I Thought The Treadmill Had Me Beat!

A couple of weeks ago I was at the gym, enjoying the treadmill. The treadmills at this gym are set to only run 30 minutes with a five-minute cool-down. Last week, I ask the trainer at the gym if there was any way that I could make the treadmill run longer because I love being on the treadmill. I think it’s so much fun to walk and watch one of my favourite shows as I don’t spend a lot of time in front of the television, so for me, it’s like a release, but also like a getaway, as I’m kicking butt and making my calves really big.

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Sara on the treadmill

On Thursdays, I get a full hour to do whatever I want at the gym, including working out on the treadmill. For the last 3 weeks I have been enjoying the treadmill and as soon as my treadmill would hit 30 minutes, I’d stop the treadmill, wait for it to reset, and then I’d hit start again, and I’d go for another 30 minutes. I did ask trainer on site if there was any way to make the treadmill go longer? His reply was “No, we have them set that way for a reason, and it’s so other people can have a turn on the treadmill, because we only have so many treadmills.” I replied with, “Okay, I understand, but is it okay if I stay on treadmill if the gym is not busy?” He smiled and nodded.


Now, fast-forward to this last Thursday

I restarted my treadmills after the 30-minute mark. But this time I was next to a lady. As I am enjoying my treadmill, I was watching her and the treadmill, and I saw that she was nearing her 30-minutes. I thought to myself, “Oh, she’s going to hit 30 minutes,” but, I could tell she was not stopping. There was no stopping this lady. It looked like she was not going to reset her treadmill at the 30-minute mark. So, I continued to watch her out of the corner of my eye, watching to see what she would do.

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Between watching my show and enjoying my workout, out of the corner of my eye, I see her treadmill time. Let me tell you, it went over 30-minutes. Then it went over 35-minutes. Then it went over 40-minutes, and I was like, “Hold up. Something isn’t right here. Something is going on, and she knows something that I don’t know.”

Most people in this circumstance would probably just keep doing their own thing, going about things the same way. They would be on the treadmill, continuing to hit the stop and start button at the 30-minute mark, like I’ve been doing the last couple weeks. I decided that I was done with resetting my treadmill every time and I was going to find out her secret.

It Was Time to Know Her Secret

So, I stay on my treadmill, and I keep going until she stops. She takes her headphones out. She goes to grab a cloth to wipe down her treadmill, and I politely say, “Excuse me, I have a question for you.” She responds with, “Sure.” I say, “How in the world did you get your treadmill to go up to 55 minutes?” Her reply was, “Oh, that’s easy. Do you see this button right here? You just change your time.”

the magic buttons on the treadmill

At this point I felt like an absolute moron, because right smack dab in the middle of the screen, the screen that I have been looking at for the last four weeks, there is a picture of a timer, with two buttons, and one is plus, and one is minus. All I need to do is be on manual option, which I’ve always done, but before I start, I simply up the time. Seriously, it was right in front of me for the last four weeks, and I did not see it.

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Let me tell you, I played with all the buttons … Well, at least, I thought that I played with all the buttons on the machine. I played with the heart rate, the kilometers, the sprint, the fan, the Wi-Fi. Never did I ever see these two buttons right in front of my face. I was dumbfounded and I thanked her for showing me. I replied with “Oh, my gosh, I never saw those buttons before.” She said, “Yeah, but it’ll only go up to an hour, so you’ll only ever get 55 minutes, and then you get a 5-minute cool-down.” My final response was, “Hey, that’s better than having to start and stop.”

There Was a Lesson (or two) to Learn Here

I got off that treadmill and R.H. (my husband) was with me, and I looked at him and said, “Seriously? 4 weeks! 3 times a week for 4 weeks. I was on that treadmill 12 times, and I never saw those buttons.” I just looked at him and I said, “Isn’t that like life?”

What we need, what we need to understand, and what we need to learn is all right in front of our faces, and yet we don’t see it. It’s not like those buttons just appeared on Thursday. They’ve been there the entire time, since that machine was created.

Everything you need is right in front of us, but we don’t see it. We don’t see it because our mind isn’t open to understand that there’s more out there that we need to see. People are brought into your life for a moment to show you something, so you can go on your journey and continue doing the right things for you.

I’m always at the gym on Thursdays at the exact same time, but chances are, I probably won’t see her again. But she came into my life for those moments to teach me what I needed to know. She could have picked any other treadmill, but she chose the one right next to me. Why? Because I needed to ask her a question.

Two things come from this for me.

One, which we’ve already discussed, which is: the things that you need in your life to make your life better are seriously right in front of you. You just don’t see them, and it takes other people outside of us to point it out. The sayings of, we can’t see the forest for the trees, or get your head above the clouds. Those are true sayings, because we sometimes need to take ourselves out of our situations so we can see what’s going on inside the situations. If we can’t do that, then people are brought into our lives to show us what we need to learn and need to see.

This is where a lot of people get connected to, caught up in and stuck on all these celebrities, personalities, and successful people, because they showed you something that you haven’t seen, even though it was right in front of you. For example, the gurus, coaches and mentors in the world, the people who speak their truth and help other people succeed. They are a necessity to the world and to the journey of others.

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They are needed, but as humans, we have to understand that it wasn’t the guru that changes our lives. They simply open a door or open a window, or help us to take the blinds off, for us to see what is truly going on. But it is us who chose to step into that. It is us who chose to ask the questions.

Don’t Turn Back

In my situation, I could have just gone back into my shell and been really nervous to ask a complete stranger a question, and I would have been kept going. However, this lady was brought into my life for a purpose and a reason. I was able to ask a question, get the answer I need, so I could keep going on the right path, with the right information.

I will always be thankful for her, and if I see her again, I will smile and thank her again. That being said, I’m not going to follow her around and think that she’s changed my life by simply answering a question that I asked. She was a tool in my toolbox, and that, to me, is what all people in this world are.

Whether it is coaches, mentors, or gurus, they are all tools in the world’s toolbox to help you. It is so important that you understand these people are brought into your lives for the sake of helping you. They are the world’s toolbox. You are a tool in the toolbox, I am a tool in the toolbox… but let’s leave my thoughts on the world’s toolbox for another blog.

The second thing I learned…

The second thing I learned was that you aren’t going to get what you need out of this life without asking for what you need and what you want. Get some courage behind you and make the ask.

If you need help or want something, ask! If you want to advance your life, ask!

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Everything you need is within you, but sometimes we must ask the questions to fully understand the reasoning or the answers, so make sure you get the guts to ask. When you see people in a line of treadmills, nobody talks to anybody. Right? Everybody’s got their headphones in, and they’re doing their own thing, but you know what? Wait for those headphones to come out and ask. When we want what somebody else has, ask. It is so, so important to ask for what you want in this world.

I am now going to head to the treadmill this week, and I am going to push that button that I never saw before, and I am going to make that treadmill go to 55 minutes with a 5-minute cool-down. I am going to rock it, and I’m going to do well, knowing that I now know the secret sauce to the treadmill.

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It is so important

Number 1, allow people to come into your life and help you, but don’t worship them!

Number 2, if you need something in this world, you need to ask. Get the courage, get the guts, put your shoulders back, put your chin up, be proud of who you are, and just ask. That’s it… ASK!

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