In the gym just working on my fitness (Part Two)

Well, like I was saying, gym folk are funny. When I go to the gym, I go to get sweaty and stinky, and I dress accordingly. I do not shower to go to the gym. I do not shave to go to the gym. I do not wear coordinating clothes to the gym. Most of the time people who know me at the gym, do not recognize me outside of the gym. That’s just my deal; I don’t have time, money, or desire to be fashionable and fabulous at the gym. I go to the gym to work hard in hopes of looking fabulous outside of the gym.

Sometimes I workout before lunch, and during that time I mostly see other moms and retired people. We are a moderately serious crowd with a few hard core folks sprinkled in. During the afternoon, there’s a relaxed crowd until 5:30. At that point the highly motivated and very muscled people arrive along with the beautiful people, who exert more energy flirting than exercising. That time slot stresses me out a bit. The weekend is saved for the two ends of the spectrum: the slackers and the psychos.

Don’t get mad, I’m just havin’ fun with some generalizations…

I see people run at breakneck speeds wearing trashbags. I see people who never sweat. I see people jack their treadmills on such a high incline that I expect them to come rolling off the back at any minute and those whose belt is barely moving. I see people who are there every time I go and lots of unfamiliar faces too. I see people wearing jeans to workout and some who wear almost nothing. I see people who are so drenched in sweat that they look like they’ve come in from a rain storm and those whose make-up has never smeared and hair has never been displaced. It takes all kinds, I guess.

But I am struck by truth. You get out what you put in. Period. How are you seeing this play out in your own life right now – either positively or negatively? Not necessarily with regard to fitness, but in any area.

In the gym just working on my fitness (Part Three)
In the gym just working on my fitness... (Part One)


  1. LindZHaselden
    January 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    So true. I can see that a lot in relationships–specifically with my family. The more energy, love, and intentionality I put in, the more I ultimately get out. But if I put in frustration and stress, that’s what I get reflected back to me.

  2. KFreeman
    January 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    You get out what you put in for real!! The more love and acts of service that I give to the hubby (whether I really feel like it or not), the more I am seeing such a huge turnaround! FINALLY!!!!…and why did it take me SO long to figure this out?! AMEN!!

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