It’s Thursday! Are you psyched? I’m psyched. And I’m going to celebrate with cake. Lots and lots of cake :)


Because my leftover birthday cake is in my fridge, but it should be in my belly.

Anyways, it’s Great 8 List time! Which is kinda like Peanut Butter Jelly Time, but without the baseball bat.

Today’s Great 8 List is one that I think we are all guilty of from time to time: EXCUSES. “Excuses are like buttholes, everyone has one and they all stink. ” – someone brilliant.

However, I’ve used them all at one point or another to get out of a workout. Remember high school gym class??


I must have told my gym teachers every single excuse in the book, and some that were too ridiculous to even put in the book.

For example, remember the swimming unit?? (Or were you lucky enough to attend a high school without a pool?) Well, I hated the swim unit with a strong passion and would claim that I had my period for the duration of all 6 weeks that unit lasted. I therefore never had to get into the water with all those crazy boys in my class who would splash around and act like water hooligans. I also did everything in my power to avoid the volleyball unit (at 5’0, there’s not much to like about this sport) and I would forge notes from my mother saying that I did not have to participate due to my being allergic to humiliation.

I would also claim that I forgot my gym clothes at home, but that one could backfire because sometimes my gym teacher would hand me something from the locker room’s lost & found bin.


Anyways, just because I’ve outgrown high school gym class doesn’t mean I’ve outgrown excuses. On the contrary! I’ve just gotten better at them.

Top 8 Ways to Sabotage Your Workout Plan 

Excuse #8: “I didn’t go to the gym on Monday, so there’s really no point in going now that it’s mid-week… I might as well just wait until next Monday.”

Excuse #7: “It’s too rainy/ hot/ cold/ windy/ humid outside.”

Excuse #6: “I feel fat, I think it’s best to just stay home and eat today.”

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Excuse #5: Logically and persuasively talk yourself out of it.

Excuse #4: “I’m out of socks, I can’t be expected to be active without socks.” (If Tabitha Parker-Broderick can rock one sock everywhere, so can you)

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Excuse #3. “I dont feel like leaving my house.”


Excuse #2: “I dont feel like leaving my bed.”


Excuse #1: “I’ll go tomorrow.”



The end.

I find that going to Bar Method first thing in the morning works best for me because I just get up and go. I’m too sleepy to come up with excuses at 5:30am. And I can’t oversleep because they charge you $15 for not showing up. I’m too miserly to throw 15 whole US Dollars out the window for a few more minutes of shut eye.

Are you prone to making up excuses to get out of exercise?

How do you combat that?

Did you ever forge notes to get out of gym class?


57 Thoughts on “How to Sabotage Your Workout Plan in 8 Easy Steps

  1. Wow we never had swim unit! I think we all have lazy days though when exercising just doesn’t sound appealing… sometimes we get over it – but mostly not 😛
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  2. I would’ve loved a swim unit in gym class b/c I was a competitive swimmer in H.S. Funny how we all hated gym class but would probably love a workout conveniently built in to our work day now! It’s raining here today, so the excuses are already bouncing around in my brain…
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  3. Hahaha these are all so great. I’m the queen of excuses and 90% of the time they don’t make any sense. I actuallywould have loved it if we had swimming in gym! That’s back when I was a swimmer. And I liked to show off my skills to non-swimmers so they’d think I was hot stuff. Now I would probably have to be squirted with a hose to get in the pool haha
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    • Lol, yeah thats about what it takes to get me in a pool too- a hose or a VERY long hot day in the sun- neither of which were available during my high school’s swim unit. it was always in like, february, brr!

