on not feeling like going to the gym
When you lose motivation, it generally is a sign of stress. Things elsewhere are adding up. If you are someone who loves going to the gym and are suddenly finding it hard to wake up and move your ass out of bed, it is almost always your body telling you to chill out.
stick to it, at least for 6 weeks
Stick to one course of action for a good chunk of time and then you can re-visit whether you should do something else. At least 6 weeks, going on up to 12 weeks seems to be the right amount of time. So, next time your friend with an opinion on what is better tells you ....
on failing Starting Strength (and why it was amazing)
I went in to learn and getting a certification would've been a bonus. While it was still a huge hit to the ego when I realised I failed, I quickly realised I knew diddly-squat to have an ego in this and had amongst the best weekends I've ever had.
on the transformation of identity
Somewhere along the way, running and cycling and jumping around and running randomly and playing sport goes missing. Completely. And we replace it with other endeavours that range from hanging out and smoking cigarettes or hanging out and drinking beer or becoming a "foodie".