Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Treadmill thoughts...

For the past week I have been spending about an hour of my day at this place...

Not only is fun to stay there, well according to the Village People, it is also fun to work out there.  OK,  fun isn't the word I would use all the time, but it is a good thing.  And having a great friend meet you there everyday does make it more fun for sure!

Truth is I am not a workout girl.  The thought of going to the gym made me break out in hives.  I talked myself out of it more times than I can count.  If you remember my post about my word for the year, you will recall that the word I chose was LESS.  And one of my goals was less unhealthy habits, more healthy habits.  So one of those was to move more.  It took all the courage in me to even walk into the Y and join.  But it has been a great choice.

Today while I was walking on the treadmill, I had some majorly random thoughts that I just knew you few loyal readers really needed to hear.  So here you go...

1.  There is no way in the world I could ever be one of those people who multi-tasks on a moving belt.  Today a girl was reading on the treadmill and another was doing all kinds of stuff on her phone.  Friends, I have to hold on and hold on tight.  If you know me, you know that I have a bit of clumsy side.  It is hard enough for me to walk on non moving ground without falling.  I did try letting go a couple of times and was convinced I was moving right down the belt like those conveyor belts on the cartoons.  So I will just be ok with the fact that I can't accomplish more than one task while on the treadmill.  I will stick to the walking!

2.  Do  you remember when you had to take a test in elementary school and the teacher would pass out those boards that you would put around you so no one could cheat off your paper?  I am pretty sure treadmills need those as well!  The screen on the treadmill displays how long you have been moving, how many calories you have burned, how fast you are going etc.  Honestly, that information is for my eyes and I don't even like looking at it sometimes because I am pretty sure I burned 1000 calories when it says I have only burned 150.  But today the lady on the treadmill next to me was that kid in class who always looked at your paper.  No doubt she looked at my display at least 15 times.  I am not sure if she was the treadmill police or what, but seriously, stop looking at my stats.  Pay attention to your own machine!

3.  The treadmills at the Y face a big wall of windows.  I like that.  I would much rather have that view than the view the people on the elliptical machines have.  You see they face the treadmills.  So what view do they have, my rear end.  Today I got to thinking, I feel sorry for those guys.  I am not sure they are ready for all that.  In all honesty, I doubt the people on the ellipticals are even paying attention to who is on the treadmills, but in my crazy head I feel like they are judging away!  Maybe they should switch the machines once in a while.

4.  I have always had sensitive ears.  One of my students once told me they could hear the wings of a ladybug flutter and I am pretty sure I am right there with them.  I am also very self conscious about how much noise I make.  For instance, if I am eating a crunchy snack I will often apologize to the people I am with for the loud crunching.  The noise I hear in my head is so loud I am just praying they are  not freaked out by it.  Well the same goes for walking I guess. Today I found myself feeling so self conscious about how loud my footsteps were on the treadmill.  I feel like I sound like a herd of elephants coming through.  I tried really hard to step lightly but I just couldn't do it.  I guess I need to work on that!

Who knew an hour on the treadmill could bring such deep thoughts?  Does anyone else share my crazy thoughts?  It is ok if you don't want to admit it, just hope I am not alone!  :)

Hope everyone is having a great week!

1 comment:

  1. Girl, I am right there with you! I can't stand looking at my own stats and also b/c I tend to watch the clock move slow as molasses and the mileage move even slower than that. ugh. I generally grab a little towel and cover up the screen. That way I'm generally pleasantly surprised when I do take a peek. I always feel like I have loud footsteps too. Who knew being on a treadmill could conjure up such crazy thoughts and concerns for a woman! :) Don't worry, you are not alone!


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