I’ve been thinking a lot about the saying “no excuses” in terms if health and fitness, and the more I think about it, the more I feel like I need to share my opinion in it. I personally believe everyone should be concerned about their health, no matter their size, however, I think there are lots of legitimate excuses as to why people struggle with eating healthy, exercising, etc. Some people lack the knowledge about where to start, some lack the money and resources, and many lack the time. I often feel like “fitspo” challenging people about what their excuse is, isn’t motivating, but is actually insulting and demeaning. But instead of going way into that, let me share my personal feelings. After my daughter was born, my husband immediately left to do training with the military. That was a really tough time for me on a lot of levels. And then came the post-baby body thoughts. Did I want my old body back? Yes. But I made the decision to focus my time and energy on nursing, and snuggling my newborn. I continued this philosophy of putting the baby before my body, up until after my daughter had turned 1 ( and even still, she is my top priority, obviously) I, of course ate fairly clean, and did moderate exercise a few times a week, but my absolute focus was not on getting my body back in shape. And that’s okay! And it’s also absolutely okay if that’s what your focus is! What I’m trying to say is, it’s okay to make “excuses”. You don’t need to answer to anyone and you shouldn’t feel shamed by anyone if you don’t eat clean all the time, or if you don’t have flat abs. If you want to approach healthy living as a lifestyle, it’s got to be done in a more user friendly way (in my opinion). What I challenge you to do is make at least one health goal. Something you can start right now! Whether it be drinking 64oz of water a day, starting your day out with breakfast instead of skipping it, or going on a daily walk. Make one simple health goal, and just start! It’s not about no excuses, it’s about making small changes to improve your overall health. Phew! Okay, I’m done. *image found uncredited on tumblr*
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