My workout buddy

I had a great workout with my new (well, I guess maybe she’s not that new anymore) workout buddy, Tina, this morning and last night, too. Our workouts have been awesome and the cool part, they go so fast. 

We have been trying to workout at least three times a week, but unfortunately, because life sometimes throws curve balls at you, the last couple of weeks, it has only been twice a week. But here’s the thing, those curve balls have been thrown at Tina and let me tell you, they haven’t been small little curve balls. No, they are the giant, twisting, gut-wrenching curve balls that make you want to curl up in a ball yourself and not leave your house for several days. In the past month, she’s lost two people in her life – a friend and a family member. It hasn’t been easy. 

But, and it’s a big but – she hasn’t given up. She’s trying her best and that’s what I find inspiring. We have changed our workout schedules around because of stuff happening – in both of our lives – and are making it work. Both of us have said that if we didn’t have each other to work out with, we would probably wouldn’t. Like last night, for example. Tina wasn’t feeling the best, she’s kind of got a cold coming on and she could have just called me and said she couldn’t work out. But she didn’t. I was tired from a long week and I could have called her and said I couldn’t work out. But I didn’t. We are accountable to each other and that’s what I need. That’s what she needs. We both said that if we wouldn’t have gotten together last night, we both would have just set our butts on the couch in front of our TVs and wouldn’t have given exercise a second thought. But instead, we worked out for about 45 minutes. Of course, we sat and chatted afterward for about another 45 minutes, but at least we did it. 

This morning, both of us were tired. Did we want to get up and workout at 6:30 a.m. No. But guess what, we did. And it was an awesome workout. She did the treadmill for 45 minutes and I was on the elliptical for 45 minutes. The cool and best part, it was worth 5 activity points when I entered it on my Weight Watchers log. How awesome is that? And, to top it all off, we both felt great afterward. Energized. 

If you are the type of person, like myself, who would much rather workout with a friend than by yourself, do it. Find someone that you can do this with. Make it work. Find someone who will motivate you. Inspire you. Make you accountable. Just like the Nike slogan says, "Just do it!"

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