DV...we should plan a trip together. Come down to Venice and spend a week at the most famous gym in the world; Gold's Gym Venice. I was there again yesterday and Monica Brant was there with about 30 people in her fitness camp, some top bodybuilders in the world were there, and some amazingly buff women! I mean huge women! The best of the best train here or visit here, etc. Granted many of them are juicing, but not all of them.
There is even a vegan lifter who benches around 300 pounds. He's a friend of mine and store owner of Eko Zone which is only blocks from Venice Gold's.
Anyway, it's the best environment for motivation that I've found inside of a gym, based on the membership. People are serious and down to business.
Something to think about
For years I've talked about relocating down here during the winter months and last year almost did but couldn't afford it so I visited twice. This year I'm almost certainly moving to Venice for the winter and I'll buy month-to-month memberships at Gold's Venice. Actors, Athletes and top bodybuilders alike train here in a gym with dumbbells that go up to around 200 pounds....they mean business around here!
Think about it...even for a week get away from PDX this winter
Anyway, all the best! I thought of you while I was down here watching buff women throw around heavy weight.
I will catch up with you soon...I have a pretty insane schedule over the next couple of months, something like 7 or 8 cities in two months....so rarely home but I'd love to hang out when I am in town for a couple of days between trips.