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It's better than a dadaist pep talk.

I was at the gym this morning and somebody stopped me in the locker room. She hadn't been a member at the gym for a year, she said, but now she was again. Most people look just the same as they did a year ago, but not me. I looked great, she told me. This made me grin ridiculously, as you might imagine.

Old-fashioned strength and conditioning, people! Lift heavy weights, run and/or row, and eat a lot of protein. Magic things happen that aren't magical at all, but just the body responding as it ever does. Plus you can do things like carry all of the grocery bags in from the car at once without noticing. (Feel free to substitute the daily lifting task of your choice there.)

Do not underestimate the psychological benefits of physical strength. There is something about this literal empowerment that translates into overall empowerment. If you can effect that change in your body, you can change other things. Many other things. And you have power over your environment that you didn't have before.

End of newage pep talk.

More listening: Ultimae Records's entire catalog on Bandcamp. All of it! A label with amazing taste in ambient trance/psychill/whatever you want to call the downtempo electronic genre this week.

What are you listening to these days?

 Barefoot by Chicane from Giants (Rating: 0)
There is a lot of work and sweat involved. The work and sweat become fun in themselves if you let them. The upside of this approach is that there is never any self-starvation. Self-starvation would be counterproductive. Nom nom food! I eat way less sugar than I did before, though. (Sugar really is evil.)
Xander will experience this as he grows from teen geek to strapping construction guy.

Just putting that out there.

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Yes. This story seed keeps bouncing around inside me. Eventually it'll find the right expression.
Are you still doing that... crap, I can't remember the name of the page/exercise you mentioned a while back, where you do ridiculously insane lifting exercises? I was going to look into it, but my former gym was not conclusive to it.

Anyway, good on you for your continued hard work.
I still do some Crossfit-like stuff, yeah, when I need to do metabolic conditioning aka more intense cardio. High-intensity circuit training is another word for it. I don't do pure Crossfit at a Crossfit gym or anything like that, because they're more about the workouts that leave you thrashed than about strength. Crossfit at a gym with an instructor who has training beyond just Crossfit is a great way to go from couch potato to the best shape of your life, though.
That's very encouraging to hear. How lovely of her to take the time to let you know!
I had something similar happen last week: A woman I used to see every day when I first started going to the gym, but haven't seen in probably a couple years now, was in the locker room the other day. She told me I look great and asked where the rest of me disappeared to. That was pretty cool. :)

Strength training is awesome stuff. It's so much more than building/toning muscles and it is NOT the bulking up that most people think it is. And yes, I love being able to eat and still lose weight (or at least not gain!) lol
Fist bump of locker room solidarity! I bet you look great. And you can lift heavy things :D And I also bet that unrelated things like riding a motorcycle are easier now too!