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When treadmills attack...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Okay so it didn't really attack...but it was a bit scary for a minute there...LOL
So we finally got the treadmill set up Saturday night. Sunday I woke up determined to get on that treadmill. Mind you, I haven't used it in over 2 years due to the weight limit (which still bugs me that exercise equipment used to lose weight has a weight limit...really...lol)
So Sunday, i get up ready to take on the treadmill. I get dressed, go out look over all the controls, pop in a movie and start. Unfortunately, i picked the wrong pre-programed option. I was walking along and it just kept getting faster and i couldn't get my feet under me enough to jump off...next thing i know...I am holding on as my knees are on the belt. Luckily i had hooked the safety key on and it finally came out and shut off. By this time the front of the machine is off the floor because i have a death grip on the arms and my knees are on my floor. I slowly get up, setting the front of the treadmill back down on the floor carefully.
I am laughing now because at this point it is funny. My son comes running out to see what is going on. We check it out...the machine is fine. My knees are a little rubbed but not bad (thankful for pants). I decided to take a break and chill.
About an hour later i did get back on...using the manual settings only...LOL I managed to get on again Monday but was feeling sore. By Tuesday I realized i must have pulled a muscle (or 5) in my arms and back from my death grip on the machine. You know how whiplash takes a few days to kick in...that's what this was like.
Wednesday i did get on for a lap. Today, Thursday I did 2 laps (half mile). I decided to work my way up. This way i can find what works for me and what i can and can't do on the machine...without it kicking me to the floor...LOL
Mind you...while this was going on my dog was next to the machine...jumping off wasn't an option either as i would have squished her. LOL We have since set her on it on the lowest setting...she rode to the end...hopped off and doesn't go near it anymore. YAY! Because Saturday night she kept trying to get on when we were setting it up and trying it out. I was so afraid her little foot would get caught under the belt. We will walk on the ground with her...lol
So now that the treadmill and I have an agreement (no more tricks)! and We have all had a good laugh (which burns calories also). Let's do this!! (without injury!)
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Okay, problem solved! The setting i used went by your heart rate. I didn't have a heart monitor on, nor was i holding the heart rate pads on the machine...which is why it kept speeding up. Yeah, that program sucks...LOL At least i have figured it out...and can avoid that setting at ALL costs...LOL

I have now labeled that as the doomsday section...my soon to be 13 year old son thinks its funny...but won't try it (thank the heavens) LOL
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    I enjoyed the blog and it gave me a good laugh and start to my Saturday. I'm glad you and the machine have come to an understanding and you weren't seriously hurt. Happy treading in the future. emoticon emoticon
    1912 days ago
  • AMY-MIMI77
    oh Belinda - this was exactly what I needed to read today - thanks for sharing!
    How funny!

    I too got attacked by a treadmill many years ago when first starting one of my many journeys to health. My incident was at a full Gym with my BFF: I too laughed at myself (not to mention my BFF had "tears running down her legs", but I hadn't put on the safety cord so it just kept going; luckily I flew off the back and hit the wall (like in all those America's Funniest Home Videos)
    It was quite funny
    1920 days ago
  • VALYNN26
    So glad that you weren't seriously hurt & can laugh about it now. emoticon
    1920 days ago
    Glad you weren't seriously hurt! I've seen those treadmill videos where people fall off and I know I shouldn't laugh but they kill me! Glad you and the treadmill came to an agreement - the only thing falling off will be weight!
    1920 days ago
    So glad you wasn't hurt seriously and can laugh about it. Sounds like a good plan to take it slow and gradually build up your time/distance. You're doing great! Thanks for sharing your experience.
    1921 days ago
    So funny, yet not you could have been hurt. I am so glad you are okay~
    1921 days ago
    Oh my gosh! It is funny now, but I bet it scared the bejeebers out of you at the time! Glad you got it figured out!
    1921 days ago
    i am really not laughing honest, diamond girl! but it sure made me smile. That was me not to long ago. And the dog part, ours is scared to death of it will not even get near it! Glad you got back on and really glad you did not get hurt!

    Keep up the good work!
    1921 days ago
    lol. This is funny. glad to know you are ok and you got back up and get on again. I am sure in time you will be attacking that darn treadmilll.
    1921 days ago
    I wish i could get her to walk on it...she just thought it wasn't a very fun ride...lol Maybe I'll try again. I don't do the outdoors walk in the winter. Then again...I'm not so good at walking indoors either...lol
    I think i could have won AFV had there been a camera running. ;)
    I did have a similar issue a couple years ago while watching tv on the treadmill...i stopped walking...the treadmill didn't...all because something happened on the show...maybe i shouldn't watch tv while on the treadmill...LOL
    1921 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Where is that camera when you need it???? Another missed opportunity for a Kodak moment!! LOL!
    Who knew knee pads would come in handy just to walk??INDOORS!!! I sit here laughing about your dog though,, When our dog was alive, she would stand there in front of the tread, giving me that dog-human look, like, WTH are you doing that for, when we could be outdoors in the snow, walking on the shoulder of the road with cars whizzing by at fifty mph,where it is exciting?"

    Next thing she knew, I had her tied to the front of the tread at a slow pace, sitting there looking at her, reading my book.. I then took my turn, then her,etc.. she got the point.. it kept her in shape when outdoors was too cold or dangerous.

    I picture myself walking on the beach when I am slugging along on my tread.. enjoy your new toy!!
    1921 days ago
    Sounds like an attack to me!!

    Glad you've got it all under control now.
    1921 days ago
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