5 Excuses That Will Hold You Back From Losing Weight in 2021Dec 28, 2020
I wanted to create a special podcast talking about health and weight loss goals in the New Year. How many times in your life have you made a goal to lose weight? When I was in high school, my best friend Mikaela and I would run each day after school. It’s how we became so close and some of my most cherished memories with her.
In the winter we’d go running on the treadmills together at our local Rec Center. We’d get so annoyed after the first of the year because there would be a huge influx of people on “our” treadmills. We’d just joke and say well they will be gone in a month so we’ll just have to deal with the wait for equipment for a month.
And we were always right. Inevitably, most of those newbies would lose motivation and fizzle out and we’d have our beloved uncrowded Rec Center back.
Can you imagine how your life would be different if you actually stuck to your New Year resolution to get healthy? What physical and mental problems would go away? Could you be on fewer medications at the end of 2021 than the start of it? Could you fit into the pants that have been in your closet, waiting to be worn again? Could you have the confidence to get out and about with friends and loved ones again when the COVID restrictions lift?
Imagine going back to Church, or work, or at a gathering and having people tell you how great you’re looking? What kind of confidence would you like to have in your appearance, and more importantly, in your ability to keep promises you make to yourself?
Imagine how you could show up for your family differently if you were healthy. Do you want more energy to play with your kids or grandkids? Do you want less joint pain and more stamina to be able to go on that vacation that you had to put off because of COVID? Do you want to just be well and feel well? I hear that one a lot.
Let me tell you, as a child of parents in their 60s, I don’t want to worry about them. Selfishly, I want them to stay as healthy as they can for as long as they can because I want my children to know them. My mom and mother-in-law have been a Godsend during COVID as my consistent childcare providers. But they are only able to do that because they are healthy enough to do-so.
That’s really what I’m here to help you do. Get healthy. It’s not just about a number on a scale, or a pair of pants. It’s about the energy and freedom you have as a healthier version of yourself. My friends, this is 100% within your control.
But you have to recognize these 5 excuses I’m going to cover today and confront them head-on. Here’s a quick overview of the 5 excuses, see if you can resonate with any or all of them. I know I can! I’ve had to overcome all of these excuses in some way, shape, or form on my own weight loss journey.
The 5 excuses are: I don’t have the time, I don’t have the tech skills, I’ve tried everything and nothing works for me, I can’t ever follow-through, and I can do this on my own. Let’s dissect each of these excuses a bit more.
Excuse #1: I don’t have the time.
First off, this is a bunch of B.S. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. It’s likely not that you don’t have enough time, it’s that you don’t have enough boundaries around your time. There’s a difference.
Your health is one of the BEST things you can invest your time in, because health creates energy, and energy creates time. If you had more energy, you could make more with the time you have.
Often, we really just don’t care enough to do something and we use the lowest hanging excuse our brains can find. I don’t have time. If you care enough about something you will make the time.
If you had an hour extra each day, what would you do with that time?
How are you wasting 1 hour a day? Do a time audit and see how much time you waste scrolling social media. Do you have a 30-minute commute? Can you learn during your drive time? How many times a day do you check email? There’s a time cost for getting out of focus and back into focus for each interruption. How could you put boundaries around when you’re checking email and available via phone so you can put an hour of intentional time towards your health each day.
Excuse #2: I don’t have the tech skills.
If you can login to your email, you can take my program. I do recommend that you track your food using a phone application that’s very user friendly. I’ve had people almost 80 years old track their food.
If you care enough to learn about what you’re eating, you’ll figure it out. It’s not that hard and I have step-by-step how-to videos inside my program to walk you through it.
I also have a robust step-by-step onboarding video that teaches you exactly how to get the most out of my program, including how to download the phone app version of my course so you can listen easily on the go.
Excuse #3: I’ve tried everything and nothing works for me. Why would your program be any different?
99% of the diet programs available are based on the calories in, calories out model for weight gain which has been proven wrong in the research. It’s insulin, not calories, that drives weight gain. So, if you’ve tried “everything” you likely mean that you’ve tried every diet plan available that’s based on flawed theory in the first place.
You know how weight watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Optavia, and so many more weight loss programs make money? By selling you processed, sugar and artificial sweetener loaded food that raises insulin. Then they encouraged you to eat 5-6 times a day so you keep coming back and buying more food. That’s absurd. I teach you how to eat more real food, while eating less often using intermittent fasting. This allows your insulin to come down. The result is fewer food cravings and steady sustainable weight loss.
I don’t teach you a new diet. I teach you to have a diet. I teach you what your body needs for a strong nutritional baseline, and how to include exception meals or days for structured flexibility so you don’t feel restricted.
Excuse #4: I can’t ever follow-through.
I’ve never been able to stick to a diet. Why would I invest in something when I don’t believe in myself enough to follow-through? There’s a reason Module 1 in my program is called The Follow-Through Formula. And there’s a reason the first Masterclass you have access to is called Mastering Your Habits.
I completely understand that knowing what to do to lose weight is NOT enough. That’s why I provided you with the best training on how to turn that knowledge into consistent, persistent action so you actually get results. As a geriatric physical therapist, my ultimate goal is to help you age well and prevent injury and disease. But I know that only happens when you lose weight AND keep it off.
Along with the training, I also have weekly office hours and an online community for extra troubleshooting, support, and accountability. When we are accountable for something, it’s much more likely to get done.
One more thing, often when you’re struggling with follow-through, it’s because you’re doing something that you know isn’t sustainable in the first place. There’s a cognitive dissonance that happens and you subconsciously sabotage your efforts. A big part of follow-through is identifying small habits you can change versus going for the complete lifestyle overhaul you know isn’t ever going to stick.
Excuse #5: I can do this on my own.
This one is my favorite! I’ve always liked the quote that the thoughts that got you where you are today, won’t get you where you want to go. If you were able to lose weight on your own, wouldn’t you have done it by now? Trust me, I get it. I’m so darn independent and stubborn. Here’s the analogy I like to use. Let’s pretend you’re in New York and you want to drive across the country to San Francisco. Now, you can take a lot more time, energy, frustration, and money driving three without a map.
There’s going to be lots of wrong turns, inefficient roads, and dead ends. You’ll end up so frustrated with yourself and wish you had a roadmap. Heck, you might get so frustrated that you just settle for a different destination, and come to believe that you just can’t get to San Francisco.
That’s like trying to lose weight without a roadmap or support. You’re in the driver’s seat and a roadmap to sustainable weight loss exists inside my program, Weight Loss for Health. You can save yourself LOADS of time, energy, and frustration by investing in my program and getting this proven roadmap, or you can take a couple of years doing the research like I did. I promise you, there is no more comprehensive approach to weight loss than my program. I’ve designed it with both the science behind weight loss and habit change to give you the best chance possible at efficient, sustainable weight loss.
Past failure doesn’t limit future success. Your body is not broken. You can learn to lose weight and keep it off. I’m here to help you. I’m your biggest cheerleader and coach. Once you’re in my program, you’re in for life because I know this is a lifetime journey.
The secret about sustainable weight loss is that you never arrive at a magic goal number. You’re always on the journey of maintenance. And I want to be on that journey with you. To join today, go to www.weightlossforhealth.com/join. To get my favorite masterclass about how to lower your insulin resistance and inflammation for free, go to www.weightlossforhealth.com/masterclass.