Day 292 – Choices and Excuses-Not packed yet



     Ali Vincent has been a role model of mine since she earned the title The First Female Biggest Loser.  I even wear pink when I workout as it was her color T-shirt on the show.  I just recently finished her book about her experience on the “Ranch.”  I admire her drive and determination.  She knew that she had turned a page and would forever be a healthy person.  Even after being voted off the Ranch she knew that she was still going to be the Biggest Loser even though she wasn’t on the show anymore.  Then when she won the right to return after losing the most weight you could tell that she had “IT.” Her whole life and being had made a switch.  The excuses had been replaced with just hard work that had been paying off.      She is on the other side of her destiny and is now encouraging thousands of people on her Famous Footwear Summer Tour.

      When I was recently in Fairbanks visiting a family of friends I woke up early and decided to read until the house began to stir.  Ali had stated that before the Biggest Loser she was a collector of excuses.  As an athlete she collected trophies but as an adult she collected reasons for………  This reminded me of a conversation just the day before.  I was lamenting about the price of my ticket to Hawaii and how m-m-my-yyyy ticket was sooooo much more expensive than anyone elses because I-I-I-I-I had to buy a first class ticket because of my size. (Oh woe is me) My friend immediately stated that it was a choice. (Snap back into my senses). I back peddled but soon came to the realization that yeah it was my choice.  The choice not to be declared “Too fat to Fly.”  The choice not to crowd someone else or that I didn’t want to be embarrassed when I was asked to purchase another seat.  Choices.  It’s all how you look at it. In just a few simple words my friend helped me to look at the situation from a different point of view.   
     So when I read the words that Ali had been collecting excuses it was as if I took my palm and immediately smacked my forehead. Ding! Yep I collect excuses that impede my progress.  Excuses are comfortable.  They’re warm like a blanket.  They explain my life away.  They allow me to hide.  They allow me to not do my best or to dig in and try harder.  They give me an allowance to surrender and stay the way I’ve always been.  
             Mind you this realization all happen in a matter of seconds. 
   Then before I knew it I was headed out the door.  I left a note that I was walking the 1.5 mile loop in their neighborhood.  With each step I was taking a stand.  I’m going to do things differently.  I’m not going to talk myself out of living life.  I’m going to live healthy.   I so enjoyed the walk.  What was so refreshing is that I didn’t take the time to formulate reasons why I shouldn’t.  I just did it.  The rest of the day I was so proud of my choice. 

So in Hawaii I’m going to collect experiences and not excuses.


  1. That’s just what I was trying to say recently when I said we Decide… only you said it better! This was wonderful, thank you.
    I look forward to hearing about your adventures in Hawaii.

  2. Awesome post Shelli. I have heard great things aboutu Ali’s book. I will put it on my list. When do you go to Hawaii? I hope you have a wonderful time!

  3. Awesome post, Shelli! I love these “tipping point” stories–I know you’re on your way again!!

    I guess I may have to read that book, huh?

  4. Great note Shelli, and such an important truth! I had a friend challenging me in April about all my excuses… it hurt, but she was telling me the truth. I’ve thought about it since….it’s time to stop the excuses and get to work. Thanks for a great note, and a great reminder. I am so glad God gives us his strength to do what is right!

  5. […] will certainly push me harder than I’ll push myself.  I need to know what I can do.  As Ali Vincent said in her book, Believe It Be It, she had been collecting excuses for far to long.  I’m […]

  6. […] taught me when I read her book.   That I also had been collecting excuses instead of experiences. (See blog post).  It was great then to share with her the actions that I had taken since.  Choices right?   My […]

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