i’m having an affair with the treadmill

i’m having an affair with the treadmill

I’m flirting with the treadmill…

I really miss the treadmill. The Physiotherapists (Bob and Graham) told me to say off of it due to my hip flexor strain. At the time my hip hurt every time I walked…on the treadmill, around the house, etc. No, Bob and Graham have not approved use of the treadmill yet. But I’ve been flirting with the treadmill just a little bit.

This new affair (with an old friend) started last week. Nothing crazy…just walking up to a speed of 4.0 and for no longer than 10 minutes at a time. So far so good…I’ve had no pain. I just couldn’t take it any longer. I was envious of all those other people on the treadmills…walking, running, jogging…all looking so satisfied with themselves and their workouts.

I’m a little surprised that I’m desiring the treadmill so much. There have been times when I’ve resented it, did anything else to avoid it.┬áBut like they say: “distance makes the heart grow stronger”. The fact that I’ve not been able to use the treadmill which was a big part of my cardio program has made me want to use it even more.

There’s another reason I miss the treadmill…I know that it is one of the most effective cardio machines for getting my heart rate up into the cardio training zone. It’s a challenge to get a higher heart rate on the elliptical and the stairmaster, with one exception…the stairmaster that’s like an escalator is great for getting my heart rate way up there.

I wonder if this is why I miss chocolate and peanut butter so much. Hmm, I may have to delve into this theory and figure out if I can live with chocolate and peanut butter in moderation vs. attempting to eliminate them all-together making me want them even more. Yep, I’m going to ponder this one.

I’m seeing Bob and Graham on Monday and I plan to discuss the treadmill with them in hopes of getting the green light to use it more often…cross your fingers.

Until tomorrow! Kathi