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What I learned today on the treadmill

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Early today, I was doing my “old lady fast walk” on the treadmill at the fitness center, watching mindless television which I never do at home—“Say Yes to the Dress” I think it was... I was moving, going fast, perspiring nicely. There was nobody else there; it was great! After about 20 minutes a young, toned fellow leapt onto the treadmill one over from where I was. He cranked that baby up until he was running about a gazillion miles an hour on that thing. Suddenly, I felt as if I were hardly moving.

That old, familiar feeling of “What am I doing here? I don’t belong here. This is for young/skinny/good-looking people.” started to come on. But I said to myself, “Self, this is for you. He’s doing his thing; you’re doing yours. There’s no difference.” And you know what? I was right!

It was great! That was a huge step forward for me, to just stay there comfortably doing my “old lady fast walk”, even if it wasn’t that fast, while he did his “young fella running like hell” run.

We can only be right where we are. If we aren’t there, we aren’t anywhere. Right now, I’m a too-heavy aging lady. I will be thinner, but I will never be younger. And that’s okay. I’m where I’m at right now. The great thing is, I like it!
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    What a great lesson! AND you have to remember you are younger than some and older than some... what the heck, we all have our ages. We also have our experience, great wit and wisdom!!

    Best wishes always!
    3163 days ago
  • RUNAT158
    Thank you for sharing this reaffirming insight. I'm just getting started and am grateful to hear of your successes. I wish you would write more blog entries and update your photos with ones of yourself with where you are now.

    3188 days ago
    I so get this! I have been doing Turbo Kick at a local fitness studio. I am one of the oldest and heaviest there. I just do "my thing" and don't worry about the "young little things."
    3526 days ago
  • SAL1512
    I love your attitude!
    3544 days ago
  • MCGS62
    That is a great way to look at things!
    3545 days ago
    What an inspiration. I wonder if you ever thought that he may have chosen that particular treadmill because you were there and inspiring him to do the best he could do because you were doing the best you could. Good Luck, God Bless.
    3545 days ago
    Good thinking! It's true that we are where we are; and you are so spot on that you are doing what's right for for you and it's so great that you like it!
    3545 days ago
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