Change Comes Through Action!

Virtues don’t come through simply thinking about them. You have to “exercise them.” Aristotle’s promise is this: if you want a virtue, act as if you already have it and then it will be yours. Change comes through action. Act first, then become.
via How to Feel Like a Man | The Art of Manliness.

If you want to be thin, then act as you already are thin.

If you want to be fit, then act as you already are fit.

If you want to lose weight, then act as if you already lost weight.

How do I mean?  Basically, What do fit people do?  They exercise consistently.  What do thin people do?  They eat consciously and sparingly.

The body follows the mind.  Where is your mind taking you?

Action Happening

Work, Life it happens. Time does not stop (at least that I know of).

So, action must happen as well. I have been working out inconsistently. I have been eating too much food. I have been eating the wrong kinds of food. What happens with this type of action?

Weight Increases. Endurance and Stamina decreases.

I was getting down on myself.  Mentally beating myself up.  Then I read and contemplated this idea:  What kind of person do I want to be?

At the core, I just need to act, behave, and do the things I think good healthy people do.  The rest will follow.

What I mean by that, is if I think healthy people exercise consistently, then I should exercise consistently.  Just do it.  Change happens that easily.  Just take small steps.  Yes, you’ll have negative feelings.  Yes, some days will be good, others will be bad.  Just take small steps towards the person you want to be.  Change will happen when Action happens.

I am training for a standard olympic distance triathlon again this year.  Running has been a challenge due to leg pains, but Biking and Swimming have been awesome.

More to come…   What action is happening by you?

For the Love of Action

I’m not sure I’m a triathlete yet.

This past weekend, I went camping and hiking with my dad, my 5yr old son, my brother, and my two nephews.

A family that plays together stays thin together.

I enjoy hiking a ton. Its super fun to walk out in nature. Take in all the bugs, animals, and beautiful foliage.  (okay bugs are so fun if they’re mosquitos.)  We drove 3 hours away so we can endure a little bit of topography during our hike. Just the fact that we got to see views is awesome considering Illinois is a flat geologic basin (although, we benefit by great ground water). The activeness of topography was one characteristic of living in Montana or Colorado that I really miss.

My wife and I try to encourage our kids to be active. We go for walks, we play at the park, we’ll play tag inside, dance, swim, soccer, baseball, basketball.

By taking my son hiking and camping, he gets to use his body and have fun doing it. Who doesn’t like climbing boulder-sized rocks along a lakefront? That’s better than a jungle gym if you ask me.

When I was growing up, my mom and my dad always provided ample opportunity for me to have fun in action. We camped, we walked, we played sports. Some of these I did alone, some of these we did as a family. I really thank them for those opportunities. Of course, they are fond memories, but it also helped me to realize that moving my body is Fun! Exercise can be fun. It doesn’t have to be running on a treadmill that goes nowhere. It doesn’t have to be lifting weights with no action. Instead, I can carry the weight of a backpack while hiking through a forest or up a mountain.

Why do I say I’m not sure I’m a triathlete?

I mean I like biking, and I like swimming, and I guess if you twist my arm, I don’t mind running (too much). I had a great time with my past Triathlon experience.  The race really motivated my exercise.  However, This past Sunday where we were at in WI, it was 50 some degrees. It was rainy. The campground we were at held a triathlon. I was kind of excited and wanted to go see the participants. Yet, since it was so relatively cold and so wet, I was just happy to take down my tent without getting soaked.

I could not imagine getting up early to set up my transition area in a wet cold morning much less jumping in a cold lake, and then doing a bike and run afterwards. Those people are Triathletes. I’m not quite there yet. I’m not saying I won’t do another triathlon or another race. I’m not committing either way. However, on that cold morning, I had no desire to be out on there with them.

You know what? That’s okay. Everyone is different. We have to find exercises that we like. We have to learn how to naturally include more movement in our day to day activities in addition to the more strenuous endurance activities.

Races are great motivators, but they’re not the only way. Sure, I think races are good for me to motivate my exercise schedule. You may be different. What exercise do you love? That’s what matters when action in general becomes immutable in life!