The view from my elliptical (and treadmill)

July 21, 2011

As I’ve been doing my workouts, whether I’m using the elliptical or the treadmill, it has occurred to me that the world looks very different from up there. I’m not talking about the literal view in my “workout room,” although the extra height that the machines lift me has revealed what desperately needs to be dusted. I’m talking about my perspective on the future, my future.

Exercising gives me a whole new view of myself. I feel strong, capable, successful. I picture myself thin, wearing the type of clothes that I’ve always wanted to wear. I see myself with more energy and a more upbeat attitude. This occurs even when I’m nearing the end of my workout and my legs are about to give out, because it’s a feeling from within. And that’s the kind of positive mental energy that feeds on itself and grows.

If I go too long without working out, that picture blurs and the old negative thoughts come to the fore again. I tend to start thinking more about how much I dislike this part and that part of my body and how I sometimes think I’ll never get where I want to be.

So my goal is to keep exercising at least five days a week and not miss more than one day in a row. It’s addictive. That doesn’t mean I necessarily feel like doing it until I actually get on the machine, but once I do, I really like seeing my future in that light.

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