I love electronic gadgets.

One of my favorite gadgets is a pair of Bluetooth headphones that sync with my iPhone. I can listen to wireless music and take phone calls if I need to at the gym.

Ahhh, work, music and family all in one!

Well, today about two minutes into my cardio workout, my headphones died.

Somebody left them on overnight!

I am not going to name names, but his name rhymes with Tony Posnanski.

Anyway, this brings me to the ultimate workout dilemma. I have never worked out without music.

There have been times when my Ipod was not charged and I did not go to the gym.
There have been times when my Ipod died and I left the gym.


With a baby, I do not have the luxury of relaxing all day long. I needed the workout or I would not have one today.

Even though I am off from work today, I have a ton to do.

So, for the first time, I worked out without music.

The gym was packed. There were two attractive women working out next to me. They were talking about their kids and some new restaurant.

A couple of years ago, with my headphones on, I would have thought they were talking about how overweight I was.

There was an elderly couple on the treadmills in front of me. They were rooting each other on.

A couple of years ago, with my headphones on, I would have thought they were talking about how overweight I was.

There was an overweight guy next to me on an elliptical machine. He was on a lower level, but he was moving fast. Sweat was dripping from his face, and you could see the joy of burning those calories.

He had headphones on, just like I always did. It inspired me!

I was listening to the sounds of the gym for the first time. A machine sound here, a guy’s voice there, and even my own breathing.

I had so many thoughts going through my mind.

I thought about blogging. How easy it was to start a post by saying I lost “this much” weight and getting responses. Now I really have to put so much thought in every post I put up here. Every time I think i am out of ideas another one pops in my head. I have 300 posts so far.

I thought about my family. I wondered what did inspire me to dive into this journey. My family has been concerned about my weight for years. Why was February 2008 different?

I thought about my workout outfit. I really should get something a little more trendy.

I thought about the way I used to look at the world. How I was so paranoid about people judging me. Maybe they did, maybe not.

I also thought about the way the world looked at me. Now when I give weight loss advice people listen. It is the same advice I have known for years, just put into effect.

With all of these thought going through my head, I heard a beep. My 65 minutes was up. I made it through the workout with no music.

On my way out of the gym I told the guy who scans memberships that I was an idiot for draining the battery on my headphones. He looked at me and said:

“Dude! We have headphones you can borrow back here.”

I smiled.

Of course I knew that. But sometimes it is nice to get out of your comfort zone a little.

Missouri 60 revelation #3- I want this.

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