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An Excuse vs. A Reason – The Primal Movement!

Hi, I’m Steve Fiola.  That’s me, road-marching with the-not so light-rucksack (below).  You can read more about me in our About page.

For now, I wanted to write about a topic that’s been an important factor throughout my own training over the years.  It’s also something that I know most of you have either used or witnessed someone else using.

What I’m talking about are excuses.  Excuses on why we can’t go to the gym; why we can’t lose weight or why we can’t pass a physical fitness test (unless the police are chasing us).

Here’s a common example that some of us in the Army can relate to:

Problem:  Can’t pass the Push Up event in an Army Physical Fitness Test

Excuse: I don’t have the time to work out.

Reason: I haven’t figured out how to fit working out into my schedule.

“But Steve”, you may say, “I can’t go to the gym when I’m working 40hrs a week, and have to get the kids, and make dinner, be at the PTA meeting, and get my homework done, and…”

Perhaps you have some things that prevent you from going to the gym for 2 hours a day.  There’s a difference, however, between a reason to go and an excuse.

You see, the excuse creates an easy out for us.  It naturally prevents us from taking responsibility for our in-action.  We are debilitating ourselves from the start.  When you tell yourself you can’t do something because of [insert bullshit excuse here] then, of course, you aren’t going to accomplish it.  You’ve already convinced yourself that it won’t happen.

The reason demonstrates something that most of us aren’t willing to accept right away, and that is:

We are vulnerable and often don’t want to show it, specifically by admitting that we need help or that we are wrong.  Reasons validate the “what” that is preventing us from going to the gym. 

Let’s be clear!  Primal Platoon isn’t about breaking weight lifting records, get-slim-quick schemes or dieting pills that do nothing but starve us and force chemicals into our bodies.

Primal Platoon is about Warrior-Inspired Wellness.  It’s about digging deep down inside ourselves to combat the side of us that makes excuses.  It’s also about getting you-civilian or soldier-to understand and truly believe that you can live healthy, be healthy and do it in a way that fits into YOUR life style (whether you’re too busy for the gym or just don’t know where to start).

I’m here to tell you that if you want to change your life, then do it.  Yes it’s really as simple as that.  Stop using excuses to validate feeling like crap.  Start reasoning with yourself to focus in on yourself and the quality of life you want to live.

Start by asking yourself ‘WHY’ it’s important?  Maybe you don’t know, and if you don’t know that’s where Primal Platoon comes into play.  We can help get you to the point where all you need to do is act.  We will show you the path, then layout the course and the direction.

Stop making excuses and preventing yourself from actually living a healthy life.  Dig down and pull out that Primal person inside, the person that thrives in challenging situations.  Trust me, you’ll like the result.



The Primal Leader


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