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No Excuses? Why Not?

When Excuses Are Good


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Today is Day 25 - Listen Here

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While critics claim Maria Kang and Abby Pell are harming women, both say they are trying to inspire other mothers toward fitness by leading by example. No excuses is their mantra, which we discussed yesterday. But why all the hate for excuses? Sometimes you need an excuse...right?



If you’ll remember the Stages of Change Model by Prochaska and colleagues, it suggested that behavior change is a cycle that includes these stages:


The model also suggests that each behavior has a cycle, and a pattern of reliable responses to stimuli — and that Relapse is inevitable; it's just a matter of time. The trick then, is in lengthening your maintenance phases and shortening the time between relapse and action.


This perspective can help create a sense of compassion for your efforts. And since excuses are protective measures powered by fear, if we expect relapse and it accept it as part of a natural process, maybe it can make falling off the wagon less painful and make getting back on a lot easier.


In all reality, adhering to any behavior is a complicated brew of incentives and emotional memory. If we add everyone else’s demand on your time and the constant distraction of the tech age, one thing becomes clear: you need to be "excused" to attend to the self-care you need.


Excusing yourself for a moment can be the spark to a consistent workout. Start small and make every minute count. Do core exercises for eight minutes or walk for 5 minutes — if that’s all you have time or energy for. In this way your daily workouts can gain tremendous momentum.


See you tomorrow.

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