About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Day #71 - My Favorite Excuses

Today was a great day health-wise.  I followed my eating plan and I got in my gallon of water.  I also went for a 1.5 mile walk at lunchtime though it was a bit more muddy than I thought it would be.

In the morning when I left for work Mrs FogDog and I agreed "No More Excuses".  As I was walking at lunchtime I started to think about what are my favorite excuses...

Excuse #5 - It's The Weekend

It's not really part of the normal week right?  It's the weekend so it's OK as long as I'm back on track by Monday morning

Excuse #4 - It's a Special Occasion

Birthdays, Holidays, Vacations, they're all special occasions so it's OK to eat unhealthy.  Getting ready to start a diet?  Yeah that's a special occasion too as well as good report cards, sunny weather, and the rare instances when my kids actually behave for more than 1 hour.

Excuse #3 - No Time

This is my favorite excuse when we are out and about or going out to do something.  There's never enough time to pack healthy food.  If we are out and it's getting late there isn't enough time to get home and cook a healthy dinner.  If we are driving somewhere, there's no time to stop and eat healthy; we need to get fast food and eat and drive.

Excuse #2 - I'm Doing It For Someone Else

The noble excuse... Mrs. FogDog had a rough day so let me take her out to eat so she doesn't have to cook.  I hven't spent enough time with the kids so let me take them out to eat so they can have some quality time with me.

Excuse #1 - I Deserve It

My #1 Excuse and it comes in many forms... I ate really well all week so I deserve a break.  I had a stressful day at work so I deserve a treat.  I quit smoking 3 months ago so it's OK if I cheat a little with the eating, I've earned it.

No More Excuses

So now that I've identified my favorite excuses I can learn to identify when I'm trying to use them.  Weekends are still part of the week.  If you have 6 special occasions every month then are they really that special?  There's always time to be healthy or at least be less unhealthy.  I'm not doing it for someone else, it's really for me.  Good actions don't give me permission to eat poorly, what I really deserve is to be healthy and happy.

Those are my favorite excuses, what are yours?

Stay Strong!


  1. I have a problem with holidays, but figured out if I only celebrate on the ACTUAL day (and it doesn't turn into a week) I'm good. I also have a problem with #5, but it often sounds like "I earned this" (which is what you said.)

    I would say another one for me is "Because it doesn't matter, why am I bothering? Who for? I barely exist, so I might as well seek comfort where I can." That's a hard one for me when I'm on my own a lot, and my best friends come in the form of food.

  2. I just don't know how many weekends was my excuse, after too much wine, I would think that I rather be obese and happy then thin and miserable. Excuse and rationalization in one weekend so not to change myself.

    It's so great for you to have find your own excuse and recognize them as such and not you can't used them, you have them in writing... Great Job FD!