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Friends can help you face your fear of treadmills

Treadmills are scary.

There are buttons on a treadmill that you have to push. The treadmill track can go very fast, and hurl you though the drywall behind you.  If you don’t know how to use a treadmill, you have to ask someone to help you. You will have to admit you do not know something. You may look foolish.


I don’t like treadmills.

I like walking.  But it is dark and cold in the morning at 5:00 when I want to walk.

Planet Fitness is only a three-minute drive from my house. The fee is only $10.00 a month.

I wanted to join. But I didn’t want to walk across the parking lot alone.  My  nineteen friends walked across the parking lot with me. My nineteen on-line friends in  the Stay Away from the Diet!  Facebook group.

My friend Sundi Jo lost 145 pounds. She wrote a book , Step Away from that Diet:  Ten Steps To Losing Weight and Gaining the Confidence You’ve Been Searching For. She offers the book for free when you subscribe to her blog, SundiJo.com.  Sundi Jo started the facebook group to provide accountability and friendship. Anyone is welcome to join the group, you just have to ask Sundi to add you.

I stood on the treadmill today.  I risked looking foolish, and asked an employee to show how to use the buttons. I didn’t get throw off  of the machine into the drywall behind me.

I walked as fast as I could for twenty minutes.

Tomorrow I will go back to the gym. My friends are walking with me again.

Thank you Sundi Jo.






About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • I haven’t yet read the book.
    Sorry Sundi! 🙁 Promise I will when I come up and take a breath. Sounds great and inspiring.
    Pam, love you post…short and cute…to the point!
    Great idea doing this for Sundi. I have stopped walking for a while and feel it. I know I need to start again soon. Thanks for reminding me!

    • pamelahodges

      Good Morning Katina, Thank you for your encouragement. I am glad the story reminded you to start walking again.

  • ok. this is hilarious. did my son fink on me? i got a free month trial at our gym just up the street. i got it 2 weeks ago. i haven’t gone yet. guess why? yep. i don’t like looking stupid either. and people sweat there. i don’t like sweaty people. ok. i think i must give it a try. i shall do it before someone’s daughter leaves. how’s that.

    • pamelahodges

      Tina, your son didn’t send me an email asking me to write about threadmill anxiety. 🙂 That is hilarious that you haven’t gone to the gym because of button anxiety too. Just think of me when you take the long walk to the front door. Oh, and hang on when you walk on the treadmill. Maybe in a year I will be able to walk on a treadmill without holding the rail.
      I am waiting to hear when you go. You have one week left before someone’s daughter leave.

  • Your posts always make me smile. We’ve been sick here since the holidays, but hoping to resume healthy habits soon. Keep walking!

  • Pamela, I’m glad the group has helped you and pray we continue to grow as a group of friends and accountability partners.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Sundi Jo. I am happy to be part of the group.

  • Good post, Pamela. I’m so glad you didn’t get hurled into the drywall.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Anne. I had a close call when I tried to take of my shirt while walking up a hill at 3 miles an hour. I had to slow down and get off the hill first.

  • Lovely Pamela! lmc