Monday, August 11, 2014

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

I recently sat a table in the lounge at work and listened to a couple of girls at another table discuss how they didn't have time to workout.  I KNOW working out is a lot easier for me than it is for them because I work 3 days a week, and they all work 4 or 5 days.  I also know that if a person really wants to work out time can be found.

It takes a little more time and planning when you have kids to find the time to workout, but I hate when people say they don't have time to workout.  I frequently come home from work and fit in 20 minutes of yoga, a HIIT workout, or occasionally a short run, although for the most part my runs are done on my days off and weekends. 
no excuses today, just getting it done!

On those days instead of wasting time trying to figure out what workout I will do I get out my notebook of workouts and pick one.  There are so many great free workouts out there.  I am going to share a couple of the ones I have tried.

1. her older workouts are still free on her site and Youtube and can all be found at also lists all of the workouts she did while still at which is awesome because it is a pain to find them on there now.

2. My little sister told me about Christine, and I knew she would be pretty cool since our names are so similar.  She is very similar to old workouts and I have enjoyed the workouts I have tried so far which is three

3 and 4. which is linked with DailyHiit but I have had a hard time with their in your face sexual imaging all the time and haven't followed them as much since Zuzana left, plus they use a lot of very expensive equipment and are constantly introducing new equipment which I find annoying.  I work out at home and want to keep it minimal. Great workouts though.

5. Fitness Blender I learned about from Becca and Heather, has tons of workouts, I have done a few and found them tough and a good workout.

 I listen to a lot of podcasts while running, cleaning house, gardening, when I can't sleep in the middle of the night etc.  I recently started listening to Runner Girls Podcast and I have to admit that at first I was a little annoyed by it.  There seemed to be constant excuses about why they only ran once last week, or couldn't run the full distance on the plan, to which I have to say:

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. ~Don Wilder and Bill Rechin

Don't make excuses — make good. ~Elbert Hubbard
 If you don't want to do something, one excuse is as good as another. ~Yiddish Proverb

 I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse. ~Florence Nightingale

 The trouble with always leaving yourself a way out is that you always take it. ~Robert Brault,
You get the idea, I could go on and on with those, BUT despite all the lame excuses, faulty opinion based advice, and poorly thought out topics I keep listening.  Mostly I want to hear how they do, I admit I am starting to enjoy listening to their running talk (when they aren't giving excuses).  I mostly listen to the first part.  I am thinking as they progress (I started with episode 1) the advice will get better.  They are very beginner so a lot of what they talk about is somewhere I haven't been in awhile. It is funny to hear them talk about 5 miles being a long run.

What is your favorite workout site?  Do share, I love finding new ones.
What is your favorite podcast to listen to while running?  Hmm this is a hard one.. I really love:
  • Stuff You Missed in History
  •  Anything Ghost
  •  BBC History Hour
  • The Moth
  • Marathon Training Academy


  1. I am so with you on excuses. It makes me crazy. Working in workouts with a full time job is tough, I have a flexible schedule and take full advantage of it. At the end of the day I get my workout in and my work done and make sure neither suffer, as both are important to me (working to pay the bills and working out to keep my sanity) and both tend to feed off of each other. Knowing I have a very stacked day and want to get in X mile run tends to make me more efficient. Maybe I need to be a bit more sympathetic but really if you have the will you will find a way.

    I too enjoy the newer runners and their accomplishments adding on distance. I remember those days and try and pass on support as they surpass what they once thought impossible.

    I haven't listened to pod casts in so long. I think I'll give some in your list a listen, I'm finding my pace starts to match the beat of the music (slows or speeds up - mostly slows) HA EXCUSE!! And wonder if a pod cast would help lessen that distraction. I used to listen to a knitting one while I walked the dog and eventually caught up and lost interest.

  2. I don't really visit workout sites or podcasts too often. I will read blogs, just because I like reading about how different people run, race and train, but that's about it.

    We let ourselves believe our own BS. It's so easy to make an excuse or tell ourselves "I'll be able to do this when XYZ happens." But sometimes, you just have to stop and do. No matter what your job or situation, it's can be hard to schedule it in, but with a little inconvenience (getting up before the sun) and creativity (squeezing in a yoga practice at nap time), it can happen.

  3. I like Fitness Blender and Stuff You Missed in History, too. I'll have to check out other the links you shared. Thanks!

  4. My workouts are more than just about being active, they are an investment in my health. Diabetes, cancer and heart disease have all hit loved ones who were inactive and overweight.

    "Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness."

  5. Thanks for all the links especially the podcasts!

  6. I hear you on the excuses! I get that a lot of people can't devote as much time to working out as I do (not having kids makes it easier), but anybody can squeeze in a 20-minute walk or some jumping jacks a few times a week.

    I sometimes do Tone It Up workouts. The TIU girls annoy me, and they're really appearance-focused, but their workouts are good and do-at-home-able.

  7. I don't make excuses about going running - no problems there - but I'm good at making excuses about doing housework! I caught myself doing that in the weekend, so I made myself do the dreaded job of cleaning the ceilings, and just like a run you feel so much better afterwards!

  8. I LOVE this post! The excuses people make really irritate me. If you want something bad enough you can find time for it and having resources and being prepared is the first step! Since I am into functional fitness I like to use Funk Roberts and Ultimate Sandbag as a resource for workouts. If you subscribe to their emails they send new workouts frequently so I am never at a loss for something to do :)

  9. It's true. Excuses are mostly pretty lame.

  10. I have found it tough to get back into the cross training. I also seem to slack on that during the summer. I am still trying to do the Fitness Blender videos though. I did one yesterday morning and almost died :D I guess I shouldn't be taking weeks off!


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