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CAN A MONKEY EXERCISE? WHY CAN’T YOU? EXCUSES!!!

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No more excuses: Stop being a baby about your health

 

 

'Statistically, drooling is only cute for the first six months. After that we'll have to start screaming in public to get any kind of attention.'

 

I was in the mall one day getting a pedicure, relaxing and trying to wind down from my crazy week. Usually, I try to get at least one massage a week and a pedicure twice a month to pamper myself. As I was sitting there enjoying the soothing foot massage, I couldn’t help but hear a screaming child across from the nail salon.

 

There was a lady in her mid-thirties pushing a stroller and carrying another screaming child about four years old under one arm. She was trying to walk away from a vending machine that had snacks and sodas in it. I could hear her four-year-old boy screaming and kicking her while saying he wanted the soda. Even though the mother kept telling him no, this tough little kid refused to let up. He somehow kicked his mother hard enough in the leg to break free from her Bruce Lee grip. He ran like a mad man all the way back to the vending machine with tears rolling down his face. He kept pointing at the machine and yelling, “Please, mommy!” The mother was losing her patience slowly, and I could see this interaction escalating.  She kept repeating herself by saying no over and over again. She kept telling him it wasn’t good for him and began to walk away leaving him standing there all by himself. When he finally realized he wasn’t getting his sugar fix, he had no choice but to follow his mother home. 

 

After I witnessed that entertaining little episode, I began to think about how similar a lot of people are today with their food addictions and the quality of their health. Do you know what I’m talking about? You can go to any Walmart, mall, or football game in America today and take notice that most people are at least 30 to 50 pounds overweight. Most suffer from digestive issues, depression and bad posture. It’s very easy to observe this if you’re in a healthy condition yourself. I’ve been working in the health and wellness industry for more than 20 years now. I can tell you that I’ve heard every excuse under the sun why someone can’t, or won’t, make better lifestyle choices.

 

I’ve witnessed clients who hold Ph.D.’s and some who are extremely well off financially, that display complete ignorance and laziness when it comes to eating clean food and exercising. There’s also a large amount of people who actually believe there’s nothing unhealthy about them while they take blood pressure and acid reflux medication at 29 years old. Conventional medicine today and the doctors that support unnatural ways of being healthy are all either oblivious, unattached to their patients true well-being, or just don’t care. Sometimes I can become disheartened because I love people and I know the road they’re going down. They’re not yielding to all the warning signs that are right in front of their faces. They’re sort of acting like the kid in the mall who just wanted that soda and didn’t care what his mom said.

 

Some people can be complete babies about their health. Are you being a baby? Before I started writing this post, I made a list of the funniest excuses that I’ve heard of why some people don’t have the time to exercise, eat better food and who also believe they’re not overweight, even though they appear 30 pounds heavier than what they should be. 

 

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Excuses to staying unhealthy

 

  • I’m 70 pounds overweight because I had two kids, 20 years ago.
  • I don’t understand why my back hurts when I walk from my car to my office building every day. (Female who’s 50 pounds overweight and 30 years old.)

  • I don’t have time to make healthy meals, I will usually just buy Lean Cuisines. I can’t understand why I have high blood pressure. (Someone with a master’s degree.)

  • I’m part of a running club and we run five days a week. We usually will stop and have a few beers after. I keep trying to run to lose my gut that I can’t seem to get rid of. (35 year old male with a Ph.D.)

  • Organic food is way too expensive. I can’t see spending any more money on food. Did you see my new Porsche? (Overweight, 45-year-old male).

  • I’ve suffered from a lot of joint pain and the doctors have diagnosed me with arthritis. I take medication and it’s still not working. Do you think if I actually walk it might help? (Too many people to list on this statement.)

  • I actually did try walking this week and can you believe my back pain went away? I can’t believe if I walk I feel better. (This is a very common comment.)

  • My parents were overweight, my Grandparents were obese … so I will be too. It’s genetic –I can’t fight it. (A lot of people believe this.)

  • I’m getting a divorce. It’s time for me to start taking care of myself. (This one I have to chuckle every time I hear it.)

  • You want me to actually eat fresh food every day? (Really, this one just gets under my skin.)

  • I only drink a few drinks every single weekend. I don’t understand why I can’t lose weight. I seem to feel depressed a lot too. (Yup, they say it a lot).

  • It’s so much easier for me to take the kids to McDonald’s to get what they want when I have a busy week. Oh by the way, I’m taking my child to see the doctor because he’s been having food allergies. (I want to adopt other people’s kids when I hear this.)

  • I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I still drink wine every night – what’s wrong with that? (This one makes me mad because I love my clients and seeing them pass away is very hard.)

  • I have colon cancer and the doctors tell me there’s nothing as far as nutrition that I can really do. (Yes, this is a real kicker hearing that one.)

  • You’re telling me that going out to dinner is unhealthy? (A lot of people think restaurants make their health a priority.)

  • I will start eating healthy when the New Year begins. Gosh, I have no energy to do anything.

  • I’m fat already so what’s another five pounds.

  • Life’s too short, we should eat what we want.

  • The gym is too far from my house.

  • My husband makes me eat a lot of food.

 

It’s true, I hear all of these often. I could probably list pages of excuses, but I think you get my point. Some of them sound undeniably crazy. There are a lot of people that do want to change their health and their habits. When they educate themselves and really begin to be honest about how they feel on the inside, they can begin to see change and move forward. For some people, they have to hit rock bottom with their health and weight, and others sadly never change.

 

However, the ones that I’ve worked with over the years that stayed committed and motivated look back at their lives and see what distractions were taking them away from reaching their best. When you feel at your best, you enjoy life and you’re able to serve your family with complete joy. Take a moment and make a list of distractions in your life that are taking you away from being healthy. Is it the food at work, are you working too many hours, are you going out to eat too much, are you around people who are toxic? Everyone can always do better. I know it’s easy to make excuses, but stop being a baby! Get going! Get motivated! No more waiting! Just do it! God gave us all one life and one body to use. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Life can restart for you and get better as you age. I say this with love and respect to all of you.

Jaime Arto

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With more than 24 years of diverse experience in the health and wellness industry, Jaime has
dedicated her life to caring for and enabling people to increase their overall wellness.

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