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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Where Do You Go When You Work Out?

No, I don't mean what gym do you go to. I mean, where does your mind go?

I know there are some people who love the pain and physical stress of working out. I'm not talking to you. The rest of us (including me) have to focus on something to get through that work out. Not only that, but I have to get myself hyped up for it all day long. ("Yes! Feel those love handles! They're gonna burn, baby burn! Tonight's the night!")

I make it a habit to get to the gym. I usually go five days a week. (Tonight, however, I'm skipping my spinning class because the missionaries are coming over for dinner. They want to try my famous beans and rice. It's a good cause, but my love handles are angry at me for getting them hyped up for no reason.) But no matter how many times I go, I still dread it. I still have to talk myself into it. I feel so great afterward, yet it is hard to get myself there.

So I prepare a mental place to go every time I work out. It's my own personal retreat, and I look forward to being there. My exercise is the time when I can go there and nobody can bother me. For me, it's my book. I go to a scene in my book, something I've just written or something that's coming up, and I explore it. I watch it over and over again. It distracts me and makes me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile. And it holds my attention.

What about you? Where do you go (mentally) when you work out? (And remember, those of you who like grunting and focusing on the seconds ticking by while you enjoy the burning in your muscles, I'm not talking to you.)

7 comments:

Carrie Harris said...

I swim laps and ponder silly characters for my books. Many of whom are based on people I see at the gym.

Those poor people. If they only knew.

Jannie said...

Uhhh, what love handles are you talking about, Tamara? I love running - it's my "me" time where I can think about whatever I want and let the stresses of the day go! So therapeutic :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

@Carrie, hilarious! I'm gonna start making up stories about people too...

@Jannie, running is so so good for you. But it's so boring...I just can't get into it. The monotonous up down up down, thump thump thump thump...not even my books hold my interest! (and girl...I've got love handles...I'm pinching them as we speak)

T. Anne said...

To my WIp of course!

M. Gray said...

Hmm. That's why me and Lorelai Gilmore are so tight. Both of us shudder at the thought of something as healthy as "exercise." (And I wonder why I can't fit into my favorite jeans...)

Melanie J said...

That's a great idea. Usually I just jump on the elliptical and read a book. I should probably spend that time plotting instead...

Kate said...

It's my problem solving or reflecting time, which often lands me back at my manuscript.

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