On November 20, 2011, I wrote that I had exercised nine days in a row and wondered how many more continuous days I could keep on exercising. This was a difficult challenge, because my whole life I have been totally undisciplined, when it comes to even five or 10 minutes of exercise any one day. I can pass on foods not healthy for me, I can save money, I can return phone calls…but I can’t make myself do some push ups or crunches.

But I changed. Somehow. I wish I knew what made me able to do it.

This week a friend told me that I have become “a fanatic” about this daily exercising. It was said as criticism, not as admiration. Yet just now, at 11:30 pm, after dinner and two hours of tough tennis this morning, after almost three hours of business and conference calls on a Saturday, I completed my 365th day of continuous exercise. I didn’t miss one day the whole year. Although I just noticed that 2012 was a Leap Year, so there is one more day to go this particular year.

So how does it feel? I certainly don’t feel crazy. I have certainly been proud to report my progress and describe what a huge accomplishment this is for a guy who was only able to dream about such discipline for at least…55 years? Since I was a teenager and wanted to have a better build. Other guys could lift weights and bulk up. No interest. Other guys went to the gym 2-4 times a week for decades. Not me. I stopped that after 2 1/2 years. But somehow frequent tennis playing and just 5-15 minutes a day of exercise have proven satisfying enough and felt good enough to keep at it.

Many of the days I procrastinate for hours before my little exercise sessions. I delay dinner, or I wait for hours after dinner. I have even risen from bed after midnight, when I realized I had forgotten to do some crunches or push ups, lift some weights, do planks or quad lifts. But I am doing them.

Every single day. I did it. I am doing it. I am a different person. How did I get to this place? Maybe I will figure it out and let you know. I am proud. Surprised. Confident. Amazed that it is now a part of my everyday life. It is who I am. I feel special…not just compared to others who don’t do this, but compared to earlier versions of me. I am smiling. This is a fun journey. Where am I going? I will let you know…

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