Contemplations as I WalkRecently, I started exercising to lose weight, get healthy, and have more energy. My exercise of choice? Walking. I started the summer strolling the neighborhood for a half an hour with my husband after dinner and have now graduated to fifty minutes around a meandering trail at a nearby park in the morning after I drop my daughter off at school. During those fifty minutes I don't find myself communing with nature. Here are some of the things I think about.
1. Grape Nuts Trail Mix Cereal. I should probably eat breakfast before walking.
2. Mommies with strollers mostly travel in groups of two, three, and even four. The loners tend to be runners with flat stomachs and cute exercise togs, and yes, they do lap me.
3. Are the people who walk against the flow British? Or are they just rebels, who enjoy interrupting the flow?
4. Should I or should I not buy that cute violet charmeuse blouse I saw the other day?
5. What will I do if one of the guys with a weedwacker on the Prison Work Detail throws down his equipment and, weilding some shank, tries to take me as a hostage? Elbow to the solar plexis? Knee him in the groin? Hey, that could be the opening of some romantic suspense. Why didn't I bring my notepad and pen?
6. Only two more laps. I can do it. I can do it faster. Cue music to the Six Million Dollar Man theme.
7. Why does my excess mass come off my neck first? I'd really prefer it to come off my butt. I think I probably need to add some weight training to my routine to build muscle mass and burn more calories.
8. No, what I really need is to memorize my pitch before the conference. My stomach lurches. I hate face-to-face pitching to editors and agents. I much prefer the anonymity of letters or e-mails.
9. Maybe I don't want cereal.
What do you think about when you exercise?