A New Year’s Resolution, 3 Years Later

I was inspired on New Year’s Eve 2015 to start exercising regularly. Doug Wilcoxen, a fellow Pomona College student and resident of Wig Hall 30+ years ago, wrote on Facebook that day that he had been to the gym 315 times during the year. I remember Doug in college as being sane and not a freakish jock, so I thought that if Doug could exercise regularly, then maybe I could, too.

I decided to go to the gym or do something physical daily as long as I could. I also decided that if I missed a day or two, I would restart the routine as soon as I was able. I wondered what would happen.

I posted on New Year’s Day 2017 that I did something physical 30 minutes a day every day during 2016.

Galen in the Fitness SF locker room

My resolution had inspired me to drag myself to the gym on those days I felt a little under the weather or felt pressured by time. I didn’t want to end my streak, so I’d go and do 30 minutes of core body, upper body, or cardio… or maybe just walk the streets for a solid half hour.

On 1/1/2017 I thought that after My Year of Daily Exercise, I would give myself permission to skip a day here or there.

I underestimated my own anal retentiveness.

Yesterday I completed 3 years of doing something physical for 30 minutes a day. That’s 1096 days in a row.

As today’s locker room picture above shows, the repetition doesn’t make me a young muscle stud, or muscle stud of any age. But, the fixation on daily activity has been good for me.

My routine has me heading to the gym as soon as the girls have been fed and re-settled down. So, I am usually at the gym at 6:30 am, or at 7 am opening on weekend and holidays. This starts my day.

More important than any physical prowess gained is the understanding and gratitude I have because I have been lucky. I haven’t had any serious illness or injury in three years.

No flu, debilitating colds, or Serious Conditions that randomly hit people of a certain age. I am of a certain age, so appreciate not being a random victim.

I thought I would intentionally break the streak at 1000 days. But, I mis-estimated when Day 1000 would be, and didn’t make an accurate count of the days until something like day 1020. I decided not to stop intentionally at some weired, non-milestone day.

Now, after three years, I am okay with missing a day or two. Life will happen. Flu or worse always lurks. And, some day I could decide that just that day I do not feel like walking or gymming.

But, I will restart when I am able and get back into the habit doing 30 minutes of physical activity most days.,

After all, if Doug Wilcoxen can do it, so can I.

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Day 93 — Merry Christmas, Auroara! “Auroara”??

It was a big, busy day for the pack, both human and canine.

There was breakfast to enjoy, presents to open, dinner to prepare, friends to enjoy, and occasionally a moment to play with a puppy.

For her part, Aurora did a good job exhausting herself with the early morning play session. By the time serious cooking or serious present opening started, she was into a deep nap!

Aurora asleep on the hide-a-pet
Aurora on the Hide-a-Pet

The development in the puppy world today was reading her signature on the Christmas cards. Apparently, she is spelling her name Auroara.

We don’t know if the non-standard spelling will stick. Geoffrey’s family has a history of unique name spellings that do last though. Just consider his brother Richard, aka: Ric.

Personally, I like that her name might contain a mention of her ROAR.

Anyway. The guests and the girls made a wonderful Christmas for all us Ozdachs.

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Day 92 — Christmas Eve

The girls continue to be uncomfortable with the disruption of additional beings in the house. Zenith is quick to launch into a major alert whenever she hears any movement from non-Ozdachs, and the activity level remains high.

Even Aurora seems to need recharging more often… like in this picture!

Aurora yawning in Geoffrey's lap

The humans spent the morning going to the Cliff House for breakfast and then collecting turkey and desert from Noe Valley stores.

Galen then made his cranberry sauce and did other pre-Christmas preparations before the humans went to the candlelight service.

Tony the Heathen avoided the church service and gave the pack dinner. Ric, Geoff, and Galen came home after the service, petted the pack, and then all humans went to Harris’ for a holiday dinner.


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Day 91 – Still in an Uproar

Well, maybe not an uproar, but the Force is definitely disturbed by the non-pack canine in the house… to say nothing of dealing with his owner!

Lots of to’ing and fro’ing, with Aurora generally in the middle of the watching pack. She’s careful to have protection all around her.

All pack members were especially interested in getting reassured by their dads.

Here’s the 2:30 afternoon shot with the girls helping Geoffrey check on the last-minute package deliveries.

Geoffrey sitting at the computer with Zenith and Aurora on his lap
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Day 90 — A Day of Play

Twas the Saturday before Christmas and all through the house… there was activity!

The pack went off during the night when Ric took Shiloh by our bedroom door so Shiloh could use the backyard. INTRUDER ALERT!

Then when I got up Zenith went into the kitchen in front of Ric’s closed door and tried to declare an ALERT at 5:30 in the morning. That rebellion was quelled, but the tone was set for the day. Aurora was initiated in Dealing with Family!

Ric and Geoffrey went out shopping early, leaving the pack +1 with me. More whining and pacing!

Most of the day’s action was spent reassuring each dog, including the visitor.
Mid afternoon I had time tp watch an Apex/Aurora play session in the back yard. But, it was a gray day and most of the shot have motion blur — it was an active, combative play session!

This shot caught Aurora checking out the path by the lemon trees between attacks on her aunt.

Aurora in the wilds by the lemon tree.
Aurora in the Wilds

Aurora continues to run for the hide-a-pet and protection when Shiloh looks at her. But, it’s a pretty peaceful invasion… so far.

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