Uninspired, But On The Books

Last night – worn thin and weepy – I thought, I don’t have to go to the gym tomorrow.

And then I thought, Yeah, I do. As Henry Rollins said in his essay about lifting, “I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts.”

So I went to the craptastic gym today for overhead squats and bench press. I wouldn’t have wanted to, like, videotape it or anything, but I did it.

5X5 overhead squat: 55 – 65 – 65 – 65 – 65
3X5 bench press: 85 – 85 -85
2X 15 back extension

I don’t feel like a strong superhero right now, but Rollins also said, “The iron never lies to you.” While my monsters might be telling me I’m not strong, the barbell says otherwise. I’ll take that.

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  • Barbara says:

    I have a serious crush on Rollins.

  • ~Melisa says:

    I'm liking some Rollins myself..good quotes! And Mel, you know you're strong. Tell that little voice that says otherwise to "shut it!"

  • also barbara! says:

    i just started reading your blog about 3 weeks ago and you've helped me immensely! Whatever is going on, hang in there. Though i don't know you at all, i do know that you are mightily loved and you will survive!

    And, for the record, i have a print out of Henry's "Iron and the Soul" hanging by my desk at work.

  • steph H says:

    hang in there. I am still check in on your blog daily. You may not be able to tell — but i can see you are slowly rising and I am thankful you have your workouts there for you. If you weren't who you are – you wouldn't be rising..

    steph h