New York, New York

I’m in New York City for a few days, thanks to work (like most of my trips to exciting destinations). The trip here was long and tedious and I seem to have caught a cold from all the people hacking and snorting on the airplane but things are fine. Because New York.

Last night I went out to dinner with a colleague that I know pretty well and another that I just met yesterday. We went to a Greek restaurant around the corner from the hotel and then, after stuffing ourselves senseless, decided to stretch our legs. Esther proposed walking to Times Square as it’s not far and along the way we stopped at Grand Central Terminal and Radio City Music Hall. Definitely fun to see all these places (and get a ton of points checking in on Foursquare).

Today is a light day of work (only 8 hours!) and tomorrow the conference starts at 8am which means getting there at dogs o clock PST. But for now, New York!

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Gym Rat

Gym RatOne of the most surprising things for me in 2013 was my new gym habit. Since joining near the beginning of the year- albeit late enough that I missed qualifying for the New Years Resolution crowd discount of no initiation fee- I have been more than 100 times. I’ve been so frequently that I’ve been mayor on Foursquare, twice. I so enjoy working out (who would have thunk it?) that I’ve taken workout gear with me when I traveled, and used it.

I think part of my success is due to my competitive nature. I’m using two tools that score my progress against myself and others. There have been times that what motivated me to go was reclaiming my mayorship or getting points on Foursquare, or earning extra activity points in my Active Link. I’m also able to keep track of workouts on the cardio machines and challenging myself to match or better them. I like keeping track of things and clearly it helps.

I considered setting an activity resolution for 2014, but I don’t think I need to. I like going to the gym and I don’t like the person I am when it’s not something I do on a regular basis. I’m a gym rat now.