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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)
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!