For way too long now, I've been slacking in the cardio department. Of course, I always have some reason why I can't hit the gym for a heart-pumping workout—I'm too tired, I have too much work, etc. But when I really stopped to examine the reasons for not making my cardio routine a priority, it comes down to nothing more than excuses. For a shot of motivation, I re-read the first chapter of The Success Principles. The co-author of this popular self-help book, Jack Canfield, offers simple but effective advice: "Everything you experience today is the result of choices you have made in the past…If you don't like what you are producing and experiencing, you have to change your responses….Change your habits." I also discovered these words of wisdom: "The formula is simple. Do more of what is working, less of what isn't, and try on new behaviors to see if they produce better results." So, with these words of inspiration, I vowed to stop making excuses and get back to the plan that helped me drop those pounds initially.