Left to Your Own Devices

I’m starting to think this apartment complex doesn’t care a whole lot about their gym. It’s been multiple days since they bothered to put cups back near the water cooler. The cleaning supplies to help wipe machines down after using them have also ran out and not been replaced. A few loose paper towels was put up on a shelf as a temporary replacement. The water fountain next to the bathrooms was completely removed and now there’s just a gaping hole in the wall. The mirrors in the bathrooms, along with the soap dispensers, were removed and simply placed in a hallway next to the gym. One might think this means renovations but there has been no maintenance people to be seen. The gym overlooks a racquetball court, and if you go down the stairs to try to go in the court, you’ll find a hallway with lights dangling out of their sockets and loose wires all over the place. Even the 24 hour hot tub was closed and locked up at 9:30pm, a bizarre move. This can’t be normal. Is this a common occurrence at gyms? Or have I lucked into an apartment gym that’s poorly run? I’d hate to have to switch since I’m getting to use this for free – well not free, I assume rent covers some sort of fee but I’d hate to have to switch to a gym where I’d have to pay additional money.


In the grand scheme of things, these are fairly minor complaints. What a first world problem to have! My gym doesn’t stock enough cleaning supplies for my liking. But it’s amazing how quickly people can become comfortable and settle in to a routine. One week ago I’m not doing any exercise and now I’m getting so comfortable in a gym that I can start negatively focusing on how this is affecting me. It’s a daily struggle to remind myself that the point of this was to push me out of my comfort zone, not necessarily find a new one to easily slip into. It’s a common challenge for everyone to avoid falling into regular routines and try to push forward and challenge oneself. We just have to remember to take this one day at a time!


An unexpected consequence of working out every day arose in the form of clean clothing! Turns out my sock pile doesn’t run as deep as I imagined and I wound up wearing festive Christmas socks. Thankfully they’re comfortable.



Another difficult day on the treadmill. Trying to get back in the swing of things after the over training was very difficult. It really threw me off my rhythm and pace because it’s impossible to match that time every day at the moment and it also left me sore and it’s taken a few days to really feel better. Consider it a lesson learned!



SONG OF THE DAY: “We Care A Lot” by Faith No More

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