Life Lessons

The Excuse Onion


If you’ve arrived from the Hustle Facebook Page, welcome to my blog! I’ve decided to be brave, honest and vulnerable on my blog with my Hustle of losing weight 🙂 Hope it encourages you as much as it commits me to my goal!

Excuses are like onions, I’ve decided. Why? They both have layers and layers. You peel off one layer and there is another layer of onion or another excuses. And they sometimes both make you cry.

This month I joined the 30 Day Hustle Challenge with Jon Acuff. I need to lose some weight, and hit a wall last year with it. There was always something going on that meant I couldn’t start that day, or the next. Problem is, I’ve probably spent last year and most of the first 23 days of this 30 day Hustle rationalising justifying why I hadn’t quite kicked the diet into gear.

The moment I go to start or reach the end of the day having achieved zilch the excuses attack!

It’s hard when you’re busy with young children and not having much time to yourself.

– It’s not often we have special morning teas at work or get to go out for dinner so might as well enjoy it

– It’s been a busy day and I don’t have any dinner prepared

– I don’t have time to go for a walk

– I’m tired and have no willpower left

It’s been a hard day

I’ve spent the last 23 days peeling away the layers of excuses as to why I can’t lose weight. Today though, I’ve said enough! The thing about the onion is that the real tender, sweet part is in the heart of the onion. You have to peel back the layers of protection to find it. It’s the same for me – I’ve had to peel back the layers of excuses to get to the heart of the matter – to understand why I’m layering up with the excuses. Except though, I peeled off layer and layer of excuses and found the inside empty – no excuses left, no reason to not lose weight, except for laziness or that I don’t really want to. And really that turns out to be an excuse too. At the end of the day, since I had my last baby, I’ve been wanting to lose the weight I’d gained.

So I’m hitting myself with some good truths to counter the excuses (and making sure the pantry is not as well stocked!) . Here’s some of my picks:

I can have the pain of discipline today or the pain of regret tomorrow

Giving up something now for something better late is not a sacrifice. It is an investment

The first step to getting somewhere is to decide you’re not staying where you are

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t you’ll find an excuse

The price for your future is paid by what you do in the present

I may not be there yet but I’m closer than I was yesterday

So I figure, sometimes you just have to do it. Do it tough. Do it afraid. Do it now. Peel those layers!

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