I'm reminded every day of the power of the excuse.
It's a powerful thing we allow ourselves, but it makes us weak.
Weak in our bodies and in our minds. Excuses are the nails that build houses of failure. Too harsh? Too bad. Allow me to share with you a litany of excuses I hear, pretty regularly... E: "I can't make it today, I need to do (you fill in the blank)." A: Make time for exercise in your day. If you committed to an appointment, get there. Manage your time better.
E: "I just didn't want to get up." A: Seriously? Get up. Get to bed early enough to get up. Manage your time better.
E: "I'm to busy." A: So am I. Get it in anyway. You'd be surprised how much time you waste throughout your day. Watch T.V.? You can exercise then. Making lunches for the kiddos? You can stand on one foot, or do leg lifts. What about short burst exercise...1 set of push ups after a bathroom break? Come on, you can do better than that...
E: "I'm too tired." A: You will have more energy if you work out. Not to mention, less health issues.
E: "It's too hard." A: Walking is easy, and it's exercise.
E: "I can't afford it." A: Exercise is free. Just move.
E: "It's not working." A: What are you actually doing? How often do you work out? What are you eating? Usually this one is easy to poke holes in. If you're doing the right things, you get the right results.
E: "I'm too fat." A: Right. So was I, but you know what? I did it anyway, and so can you. Who needs to exercise more than those carrying too much fat?
E: "I hate sweating." A: Sweat is fat crying. Nuff said.
E: "It's too hot." "Its too cold." A: Temperatures will change, but your body's need for exercise will not. Adapt by adding or subtracting clothing. You'd be surprised what the right gear can do for you.
E: "I don't know what to do." A: Ahhhh, I can help you with that: give me a call! 414-630-1448; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
Be the former. Drop the excuses and MOVE! Start today with the following mini workout:
12 squats 12 jumping jacks 12 mountain climbers 12 lunges 12 pushups (you can modify to the knees, or wall) Repeat 1-3 times.
For me, nothing feels better than a bit of boxing/kickboxing training, especially with a partner...It's just fun! You can get out your frustrations, aggression, and channel your energy. You finish feeling refreshed and spent at the same time.
Try it: Put on some gloves (we have some here), go to the heavy bag in the back of the fitness center, and punch. 1. jab--it comes from the side that's in front. Left leg forward, right foot back, punch straight (straight wrists) at chin height with the left arm. Do 20. 2. cross--it comes from the back arm. Same stance, punch straight at chin height with the right arm (your left leg still in front). Do 20
3. jab/cross combo--left punch, right punch, left foot in front. Do 20 combos.
Repeat all on the other side.
Pat Mozersky's Chefs' Secrets column is a reader favorite, thanks to the great restaurant recipes she persuades owners to share. She praised this healthful salad from Green Vegetarian Cuisine co-owners Mike and Chris Behrend on various fronts: It shows off kale's pungent, peppery flavor, its hot dressing “makes up in no time” and the salad's sturdy greens hold up well enough that you can enjoy any leftovers the next day.
Makes 16 cups
2 bunches kale
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce (see Note)
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
Instructions: Wash the kale in cold water, pat dry, and with a sharp knife, trim off the tough portions of the stems and discard them. Chop the kale into bite-size pieces and place in a large salad bowl; set aside.
For Dressing: Combine vinegar, oil, brown sugar, garlic, Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce and red pepper flakes in a sauté pan. (I used a bit less red pepper flakes than called for, but add it according to your taste.) Simmer the mixture over moderate heat for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat and immediately pour the hot mixture over the kale; mix well to thoroughly coat all of the leaves with Dressing. Allow kale to sit for 10 minutes or more before serving.
Note: Bragg Liquid Aminos is a liquid form of vegetable protein made from soy beans and purified water. It provides 16 essential amino acids and is produced without additional salt or preservatives. You can find it at Whole Foods.
Per (1-Cup) serving: 80 calories (40.7 percent calories from fat), 4 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 2 g protein.