Sunday, May 23, 2010

Excuse Free Zone!

Free at last! Free at last!

School is officially over. Yesterday I took my last final which was in my favorite class of all times, psychology. The funny thing about the class was that the professor was not there to teach. He was there because they needed a fill-in for Saturday and he offered to do just that fill-in. I learned on my own and love it. I would recommend psychology 101 to all folks over 40 because the mind is ready to accept the information and have a better understanding of the theories and methods. The class started in late January with 40 people and ended with #15. The professor told me in March that all his students over the age 35 was passing the the exams with "A's" and the younger folks were making grades lower than 60%. I will admit we had some babies in the class that complained about his exams but the nice thing about his exams was the fact that each question came out of the text. So it was easy for me because I read the chapters and passed each exam with 100%. In a few weeks I will start my next course in Human Growth and Development. The professor is wonderful and very passionate about her job so it should be fun.

When I drove off the campus yesterday I experienced a moment of sadness. It was weird because I was happy for the semester to be over. I also asked myself "what are you going to do now?" So, this morning I woke up and realized way I was sad. It was because my routine was over and I needed to started a new one. It was time for me to start back at the gym full-time again and the excuses were in the past for me not to the gym. It was very clear and simple. Like I mentioned in my post on Thursday I have a hard time balancing my life. Exercising has always been on the back burner when it comes to my life. I realized last year for me to maintain a healthier life I must include exercise it.

As I close my eyes I can see the door to exercising but I will not open it. There is nothing in my way this time but me. All the excuses are gone such as school, work, family, friends and body pains. The only thing that is holding me back is myself. I have to open that door and walk in. It's really sad that I struggle with this because I love to exercise once I get there. I love the classes and enjoy the way I feel after every class. There is also a side of me that is mad about having to get up and workout. There is anger and frustration in my heart but I am not going to allow it to stop me. I am very aware that working out is my choice and I should not do things that makes me angry (but). Let me stop right there for now! It helps to write about this because I 'm wrapping my head around it every second. Today I will walk across that thrush-hold and make exercising a part of my weekly routine again. I am very fortunate not to have so many doors to open so I will change my attitude and make it happen.

Excuse Free Zone! This week I am starting a new campaign for myself and that is to stop with the excuses. No more door blocks and road blocks in my way. This is going to be a 4 week challenge and I will write about it every week.

Today exercise: Spinning class for 60 minutes.

Question of the day! Do you give into your excuses about exercising and eating healthy? I appreciate all comments and words of encouragement. Thank you!

Exercise update: Made it to the gym this morning. I started with a 45 minute weight lifting workout and ended with a 45 minute cycling class. It felt and still feels good. I am back! It was just what I needed. I have not been to a cycling class in over five months and I have truly missed it. So my plan is to get two more in before the end of the week.


  1. I'm so glad to be done with school too! I am looking forward to less stress and more time to exercise. But I find that I am already trying to make excuses too. But we just have to keep pushing ourselves!

  2. It sounds like you are in a place that many people are in when exercise is concerned. A lot of people don't like to exercise because they haven't found something they really enjoy yet. Later in the week I'm going to share a post about a form of exercise that I like so much that it doesn't seem like exercise to me.

    Summer is a great time to experiment with different forms of exercise: biking, rollerblading,swimming, rowing....Maybe it's just a matter of trying new things until you come up with something you like.