Chocolate Chip Cookies
I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions. But let me take you back to December 31st, 2015. I was halfway through a nine-month, 600-hour massage therapy program in Colorado. I was working two jobs so my days usually looked like class from 9am-3pm, run home, scarf food, change and go to work until 11 pm after which I’d find a quiet bar somewhere and stare miserably at my physiology homework while nursing a glass of wine. Christmas break rolled around and the first day of it I came down with Strep throat. Yay!
Between winter in Colorado and my schedule I hadn’t bothered to exercise in months and boy was stress getting to me. By December 31st I had finally gotten over strep and decided I had to do something different to make it through next semester. So that is how I found myself, on the 1st of January, with a guest pass to one of the nicer gyms in Fort Collins. I downloaded a free workout program off BodyBuilding.com, marched myself in there and realized I knew how to work approximately two of the machines.
Yep, I was that girl in neon-orange shorts asking some random buff dude how to work the tricep machine on January 1st. Embarrassing, but guess what? I found a different gym, with a huge rock climbing wall that was populated mostly by dread-headed hippies, all of who were too busy falling off the rock wall to notice my workout struggles, and I started a routine of 6 am workouts. It made such a huge difference in my energy levels that second semester. I laugh about this now, because this year on January 1st, instead of in the gym, I was making a double batch of chocolate chip cookies. Don’t worry, I haven’t fallen off the wagon, I follow a Calisthenics program at home these days semi-strictly and eat cookies in the extra time I would have spent driving to the gym. So go kill that workout and then make a batch of these deliciously, sweet and salty choco chip cookies!