and tried to blame it on Italy. After 8 years of living here, I started to say:

  • “There’s no gym culture here like there is in America.” (true)
  • “My gym opens too late for me to get a workout in before work.” (true)
  • “I’m too tired when I come home from work to workout.” (true)
  • (when my other gym was open early) “It takes too long to get there / I have to take public transportation.” (true)

There were all true, perhaps like one or more the first list of excuses might be true for you. None of these reasons were good enough, however, to run away from the fact that I was my own worst enemy.

Probably the most valid excuse I had was: “It just wasn’t important enough to me.

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