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Gym Adventures

February 11, 2010

My dad gifted me with a gym membership in October of last year, and so far I’ve only been a handful of times. The gym has always scared me… all the machines – what are they all for? Then there’s all the people who know what they’re doing. I want to be one of those people.

I stick to the treadmill and the bicycle. I tried the elliptical machine one day and lasted a whole two minutes. Soon, I hope to try some classes. I really don’t like all the mirrors, though. I hate looking at myself, especially while I’m trying to work out.

I ventured out into the cold rain today to go to the gym. Mainly because I told my dad I would… not because of any inner strength or determination on my part. I managed to walk on the treadmill for a whoppin’ 25 minutes… 25 minutes was all I could muster. Now I’m telling myself, “You know, you went. You got out in the nasty weather, you drove the 15 minutes to the gym and you went inside. Okay, that’s a victory.”

But… on the way home, I chose to reward myself, which is a nice way of saying I sabotaged myself. I stopped at Whataburger (the best!)  and got a cheeseburger, fries, and a SWEET iced tea. I washed it all down with some Runts – my favorite hard, fruit-flavored candy.

Sigh.

This is a nice little habit I’ve gotten into after my visits to the gym. Oh, I stop and get a fruit smoothie at Smoothie King (sounds healthy, but they’re loaded with calories), or I stop at Starbucks and get a non-fat, no whip white chocolate mocha, or I stop at Taco Bell and get a Mexican pizza. Then, of course, there’s Whataburger, my go-to fast food joint.

So, I’m acknowledging that there are some things I can work on here. I can stay at the gym longer than 25 minutes, and I can skip the “rewards” afterward. I can give myself a chance at success.

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