  4. Love that you hated parts of gym class so much! I think the only unit I hated was volleyball. I’m just terrible at it, and my arms get really red and swell a bit whenever the ball would make contact with them!
    My favourite excuse is the I feel fat so I’ll just eat more! I truly can say I’ve been guilty of that one!
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    • I know right- i hate volleyball for so many reasons- that ball really hurts when it hits your arms! i never understood how it didnt bother most people! and i know- i fall into that ‘i feel fat, i’ll just eat some more’ excuse more often than i care to admit :)

  5. OH MY GOODNESS I hated (and still do) volleyball. It made my forearms SO sore…and I was never coordinated enough to move my arms in one direction and my legs in another. I can’t empathize with you about the swimming, though…I was a competitive swimmer for 6 years. 😛

    Love this list! I can definitely relate to a lot of them! I really have to psych myself up the night before about my workout the next day, or else it just doesn’t happen. During the school year, I get up earlier before I’m able to really process what’s going on and get my workout done then…now that I’m home, I’ve been slacking majorly in the getting up early and the working out departments.
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    • yeah but you’re on summer vacation! it’s your duty to relax a bit and enjoy it as far as I’m concerned :) and i know – i never understood how people would be standing there with bright red forearms and not seem to mind or be in any pain. i would run away from the ball.

  6. Oh goodness… the swim unit in gym class. I -hated- that one. Volleyball I didn’t mind, but swimming? Ugh. And I think it was mainly because I hated getting my hair and makeup messed up 😆 Yes, I may have just been a tad high maintenance.

    I definitely make excuse when it comes to exercise, and they mostly have to do with the weather. I remember having the hardest time getting my butt out of the house in the winter back when I still had a gym membership. I would say it’s too cold, or the roads were too dangerous, or I didn’t want to scrub snow/ice off my car… now my building has a gym, so really… I can’t use that one anymore.
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    • Oh i know- when there’s a gym in your building it takes away all the weather excuses. although, i still manage sometimes with “its so gross out, i think that means its ok to just curl up on the couch with this blanket” :) im so affected by weather. and oh most definitely- i HATED getting my hair wet and then having to go to the next class like that. no shame in that :)

  7. Oh, wow! I have never heard of being charged for not showing up. But, I guess if it’s a small class with reservations, then it makes a lot of sense. Talk about motivation!

    I’m actually pretty good about not making excuses. I was just chatting about this the other day with a friend who said she makes excuses when she eats treat foods. Not making excuses sounds like it would be good, but it actually means that I beat myself up quite a bit. It’s something that I’m working on :)
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  8. Haha, these are great. I’m pretty good about sticking to workouts, but I’ve definitely used the “I’ll wait until Monday” excuse to get back on a clean-eating bandwagon.

    Enjoy the cake!
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    • haha thanks, its a really good cake :) yeah that “ill just start again next monday” excuse is sooo easy to use. i try not to use that one- but i notice myself doing it with diet more as well

  9. Gym was one of my favorite classes in school, so I never tried to get out of it, but I make up excuses for skipping the gym on a pretty regular basis now. Good thing my boyfriend has no problem calling me on my terrible “logic” haha. And I actually bought a new workout DVD this week so I can’t use the weather as an excuse anymore.

    I’m kinda upset I didn’t know about SJP’s daughter wearing only one sock – that is adorable. I did different colored socks every day of 2nd grade, but I’ve never seen a kid wear only one.
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    • Oh man, I could have used your positivity towards gym class when I was high school! for me depending on the unit, it was just one humiliating experience after another. and i know – how cute is SJP’s daughter with that one sock??

  10. This list is totally amazing and accurate. I LOVE it!! That’s a good way to stay motivated – not wanting to shovel out that much money for skipping. Get it girl, early morning workouts are the hardest. :) Haha you went to a high school with a pool? Lucky. And I hated PE too. Always ruined my hair and stuff. Plus, I hated changing in front of every other girl there. So ridiculous, especially after thongs became a thing. These are my butt cheeks, not yours! I find that having a blog keeps me motivated to work out, but so does the way I feel. My rest days even make me a little cranky because I NEED to be expending energy everyday. :) Have a wonderful day!
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    • that is an excellent point- i find myself making excuses WAY less often now that i have a blog. even though i blog about ridiculousness, it does keep me motivated!! i hated PE 50% for the humiliation i endured for some of the units, and 50% because i hated going to my next class sweaty/ covered in chlorine/ what have you. have a wonderful thursday pretty lady!

