I belong to a fitness club. It’s right next to my office. When I say “right next” I don’t mean “right next door,” I mean it’s in the same building as my office. When I enter the offices, I have to walk right past their front door. And yet, for most of this past year, I still couldn’t get there. I was always too busy, my schedule wouldn’t allow it, or some other excuse always came to mind.
Here are some of my favorite excuses I’ve made:
- Surely walking to the convenience store (past the door to the gym) for a Coke is exercise enough.
- It takes too long to get there. (Did I mention it’s right next to my office?)
- Exercise is boring. (Yes, I’d rather not spend 30 minutes on an elliptical machine or treadmill with a television or a book right in front of me)
- I just don’t want to move today.
- I only have an hour lunch. There’s no way I could bring my lunch and still have time to work out (I don’t even have to go outside.)
More than likely, my excuses are (and I quote Jim Gaffigan), “Today I can’t exercise because I don’t wanna and tomorrow I’m not going to be interested.”
I’ve had enough of my own sorry excuses. I’m tired of waiting for motivation. I’m tired of carrying around more weight than necessary.
I’m pretty imaginative and I’m sure I could continue creating excuses, but I’m not going to do that anymore.
I’m working out today.