Put up, or shut up

I have to come to a point in my career (life’s work) that I tell it like it is.

When I tell you that I have heard it all, I have.  I have heard every excuse or what some people will call “reasons”.

When you start to tell me why you can’t, I will tell you that I have heard it time and time again. It’s not that you can’t; it’s that you won’t.

What I find astounding is that so many of us women will focus so much on our superficial appearance, (make-up, hair colour, eye-brows, clothes), but we don’t give the real stuff a second thought.  How we look really affects how we feel. We cover up our imperfections or the things that we really aren’t happy with by hiding them, but, still keep choosing to have that muffin or Grande latte or any number of things that do nothing but perpetuate a vicious circle of fat in, hide the fat.

What is even more mind-blowing is that I have told you in the simplest terms how to get fit and shed those pounds.  Shed the pounds, fix your thinking, keep the pounds of properly and in a healthy way and you won’t need to hide the real you.

But; when you decide to eat that pizza or have that slice of cake you are doing so knowing that you are setting yourself back.

At that moment you are deciding that the cake is worth it, knowing full well that after you eat it you will hate yourself and when you have to get dressed for work in the morning you will be so mad that you had that cake or pizza. BUT you keep doing it; and doing it; and doing it.

  • Yes you do have the time to pack a lunch; you choose not to.
  • Yes, you can spare the 5 minutes to have breakfast; you choose not to.
  • Yes, you can say no to a drink with the ladies; you choose not to.

I’ve said it before; you are not a dog so don’t reward yourself with food. It’s fuel for your body…put the right fuel in.

To see a change you must make a change.  Start loving yourself enough to stop making excuses and start making the right decisions.

Oh yeah, and eating “healthy” during the day and eating junk with a wine chaser at night ruins your chance of success.

Here are some options.  What will you choose, it’s totally up to you:

  • Do you want a tight tummy or a jelly belly?
  • Do you want to feel like a hero or a zero? You are a role model to your family.
  • Do you want to kick ass or have your ass kicked? (sorry for being so blunt).




  1. I have just completed my first set of 4 weeks of bootcamp. I am not perfect, but strived to be my best for the duration. I journaled everyday all of the food I ate, most of the time I was bang on , but did have the odd slip ups. I do want to “kick ass” and accomplished my goal of attending 4 days per week. The first 2 Fridays the weather “sucked big time” and today won’t be a walk in the park ~ but I’ll be there.

  2. Carrie. You are so right! I gave up wine! Never thought I would/could and it is NO big deal. Love the workouts but I need to get my food in check! I know what I eat. No excuses here just need to DO it! Thanks for helping me get healthy! I feel better than I have in years.

  3. Great article, Carrie. Healthy lifestyles require discipline and the right choices. However I don’t think it’s fair to say that food is ‘fuel for your body’ as if that’s all it is. Food is a great part of culture as well as a stimulator and a satisfier of our needs, both mind and body.

    Having had to rebuild my diet twice as a required lifestyle change I understand the need for discipline and healthy, thoughful choices as to what is put into your body, but I have also learned the importance of enjoying your food and the occassions that come with it and not just treating eating as a necessary function of life (which takes all joy right out of it). Love your food, just choose it wisely.

  4. You are so right! Thanks to you being blunt with us, I’ve made many changes in my habits for the better. I’m not going to lie, I still have a long way to go (cough – Thanksgiving – cough). But I feel better than I have in a long time and it’s getting easier for me to make those choices. You always inspire Carrie.

  5. Wow, Gin~so much truth in all of that! 🙂 Thank you for being so straightforward. At first I thought that you were being a little tough but it is really what we all need! Thanks for being such a great sister. 🙂 Traci

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