Monday, July 28, 2008


Sharon made me run again on Friday. Not a lot, just a couple laps around the track in between the weights she had me doing.

As we were wrapping up and she was directing my stretching, she said something about running again.

“I really hate running,” I told her.

She looked at me blankly for a moment as if this concept were difficult for her to grasp. Someone who doesn’t like running? That’s just un-American! Hating running is like hating ice cream and apple pie (Neither of which I’m a big fan of, btw. I’m more of a cookies and cake kind of girl)

Sharon: But you told me you’ve been running on the treadmill….?
Me: Yeah. But I don’t like it.
Sharon: You don’t even like it but you’ve been doing it? That’s great! You’re really committed!

Uh huh.

I told Sharon when we first started working together that I hate exercise. I remember her giving me an odd look at the time, but she just said: “Some people do.”

I don’t know if she thought I’d somehow change my mind, as if over the course of my 30+ years I’d just never given exercise a chance.

Sometimes she’ll have me do something like the new elliptical machine and say, “I think you’ll like this. It’s really fun!” I think she needs to get out more.

I do it. I hate it, but I do it. I’ve taken the choice away from myself. It’s no longer an optional activity like watching TV or reading Pride and Prejudice for the 100th time. It’s a daily requirement: like going to work.

My weight’s been weird the last few weeks. Lose a pound; Gain a pound; Lose three pounds; Gain a pound and a half… It’s really frustrating.

Overall, though, my “regime” is working. Slowly slowly slowly. But it IS working. I hate it with a burning, seething passion. But it’s working.


Garth said...

It's just a means to the end result. Running = weight loss. You don't have to enjoy it but you better be dedicated enough to do it. And your dedication is just a measure of your mental resolve. (A few years ago I had to go through a similar journey) The best advise I can give you is to set a challenging but attainable goal. Then meditate on the success of reaching your goal. Make yourself believe that the goal is obtainable and keep your goal in mind with every decision you make though the day. It's the little decisions you make to everyday choices that drive your behavior and the behavioral change is more difficult than dedicating one hour each day to running. Hope you got my point before it broke down to a bunch of babble.

Terri said...

Running. Can't do it. Good for you!

Gym. Can't do it. Put the equipment outside and I'm there.

I'm in awe, EEE. I couldn't do it.

EEE said...

Hahaha! Outside is worse for me. Not enough structure. If I walk through the park I poke around at about 2mph and wander home after fifteen minutes.

The gym feels more accountable to me.

The Grumpy Old Man from Chicago said...

Ha Ha! I have an excuse that gets me out of running. I trashed my knee in high school playing football and it's missing a piece of cartilage. So anything high impact (like running) is out of the question. I can do speedwalking though. But no running! Nyah, nyah [thumb on nose]