No Excuses

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In the vein of my “Add, Not Subtract” mentality of healthier living (a no-stress way to focus on the positives, not the negatives, especially when it coming to healthy eating), this week I am doing a NO EXCUSES shift when it comes to exercise.


Step 1:  Kick off my “Return to Fitness” with a fun event – a sprint triathlon <— DONE!

Step 2:  Plan out my workouts for the week.  If it’s in the calendar, it’s happening.


Step 3:  Have a talk with Henry that when I say, “We’re going to see the ladies at gym childcare!” he can’t scream, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” and dramatically throw himself on the floor.  Well, he CAN, but we’re still going regardless…

Step 4:  Register for a race to stay committed.  I’ve chosen a 5 miler on October 17.  Wahoo.


Step 5:  Do it.  Seriously.  just do it.  Stop making excuses (too tired, too much good TV, would rather sit here and stare at the wall) and just work towards the BIG goals that I actually want to do.


Here was yesterday’s gym workout with Brandi!


5 minute warm-up on the rowing machine


Two Rounds of these Strength Moves:

20 weighted squats (15 pounds)

20 twisting, weighted lunges (10 pounds) on each side

30 jumping jacks (plus a much-needed two-babies pee break halfway through…)

15 push-ups (modified)

20 tricep dips

1 minute plank

High knees for 30 seconds



1 mile run/walk on treadmill


Arm moves – bicep curls, shoulder presses, raises until I was too tired to lift anymore!


Are you in NO EXCUSES mode, too?



  • Amanda September 30, 2015, 11:21 am

    Indeed I am in no excuses mode also! It’s crazy how easy it is for me to watch 3 episodes of something on Netflix, and all the while, somehow talk myself out of working out… like I actually convince myself that it’s crazy important that I see what happens on the next episode. Nuts!

  • shi hein September 30, 2015, 12:23 pm

    I’m trying to get myself into no excuses mode because I’ve been slacking on my marathon training lately…so last night I went to the gym and did 5 miles between the treadmill and elliptical. I might try your workout here today. Also, I have to get into no excuses mode for school work, which is piling up more than i would like haha.
    thanks for a great post!

  • Sana September 30, 2015, 12:24 pm

    I am just finishing up my latest fitness challenge and now I am all like what next????? Gotta dream of something big and crush it!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul September 30, 2015, 12:33 pm

    I love the row machine!!

  • Jill September 30, 2015, 3:18 pm

    I’ve been in ‘no excuses mode’ for almost a year now, and it’s been awesome. My husband and I both work full time, and in hockey season (read: almost all year) he does a ton of refereeing, so we work hard at making our schedules mesh without sacrificing family time (two little kiddos). It took some time at first to get used to prioritizing workouts, but now it’s just part of the routine, and I love it! Now if I could just get into ‘no excuse mode’ for things like cleaning the floors or scrubbing the tub… Those just aren’t as fun as working out! 🙂

  • Ana S September 30, 2015, 5:24 pm

    I love your Add, Not subtract mentality. I am definitely going to apply because i do ten to restrict myself when it comes to food. Your approach seems so healthy and stress free !! Thank you for sharing!
    I love exercise, i do triathlons/ marathons/tennis etc. Lately i have been practicing more yoga and i looove it 🙂

  • Alyssa September 30, 2015, 10:59 pm

    I am! This past month I did a lot of good, but I still let the excuses get to me more often than I would have liked. I just spent some time reflecting over the last month & goal setting for October, and I am excited! We got this 🙂

  • Shannon September 30, 2015, 11:02 pm

    I love this! You should go back to those bootcamp classes you were doing. I find classes to be really effective ways to eliminate excuses. All you have to do is show up!

  • Karien @ Running the Race September 30, 2015, 11:58 pm

    YES! This post is just what I needed – let’s DO this!

  • Joy October 1, 2015, 9:16 am

    I am totally in no excuses mode. I just started a full-time job on Monday after 4-1/2 years of unemployment/underemployment. The hours and transition are really hard so far, but I’m getting in my workouts every day because they make me feel so good and they’re ME time.

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey, I Like That! October 1, 2015, 12:37 pm

    I’m doing my best to be in a no-excuses mode! This week I’ve definitely slacked, but I think that you’ve got the right idea by putting it in your calendar–if it’s on the calendar, I’ve got to do it!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Jen October 1, 2015, 1:28 pm

    I feel like I am finally just barely starting to get back into the swing of things. I had a rough summer emotionally (had to have 2 pets put down, marriage troubles that almost led to divorce, working 80+ hours a week) and ended up eating poorly, drinking too much, and gaining 15 pounds. Now that things have calmed down (new kitten, things are good with the husband, work has slowed down a ton), I feel ready to hold myself accountable for my health (plus none of my fall wardrobe is going to look good)! I started this week with cutting out alcohol. I’m going to try to use your add, not subtract philosophy for healthy eating and exercise (trying to add one habit at a time so I don’t fail at everything). I need to add more vegetables, which will take the place of the carby snacks I’ve been eating. I need to add more days of exercise, which I’m going to try not to view as taking time away from relaxing, but providing me with the ability to truly relax knowing that I’ve cared for myself. Whew… long comment! Thanks for your inspiration.

  • Emily October 1, 2015, 9:01 pm

    Yup, everyday, I try to thing of reasons to skip a workout, and I really can’t, most days. There are those days, honestly, when it doesn’t work, but I figure that I can’t let it get me down, and I just move on, but I’m thinking about a 5k, then a half marathon in 4-5 months, possibly… O_o It’s hard when you want to just stay inside, eat pumpkin bread, and read books and blogs.

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