|Shhh, you're disturbing my quiet time!|
Is that horribly mean of me? Since the time I began this weight loss journey back in September, I've mostly been exercising alone. At the very beginning when I was just walking I would go with Stacia and it would be our "girl time" and that was great! But as I started to push myself harder and I started venturing into unknown territory, I needed my mind to be focused on the task at hand. I need to really concentrate on my breathing and also I found that I really loved to just zone out during my runs and use it as my time to recharge mentally. I would bop along to my music and before I knew it, the runs were done!
With swimming I don't have my music to hum along to. It's purely the sounds of the water lapping, my breathing and my thoughts. Being around water to me has always equaled a zen like state, and to take me out of that is kind of jarring!
Maybe other people need that interaction with other people at the gym. I guess I'm just really not one of them. I see girl friends going to the gym and chatting to each other while they are on the treadmills. I much prefer to sit on my stationary bike and pedal away to the music blaring in my ears. I even tried to watch TV while I was on the bike and I found I can't do that anymore. That used to be the only way I could get through a half hour at the gym, was to schedule it with something on TV I knew I would want to watch, but not now! I've reach a point that I never before thought I would reach in my life...where going to the gym is enjoyable to me, and its part of my "me" time. I used to always envy those people. Exercising used to be torturous. Maybe for those people who are trying to strike up idle conversation with me, it still is... (And before anyone says it, I don't think they are trying to pick me up... I think they are just bored.)
This all kind of goes with the advice I give... Whenever anybody asks me what my secret has been to my success, one of my answers is always to say "Find something you love doing and do it." Because if its torture? You won't do it.