How to Lose Your Excuses - Ivana Chapman

How to Lose Your Excuses

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Follow the way to no more excuses.

We all have them sometimes, don’t we?


Reasons why we can’t work out or eat foods that benefit our bodies and give us the lean, strong physique we want.

Have You Used These?

“I don’t have time!”

“I’m too busy with my job!”

“I’m tired!”

“I have to spend time with my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/partner/kids/dog!”

Lame, lame, lame.

Who Do You Know?

Now think of some people in your life, either family or friends or people you’ve somehow heard about, that have could have those same potential excuses and still manage to work out and eat properly.

Is it your colleague hat works more hours than you, but somehow manages to get up earlier every day and hit the gym before starting work?

How about that woman on your street with three kids and a successful finance career who packs a healthy lunch (for herself and her kids) every day?

Sure, you could probably pick out people who are doing worse than you too, but if you want to get ahead in this world and become the best person you can be you need to look up…never beneath you.

The Remedy

So you don’t have enough time, huh?

We all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in each day. You have the same amount of time in the day as Hilary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, and Bill Gates. The difference is how you’re using that time.

Where Do You Find the Time? 

How much TV do you watch? Do you ever browse the internet? Are you on Facebook or Twitter?

Thought so.

I’m not saying you should never do any of those things. They’re a part of life these days and I’m not suggesting you need to disconnect completely from technology to be successful with your diet or to have a regular workout regime.

If you’re saying that you don’t have the time then it’s a good idea to get an idea of how you spend your time on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis. Considering that the average American watches 5 hours of TV a day (Canadians watch over 4 hours too!) there’s probably somewhere you can trim the fat.

But I Have a Husband and Kids!

Yeah, me too! Well, one baby, but that’s enough to recognise the extra pressures…and additional excuses.

Think of it this way: even single people have excuses. There’s always something important to do. I remember my single days too…and I agree I was busy and had plenty of things that could have acted as excuses to keep me from working out or eating right.

Having a partner adds another excuse to the list.

Having a baby (or two, three, or four) just adds one more potential excuse to the list.

Set Priorities

Your health and happiness should always be a priority. You won’t be as useful to anyone in your life if you aren’t the best version of yourself.

Exercise and eating right will give you the energy to have a kick-ass life.

TV and the internet can wait.

Your fabulous, successful, happy life can’t.

Ivana Chapman

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 6-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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