No excuses.

As I was driving home from work last night, thoughts started creepin’ into my head.

wwaaahhh… I don’t want to work out.
booo… I just want to go home.
blah… I should just not work out today.
waaahh… I worked out yesterday so I can skip today.

Even despite my EUREKA! post last week, I still talked myself out of working out yesterday. Even though I had my workout bag on the seat next to me, I still talked myself out of working out yesterday. Even though I told Carlos I would be home after the gym, I still talked myself out of working out yesterday.

I got home and Carlos said “Oh, I thought you were going to the gym.” I loudly flipped through the mail, ripping open junk mail like it was something important. “I decided I’m not going today” I replied as if I was too busy for anything more of a substantial answer.

As I flipped through the mail junk junk junk junk bill junk bill junk, I came upon a white blank envelope addressed to me. I ripped it open, distracting myself from the conversation with Carlos and found myself face to face with a slap.

There I was, holding a letter from a fellow blog friend. Not a BFF friend but one who I can call on and without even having to explain myself, they’d help. What I was holding was something I needed to hear. Something I had been too weak to tell myself.

I was holding a piece of paper that said…


I threw the paper down and very loudly screamed “&#*@(!!!” Carlos looked up from the computer he had turned his attention to and asked what was wrong. I spun around and said ” &*#(! Now I have to work out!” and threw the piece of paper on the counter. I stomped my way upstairs with Iggy following close behind because he is such a nosey dog. I changed in to a shirt to remind me why I’m doing this, why I fight through a lazy mood.

 Forced smile, pre-workout.I’m a PriorFatGirl. What are you?

45 minutes later, I jumped in the car 1,000% sweatified and feeling proud I had got off my tush and worked out. I smiled at myself because the random but very appropriately timed letter was, in my mind, a sign. A sign that our environment, and the people we surround ourselves with is so vital to our healthiness journey. While it is possible to be healthy despite an unhealthy environment, it is much easier to fight the fight when others can help pick you up when you are too weak to fight alone.

 Post workout smile!

I got home and made dinner – steak with some mixed veggies all done up to satisfied a red-meat craving I’d been happening. As I was doing dishes, Carlos suggested we catch up on last weeks 2nd episode of Hells Kitchen. I really don’t know why he would ask such a thing…

Would I turn down an opportunity to curling up next to Carlos & watching Chef Ramsey scream over burnt risotto?

My day today will include a run after work because I’m worth it. I deserve it. I owe it to myself.

 No excuses.


  1. Great post.. I need to stop making excuses and just do it..

  2. Go Jen! 🙂

  3. Thank you for this! I did not work out yesterday making up excuses for myself. This morning i woke up saying no I am not going to go on my Power Walk I am too tired. Now I know I have to do it!

  4. Wow, what a reminder. Isn’t it great to have friends who think about us and boost us along like that?

  5. Phew. When you tweeted yesterday about the mail, I thought someone sent you a rude comment in the mail. I am very glad to hear it was just motivation. I sure could use some! 🙂

  6. I read your posts most mornings. You are an inspiration EVERY day. I finally got out of bed at 5am and walked 5 miles. No Excuses! 🙂

  7. A friend of mine got to hear Jesse (a former Biggest Loser contestant) speak at her place of work and the biggest thing she took away from it was that he said no one ever regrets working out. You will feel guilty and upset about skipping your workout, but you’ll never leave the gym and feeling regret about working out!

    Yesterday I kept repeating that to myself as I got dressed at the gym!

  8. Just what we ALL need every now and then. And love Angie N’s comment above about Jesse’s words…we never regret working out. 🙂

  9. I was going to blow off the gym this morning because I have a busy day ahead of me, but then I read your post and I got up and went! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I was just thinking about the same thing. I always make a thousand excuses not to work out and I need to stop. I went to a great fitness class today so I was proud of myself.

  11. Heather says:

    When I got home from work today, I was tired, I was hungry, and I just plain didn’t want to work out. I always check my blogs as a post-work relaxer, and there was your post reminding me there are NO EXCUSES on this journey to get and stay fit. So I got off my a** and started running. Not only do I feel AWESOME and accomplished, I also made a personal running goal. THANK YOU for holding me accountable!

  12. This post is the reason I worked out today! Thanks for the boost Jen!

  13. 🙂 That’s a Prior Fat Girl!!!

  14. Thank you!!! I just started my weight loss journey and your post was inspirational. I need to stop making excuses, it is just so hard getting started and sticking to it.

  15. That’s wonderful. Goodness knows I could have used a letter like that in the past 3 weeks … then I wouldn’t be 5lbs heavier! Glad you got some well-timed support! Keep up the good work!

  16. Way to GO Jen!! Man, I need a letter in the mail like that! ROCK!

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