Resolution Danger!

On January 21, 2014, in Uncategorized, by speaker

A Day In the Life of LoisHow are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you sticking with your goals? This is the month of heart shaped candies and chocolate galore so tread softly. Treading reminds me of my treadmill experience. It would be a good safety reminder for you this week.

   I really know nothing about exercise except how many times I have started and quit. One year I called Colstrip Parks and Recreation and signed up for a fitness program.

   My personal trainer, Becky, thought that it would be best if I started on the treadmill.  After two weeks with her help, I could walk on level one, mountain one.  By the end of the third week I could walk without Becky standing there making sure I didn’t fall off. 

    There were people there who acted like they liked to exercise. I figured out why they smile. They wear plastic clothes. By the time they start at their ankles and pull those suits up to their shoulders, it is just an act of gravity. The muscles in their body get crammed up and it causes their face to scrunch. I did not buy plastic clothes. That would be a hideous sight. I wore my old “I hate to cook” sweatshirt and my old sweatpants. I didn’t smile much.

    One day I got a phone call from a friend who was in trouble.

    “I’ll pray for you,” I said. “I am going to the gym (I worked that into conversation wherever I could). I will pray for you while I walk.” That sounded good to her.
   I need to be honest about one more thing.  Sometimes I forget I’m praying when I’m praying. It’s a real problem. I can even fall asleep while having my prayer time. I will be praying along and then my brain forgets I am praying and it goes off thinking about something else.

   It happens like this:  I can pray, “Lord, please be with Molly now as she gets ready to have this baby.  Lord, keep her safe and make a smooth birth for the baby…no babies around here lately…we haven’t had a baby in our church for a long time either…I wonder if we ought to do something with that nursery…I wonder if we need new curtains…I wonder if Monica wants to go with me to get curtains.   I could call her.  I think she was gardening…I wonder if I should plant a garden…” 

   I can totally forget I am praying.  I know none of you do that? What I do now to compensate for my weakness is to fold my hands when I pray.  That reminds my brain that I’m praying.

    So that day I am on the treadmill. I push the buttons to select Level One, Mountain One. Then I fold my hands in front of me.  I start praying for my friend.

   I don’t know how far it is actually from my feet to my brain but pretty soon my feet said to my brain, “You’re going really, really, really fast!”  My feet were just flying! All I knew to do was what I’d seen those athletic people do, so I jumped to the sides and straddled the treadmill on its rails. With one foot on each side, I was fighting for my life. The belt was racing a hundred miles an hour between my legs!

   I finally got my brain slowed down enough to check the settings. I was going Level Ten, Mountain Ten! I could have been killed!  I could have been bounced right off the back wall.  I pushed the button to “STOP” and tried to catch my breath.  I thought I had got enough exercise for one day. My heart rate was certainly up.

   I needed a hot fudge sundae desperately. Or a nap. I couldn’t decide which. I did have one regret as I walked to my car. I wish my trainer, Becky, had seen me when I was going so good. 

   So beware – exercise can be dangerous. So can chocolate.



How I Came To Believe

I am at an age in my life where it is hard for me to remember anything. I walk into the kitchen to get something and when I get there, I can’t remember why I came there. ‘Course I don’t want to spend much time in my kitchen anyway because I don’t like to cook.


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