But I Can’t Exercise Until I Have the Right Clothes…

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

Hey.  I am not a fan of today’s post for it reveals some things about me that, quite frankly, I’d just as soon you never knew.

Today’s post is about the excuses I have used to keep exercise at bay. 

But first, I want you to know that Anita Renfroe is in town today for a Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon.  I’ll be there with Rob, our parents, Robert, and Sigourney up front and within spitting distance of Anita as she pours forth humor for a good dose of healing laughter.  Sadly, David won’t be there thanks to his college midterm schedule.  The Ward clan loves a good laugh so I am bummed we can’t all be together laughing out loud.  I am excited about today for another reason, too, and at a later time, I’ll share a link with you so you can see a video I had the privilege of being in for Columbus Regional Hospital’s Foundation. It’s my experience through BC and beyond as a survivor.

Back to the excuses.

  • I am too out of shape to exercise in front of other people
  • I don’t have the right clothes (my shorts knot up in embarrassing locations on my body and in the neighborhood)
  • My feet hurt (sometimes a legitimate excuse)
  • It’s just too darn hot!
  • It’s too cold
  • It’s raining
  • I’d rather stay home and read my Bible and drink coffee
  • I washed my hair and put on makeup for the day
  • My socks keep slipping down into my shoe
  • I can’t tell any difference so why bother?!
  • I hate to sweat
  • I need a case for my iPod so I can listen to music/podcasts
  • If I can’t do it right, I’m not going to do it at all
  • I don’t like it.  Period.

Any of these sound familiar?  Yes, I have used those and some others I am sure I have forgotten.

Well, let’s translate that to excuses why Bible study may not be happening since we’ve been in the FIT mode lately.

  • I am too embarrassed to go to Bible study because I don’t know anything about the Bible
  • I don’t have a Bible or mine is the Bible I received when I entered third grade with cute pictures
  • I am not perfect, so why should I go?
  • It’s raining
  • It’s too hot
  • It’s too cold to get out to go
  • I’d rather exercise
  • I look like a mess…people will stare at me
  • I have never understood the Bible, so why bother?!
  • It’s too hard and makes me think too much
  • It’s ancient and does not apply to me today
  • I need a new Bible study tote bag to carry my Bible, pens, and a notebook in before I can go
  • I forgot that it started already.  Oh well.
  • If I can’t do it right, I’m not going to do it at all
  • I don’t like the teacher, church, time, book, people…I just don’t like it.  Period.

There’s no better day than today to commit.  Commit to quit making excuses.  Did you know you can even find some online?  If you go to my Facebook page for the blog, you’ll see a couple there. 

Opportunity for Response:

What’s your excuse?  Share it with me in a comment.  Thank you!


  1. So, the first part made me giggle as it sounds like you’ve been in my head. The last part not so funny! My recurring excuse is not being able to find a Bible study group that meets when I am available. So, I’m challenged to do it on my own. Really I have total flexibility about what I study, when I study, and where I study – no valid excuse. Praying for discipline that will grow into ardent desire!

  2. Hey Sister,

    I am afraid I have not covered your predicament adequately other than sharing the links on Facebook with the online studies. Honestly, what is needed is those with the teaching gift to step up and use it so that there are studies available for all, all the time. That’s just my dream. : )

    I will be moving the topic into solo studying and quiet time reading, just for you in the near future.

    You are a disciplined person and I can tell your desire is great. I think that you would love to match those up with a good group of others who are faithfully committed to studying the Word together. I’m praying God brings such a group your way.

    I love you!

  3. Great post Amy! I am the queen of excuses. I can always find an excuse to get out of doing something that is tough! My excuse would be I don’t have enough time to faithfully keep up with my Bible study, so why bother? But I seem to always be able to find time to surf online, check Facebook, watch a tv show….so my excuse doesn’t cut it. My commitment is to start spending 1 hour a day on our study. I get so much out of it each Thursday but I want more daily. Thanks for all you do. Katherine

  4. Hey Katherine,

    A daily dose of keeping up with our lesson helps me rather than a big gulp towards the end of the lesson week.

    Don’t worry about the amount of time as far as sticking to an hour. Do what you are able each day that you commit to spending on it with the time you have. But, if setting a goal of a specific time helps you, then go for it, too.

    I just don’t want you to feel pressure from me one way or the other.

    You are a sweet sister in Jesus and I love seeing you on Thursdays!

    Hug yourself!

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