On the treadmill

About a year ago, my son Brett asked if he could get on the treadmill and walk. He’d seen me do it a lot…okay, not a lot, but some. Anyway, he wanted to do it, so we let him. This happened at my parents’ house in Arkansas and the treadmill is kinda behind Dad’s chair. I hooked him up to the abort string—the little string that if you fall, the treadmill stops so that the user won’t go around and around like George Jetson—and set him walking.

So he’s walking at a decent little pace and the rest of us go back about our business, which was probably just chatting, solving all the issues of the world.

Unbeknownst to us, Brett was playing with the buttons on the top. We should have noticed the treadmill sound, but didn’t. What we did hear was Brett say—in a VERY calm voice, mind you: “Uh. Can somebody help?”

When we look over at him, he’s running full speed hanging on to the side rails, having accidentally cranked the speed all the way to the top. I wish I’d had a camera to capture the look on his face.

About a month ago, I started walking pretty regular on the treadmill. I’d gotten reenergized because of a “challenge” by a group of ACFW writers. While I don’t know what my cholesterol is now (I haven’t had it checked in some time), the last two times I’ve had it checked, it was high. I was even prescribed medicine at the last doctor visit. He said, however, that I could help myself a lot by losing some weight.

While I never really considered myself overweight, I figured it had to be an issue if the doctor was telling me to lose some. Truth of the matter is that I’m about 50 pounds heavier than when I graduated high school—oh so many years ago! Frustrating thing is that when I was a junior and weighed in a 170, I tried everything I could possibly think of to gain weight. As an offensive tackle on the football team, it wasn’t unusual for me to go up against guys 220 or more. I desperately wanted to get to 190.

Now, I’d love to get DOWN to 190.

I got out of the habit around the time I went to Minneapolis…but I’ve been back at it for about a week and a half now. I had a preacher once remind us that if you did something for 30 straight days, it was a habit.

I’m not sure about that. I hate exercising. Oh, I like to participate in sports activities, but just to exercise. I can think of 100 different ways I’d rather spend my time!

I’ve tried all sorts of things to help pass the time: watching TV (I have to turn it up so loud and even then I can barely understand), reading (I just can’t focus on the words) and other things. But this time, I’ve found a little trick this latest time around: Playstation.

Yep, I play NCAA football while I’m walking. Hey—I’m closing in on 2 miles per day, so it’s a victory—a minor one maybe, but a victory nonetheless!

On another happy note: The kids brought their report cards home on Thursday and they both made straight A’s! Mom and Dad are very proud! J

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6 responses to “On the treadmill

  1. I am trying to figure out where to put our stationary bike. Right now it is in the basement and I have bad knees so I avoid the stairs. But where to put the thing so it’s not an eyesore, but will remind me I should exercise.

    I get tired of the doctors saying that if we would just lose weight all our health problems would be over. Even my skinny friends die of heart attacks. What I would like is to never be hungry. That would be such a blessing.

  2. BJ

    You forgot to share that Brett asked to walk again not too long ago. You had walked 25 minutes and he walked 27. He (Brett) is so funny. Already trying to beat daddy at things:-)

  3. It’s not so much that I’m hungry as I just LIKE to eat. I LIKE food. I ENJOY eating. I don’t know if I enjoy eating so much as I just enjoy all the various tastes! And you’re right though…even the skinny folks have health issues.

  4. paco

    Hey, good luck at the losing the weight and being able to continue to walk….
    also, tell the kids i am happy they are making “A” like paco did.

    dad

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  6. Sid

    You know, my prescription for the treadmill is iPod + audiobook.

    It helps. I’m listening to The Book of Lies now. It’s helped me keep at it a while, and aside from the time I’m hurting myself to stay healthy it works OK.

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