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My Inner Personal Trainer

Sunday, January 12, 2014

My goal on the treadmill today: Get in 30 minutes.

As I was setting up (fill water bottle, get shoes on), the slightly wimpy side of my psyche began its spiel: "So...30 minutes. I could walk two miles, then, right? Or, how about if I jog one mile and then walk the rest. Or...what if I just do two miles and then call it a night, no matter what the time says?"

From deep within me, a voice answered through clenched teeth, "I don't give a damn what you do. Just make sure that treadmill says 30:00 before you're done."

Miffed, I began jogging, a slow jog for one minute, a faster jog for three minutes. It's not much to brag about, but I did finish my first mile without out walking since the foot got cleared. My time was 11:40.

"Great work!" I told myself. "To celebrate, you should just walk another mile and then call it a night."

To my chagrin, that other voice popped up again: "That would only be 27 minutes. Not good enough."

"But...I'm tired!"

"So walk. Stroll. Crawl. But you're still doing 30 minutes."

Long, disgruntled sigh. I keep jogging. Then I walk. Then I jog. Then I walk. I hit 2 miles around 25 minutes. The voice is smug; I can hear that its arms are crossed and a military smirk graces its imaginary face. "Five more minutes to go. What are you going to do?"

Walk. Jog. Walk. End result: 2.5 miles in 32 minutes. My spirits perk up. A bit longer, and I could have done a 5k.

The voice chuckles. "That's right. Get ready to do that on Tuesday."

I can't escape the voice...thankfully.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JACKIE15108 1/15/2014 2:58PM

    Put the volume on the TV up a little louder!!!!

Congrats on the good work and next time you will hit the 3.1 mile and be really happy! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 1/15/2014 12:50PM

    Excellent - well done!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/14/2014 5:12AM


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GRANDMABABA 1/14/2014 3:05AM

    I love your inner trainer voice. I need to hire one for myself. Great success to you!

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KAYTIE22 1/13/2014 9:53PM

    Will you rent out your inner personal trainer to me? emoticon
WTG! We can always push ourselves further and this is a perfect example. That voice can be our best friend.

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OHMEMEME 1/13/2014 9:18PM

    That OTHER voice wins out many times...mine kept asking the same thing my whole first mile, did not even notice the second mile till I was on the third mile...when I realized I had been on auto pilot! Mile 3.8 and I was home thinking about why I ever questioned if I should walk run or just walk...I has just gotten in a balanced walk run! Keep it up Spark Friend! Enjoyed the blog! emoticon

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PGHP31CK 1/13/2014 12:40PM

    Ah, nothing quite like having an inner drill sargeant! Good for you for sticking with it!


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GETSTRONGRRR 1/13/2014 6:28AM

    That's a good voice to have....mine sounds like Schwarzenegger!

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NUOVAELLE 1/13/2014 3:07AM

    I can picture that voice with its crossed arms and the military smirk! And that voice has a number of names: motivation, determination, commitment, change, success! Keep on listening to it, Rebecca!
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    Sounds like the voice in MY head many times too! :) Great job!

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