Tokens of an active life

After years of service on running trails, basketball courts and the gym floor, these glasses have given up the ghost.

After years of service on running trails, basketball courts and the gym floor, these glasses are toast.

First, it was my eyeglasses. After years of use during active exercise, they finally literally fell apart.

Next, it was the bar code on the little plastic card I use to access the gym. That too was peeling away.

Then, it was the palm-sized spiral notebook I use to record my exercise, day after day, week after week, year after year. I’d filled up another one, dating back to the start of 2012. (I’ve got four others going back to 2006.)

Altogether, these tokens told me I’d been pretty active, maintaining a regular routine of running, swimming, lifting weights — and even adding yoga nearly four years ago. Call me obsessive, but I like seeing where I’ve run, how far and how fast, as well as recording how many laps I’ve swum, etc.

As November ended, the month-end tally showed me I’d followed through on a pledge to do more weights and less running and swimming while keeping up my Sunday morning yoga commitment with Lori.

So, how ironic is it that as a new month began, I caught a cold?

Here I was patting myself on the back, thinking I’d breeze through December with a perfect record — 31 days of exercise. Instead, as I write this, I am at the tail end of a mild cough and sniffles — a reminder to stay humble.

I’ll get back to it soon enough. When I do, I’ll have a new pair of sport glasses (picked ’em up yesterday), a shiny new gym membership card, and lots of blank pages to fill in my newest exercise log.

Compulsive? Maybe just a little.

Heck, maybe even anal-retentive, judging by these two criteria:

  • You don’t just sort the money in your wallet by $1, $5, $10, or $20, but also sort the bills by wear-and-tear so that you get rid of the bills in the worst shape first.
  • You look up anal-retentive to see whether it needs a hyphen.

Want to see the top 5 signs you are anal-retentive? Check out the list:

Meanwhile, get out there and exercise!


2 thoughts on “Tokens of an active life

  1. George- wondering if you, or each of us, is naturally annal-retentive or well trained. On the one hand I do3 things on the list. On the other hand, Lori has been trying to train or encourage me to track all my exercise for 15 years without much success.

  2. I have no illusions about being in the minority as a “detail-oriented” person — yet another euphemism for anal-retentive. I’m sure Lori’s had some influence, but I think it’s mostly my nature. She could tell you stories, though, about my forgetfulness and tendency to sometimes be too easily distracted. Watch for another post on that topic soon.

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