Excuses and Working Out at Home

There are so many excuses that we come up with to not work out. One of the top ones on the list is that there is no gym close by, or you can’t afford the monthly memberships. I am here to tell you that this should not be one of your excuses.

NOBODY cares about your excuses. NOBODY pities you for procrastinating. NOBODY is going to cuddle you because you are lazy. It's YOUR ass. YOU move it.

Chris and I live outside of Birmingham….I have a good 35 minute to hour and a half commute each way to work every day depending on traffic. Since we live in a smaller “city,”  there was no gym close to our house. When you leave your house at 7:30 am and don’t return back until at least 6:30 pm at the earliest…the last thing you want to do is prolong getting home any longer by hitting up a gym. Waking up and getting to a gym in the mornings and making it to work on time wasn’t really feasible either.

Either way, one day I woke up and decided that not having a gym was not an excuse anymore. That one day we will buy an elliptical machine wasn’t coming soon enough. I had to do something.


Last summer I started the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I decided that if I was going to get in a work out, it had to be in the morning before work, as I can come up with a million excuses and distractions after work. I can think of about 10 reasons right now actually….

So true!!!

I started waking up about 45 minutes earlier than I usually did. The work out was 30 minutes long and I knew I needed a few minutes to “wake up.” I would get the work out in, then get ready for work. After about two weeks of forcing myself to wake up earlier, it started to become habit. After I completed the 30DS, I started her RIPPED in 30 program. After that, I did T25. And now? I am doing Body Beast.

Now you might say to yourself, I am not a morning person. Well, neither was I really…but my health is more important to me than sleeping til the last possible second before work. And if you can absolutely not wake up any earlier….then make time in your evening schedule to fit in the work out. I could find 30 minutes at night to work out, but I don’t want to…so that is why I now wake up at 4:25 am. Body Beast can be anywhere from about 29 minutes to almost an hour.

Another reason I found for not working out at home was I didn’t want to pay for programs. Well…with YouTube and Pinterest you now don’t have to!!! You can pretty much stream any work out on YouTube these days. And if YouTube isn’t your thing, many discount stores, close out stores, or even Thrift shops will sell work out DVDs for $1. I have picked up SEVERAL at places like Bargain Hunt. Know someone who has completed something you want to try? Borrow or swap with them.

Depending on what program you plan on following, you may have a few items you need to purchase. For me, I needed a yoga mat for any ab or plank work that I do, a stability ball (which can double as a weight bench) and free weights. As time has gone along and I tried out different programs, I add more stuff. For instance, recently I have had to up my weights because I am getting too strong for the super light weights that I had originally purchased. I have also added a resistance band in place of a pull up bar.

While purchasing these items can be expensive at times, shop smart! You can find work out equipment on craigslist pretty much any day of the week. If you don’t want to mess with that, look at Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls. I purchased a set of free weights, a resistance band and work out clothes from TJ Maxx recently. Target some times has their free weights on sale for $3-$5 off per weight, which is a huge savings when you know you have to purchase weights in pairs. Sometimes they are even in cartwheel for an additional savings. So don’t pay full price when you don’t have to!

Don’t want to mess with following along to a DVD or program? Make up your own! Pinterest is filled with ideas! Don’t even pretend like you haven’t seen these floating around:



A simpler, shorter cardio workout for people who are new to fitness.

I have a Hot Body board that you can follow. I pin work out ideas, motivational quotes, healthy tips, natural remedies and more on there. Pick a few of these cards and do one each day. They don’t take long and doing something is better than doing nothing.

Sometimes I find myself doing some squats or calf raises while I am waiting for my water to boil. Maybe a few crunches during commercial breaks. Tightening up my abs while I am driving around corners in the car. That last one sounds weird, but trust me…you feel it!

Do you need inspiration? Do you need someone to hold you accountable? Leave me a comment. I am constantly emailing back and forth with a few of my fitness blogger friends and IRL friends. I love nothing more than to get encouragement, motivation and support from them and I can do the same for you.

Need some good recommendations of bloggers to follow?

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda

Liz @ Fitness Blondie

Jessi @ Not the Average Bear

They all post tips, rants, and all kinds of stuff about fitness Jesus and their soul mate work outs.

Confession: I have my work outs down. I have no problem working out at least five days a week. I get it in and get it done. I make no excuses for it. Where is my trouble area? Food!!!! I want all of the bad food all of the time. I really focus on meal planning, watching what I eat during the week, and trying to keep my weekend splurges under control. I know I can improve even more in this area. It is all about making little lifestyle changes and not being too restrictive and giving up. Balance is my friend.

Also, being conscience of boredom eating and emotional eating is key.

Some people talk about where they get their motivation and will power from. The thing is, there is no magic answer for this. You have to want to work out and eat healthy. You have to want to feel good. Your want has to be stronger than your desire to keep going on the path you are going now. And to be honest, you have to want more than to just look better or loose weight. You have to want to be healthy and feel better too.

