February 14

Every morning except on Saturday’s and Sunday’s, the chips and I go for a nice long wog. It is a fast pace walk, for someone like me. The boy jogs, so we wog together. We have been doing this for 3 years now, and I have built myself up to about a mile. I am sure I could go further, but my knees refuse to co-operate with me.

Unfortunately, sometimes the weather doesn’t co-operate either.

So, when it is ugly ~~ugly meaning raining, icy, snowing, or below 20ยบ~~outside, we walk inside. We abhor walking inside. Not because we are in the dungeon among the drying laundry and not because we have to stare at white concrete walls. We abhor walking inside because of this.

We hate the machine. It lies.

It is a torture device of the worst sort. I make the boy go first. I have to have that time to psyche myself up to get on it.

When he is finished, I climb aboard and get busy. While I am being tortured, I stare at the white wall, and wonder if the man that laid the brick forgot to bring his plumb line that day because it certainly isn’t straight.

I look to my right and try to decide what to make for supper out of two boxes of pasta, 2 bags of dried lentil soup, 50 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of sugar, 2 bags of slivered almonds, 5 cans of green beans, 2 cans of tomatoes, and 15 cans of cream of mushroom soup. I’ll have to think about that later, my heart rate is climbing, and I can not think when I can not breathe.

I know I have gone at least 3 minutes, maybe 4. I look down.

I told you. It lies. The lies are brutal and horrific. It just sucked 20 minutes of my life away.

Nobody withstands the machine.

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11 thoughts on “February 14”

  1. I know how you feel, time seems to go faster when you walk outside. When I (a big when) go our fitness center and walk the treadmill, there are tv’s to watch but unless you have a radio, they are all silent. It is pure torture. Congratulations on being dedicated to walking everyday!!!!!!

  2. Hello. I hate tread mills as well. We had one and used it as a place to hang clothes, coats, books whatever we could lay on it we did. I think I only walked on it once. Have you tried Leslie Sansone walking videos they are really good and she has some that incorporate kickboxing moves and also a 1 mile 2 mile and 3 mile walking video that you do in your living room. I am trying to get in the habit of doing it everyday. I know our library carries them so try that before you buy ๐Ÿ™‚

    God bless,

  3. I love the tree CC. I too hate treadmills. It’s worse at the gym with the mirrors in front of one and having to stare at myself. I think I would rather have a white wall. You should find a very nice spring poster and put it on the wall in front of you. Then you can pretend you are walking through a glade or a mountain path.

  4. Due to poor trails around here I don’t walk outside for exercise. I do have Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds DVDs and find them to be very helpful. They are great and easier on the joints.

    I do walk the track and the treadmill at our gym. I take my headphones with me so that I can listen to the TVs and where I can’t listen to them I listen to my mP3 and the music of my choice – I find this helps with my over all speed as I walk faster to the songs that have a fast or driving beat and walk slower on the more mellow songs.

  5. I know you are probably sick of the snow, but I think the tree in the first pic is gorgeous.

    Don’t get much snow in Arkansas, just sleet and ice on occasion, oh and the occasional outbreak of tornados.

  6. I try not to walk anymore than I have to. That is really not true. I do enjoy walking outside. You breathe in that fresh air into your lungs and enjoy the beauty God has created. Sometimes you even get a wave or a smile from passersby.

  7. I know how you feel. I just joined the gym and I am sure their machines are lying too. The only thing that gets me through my two miles is my tunes blaring into my ears and sportscenter on the flatscreens. The only reason for sportscenter being motivation is I try and finish quicker so I don’t have to watch it anymore! ๐Ÿ™‚

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