How to stop making bullshit excuses

May 1st, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  5 Comments

Ah, excuses. The dog ate my homework. The sun was in my eyes. My genes are out to get me. We have a million of ‘em. But what if you just set them aside — briefly — to accomplish something? (Then you can go back to them. Enjoy.) This is the premise behind Gym Junkies’ latest challenge: Shredded for Summer.

As Vic Magary writes:

It’s incredibly easy to get motivated to hit your new goal…only to crash and burn a few days later like a sugary energy drink. I put together plenty of motivational tips below, but before you dive in to those you MUST understand what it really takes to hit your goals.

Unlike most fitness gurus out there, I’m not here to lie to you and tell you “this is gonna be easy” or “just take these pills and you won’t need to workout”. I don’t have a magic bullet to sell to you (and neither does anyone else). Real results don’t come from miracle diets, infomercial ab machines or shady weight loss pills. They come from three basic things…

* A good nutrition program that is followed correctly (NO CHEATING!)
* A good training program that emphasizes intensity
* A relentless effort and dedication to your goal

I know that’s not “sexy” or what you probably want to hear, but it’s the TRUTH.

By being a “doer” instead of an excuse maker, you’re one of the few who actually is taking control of your life and paving your own path.  There’s an air of confidence that comes along with taking charge of your life instead of just being along for the ride.

What it boils down to is life is too short to settle for mediocrity.  Do you really want to go through the rest of your life wondering if you could have done better?  Do you really want to just put it on cruise control and coast to the finish line?  You have an obligation to be YOUR BEST SELF.  Do it for yourself, or for your wife, or for your kids, or for whoever means something to you in your life.  Stop making bullshit excuses and commit to 31 days of being your best self.

Hey, what have you got to lose, besides your excuses?


  1. Michaela says:

    May 1st, 2009at 8:12 am(#)

    So true.
    However, re: no cheating on the nutrition plan. How do you feel about cheat meals? I find that if I have a cheat meal, it turns into a cheat day…then a cheat weekend…. then I feel guilty and terrible.

    I’ve also plateaued in my weight loss, and know there are some plans that advocate a cheat day to ‘shock’ your system to get your metabolism going again. thoughts?

  2. Mistress Krista says:

    May 1st, 2009at 9:44 am(#)

    I don’t really like the terminology of “cheat” anything, because it implies some kind of moral “goodness” to the whole project. I prefer the term “refeed”, which is a deliberate strategy used to help reset the hormonal mechanisms that are involved in regulating hunger and appetite in situations of caloric deprivation. And you notice that you feel guilty and bad — again with the moral issue. But if you did a refeed improperly, you’d simply regard it as an incorrect application of a technique designed to get particular results. Typically a refeed should only be about 24 hours long and should be a slight increase in calories (around 14-16 times bodyweight for most women), not an excuse to go apeshit at the buffet.

    For more on plateaus I recommend reading:
    Also I recommend using Fitday:

  3. Rebecca Knight says:

    May 4th, 2009at 6:41 pm(#)

    I agree about the “cheating” terminology. I used to think of it that way and I’d be desperate to get there like “this is my only chance! NOM NOM NOM!”

    I find when I think of it like “I can have pizza, but in moderation,” on a weekend day, I’m less likely to go apeshit, as Krista puts it. LOL.

    Moderation for the win!

  4. Yo'Mumma says:

    May 7th, 2009at 9:43 am(#)

    On “cheating”, I’ve never found having a bit of coke or other “junk foods” to be particularly bad for me. I still seem to perform quite well and I get to have tasty tasty sugar!

    It seems that if I have an entire day of bad eating, however, my physical energy is drained. Indeed, on some of my worst “cheat days”, testing my cardio has shown that it is down to about 30% of what it is on a normal day.

    So, I prefer to have a small serve of sugar a day, than a day of sugar a week.

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    May 8th, 2009at 8:33 pm(#)

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