Monday, July 01, 2013

The Beckoning Treadmill

I went downstairs to start a load of laundry and I thought I'd peek in on the treadmill that I have heard calling me for weeks. You see, I'm gaining weight thanks to the inordinate amount of stress in my life, and yes, I'll admit to it, to the 5 cheese flavored Cheetoes at 3 pm and Drumstick ice cream cones I have every night to drown out the day (among other things I'm only going to admit to in an anonymous program for people who eat, drink and sit away the stress from their loved one having schizophrenia).

But I digress.

I stepped on the treadmill in my slippers and nice clothes and pushed start and began walking. You know? It felt good. It felt good, like:

"oh yeah! This is what a body is supposed to do! Move! Not sit and eat and be depressed!"

So I increased the incline and the speed and started moving right along and sweat started forming on my forehead. I looked at the control panel--disappointingly only 5 minutes had passed--but in that time I rediscovered that the tread mill has 3 pre-programmed personal trainer certified workouts one 20, one 30 and one 40 minutes long. I thought to myself:

"What's 20 minutes a day of a pretty decent workout? What's even 30 minutes? It's nothing. I can spare 20 or 30 minutes in my day when I would otherwise be laying in bed half awake hating the morning sun or sitting or watching TV."

In that moment I decided to make a commitment to myself. Do the 20 minute workout every day. Just 20 minutes (and maybe 30 ).

So starting tomorrow, off come the slippers, on go the workout shoes I found buried in the closet and at least 20 minutes of my day is now going to be committed to getting healthier. I've got 50+lbs to lose. Really, if I think about it, I'm slowly killing myself because of the way I am taking care of myself right now, or NOT taking care of myself as the case may be.

Now, to find the strength to dump the Cheetoes and ice cream in the trash.......

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