Got to the gym last week and realized I’d forgotten my headphones. I sat in the parking lot debating whether to go all the way back home and get them or just try to slog through in silence. My fear was that if I went home, I’d find an excuse not to come back, but I knew if I didn’t have them, I’d get bored and find an excuse to go home early.

In the end, I went home, got my headphones and actually made it back, but the whole process got me thinking about the ups and downs of trying to stay healthy. Sometimes, it really feels like a big game of Chutes and Ladders to me.