This week I made a mini goal to enter my workouts into my calendar versus going to the gym and just winging it. I initially tried to outline what type of cardio and which weights I’d do but that felt too restricting, like I HAD to do that exact workout and knowing my personality I’ll change my mind… So instead, I just stuck with the basics: time and type of exercise…
Sunday: 45-minutes cardio
Monday: 30-minutes cardio/ weights
Tuesday: 45-miniutes cardio
Wednesday: 45-minutes cardio
Thursday: 30-miniutes cardio/ weights
Saturday: BodyPump [it’ll be my first time!]
Now, something that’s gym-related but a little heavier than my workout plan for the week, something that’s been on my chest and I’ve been wanting to share but haven’t because… It’s personal.
A few weeks ago I was on the elliptical, mindlessly pedaling my feet back and forth when a middle-age gentleman approached me. I had noticed that he walked by me a few minutes prior but after a quick hesitation, he kept walking. The man stood in front of my machine and waved to get my attention. Being the outgoing, perky person I am, I took my headphones out from my ears and said hi.
I could tell by the inquisitive look on his face he had more to say than just a simple hello. He did not introduce himself, rather he dove directly into the conversation…
Man: Were you here over the other day riding one of the bikes?
Man: Well, I was watching you and I noticed the two rather large scars on your legs.
Me: Oh, yeah.
Man: How did you get them?
Me: I had two melanomas removed over the summer.
Man: Wow… Really?
Man: And you’re all okay now?
Man: Those are large scars, have you thought of having plastic surgery so they’re not so prominent?
Me: Uhhh, nope.
Man: Well, I think that would be wise.
[after an awkward silent stare, he walked away]
Within moments my blank mind was racing. Some guy was watching me because of the two “rather large scars” on my legs? I am aware that I have two scars on my legs but I wasn’t aware that they were so attention-grabbing. Plastic surgery? The only time I’d ever consider plastic surgery is if I got into a horrible accident and some part of my body was left deformed. Emphasis on horrible accident, not melanoma surgery.
I debated whether or not I should call it quits and drown in my sorrows at home but I ultimately was thankful that I was wearing pants and finished my workout. The man ended up hoping onto a bike in front of me and in my mind I wished that I could give him bronchitis. Sorry, that’s awful but he made me feel awful and what goes around comes around, right? Karma…
Since that first encounter I have seen “Mr. Scar Man” at the gym twice. Both times he’s taken the time to smile, wave, and say hi. The first time I saw him, I immediately texted Ryan and he told me to look away but that’s not my personality so I smiled, waved back, and said hi.
Thinking about it a few weeks later, I feel somewhat silly that I let such a brief exchange with a complete stranger effect me as much as it did. For all I know, the man could be a plastic surgeon just trying to find some business at the gym [but if that’s the case, I’d tell him to take his business elsewhere]. Or maybe he truly was just wondering what happened to my legs and if the scars were gonna heal.
Regardless of his intentions, I can’t help but look at my legs differently now. Before when I looked into the mirror, I saw two legs with two scars. Now, I look into the mirror and see two strong legs with two scars that provide me with support for 12+ hours a day. When my doctor first told me that the two shave biopsy’s came back abnormal, I was a mess of emotions and all I could think about was that I had two melanomas, or cancer. I won’t lie, the thought of having a chunk of my leg removed [while I was awake] freaked the hell out of me but the thought of having cancer was even scarier but now, I feel so blessed knowing that the melanomas were removed.
I’m planning to head to the gym in a little, who wants to bet that I’ll bump into Mr. Scar Man? Maybe I should thank him for making me realize that I’d take two scars over two melanomas any day!
Question: How would you have responded to Mr. Scar Man?
Question: Have any cool stories about how you got a scar?