It’s embarrassing when the little old ladies in my yoga class can do all the abs movements in yoga class….and I have to stop halfway through. I tell myself that I really should work on my abs…but I don’t.
Do you want to be healthier? Get more exercise? Lose weight? Get stronger abs? Then, why aren’t you? Listen in to the conversation you’re having with yourself…and the things you’re sharing with others. Chances are, those words are followed by the word, “BUT.”
“…but, I don’t have time.” “…but, I have bad genes.” “but I have bum knees.” What’s MY but? What’s my excuse for not having strong abs…when I pride myself on having a strong body? Oh, I’ve spun a good story that goes something like this, “I’ve always hated doing ab work so I never did. And, now they’re so weak that whenever I do anything, I end up using my back instead…and I’m worried about hurting my back.” Ha, good story!
If you really want to be healthier, then it’s time to confront your excuses, and find a workable solution. Because, most likely, the only thing getting in your way, is YOU.
How? Write out your story about all the reasons why you can’t do what you say you really want to do. And, then read it aloud…(that’s when I realized how ludicrous my excuse was).
Then, challenge your story by asking questions. Write down one question that begins with each of the following words: who, what, why, when where, how.
For example I asked myself, “WHO can help me get stronger abs?” “WHAT ab exercises could I do that wouldn’t hurt my back?” “WHY don’t I do something small everyday?” “WHEN could I work on my abs?” “WHERE can I get a good ab workout?” “HOW can I incorporate it into my day?”
And, here’s what I came up with. Holding a plank (that’s a push-up position) is difficult for me…but they don’t hurt my back. So, I’ve decided hold a plank for one minute after breakfast and one minute after lunch. Every day. And, because it’s just two minutes a day, I’ve found it easy to do…for one week so far :). I know…it’s only been a week. But, this is the first time in my life that I’ve ever committed to working on my abs.
So, let’s go back to what YOU say you want…but just don’t get around to doing. Write down your questions challenging your story. Read those questions aloud every morning and eventually you’ll discover your answer. Once you open your mind to look for solutions, I guarantee that someone will share their story, or you’ll read something online, or an answer will just pop into your brain.
What’s your old excuse? What’s your story? Confront it by asking questions. Then won’t you share with me what you’re going to do? Send an email to [email protected] And I’ll tell you if I’m still holding my planks.