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An Excuse to Eat

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Roz@weightingfor50

    Not always, but some days….yup, guilty! Excuses are used! 🙂
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      And how to break the habit of those excuses?

  2. Mellissa

    Excellent post! this really reminds me of the show extreme makeover weight lost editon, expecially last nights episode. I really wonder if I need to talk to someone in regards to getting over hurdles with my weight and realizing i can do it. Love reading your posts!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m so glad it spoke to you, Mellissa. I hope you can find a way to get over your hurdles. Good luck! 🙂

  3. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    YES, I do remember sabotaging myself quite a bit. To your point – living with someone does deter you from sneaking snacks…but only when they’re home. And they aren’t always home, so I’d find myself eating EVERYthing whenever my husband worked late.

    I don’t remember making many excuses, though. My internal dialogues were more guilt-ridden and less rationalizing. It was a lot more “You suck, this sucks” and less “Oh, it’s okay because ______.”

    I’m also VERY susceptible to the entitlement/celebration trick. It’s Christmas! It’s my MIL’s special pie! I got a promotion! Which is fine…so long as special occasions don’t turn into everyday occasions.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      “so long as special occasions don’t turn into everyday occasions.” <---YES! That's the key! As long as it doesn't become a habit every day, it's usually ok! You make another good point. When the spouse/partner is away...yes, sometimes the old habits can come back. No one is there to know. And I, too, did the self-shaming thing. I wish I could say I didn't beat myself up and say negative things...but I do.

  4. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I do sometimes fall into the, “I can eat this and workout for an extra 15 minutes tomorrow to make up for it”, which I know is stupid. If I want to eat it, I should. Or otherwise, walk away. It shouldn’t be tied to working out!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s an excellent point and one I’m trying to take note of too. I don’t WANT to be tied to my workouts, or have to extend them. I need to be smarter about my food.

  5. K @ Finding a skinnier me

    I am guilty of these excuses! Big time! I love this posting, it is so true, food should be thought of as fuel and when I am doing my best that is exactly how it feels. Plus the more junk you eat the harder it is to workout simply because you feel like crap from the horrible food. I am currently going through a HUGE diet clean up right now and I struggle with just wanting to eat whatever I want on a daily basis, I am glad it gets easier!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for commenting! It’s nice to hear that others experience something similar as well. I’m also wanting to do a diet clean up.

  6. Marc

    Hi Lisa – I’ve probably done and said all those things in the past. Now my new excuses go something like this…sorry, I’m allergic…no thanks, I’m diabetic…I know it’s sugar free, but my doctor said no. But then someone offers Moose Drool…Helz YES!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Well, everything in moderation right?? 🙂

  7. evilcyber

    “Justified,” to my rational self means “a decision based on weighing all factors.” In reality, of course, it is more of a synonym for “excuse.”

    The problem of course is that irrational justification shows its ugly on payday; the pool won’t have burned that many calories, another Monday will have come and gone. The only solution to this is, in my opinion, taking a long, hard look at one’s self and taking stock of where we really are. That then either results in a moment of revelation, like you experienced, or the comfort of making excuses still outweighs the impetus for true change.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      So true. The scale does not lie. No matter how many excuses we make!

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