I always hate when I say that “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have enough time” or “I’m too tired” because of the reason why I can’t work out or do something else… it always feels like I’m just giving an excuse, and that there’s always time.
After all, isn’t that what all the motivational quotes tell us?
“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
“Success is what comes after you stop making excuses.”
“Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.”
So yes, we are trained to believe that if we can’t get our workout or [other top priority] in, it’s because we have a slew of excuses and we should’ve just tried harder.
I don’t agree.
Sometimes, there just isn’t the time. There just isn’t the energy to get a solid workout in.
The hard thing is defining when you don’t have the time or the energy, and separating it from when you are making an excuse. How do you even know?
I’ve learned that there are a few things that trigger my mind to know that it’s not an excuse, and it’s time for a break:
- When I can’t get out of bed. I am awful at waking up in the morning usually, but I know that I need a break from my morning workout when I sleep through six alarms and just really cannot get myself going in the morning. This often tells me that I’m burnt out and need that break.
- When I fall asleep on the couch at 8 p.m. One night last week, I felt so worn out and tired that I ended up falling asleep on my couch (laptop on my lap, mid type) at 8 p.m., went to bed early and still felt like garbage when I woke up in the morning. That’s generally a sign that I need to take it easy…
- When the idea of running makes me cringe. Usually I love to run… and usually, it’s a #RunHappy run! But sometimes, I just cringe at the thought of doing it. This is not an excuse, this means I need a break.
- When the idea of doing it makes me feel stressed out. Sometimes, life gets so crazy busy that the idea of taking “just 30 minutes” feels like it would make things harder, not easier. In these moments, I tell myself that running will be there tomorrow and focus on hitting the deadlines in front of me.
The thing that makes this the hardest is that this is different for everyone… my overtraining, burnt out triggers may be what means you are making excuses for you. But, over the years, I’ve tried to figure out what these are because I think it makes a huge difference to train when you’re enjoying it.
(Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be complaining about marathon training in a few weeks, but at the heart of it, I know I love going for a big goal.)
How do you get past the feeling of “making excuses”?
How can you differentiate between making excuses and overtraining?
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