Day 17: Treadmill Motivations
March 11, 2010
I have discovered that what motivates me on the treadmill is slowly changing… It’s no longer for a hot, rockin’ bod (ya, like that’d happen anyway) or cute clothes (that aren’t designed for old ladies, made of polyester, and only found in my size in mail order catalogs), but for a whole new realm of opportunities that I had written off as “not possible”…
I have to admit, shallow as it is, health was not my only motivation to lose weight. I wanted to buy cute, young clothing off the rack, be able to tuck my shirt in and wear a belt (not since 1994) and ya, being healthier was a great bonus.
Before starting to “workout” I would become short of breath just unloading the drier, it was a huge effort to go up stairs of any kind and I avoided long day trips that included walking (like the zoo) as much as possible. Since I have joined the gym, as I have said before, I actually have more energy than ever. Amazing how working so hard doesn’t totally drain you, it actually energizes you. HUH.
Now, what I visualize (while gliding along the treadmill like a stealth, sleek panther) is the trip I am going to take to Washington DC the end of May. I am fortunate enough to have been gifted with a trip as a chaperon for my cousin. Her class is going as a senior trip and she needs a one on one chaperon, since her parents can’t get time off work I GET TO GO! I am absolutely thrilled! Of course the first thing that went through my head was “are you kidding me? 7 days of walking around the Capitol? I’LL DIE”, I was more than a little nervous at the thought of it. However, now that I am rockin’ the treadmill I am actually excited to see how much walking I can do in DC before I even get tired! This is just mind-boggling to me!
This mind-set has actually got me thinking of other things I might be able to do someday… like long day trips to the zoo, walking tours of wineries, and who knows, maybe even a marathon some day (I know… but a gal can have lofty goals, right?)
Today, not only did I use the incline on the treadmill but i did it for a longer period of time and twice! I did my first 2 minutes warming up to 3.0 MPH and kept it there till I had reached 5 minutes, then did the incline (set at 4.0) for 10 minutes (and I stayed at 3 MPH the ENTIRE time), then back to 0.0 incline for 5 minutes, then 5 more minutes at 4.0 incline and finally the last 5 minutes were with no incline and slowly cooling down the last 2 minutes to 1.5 MPH. Wow!!!! I can’t tell you how GREAT it felt to do that workout!
I have tamed the man-eating treadmill-beast. It is no longer in charge, I AM! I own that machine. Not only am I walking, I am CLIMBING and doing it with grace and style. I haven’t fallen off, tipped over or been spit off the back. I can even look at other people in the gym now without looking like I am having a seizure. I do believe I look like I know what I am doing now and perhaps even standing a little taller as the beast is submissive to my commands.
Confidence is a very good thing.