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My Latest Exercise Streak

Today marks 20 straight days that I have done push ups and bicycle abs crunches, alternating each exercise each day. And it’s 22 out of 23 days. This has been in addition to many days of travel, tennis and even a couple ice skating and hunting. It’s a tremendous achievement for me to have been so disciplined, even though each effort is only 5 minutes max.

For years I worked in rooms that had carpets or weights crying out, “Use me, Ira.” But I never noticed them, never heard their reminding pleas. Never thought to do even 30 seconds of activity. Just couldn’t handle another stimulus.

Lately I have actually forced myself to do exercise after midnight to keep my streak going. That’s amazing for me. But more interesting is why sometimes we humans CAN do what we dream of doing? We go through little phases of concentrated activity, briefly reaching our fantasized goals…and then we are distracted or worn out or simply stop for no known reason. I often quit after reaching a new record. Maybe I feel that is enough of an achievement. But for now I am motivated to the point of action. Can’t wait to see how long it lasts…

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You Have to Take a Shot or at Least Hit the Ball Over the Net

Up at 3:45 am to be settled in the woods before first light, which is now around 4:40. I am determined to harvest—don’t you love that politically correct word—a tom turkey eventually. One position, no movement for an hour, waiting for the birds to come out of the trees. I was about to give up…then my patience was rewarded: one lone hen flew down too far away. Still glad I out-waited her. Still glad I woke up so early.

In a nearby hayfield I called in three toms to my woods. (You make the sounds of a hen to appeal to the tom’s mating urge.) One approached my clucks curiously. He was only 25 yards away, but between two trees just two feet apart. There were lots of small branches to dodge between him and me. The opening might only have been a few inches. It would have to be a Robin Hood shot that only Kevin Costner can do in his movie. Licking the arrow feathers (the fletching) like Kevin did in the film might have helped. I decided to wait for a better shot. The bird turned away, and I never saw him again.

I should have taken what I had. I gambled and lost. How often do we do this in our lives? Wait for something that might be better? Girlfriends. Wives. Jobs. Business opportunities. So many times we pass up our chance for now and curse ourselves later when we realize what we missed

My first tennis coach said that you have to first hit the ball over the net. That is 50% of how you win the point. Even if it is a poor shot that your opponent smashes right past you for his winner. Hitting into the net is a sure loser.

Now no one hits into the net intentionally. Read the rest of this entry »

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