I said I wasn't going to write about it. I promised myself that I wasn't going to jump on the bandwagon.
But here I am.
I am sure most, if not all of you, reading this have seen the "What's your excuse?" fitspirational image going viral all over the Internets these days. I am not going to talk about the individual who posted it...because this is not about her. SHE looks awesome. That is a fact. I have no problem with her posting an inspirational pic for HER followers. None at all.
What I do have the issue with is the whole "what's your excuse" thing. You know why? Because I don't have an excuse...and I sure as hell don't need one.
Would you ever walk up to someone...even IF you wanted to motivate them,
and say..."WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE""? I surely hope the answer is no.
Therefore, doing it on the internet is also an asshole move.
I can tell you right now that I am probably about 30 pounds heavier now than I was 10 years ago.
I can also tell you that I couldn't run 5 miles back then...but I can now. Yep, I am fatter now but most likely in better shape.
I can also tell you that I hadn't carried 3 babies each to 39 weeks gestation and had my stomach cut open three times for each of them to be born safely then...but I have now. NOT an excuse...but it kinda is.
I can also tell you that sometimes I get my kids a Happy Meal and I get some fries for myself. Okay, sometimes I get a cheeseburger too. They might be nasty...but damn if they don't taste good.
But all of these things are not excuses. You know why? Because I don't need an excuse.
AND you don't either. None of us do.
That chick doesn't need to explain herself and say that she works out early in the morning or with her kids. She doesn't need to defend herself.
Just like the lady in the Taco Bell drive-thru doesn't need to defend her choices. And the lady clocking 5 hours at the gym while her kids are in school doesn't need to defend her choices. And the young mom who can't seem to lose that baby weight doesn't need to make excuses.
Everyone is in control of their own body. If I want to go on a strict diet and exercise regime, I will do just that. Maybe I will lose weight. Maybe I will fit back into my Size 6 jeans. Maybe not.
That doesn't mean I am lazy. Because I can assure you that I'm not. I don't sit on my ass and eat Twinkies all day. And if you assume that everyone who doesn't have a picture perfect body complete with abs of steel is a lazy piece of crap full of no good excuses, then you are an asshole.
So let's all come to an agreement that none of us need excuses. We are all trying to do our best. And just leave it at that.