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I didn't want to....

Friday, February 28, 2014

Yesterday after work I went to see my friend and hairdresser. She colored and trimmed my hair. I don't know why, but I love it when someone shampoo's my hair - and of course the feeling of looking good when I leave is wonderful. For some reason we finished up a little earlier than normal.

On my ride home I thought - hmmmm maybe I should go to the Y today. It was NOT in my plans. I thought I'd go home, get on my treadmill for a couple miles and call it good. My workout buddy and I go to the Y on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Nah, it's cold. Go home, get on the treadmill, eat some dinner and settle in for the night. I had every reason NOT to go and was completely fine with each of them. I was NOT being a slacker, I WAS going to get on the treadmill.

Then for some reason, I changed my mind. Kind of like I did in Costco with the coffee cake! I put on my workout clothes, got in my car and headed to the Y. Sometimes you just THINK you don't want to, but inside you really do. Sometimes those impulse things you do are positive things (in contrast to my impulse on Sunday to by the coffee cake).

I walked a couple miles on the track and got on a bike. While on the bike I was watching this woman I see there frequently on a rowing machine. She has this whole intense workout she does where she twists the rowing rope to one side and draws it up to her shoulder. She is a beast on that machine and it responds to her every pull. You can see her muscles glistening as she rows. She is probably all of 4 foot ten, but she is so powerful on that machine. You can't help but notice her because she is totally in this zone - her and the machine.....

About two minutes into my ride I found myself looking at the clock on the bike thinking it HAD to be at least 5 minutes in - I really wanted to be done already! I wanted to quit and go home. I just wasn't feeling it. I was tired already. My knees were a little achy already. I didn't WANT to - then I focused on the rower. I tried to put as much effort into my ride as she did on the rowing machine. I tried to challenge myself and sprint a few more times. I wondered how many times she didn't want to. I bet there were a few. From the looks of her - she did it anyway, even if she didn't want to. Sometimes you just DO it! I continued to pedal. Sweat was dripping from my elbows and ears.

I left the gym after my ride. My shirt was soaked with sweat. Instead of being embarrassed that I was sweating like a pig, I was proud. I wore my sweaty shirt like my badge of courage. I left it on the bike. WooHoo! Look at me! This girl gave it all on that bike!

By the time I got off the bike the rower was gone. I think if I see her again I will have to tell her that she inspires me. Maybe she can give me some hints on that rowing machine! I find it incredibly boring! I wish I could find her zone when on there!

So - no regrets. The TV shows are waiting on the DVR for another time and I feel great!

Back to the Y tonight to get in some more time on the track and in the pool with my workout buddy. Yep, Life is good.



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  • SEAWILLOW
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    2667 days ago
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    This was such an awesome blog to read today. Thank you! And way to go you!!
    2669 days ago
  • GRACEOMALLEY
    Great blog and great tale of an evening that went right. Your story inspires me to pay more attention to what I am doing, to work on a better focus. Thanks!
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    2669 days ago
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    'What a WONDERFUL BLOG!!!!

    You go, YOU !

    Love, Sue
    2669 days ago
  • DAWNSJOURNEY
    Awesome for you .. never any regrets when I leave the gym.. always glad I went..

    YEAH FOR YOU !!
    2669 days ago
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    And in turn you have inspired me! See how that works! Well done. I was just thinking about my workouts for today that I really didn't feel like running, maybe do the elliptical - but I will run today on the treadmill and I'm going to give my BOSU trainer video or the Kettlebell video a try too!

    Thanks Barb!
    2669 days ago
  • KATHY98665
    Yay!! You should feel proud of the choices you made- and yes, wear that sweat like a badge of honor. When I am in spin class, our instructor pushes us right to the end, encouraging us to "leave it ALL in this room!" and so many times I think I have nothing left, but still try to dig a little deeper. It is pretty cool to see how much of our limitations are mental versus physical.

    When I am at the gym and on the treadmill, I look for people who have good form, and a steady clip ( there are many people who have terrible form and will probably end up getting hurt) and try to match mine stride for stride. It is another way of making the time go by, and upping my game at the same time.

    I wish we lived close to each other- we seem to have a lot in common- even the shampoo thing!

    Have a wonderful day!

    2669 days ago
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