  11. I love the Monday quotes – SO TRUE! My husband makes fun of my because come Sunday night I say “I’m starting a diet tomorrow (after a weekend of out-of-routine eating!)” That statement is usually followed by “So… wanna get some ice cream tonight?” HORRIBLE! I have a bad habit of putting it off and making excuses!
    Also, love the “tomorrow” quote! Thank you for the motivation TODAY!!! :)
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    • Lol- YUP- every sunday i say the same thing :) i think that quote is more true for diet than exercise, but i certainly use it for both from time to time :)

  12. OMG Charlotte I am bent over laughing so hard. Thank you so much for my Thursday extend my life for another 50 yrs workout (laughing) I can’t pick my favorite excuse (one sock) because they are all so hilarious! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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  13. The fact that Bar Method charges (and for me it’s $20!) gets me out of bed, every single time. It’s brilliant marketing, because the more I go the better I feel and the more I want to go…thus the more they can charge me and I will always rationalize it. I hated floor hockey in PR class, because the boys would always try to hit each other with sticks and miss and hit someone innocent like me. Boys suck. I’m also really good at telling myself that my body really needs rest and that’s why it doesn’t want to get up….suuuuuuurrrrre. recently posted…HIIT that SH*T – A New HIIT WorkoutMy Profile

    • hahaha- right- the boys were the worst part of gym class! i forgot about the floor hockey unit- yeah there were always injuries in that one. my favorite was the track. if you played a sport after school, you could walk the track instead of run like everyone else, so a nice little walk mid-day was fine by me. too bad that day only happened like 4 times a year. and it really is brilliant marketing to charge so much!

  14. I wish my gym charged me money for not showing up every day. :( I would never make any of the 8 mentioned excuses ever again. :)
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    • Lol- yeah it’s actually a great motivator! at first it stressed me out, but now once i’m sign up I’m just resigned to the fact that i’m going no matter what. i really like the fact i cant back out!

  15. My school didn’t even have a football team, let alone a swimming pool…I guess that’s what happens when you go to high school in a small town?
    Number 2 and number 1 – me today. I slept in instead…but apparently I needed to sleep, so no regrets. Although, I guess we’ll find tomorrow if I actually do end up just delaying it one day.
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    • yeah number 2 always hits me on the weekends and if the weather is bad. on those days its sooo hard to get out of my bed and go work out. and consider yourself lucky you missed the swim unit- you missed 6 weeks worth of anxiety every year :)

  16. Ha ha love Tabitha rocking that 1 sock, I wonder how that conversation goes at home. Or if SJP is like, whatever. And great list, I love it. I never really tried to get out of gym but I hated it. But I was too goody goody to make excuses. And wow you get up early for that class. I’m in awe.
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  17. There’s a lot of things I’ll do to save $15, and getting up and going to class is one of them. Then again, I am NOT an early riser, so I don’t know I’d sign up for a 5:00am class unless I absolutely had to, lol.
    I LOVE this list. I hated junior high gym (luckily the honors program I enrolled in during high school exempted me from PE!!!) and can clearly remember one occasion where I lost 10 points off my grade because my socks were rainbow-colored instead of white. And I flipped out on my teacher, and then my dad in the car on the way home from conferences. Needless to say, I wasn’t their best-loved student, lol!
    I wake up every Thursday excited for your lists. So…way to not disappoint! 😉
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    • aww thanks girlie!! your comments ALWAYS put the biggest smile on my face :) and ohh man you are so lucky you missed the anxiety and humiliation and sweatyness that accompanied high school gym! the best we got was if you were in a science, you’d get to miss one gym class per week for lab. and i considered that a treat :)

  18. Hmm, I never had to do a swim unit! I wonder why. I was never one to make excuses for getting out of gym class but I did try to call myself out of school all together a few times and it worked! :) I’ve never seen the one sock on SJP’s kid, that is hilarious! She’s a trendsetter, that one.
    I really need to try a Bar Method class too, they sound awesome! I usually prefer to lift weights because I am naturally like a bean pole with a pot belly so I need muscle anywhere I can get it, not to be more long and lean! But it looks like a great workout.
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    • hahaha yeah i have the natural potbelly too, unfortunately the rest of my limbs are naturally pudgy as well :) it takes a lot to build up muscle, and ive been really loving the toning work at bar method! they target arms, abs, legs and glutes so its an all around toning session. if you do take a class, let me know how it goes!!

