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Wow, that was actually fun...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I have a new room mate since Sunday, someone I have known for a number of years in a professional context and who I do consider a friend, not just an acquaintance. However, I would not consider her even near a bosom chum or a bestie or whatever you want to call it. So, I was a little nervous about her moving in (as my husband is having to move out to go to university), but thankful for the company even if I didn't know her especially well. It's actually been good so far having her here.

What was more surprising was how much fun I had with her at the gym last night, though. This woman is probably 120 lbs soaking wet, very athletic, a total outdoorswoman. Enviable, really, right? The type of woman I want to be again. So, I was kind of nervous about what she would think of me, and then I decided to get over it. I mean, I don't care what anyone else thinks of the 270+ lb woman on the elliptical, so why should I care what my room mate thinks? At least I'm working on myself, right?

Well, it turned out to be a lot of fun. I did the elliptical, she did her stuff, and then we walked our cool-down mile together and chatted. Then, we went and stretched together. It was nice to have a comrade, even one a third of my size. It was nice to have a gym buddy for a change -- I've been doing this alone so long, I thought I preferred that. Most of all, I realized that I work just as hard - and often harder - than the more fit people at the gym, my friend included. :) She said she was watching me on the elliptical and she was impressed by how hard I tackled it. However, for me it was an "off" night because my headphones broke a few minutes in emoticon and I had no "groove" to keep me going. I wussed out after only 21 minutes without any music to push me through.

I also learned that what makes my heart rate jump up to 147 bpm only makes hers go up to 91. emoticon

So, I would actually be happy to have her come with me again. I enjoyed her company (just as I am at home, too) and it was a nice change to have a gym friend. It certainly made the walking cool-down more enjoyable, and we even helped one another stretch. I also realized that she truly does accept me as I am, and that I can count on her to be supportive as I keep chipping away at my weight and trying to improve my health. I think that's probably the best realization of all.
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    I'm glad you have a buddy! :)
    1950 days ago
    I'm so glad you guys got to go together. You're doing so awesome, and having a workout buddy actually THERE with you will probably prove to be a huge incentive in itself (as you're already discovering)

    Anyways. I'm here for you anytime!

    Love you, have the best day ever my dear!
    1953 days ago
    How wonderful to have that!
    1954 days ago
    1954 days ago
    What a blessing for you to KNOW this early in your room sharing relationship that she accepts you as you are. Stay honest. Enjoy the companionship. Have fun exploring new experiences and adventures.
    1955 days ago
    Oh I hate not having my music! So funny that just yesterday I had to buy a new pair too (mine weren't broken... long story).
    So glad you had fun with your workout buddy!
    1955 days ago
    Having a workout buddy would definitely be a good thing. Sorry to hear about your headphones.. I hate when I don't have my music with me because it is definitely motivating.
    1955 days ago
  • LJOYCE55
    What a great find in a workout friend. I hope this continues for you and your friend. Congratulations.
    1955 days ago
    emoticon That's awesome! It really does help to have a gym buddy.
    1955 days ago
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