Today is the day. I planned this out 100 days ago and I am finally here. Today is day 100.

For several years I have had the thought that I would get a head start on the next year and get my fitness (and life in general) in better shape. The thought usually hits me some time around October. I mull it over and then watch the idea fade.

This year has been very different. In the past I have “wanted” to change. This year I made the change. In so doing I clearly distinguished the difference between wanting something and working for something. It has been quite a journey.

Let’s recap the goals I have been pursuing:

1. Follow my exercise program. I had been lifting weights for about a year, but needed a more clearly defined regimen. To the weight lifting I added walking daily and yoga. This goal also included exercising every day for 100 days straight. I finished this goal today. It feels good.

2. Follow an eating plan. I discussed this in a previous post, but it bears repeating in part. I had to figure out how many calories I needed to eat every day and stick to it. I chose 2600. This is well below the calories I burn for the day when I am active, so it creates a sufficient deficit. I have lost almost 35 pounds in the last 100 days. I am down over 40 since the beginning of the summer.

3. Read or listen to a chapter of a book daily. This is what I have accomplished:

Books Read:

  • Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss
  • Creative Calling – Chase Jarvis
  • Building a Storybrand – Donald Miller
  • Make Your Bed – William H McRaven
  • Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink
  • Ted Talks – Chris Anderson
  • As You Wish – Cary Elwes

Working on:

  • The First 20 Hours – Josh Kaufman
  • The Dichotomy of Leadership – Jocko Willink
  • Platform – Michael Hyatt
  • The Storytellers Secret – Carmine Gallo
  • The Screwtape Letters – CS Lewis

4. Write daily. You can look back on this blog. There are 100+ posts since September 12th. There is a lot of room to improve here and I am looking forward to doing just that. First step was writing. I have done that.

5. Drink 100 ounces of water daily. I have made this a core habit. I am proud of this one. I do not want to live my life dehydrated.

6. Take a progress picture daily. I have done this every day. It has been strange and there are many photos no one will ever see, but I will share some of the progress photos (that I am comfortable with) at some point. I would like to share this one for the moment.

The photo on the left is from last week. The photo at the top right is me in May of this year. The photo at the bottom left is me in September. The journey has taken me a long way.

7. Encourage someone daily. I have done this every day. This may be one of my favorites of all the goals. I want to be a persons who actively lifts others up. This one has felt good.

This journey has been so worth it in multiple ways. I feel better. I look better. I have been living on purpose. I have been actively trying to uplift. This has been awesome.

So, what’s next? I am going to celebrate Christmas with my family and then…write the next 100 Days Strong list and do it all over again.

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