Today at work I got the urge to go to the gym. How often does that happen? It probably had something to do with the donut guilt that was starting to set in. I had a protein shake with fruit for breakfast and a decent lunch, BBQ chicken with a small side of spaghetti. But, there is a local mom and pop donut shop that calls out to me from time to time. They have a chocolate brownie cupcake that should just be called “sin and guilt.” But, it’s delicious and I fell victim to the chocolaty goodness covered with chocolate icing and pecans…again. I was already feeling bad before the last bite. WHY do I do this to myself??
On the way home from work, I recruited my little sister to join me at the gym. She was busy with church stuff, so it was all up to me. I guess I’ll have to get used to that since she’s going away to college next week! I knew that I would need to go straight home and change into my workout clothes immediately; no TV, no sitting down, no wasting time. I was excited to listen to my new audio book I downloaded called Gone Girl while working out.
My last fiction book was Fifty Shades of Grey, which I kindly refer to as 50 Shades of Garbage. E.L. James is a good page turning story teller, I finished the raunchy little book in days, but it’s literally the worst published writing I EVER seen. And the conclusion (or lack thereof) frustrated me beyond reason. Anyway, I quickly changed into my workout clothes, before I remembered that my gym shoes were starting to wear and get old. What better motivation for the gym, than to get new shoes? So, I went to a local running store. I took my old shoes so they could see what I was used to running in. We decided that Zoot Running Shoeswould be the best fit. I got the Men’s version because they’re wider and a better fit for my feet.
They are designed for competing in triathlons. I don’t plan on doing a triathlon anytime soon, but the shoes have cool features like a tongue that doesn’t move, strings you don’t have to tie and asymmetrical lacing that goes along with the natural contours of your feet. And, they looked cool. I had all the motivation I needed to get back in the gym after weeks? or has it been months? of not going. I walked in feeling a little guilty, but just like church, the gym will welcome you back every time, despite your absence. Since it had been so long, I did an easy 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. It wasn’t too hard at all. My new shoes felt good, and I enjoyed the audio book instead of music. So far, it’s a really good book! I can connect with the characters already. I worked up a good sweat, probably not 2 donuts worth of sweat, but it was still a very good workout.