The Excuses

The Complaining

Darren’s Blog Instagram Post. 01/05/2022

Monday, July 19, 2021

It’s hard enough to get motivated when you are 6’0, 309 lbs. At this time, I was 299 lbs. I gained all of it back and more. Today was one of those days I wanted to exercise, but my excuse was my back. What was my motivation to start the day? Breakfast and two cups of coffee. I realized I made more excuses for exercising than eating breakfast in the morning. I’m want to get the weight off my stomach so my back will stop hurting. There is currently no diet; I’m eating sweets and junk food and working on drinking a gallon of water a day to wash or cleanse my body, which I admit I’ve done good up to this point. Here is my excuse, drinking water is my way of losing weight without hard work.

I’m not kidding; that’s precisely what I wrote. That was my truth then. Now, I realize it is the biggest lie known to humankind. It’s the complaining, the excuses I kept making to not want to put in the work to lose the weight. It is called laziness. If I am not willing to put in the work, what is the point? When I don’t drink water, I feel like crap. I have no energy, brain frog, irritable, and a day wasted because I don’t have the energy to do anything. I feel more energized, relaxed, and productive when I drink water. Now, all of this is true, but I am still making excuses for why I shouldn’t exercise. Besides going to work, other ways of being productive are self-education. I am productive by working on my blogs, writing, podcasts, Microsoft Excel projects, and reading. So how am I going to get back on track? Start my water intake in the morning and start my exercise. Let’s see if I do that.

The Decision

Sunday, August 15, 2021

It’s about a month later, not too much happened. Weight fluctuated between July and August. I never did exercise other than lift weights once a week, if not at all. There was no motivation at all. I enjoyed the food I ate, so I wasn’t complaining only when I had to walk, and my back started hurting. Well, what are you going to do, Darren? Continue to make excuses or do something about it?

Weight Fluctuation Chart

I just had Sunday dinner. Macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, garlic cheese bread, and meatloaf. I accepted eating all this food in the past few years, especially now. But, unfortunately, I didn’t move around to help keep my weight in check. The fact is, I was heading towards a danger zone, too heavy to walk, health complications, everything. On this day, I’m 6’0, 305 lbs. So, things got to change, and I have to be the one to make those changes. So, I decided on August 16; I would go back to the gym. I don’t have a plan; all I know is I’m getting on a machine and will use it. I have no plans, all these ideas, but no plans. Ideas such as fasting, tracker, diet plans. How am I going to put all this into play? I don’t know, but I do know that I am desperate. Tomorrow will be the day of change. About a month ago, I said the same thing. Will history repeat itself?

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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