283/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me. I am that guy who has a monthly $5 Fitness World membership. Yes, I got it way back when I was 19 years old and it has never increased in dues. I am also that guy who had not gone to Fitness World in a good 4 years because I joined another gym/dojo and can’t give up the $5 membership. Yup, I am that guy!! Today, after 5 months (due to an injury), I ended up back at Makifit. I needed to as I have packed on the pounds. For the past week or so, I have been dreading coming back as I have always been in decent shape working out at Makifit but not this time. But one thing I have at the gym is so many supporters. I got messages and posts psyching me up for today from fellow members. As soon as I got there, gym friends recent and long-time – actually let’s just call them friends because that is what they have become – gave me hugs and high fives and welcomed me back. All of them supporting me. Owner and the class trainer also giving me props for returning and getting my fitness back on. During the workout, my friends kept motivating me and telling me that I can finish. Yes, I stopped several times during many of the exercises as I couldn’t complete the required number or my back or thighs hurt and that bothered me as I don’t usually give up but I persevered and got through the class. I am not happy with the shape I am in at present but I am going to get back on track and I know it will take me time but with the support and motivation of my friends at the gym, I know I can once again be me. I am glad not only to have these people around while I work out but many of them have become social companions and I am even happier to have that bond. Thank you to all the people I work out with for the laughs, the support, the motivation, the commiserating, but most importantly the friendship! Glad to be back!