Which has led me to finally commit to getting back into the gym.
It has also led me to reflect on the rigor of getting results from the gym. It sort of requires regular attendance, constant attention to collateral damage (like delicious foods), and a good deal of pain and the occasional inability to walk from muscle soreness.
All of this becomes fantastically worth it as the body transforms to its lean, lithe, athletic alter-ego.
But in the weeks and months of meantime, it can be hard to convince oneself the whole bit is better than sitting on the sofa eating chips.
Kinda reminds me of the keystone characteristics of Christianity: servanthood, kindness, generosity, love, non-judgement...etc, etc. They don't exactly just happen.
So for the love of the world's health & wellness, and, well, because it is Christmastime, choose to practice joy.
It won't hurt for long, I promise.