Strive for Progress Not Perfection; A Melodrama / by PJ Monson


Emily Perkins-Margolin is an entrepreneur and downtown theater kid in New York City.  She is a voiceover artist, actor and has her own home cooking show and blog entitled At Home with Emmy Lou.  She is also the COO of Samovar Film Productions, LLC, a boutique agency that creates promotional material for actors, artists and theater companies.  Emily joined the CentralSweat team after working out with PJ for $5 in Central Park for many months.  Emily and Polly discovered that not only were they dear friends, but that they could become great business partners as well. She can’t wait to continue her journey with CentralSweat. I don’t strive for physical perfection.  I lust after it, sure.  I long for it.  But I don’t strive for it... perhaps because I don’t believe anything would actually change were I to work out.  Sure, I’ve seen it happen with my friends.  One year they are ‘normal’ and the next super thin, well dressed and happy, all because they have developed this new habit they call “running.”  I hate running.  Hell is running.

I hate doing all of those other things, too.  All of it.  I like childs pose in yoga and that about does it.  My best friend, a trainer, says that it is because I am ‘deconditioned.’  I call it out of shape.  Weak muscles make for a weak spirit...I have no workout spirit.

It’s gotten to the point where I don’t like myself in photos. Catch me at a bad angle and I untag myself immediately and hope no one saw.  I don’t want to be that girl that got fat after high school.  Or the chubby friend.  The chubby wife.  How terrible!  I have elephant legs! And THERES NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT.

I know.

I can do something about it..

I could eat this most of the time.


I could cut back on my sugar intake.  Boy, do I intake sugar.  I bet she doesn't intake sugar.

I could read those encouraging pinterest word photo-thingys.

And I could workout despite myself. (Thats me, red shorts, in the park with CentralSweat for $5. I attached tiny pic on purpose, of course.)


I could do all of these things.  I just need to make myself do them.  So so much love and encouragement to all of our readers. Whether you are fit and maintaining or are ‘deconditioned’ and hoping for the best.  We are all in this together, and that motivates me.  Slowly but surely, one step at a time, I am going to get up and get out and give it a try.  A good try.  I owe it to myself.  You do, too, e-readers, I humbly think.  We are working towards a healthy heart, after all.  A healthy heart and a healthy spirit.