To make improvements in your life it is important to first recognize your weaknesses. Certain character traits just seem to be built into us. It may be possible to ignore problems for awhile but eventually our hardwired flaws catch up with us. One thing I’ve been taking more notice of lately is that when I am faced with any situation that deviates from my normal routine, my instinct is to make an excuse to eat.
After indulging quite a bit over the holidays, Daniel and I got back into our normal healthier routine in the new year. But last week when I heard there was a snow storm approaching my first thought was, “We better go stock up on snow day snacks!” The news that frozen water vapor would be falling from the sky some time in the near future was enough for me to completely forget about my health goals. In my “excuse brain” this line of thinking made perfect sense.
If you look hard enough (and believe me, I have) you can always find an excuse…a friend’s birthday, a long weekend, an invitation to dinner, a new flavor of Oreos, a stressful day, good news, bad news…Arbor Day. You can always use some twisted logic to find a reason to eat. But if you can recognize your tendency to do this, it will be easier to avoid.
Next time you find yourself making an excuse to do something contrary to the goals you’ve set for yourself—even if it seems like a good reason—take a breath and really think about it. Is it a good decision or is it “excuse brain” taking over?
What are some of your triggers for making excuses? What is the silliest excuse you have used to break from your healthy living goals?