Oh, the joy of the iPod Shuffle freshly loaded.

After my old MP3 player died a few weeks ago, I was working out without music and not thrilled about it. But truly, until hitting the gym with my new hot pink gadget (thank you, Erin!) this morning, I couldn’t fully appreciate the difference music makes in my workout. I tore up the elliptical machine with Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and Pink, lifted weights gleefully with Madonna, and finished with a short run to Liza Minnelli’s New York, New York.

Sweat, rhythm, joy — that’s what I’m talking about.