The music I normally listen to does not lend itself to a good workout. I realized that pretty early on. I mean, you can say what you like about James Taylor (the man is a genius, after all) but he just doesn’t cut it in terms of getting me on the move.
And so I’ve realized that my workout music is completely out of character for me. Or at least, the songs that really keep me going are. I mean, I like to think of myself as a pretty well-rounded person, musically speaking. There’s not a whole lot of music that I’ll dismiss completely. But before I started working out…well, you wouldn’t have found Eminem on my iPod. I think that the guy’s a misogynistic asshole, so I don’t make a habit of listening to his stuff. It’s basically the same shit over and over again. There’s only so many times you can hear a guy rap about murdering his ex-wife before it gets old, you know?
….But damn me if he doesn’t make some pretty awesome workout music. I’m sure that wasn’t his goal, but he kind of succeeded, anyway. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that he always sounds so pissed off, you know? Like he’s gritting his teeth through the whole song. Now, there’s still some of his stuff that I wouldn’t listen to if you paid me, but several of his songs have found their way onto my workout playlist. My new favourite has to be “Till I Collapse.”
In other news: big loss this week! Four pounds. I could barely believe it when I saw the number on the scale. That makes for a total of 58.2 lost so far. Only 20.4 to go until I reach goal. I had a “deadline” set for myself; I wanted to reach goal by my birthday, May 22; but I decided to extend that a little bit, because I know I’ll only disappoint myself if I don’t make it. So now, I’ve decided that my new “deadline” will be the first day of summer, June 21. That gives me nearly another month, and I’ve calculated that in order to lose the 20 pounds I have left by then, I’ll need to lose an average of 1.7 pounds weekly. Obviously I don’t expect to lose that much every single week, but I think I should be able to get there by then. If not, I know I’ll be pretty damn close.
20 pounds to go. Holy shit. I never thought I’d get even this close.