Week 1: Days 1-5: 100 Days of Awesome… Part 2!





100 Days of Awesome Part 2 is a completely different beast. We are traveling and visiting family and friends for the first 50. My goals are to keep up what I started in part 1, but also to relax, recharge my batteries, explore, and have quality time with the ones I love.

It’s been a great, somewhat hectic,  5 days. Days 1, 2, and 3 were just traveling and getting adjusted to the new time zone. Keeping my running schedule has made it easier.

The blessing/curse of being home is wanting to visit and spend time with so many people. I am doing my best to make plans!

Off to drink a coffee and listen to the birds in the backyard.

I am living and making each day count. 


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DAY 100! This is Just the Beginning.


It’s day 100. I feel no need to make a big deal out of it.

Thursday I ran 5.5 kilometers like a cheetah. Well, maybe not a cheetah, but faster than I have before. Later in the day I played in a soccer match between my daughter’s soccer team and the parents. All I thought, throughout the game, was ” I could never have done this last year.” It was fun too.   It really brought me back to my youth when I played soccer year round. It also reminded me of the time I played dodgeball against a bunch of ten year-olds and crushed them all. I think I have a picture of it somewhere, me standing there, ball in my hand, raised to the air in victory. KING!

Seriously. What have I accomplished in 100 Days? There is one simple answer. I made my life better, every damn day. I am better, inside and out, than I have been in years.

Now on to the next 100 days!


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Day 93: Inch By Inch



I just watched, “Any Given Sunday.” It’s been awhile since I have seen it.  Honestly, I just wanted to listen to Pacino’s speech about life, and football, being a game of inches. Very few can argue that it isn’t one of the best speeches in a movie. 93 Days ago, I decided to take my steps, inch-by-inch, towards a better life. I have found that watching movies like AGS and Rocky, give me that little push I need from time-to-time.

The last few days I have been , “Getting er done” . I hauled out a ton of garbage that I collected from my tidying up goal (which will continue once I get to the basement) . This place is finally coming together. Right now the kids are outside on the porch,  with their friends, listening to music and playing card games, all while enjoying some Friday candy. I hear lots of singing. When we moved in, that damn porch was awful. Now, it’s a little paradise with a great view.

Tomorrow, after my morning 5+k, I will continue my renovation of 28 very old windows, sanding, painting, and sealing. No way I will pay $500+ a month to heat this place next winter.

And yes, still meditating, writing,running, eating right… Getting better little by little.

I lived today. It was awesome.





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Day 90: Vivid Man, Vivid.



I am finally sitting in my bed, propped up by some pillows, and feeling very satisfied with my day. Outside, a rather annoying sounding bird has finally stopped his chirping. My early morning run wasn’t as difficult as it has been in the past. 5k came much “easier”.  Teaching and throwing the football with some students gave me no pain in my shoulder, something that was unbearable for me to do for the last three years. After dinner, when I needed some alone time, I put on my shoes and went for an hour walk. No music. I just listened to the birds, and  felt my legs and feet as they guided me down the tiny streets around where I live. I feel extremely satisfied and ready for a good rest.

I did not meditate this morning, because of time constraints, but plan on doing so before I go to sleep. I’ll tell ya, the meditation, before before bedtime, has led to some crazy, vivid dreams. I am one of those people who rarely, if ever, remembers his dreams, or if I even dreamt at all. Something is obviously changing in my brain. I feel more rested in the morning too.

Today marks 90 days in the 100 Days of Awesome Project. Just 10 days left, and 12 until I leave for vacation. The timing is perfect.

I am at peace this evening.

I lived today and it was awesome.


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Day 89: Where the Heck Is Me?



I haven’t been posting lately. It’s tough to write something meaningful, something worthy of  being read, everyday. I have also been struggling with expressing myself clearly. In this computer server sits many drafts I have written but never published. They were just crap, in my opinion.

My journal, however, is filled with thoughts and reflections, successes and failures written in a freer format. When I write for myself I feel completely unencumbered by the normal rules of writing, and write whatever is in my head. You, dear reader, are lucky I don’t share all those writings.

That doesn’t mean that Awesomeness has stopped. I have been living each day, all while loaded with single-parent responsibilities, personal goals, and work. The good news is that vacation is just 12 days away. The load on my shoulders will then become much lighter.

I am nearing the end of my first 100 days and feel, had I not embarked on this journey, I would not be doing as well as I am. I write a lot. I run 3 times a week. I’ve lost a lot of weight and have more energy than at any other time in the last 12 years. I practice, successfully and unsuccessfully, meditation often. I am reading more. The road was/is tough, but my goals have now become habits and routine. My life is better.

On the personal side, I am so proud of the work I have done. Closure, and letting go, is an amazing feeling.

I am already thinking and writing about my goals for the next 100 days. It’s becoming a list of things to do when I am unchained from my daily responsibilities. Old friends, family, relaxing, and trying new things are all on the list.  Writing, running, and mediation will continue!  I need to do them now.


So, as I prepare for a long vacation, I can’t help but think that the ultimate goal is to live each day, for the rest of my life, and turn this little project into a life of awesome.

I lived today. It was awesome. 



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