Tick tock

So, I’m just over 25 pounds, counting down ever so slowly to a full 30. I can’t wait til I get there, and I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I ever thought I’d say the words, “I’ve lost 30 pounds.” Pretty cool.

I thought I’d pass along a tip that has helped me immensely at the gym.

I usually work out at least 15-30 minutes on some kind of machine – usually elliptical and treadmill, maybe a bike – before running/walking on the track or working on the circuit machines.

I am not the biggest fan of treadmills, ellipticals, etc. I’m not really sure why. Some days, my workouts on them seem so easy and energetic, and other days it seems like a fight just to get going. I guess it’s that inconsistent feeling that brings me down.

Anyway. I strive for at least 15 minutes, and sometimes those minutes drag by oh-so-slowly. My solution to that slow-moving clock? I cover up the time on the machine, with my iPod, a magazine, something, anything, so I’m not constantly looking at it to see how much longer I have to go.

That way, I’m not torturing myself. I just try to get lost in whatever I’m listening to, like music or a podcast, and just work out.

Do you have any tips for working out on machines like treadmills and ellipticals?