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Choices Beyond the Treadmill...

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt _______________________ My life has taken a dramatic turn, and it all began with a hinky treadmill. No worries and definitely no treadmill accidents – this is a positive turn of events. Let me elaborate by beginning with how I handled my Sioux City vacation this year. For the first time ever while visiting family, I did not fall completely back into bad eating habits. Yes, I did step off program slightly (mostly planned, sometimes not so much), but never to the extent that my stomach hurt and felt bloated. And I did not need one stinkin’ Zantac – a first for a “back home” vacation. For the first time ever , I returned home from vacation with a significant weight loss, despite the fact that I wasn’t always on track with mindful eating. I can point to four possible reasons: I conti

Back on the Treadmill Again (But with a Whole New Respect)

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. --Martin Luther King, Jr. For two days, I have been eyeballing that stupid treadmill, not wanting to have anything to do with it. But the truth of the matter: the treadmill accident was entirely my fault because I did not offer due respect to a powerful machine with a surface that was moving at 3.9 mph. It might seem counter intuitive, but my doctor said I should move around and not sit or lie still for too long because my injured muscles might spasm. So with my husband close by, I climbed back on the treadmill, albeit at a lower level of intensity: No elevation and 3.2 mph. Given that I'm in overall good shape, this was doable and I didn't overtax my body or exacerbate my injury. I made sure treadmill was OFF before getting on, and I stood on the rails before starting it up. So that others may learn from my mistake (or be reminded once again), here are some basic treadmill safety tips. --ALWAYS appr

Please Practice Safe Exercising

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. --Wayne Dyer I got sloppy yesterday and ended up injured because of it. Treadmills seem pretty innocuous, but they can be very dangerous as I have discovered. I jumped off the treadmill to get my phone, and I thought I had paused it, but I hadn't. Long story short: I jumped back on, lost my balance, and it threw me off. I landed hard on the small of my back. Very painful. I ended up in the emergency room for about five hours. Soon, I'll write about treadmill safety, but later when I feel better. Meanwhile, treat the treadmill with GREAT respect. Not what I planned for today.

Thought for the Day--January 30, 2011: The Treadmill

Today, I dragged myself on the treadmill as a whining, complaining child ; I leaped off as a powerful and empowered woman. ;=)

Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment