Thoughts From Denise On The Fitness Journey Over 50

Are You Stronger Than Your Excuses?

It seems the reasons given from most folks as to why they can’t lose weight aren’t really reasons.  They are excuses.   The following is a list of my least favorite excuses.  Is there an excuse below one that you use?  Hmmm.  Maybe time to get gutsy and move forward.  Here is the list of the most common excuses:

I can’t get healthy because:

  • My family won’t eat what I need to eat.
  • I am too busy to exercise.
  • I don’t know what to do to lose weight.
  • I can’t afford to eat healthy or go to the gym.
  • It is too hard.
  • I don’t have the support from family or friends.
  • I love to eat.
  • I don’t have the willpower.
  • I have a medical condition (thyroid, food intolerance, and many more).
  • I have an injury.  Check all that apply to you – knee, ankle, foot, toe, neck, back, wrist, hip, shoulder, elbow.
Stop Making Excuses
Stop Making Excuses And Take Action

And the list goes on and on but I am going to stop at these 10.  Let’s take a moment and focus not on the excuses but knowing that not one of these excuses will not stop you from getting healthy UNLESS you allow them to.   Every single one of these excuses can be overcome and dealt with if you truly want to get moving in the right direction.  Will it be hard? Absolutely but if you are really ready to face these challenges, you can move forward.  Let’s break them down and get rid of them once and for all.

My Family Won’t Eat What I Need To Eat

What do you think you need to eat?  Rabbit food?  There are many ways to be able to eat together as a family while eating healthy. The key is to not drastically change what your family is used to eating.  If you are used to eating burgers, eat burgers but in place of the ground beef choose ground turkey or opt for a leaner ground chuck and leave the fries off the table and replace it with a vegetable or fruit salad.  Our favorite salad in my house is cucumber, tomato, onion and mozzarella cheese.  We now eat this salad with olive oil and vinegar but originally we made the salad with the Italian dressing that everyone liked to eat.  Keep your food choices familiar while making them healthier.

I Am To Busy To Exercise

Bottom line you will never find the time to exercise but you can create the time to exercise.  Get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning or give up time suckers in the evening such as TV and internet and take a walk.  If you have kids or a dog, take them with you.

I Don’t Know What To Do To Lose Weight

You start where right where you are by bringing healthy foods such as vegetables, lean proteins, and other nutritional foods into your house BUT get rid of the processed, unhealthy foods that may already be in your pantry.  Strive to eat clean which means to eat your foods as close to its natural source as possible – choose fruit over fruit juices.  Oatmeal over box cereals.

I Can’t Afford To Eat Healthy Or Go To The Gym

I understand what you’re saying BUT taking a walk doesn’t cost you anything.  Think healthy food is expensive? Take a look at what you have in your cupboard or refrigerator now?  Sodas, candy, cookies, frozen pizza, or ice cream?  Choosing healthy lean protein like eggs costs you pennies versus what you are spending in processed garbage food with no nutritional value.

It Is Too Hard

Never said it was going to be easy but I can tell you it will be worth it.  Also consider being overweight is hard too in the increased health care costs, lack of energy, and how being overweight affects you mentally and emotionally.  Choose your hard.

I Don’t Have The Support From Family And Friends

Guess what?  Most people deal with this exact thing when they make the choice to get healthy.  Find support elsewhere – at the gym, work, church or check in with me.  I’m here to support you.

I Love To Eat.

I DO TOO!  That’s why I eat 4 to 5 small meals per day.  But guess what? If you want to lose weight you have to eat.  The trick is WHAT you are eating along with HOW MUCH you are eating.

I Don’t Have The Willpower

You have everything you need within you to get healthy.   It’s about making a promise to yourself then keeping that promise.   You deserve to live life fully.  Try new foods.  Find an activity that you absolutely love and it won’t feel like exercise.  My personal guilty pleasure is Zumba – love it!

I Have A Medical Condition

Getting healthy with a medical condition will be challenging but it’s not impossible.  First ask your doctor WHAT type of activity you can do. Chances are your doctor wants you to get moving and be active and will have several suggestions for you.  Try them and find the one you enjoy the most.   Many health issues improve with activity and weight loss.

I Have An Injury

Your body is stronger than you give it credit for.  Have an injury that won’t allow you to walk or jog?  Try water exercise.  Injury in upper body?  Work the lower body.  Again talk to your doctor, but I bet you will be told that activity will help with the healing of your injury.  Our bodies are amazing – they heal and become stronger than before the injury.

So I ask you will you be stronger than your excuses?

To your health,


Coach Denise

Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area.  She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses.   She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at or





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