After 41 days, I finally made it!
It all started in gym class
Isn’t that where all our problems start?
My palms were sweaty. My heart pumped. It was time for the physical fitness test.
I was up next. Chris and John made it through no problem. Using some super human powers they bent down and without effort touched their stubby toes. I was sure they had some physical advantage over me. Maybe I was missing a vertebrae or my arms are too short? There had to of been some explanation.
It was my turn. Mr. Striped Kneesocks got out his measuring stick and told me to bend to touch my toes. “Ok, go” he said. After a moment he said, “seriously, touch your toes”. Little did he realize I had been struggling to since I stood up for my turn. In front of everyone he said I was faking it.
I honestly thought something was physiologically wrong with me. I came to terms with it. Fast forward 20 years and I found my answer.
Have you ever seen Girl Learns to Dance in a Year (TIME LAPSE)? It is totally inspiring. After doing the video, Karen Cheng created the site giveit100.com. You basically record yourself every day trying something and you see real results immediately. I decided to try something I have never been able to do before… can I have super human powers too?
I honestly didn’t think I would be able to do it and I didn’t feel like I was making much progress. After recording myself for a few days I could see real progress and the community kept me going. After 41 days I finally made it! My wife, daughter, and son were there to celebrate with me.
Over 350,000 views?
After I finished the challenge I made the video above.
A few organizations contacted me including MSN and asked to post it. Within a week it had over 300,000 views (over 100,000 the first day). The producers from the Ellen DeGeneres show contacted me seeing if I would be interested in coming on the show if it worked in the schedule.
Here are a few places it has been featured:
How I did it
A lot of people asked what I did every day to gain the daily flexibility. I put together this article explaining how I touched my toes in 41 days.