For me, I got tired of standing in my closet every morning and trying on ten different outfits before settling on something that I still didn’t feel comfortable in. I got tired of feeling tired and bloated all the time. I got tired of that nasty feeling you get after eating fried or fast foods. I got tired of looking in the mirror and knowing that I could be so much better. I got tired of getting sick. I knew I had to do something.

And remember:

ahhh if only I didn't want instant results LOL


Are you working out at home and loving it? Is there one fitness tip that you wish you would have known when you first started out? What do you do to stay on track with eating healthy?

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  • Reply Jackie May 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Such an awesome posts. I do live in a big town and with that it means after work everyone goes to the gym, it’s packed, and there are no machines. I’m not the type that is motivated enough to pop in a dvd and exercise along with it for half an hour. So I bought a $30 exercise bike off my communities online yard sale. Now whenever I go to watch one of my shows, I bike to it. I love it.

  • Reply Kristen May 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    food is definitely my bad area as well 🙁 though, i dont have my exercises down pat like you. i have my lazy down pat! haha. this post was super motivational and helpful though, i feel ready to take on the world now! 🙂

  • Reply Lidija May 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Love this! It’s so true, if you want it bad enough you will do what you have to do to get it done!

  • Reply Lauren May 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I’m so glad you wrote this even though we’ve talked about it. I didn’t work out last night and I am feeling so guilty for it. I already wake up at 5:00 so I would have to get up at like 4:00 in order to do a short workout and shower and I can’t commit to that, so night time it is, but you’re right – there are a million excuses and reasons for me not to do anything. If only food didn’t taste so good, argh!

  • Reply Amanda May 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve been getting back into using my kettlebell and resistance bands at home. They make a huge difference and they’re so easy!

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal May 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I agree with all of this. Down to the working out 6 days a week isn’t the problem.. ITS THE FOOD!
    I swear, I need to sew my mouth shut from Friday night to Monday morning.
    But, I’m getting better. It’s a journey.. right?

  • Reply kathy@vodka and soda May 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    i’m trying so hard to hide my boner here at work. I LOVE THIS POST SO HARD. LOVE. you are so right – it’s so easy to make excuses but excuses aren’t going to change a damn thing. this morning (and every morning since miami), i’ve felt like fucking death at 5am despite the fact that i went to sleep at 8-9pm the night before but i get up anyway and workout because it’s my jam. also, i don’t want to fall off the wagon. i’ve designated this week as active recovery since i haven’t taken any rest weeks for the past 2 months but damn, getting up at 5am is still tough since i only got like 6hrs max sleep over the weekend.

    WERK IT GIRL. i love how much you’ve change your life #DOUCHEHOLEBROSFORLIFE!!

  • Reply brittney May 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Love this you are absolutely right! Ive been working out at home for 2 years and lost 89lbs there are no excuses when you want a change!

  • Reply Girl Brooks May 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Awesome post! No excuses!

  • Reply Lindsay | Broke and Bougie May 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Ahh you go girl!! I want to start morning workouts because now that the weather is nice I just can’t make myself do it. You’ve inspired me! Youtube is the best- I love FitnessBlender, Christine Salus, Blogilates and Jesisca Smith for full workout videos!

  • Reply brooke lyn May 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    love, love, love this!!!!!! at the end of the day you should never let no gym or no equipment be your excuse! there are so many exercises you can do with just body weight!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph May 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Great post Nadine! I’ve been toying with getting up earlier two days a week, combined with my lunch walks and my night stuff (either toning/weights in front of the TV, walking, or zumba).

    I need a stability ball. I keep meaning to buy it and I don’t. Today is payday so I’m ordering that bitch from Amazon. Thanks for the push.

  • Reply Jules May 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Ugh I am in such a working out rut. I try and walk 3 miles on my lunch break at work but I hate that it has to be dependent on the weather!

  • Reply Laura May 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I am so glad there’s another Jillian lover out there! She is my absolute favorite! I’m doing her ripped abs interchanged with her kickboxing cardio one for when my abs feel like they’re gonna rip apart! Good for you, girl! Awesome post!!

  • Reply Kerry May 16, 2014 at 2:06 am

    I loved the 30 day shred and I have a lot of Beachbody dvd’s too! There are so many workouts to do from home now to help! Great job at finding a way!

  • Reply Jessi May 16, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Yay for home workouts and no excuses and all the things (and a sweet link up there!)

    You’ve come so far on your fitness journey and I’m excited for you to keep loving yourself!

  • Reply Wendy@BlushandBarbells May 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    wait, I take back my earlier comment – THIS is my favorite blog post today.

  • Reply B @ The Sequin Notebook May 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Great post! Like so many others, I’m so good at finding excuses to skip the gym (even though it is literally two blocks away from my apartment). A friend and I have been talking about taking a new class at our gym together…I think it’s time for us to finally sign up!

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