We have the tendency to work through our problems, negative qualities, and weaknesses. Think about this for a second, have you ever found yourself in a situation where your conscious is thoroughly going down a mental checklist of bad vs. good and your resulting action is carried out because YOU think it’s acceptable?
In other words, we make excuses, take it a step farther and think the excuse itself is understandable. We become satisfied with not only the excuse, but also the action associated with the excuse. It’s as if we can live with our bad habits. It’s as if these bad habits aren’t detrimental. But in retrospect, they are defacing our character.
Trying to deceive ourselves. Not accepting reality. Discrediting conviction. We’re all guilty of this, aren’t we? “No, it cannot be. This couldn’t happen to me of all people.” As I said before, these psychological games we play with ourselves are a Catch-22 situation, an endless loop of problems turning into excuses, excuses turning into problems.
In relation to exercising and a healthy diet, straying away from such things like: waking up for an early morning run, eating a healthy, protein filled breakfast, or practicing healthy food selections when eating out, will be a domino effect. It’s so easy to hit the snooze button early in the morning. And what’s always going through our mind at the time the alarm goes off? “I’m so tired, I can just sleep instead of running or working out.” We’ve all been there.
We explain away our problems, so blamelessly and comfortably. And it’s not until we’ve put on weight or experience a health issue we become conscious these small actions and habits are detrimental to accomplishing our goals.