"Humans always smell odd when change is in the the air. Like rotten meat, with a hint of papaya," said The One and Only Ivan (a gorilla) by Katherine Apllegate.
I don't know if this post should be about the gym or the challenges of change. It will probably be both, but since my arms a just the slightest bit sore, I'm going with a gym blog.
In all honesty, my arms could be sore from the gym since I increased my weights minutely for the New Year OR it's from shivering while I watched my daughters ice skate with their friends at the downtown, outdoor rink. But again, this is going to be a gym blog, so I'll stick with gym soreness.
There are a few amazing people that come to the gym at 5:00 a.m. smelling like they just stepped out of the shower. Even their sweat smells good. My gym mates are lucky I'm fully dressed. I'm still so distrut in the morning that I have to lay my clothes out the night before and when the alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m. I'm hoping for some Harry Potter magic to put warm clothes on my body then get into a warm car that hasn't used any of my gas and finally take me to the gym all the while I'M STILL SLEEPING. Then I walk into the scent of beauty and wake up.
I don't go to the gym six days a week like some of my gym mates. I go three times a week as a stress reliever that is a single mom with a growing business, a 45 hour a week job and a part-time job. I go to the gym to keep the nearly 30 pounds I gained in my marriage OFF. I do it to remind myself that I'm stronger than I look and to keep up with my young and active children. I do it because I want to be in my 70's like my parents and on absolutely no medications (and beat my kids in a bike race like my parents do me).
You might be asking what I do on my days off from the gym if I'm really dedicated to all of these motivatators in my life. Well, yoga, tai chi, bike rides with my daughters, sometimes I run once a week, walk to work or just walk the dog. I know what exercise is right for me. I know how much is right for me. I know what I want out of my life and I know how I want to treat my amazing body that has the ability to heal itself without much doctor intervention. I love my body and I'm deeply grateful.
So, find out what's right for you and get moving. Every small step has a huge impact.