I posted the above on New Year's day. I saw people posting on Twitter and Facebook their disdain for "Resolutionaries" -- people that join gyms at the beginning of the year and take up time/space on the machines and in classes. Ever think that you were once that person? It might not have been a new year's resolution, but someone might've looked at you and wondered what the cat dragged in. Someone might have considered YOU to be the one out of place and not belonging in the gym.
But you're not a scared neophyte anymore, are you? You know how to use the machines. You let people "work in," you wipe down your equipment, you figure out how to make space in a crowded class for one more person. You've realized that we're in this together--that when one person succeeds, we all benefit.
I just want to take this moment to remind my readers of The New Rules and Rule No. 1 (no, it's not "No one talks about fight club): leave no one behind. If someone works up the courage to make it to the gym, or to ask you how you've achieved success, don't you feel like it should be your duty to help them? Even if it's just 5 minutes of your time, I feel you should honor the trust that they've placed in you as someone they feel they can learn from or be inspired by.
It pleases me to no end that I'm getting emails and text messages from my dad telling me that he's bought a Vitamix (the heavy duty blender that make Starbucks Frappes or Jamba Juices) and a Breville Juicer, that he's gone to the grocery store and has picked up fresh produce to play with, that he's trying out recipies and beginning to tweak them (for instance making a Manhattan clam chowder-inspired soup with sauteed calimari instead of a cream-heavy bisque). I'm trying to show my support by including juices in my diet as well (today I'm drinking a spinach, blueberry, mango, celery, ginger juice), and sharing the ones that taste good (fresh ginger does amazing things).
Dad had to come to the epiphany in his own time and in his own way. But now that he's there, I'm so proud to support him on his quest to be a healthy role model for his whole family, on his journey towards living a long life, and on the healing path for his body.
Growing up, I always heard from Dad's coworkers that he's always saying how proud he is of his kids. I'm glad that now I get to return the favor and say how proud I am of him.
Keep up the good work, Daddoo :)