I think Mark Twain had something to do with that title quote but I’m unable to find a source for the saying “do as I say and not as I do”. The latter is often referred to as a statement in hypocrisy. Yet Dr. Samuel Johnson, a moralist and great contributor to English literature in the 1700s cautioned readers to tread lightly when charging others with hypocrisy.
Johnson said that it was actually okay to express zeal for virtues that we neglect to practice. He equated it to honestly recommending a vacation destination to someone withouth having the courage or ability to visit ourselves. Whew! I feel better. I can continue to issue warnings to my husband as he approaches the buffet line – “that is all you CAN eat.”
Actually, I’ve been beating on myself about the fact that I advocate healthy living when perhaps I’m not living as healthy as I advocate. My eating habits aren’t the issue. They’re not perfect but my diet is loaded with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. My issue is getting myself out and moving like I know I ought to. And, the issue is brought to the forefront by a fast encroaching “big birthday” and a conversation with a new friend who politely said, “you should move to a position where your well being expresses you in full. Your intention and your practice would match”.
Don’t worry. I’m not about to launch into a discussion on getting thinner from a world where girls as young as 6 years old around the globe think that they need to diet. No, what I’m talking about is behavioral and the development of a commitment that would match my zeal for regular exercise to my practice of it.
So what’s the best way to create and hold myself accountable to an exercise plan? I’m going to start with a few simple steps. First, just like the adage about savings that talks about paying yourself first, I’m going to plan a week’s worth of exercise as opposed to simply seeing how each day unfolds. I’ll also eliminate excuses and one way to do that is to pack up and keep my gym bag in the car so that not having it isn’t an excuse. Next, I’m going to work to use hiking or attendance at a zumba class as a way to connect with friends instead meeting up for food or drink. And I’ll probably invest in a new pedometer. I’ve worn one for years and my last one isn’t holding a good count. Finally, there’ll be no more greedily checking my blog stats for comments when my body and therefore, my health, would be better served by an early morning bike ride. Wish me luck and do check in from time to time.
How do you create and keep yourself on an exercise regime?