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22 August 2012


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A long time ago, I took a little home organization class offered at my Y. One of the mottos they taught us was "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." That is, if you decided that you can only do something if you do it perfectly, by working out 7 days a week or whatever, so then you never do it because you won't be doing it the One Right Way, then you will never get around to doing it. If it's worth doing, then you should do it even if it is less than the ideal, because it's still better than never doing it at all.

So, bravo on embracing that one!


This is a great post! "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly" is GK Chesterton, I think.

I struggle with perfectionism so end up doing nothing for fear of not doing it "right." I need to do more worthwhile stuff badly.


Awesome post.

LeeAnn B

I have time to workout five days a week and I often do (45 minute martial arts class) since I always feel better after some good exercise. But it makes life rough for the family (who also do class three to five times a week) if we are gone from home all evening, every evening. I hate to pass up an opportunity but I am starting to realize we need more time at home or time to do other things than exercising. My workout is both my "job" and my adult social time, so hard to skip it.

LeeAnn B

I also usually walk (with some running) three miles once a week with other mom friends. As a lifelong non-runner, I am working up to a goal of running three miles for next year's black belt test.


That's great, Leeann! It always gives me a warm feeling to hear of lifelong non-runners learning to run a real distance :)


As I sit here on my pc for the first time in a week and look at my house, I think...well said!

Jennifer Fitz

I think this is my new favorite post in the world.

Three times a week. I can do that.

Dorian Speed

I am going to print this out and staple it to my face. To my FACE.


My secret to living a balanced life assuming that it is indeed balanced: being able to say NO.

Amy Jane (UntanglingTales)

Delicious. Thanks for putting this into words.

And I have that GKC quote scrawled on half a torn 3x5 card on the front of my fridge-- because it seemed like such a better-fitting tribute to the words than a framed calligraphy piece.

Or maybe because I haven't thought of it at the right time.

But I like the first explanation better.


Dorian: Pics or it didn't happen.


My best friend's mom once told me "Don't add more to enough." This was in reference to homeschool curricula/subjects but I find it applies to so many areas of life. I'd never applied it to exercise, but you just gave awesome examples of that. Kind of your whole diet philosophy, too! Love this post, especially as the schoolyear gets underway. Thanks for the insight and reminder.

Christy P.

I am reminded of my favorite (at this moment) quote from The Simpsons "Zero's a percent" -- Lindsay Nagle (in reference to the recycled paper content of a newspaper which was described to contain a certain percentage of recycled paper)


I run once a week, about a mile, and I do about fifteen minutes of strength training once a week. As a workout routine it's probably not sufficient to make any gains, and yet it's better than doing nothing at all. I can feel the difference in weeks when I do nothing.

I only enjoy exercise in that small sweet period in which you're warmed up and feeling all athletic and buff but before you're just enduring to the end. My hope is that that window will widen. Running last night with my daughter, who hasn't done much of that activity, I could see the gains I'd made in the past six years. When I ran the 5k the other weekend, I was glad to see that I wasn't the last person in the pack -- though I probably was the last woman in my age group!

Barbara C.

Paul McCartney is an amazing composer, but he has also written some greatly terrible lyrics over the many years. My husband and I have this theory that sometimes he just writes down whatever pops into his head, even if it's complete jibberish, says "That's bloody good enough."

"That's bloody good enough" has become my mantra whenever I half-ass something because I just don't have any more time or energy to devote to it.

And with a newborn again it has been getting a lot of use again lately. :-)


It occurred to me that it might be helpful to mention that when I *first* took up swimming (long before I started running), I only went *twice* a week.

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