  19. I always made excuses not to get up early and run before work. I need every ounce of ZzZZ I can get! I would wake up on Saturday mornings early to run if the weather was going to be hot, ONLY if I was in marathon training! I finally did it two weeks ago..and I kinda like it! I have time to relax with some wine after work and actually spend a lot of time with my pup!
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    • Yep thats why i started morning workouts! i loved how much time it freed up after work to just relax and hang out with some wine :) priorities after all :)

  20. Fancy – a swimming pool? I went to HS in South Florida where the weather is a constant 90 degrees with 100% humidity and we had nothing of the sort.

    But I also hated PE. It was hard enough to beat my hair into submission every morning with the blow dryer to keep the frizzies away – the last thing I wanted to do was go sweat outside and then put back on my BEBE shirt and go to Geometry. Ain’t happnin!

    I go through stages with my exercise. I’m either really awesome and do everything on my schedule or do NOTHING and try the “I’ll just start next week” business. But – I’ve learned from traveling for work so much that the best thing to do is go for a run/yoga class as soon as I get home.
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    • Lol – YEP oh man I loved bebe in high school- and that really was the worst part about gym class- getting sweaty and then having to go to class feeling gross, hair a mess, ugh. i remember one year the gym was at the complete opposite side of the building as my next class- and there was a no understanding policy for being late- so i would literally SPRINT from gym to this class and like, need a gatorade and a cool cloth by the time i arrived. even if i managed to stay un-sweaty in gym, the run to the next class always got me.

  21. My excuse is that I’m always “too tired.” It works best for me right now to work out when I get home from work, but if my butt even HITS the couch or the bed, nope, I’m done, and exercise will NOT happen. I have to literally walk in the door, change clothes, and walk right back out or I won’t make myself run!
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    • i am the exact same way!! which is why i had to switch to morning workouts. im actually like that even when it comes to fun activities. like if i have to go home first on friday, there’s a good chance i’ll never make it out that night :)

  22. bahhhhhha…these are good!
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  23. I make a lot of excuses, but I barely use them. I’ll try to figure out why I am making them in the first place. (Ex) I don’t want to run. Why? I don’t feel like it = I go anyway. (Ex) I don’t want to run. Why? My knee is really bugging me = Go for a short one and see how it feels

    And no way! I love gym class … seriously it rocks
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  24. Haha this post was hilarious! I hated gym class too, but I could never come up with any excuses to not participate.
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  25. This made me laugh out loud at my desk! Hilarious. I used so many excuses, I hated gymnastics the most, I was a big 5’8 girl who no way could make any pose look graceful (I also had a fear of forward rolls, oh the shame). My favourite was trampolining.!


  26. Cool… I wasn’t the only one to have a period that lasted 6 weeks (or whenever I had gym class)?? 😉 Yea, I was soo guilty of that at least one year of high school. It wasn’t that I “hated” gym – just that me and my friends were too girly to sweat in class. What drama queend we were – lol and smh! :-) This list was hilarious. I def. am a morning “worker-outer” as well. Only becuase it’s too early for my brain to think of excuses. 😉
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  27. I just found your blog and it hilarious! And also I am quite good at making up excuses, especially when my alarm goes off at 5:30am….

  28. Definitely was just LOLing at my desk reading this post. I totally feel you on the gagging for having to wear gym clothes from lost and found. I think that happened to me like once and I still gag over it to this day!
    Loved excuse #4, too. Awesome post!

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