Friday, April 2, 2010

Lazybones

By Heather

Ugh. I didn’t quite realize how lazy I was, how slack my exercise routine had become (cough, nonexistent) until the other day when I was flipping channels and landed on FitTV.

There was an enthusiastic aerobics instructor leading a class of equally exuberant and attractive participants in your average callisthenic type moves (all the while looking fabulous, I might add). It was one of those interactive shows that encourage you to rise from your couch and launch into a few lunges.

Hey, I can lunge. I can side-step and squat. I can do leg lifts. So I eyed the can of Pringles I was holding and thought really hard about getting up. Then I sank deeper into my blanket…and continued to watch the workout. I didn’t even have the decency to change the channel to Supernanny or an Ask This Old House repeat.
L-A-Z-Y.

I did have the decency to feel bad about watching those flashy, attractive, energetic participants break a sweat while I snuggled up to my potato chips (jalapeno flavor). Bad enough to get moving again.

And I will.

Soon.

I promise.

Just as soon as this episode of Supernanny is over…

Anyone else ever watch those exercise shows purely for entertainment? If so, there’s plenty of room on my couch. I’ll even share my Pringles…

17 comments:

Vicki said...

Oh my gosh, you are too funny! Well, I had (note past tense) a great routine going in the fall which I had actually started last summer. I got up at 5am, did my 30ish minute 2 mile walking tape (Leslie Sanson) and then would proceed with the getting ready for work schedule. It worked great for me because by the time I get home, I am even too tired to make dinner let alone exercise. So I loved getting it over with and probably slept better as a result. Now for the bad part: haven't done this since Thanksgiving. I meant to get back into it in January, which I did for 1 day, but alas...there you are. The 1 day that turned into...nothing. Part of my problem is a pinched nerve, which has been just getting more and more bothersome...I see the dr this morning, actually. I hope as the weather continues to get nicer I will feel the pressure of bathing suit season to help me out of my funk!

Dru said...

I've done that while saying "I can do that" while I sat and watching them go through their moves. I'll even try the moves with them, but just once.

Have a good weekend.

Jill said...

LOVE IT! I can (do and have done) almost the exact same thing, but usually with ice cream. However, with ice cream, it's okay... you're getting your calcium!

Katie said...

tsk tsk...just kidding. you're welcome to come run with me anyday :p though I'm sure Mr. Webber would love it if you ran with him.

Mason Canyon said...

I'll bring the Dr. Pepper. I have yet to see one of those shows that actually has a person on there that looks like they need to lose weight or have lost any. Some thing about a size 0 doesn't motive me. I know I'll never be one so why kid myself.

signlady217 said...

I hate to exercise, so I don't, even though I know I should. If I could find something interesting, it might help motivate me, but no luck so far. I'll just share y'all's chips and ice cream for now. Thanks. :)

heather said...

Vicki, good luck with that pinched nerve--ouch! You're before-the-day-starts routine sounds perfect. I'd have a hard time dragging myself out of bed, though.

LOL on "just once" Dru. Usually I'm too sore the next day to try again.

Hi Jill. Ice cream would work, but I do love my chips. Sigh.

*Groan,* Katie. Running? I don't think so. And I don't think Mr. W wants to listen to me whine the whole way. LOL.

Oooh, MC, you're invited! You're right about the trainers--I'm much more motivated by the Biggest Loser. Those contestants make me feel like a sloth.

Signlady, you're invited too. I think walking with a friend would be great exercise. I just need to find a buddy with the same schedule (and pace)!

Shel said...

Heather, I'm on my way over! I'll even bring my own chips! *grin*

Andrea C. said...

Oh exercise..the bane of my existence. I do it for a while then I stop and have to get motivated all over again.
I don't watch exercise shows for fun, but I do feel guilty when I watch things like The Biggest Loser while eating my ice cream! LOL

Heather Webber said...

Shel, I'm making room on the sofa.

JB, AMEN!

Krista, chasing after little ones does burn a lot of calories. I have a DVD from Jillian Michaels, but she scares me so I hardly ever use it. LOL.

Andrea, the guilt just makes me eat more! It's a vicious circle. My grandmother used to call exercise the "E" word and it was forbidden in her presence. I might adopt that. :)

signlady217 said...

I saw a crossstitched pillow one time that said "Every time I say the word 'exercise' I have to wash my mouth out with chocolate!" Gotta love that one!

Vickie said...

You know, you could do bicep curls with that can of Pringles....

In December, I requested a Wii for our anniversary present to each other. We now have a Wii so that I could do the Wii Fit Plus and the EA Active...I did both for a month-ish. Took a break...still on break...sigh.....We have a treadmill and a recumbent bike down in the Mancave along with the Wii. Still trying to talk myself into getting up each morning at 0-dark-hundred before getting ready for work.

Bookworm Princess said...

I am right there with you Heather! It makes me exhausted just to think about exercise sometimes but I know I need to do something.

Gayle Carline said...

I watch the show that teaches you to belly dance. Oh, and the yoga show. Of course, I watch them from my Sideward Cat position in the recliner.

I also buy cookbooks and don't make any of the recipes, so I think it evens out.

Gayle Carline (author of FREEZER BURN)

Maggie Sefton said...

LOL, Heather. Love it. You can do arm curls with two Pringles' cans.

Anonymous said...

In the UK we don't have fit channels, but every so often an exercise informercial comes on and I get the same reaction as you ... oh look, I'm reeeaaaching for the chocolate.... and repeat!

Sarah said...

LOL! No, I'm not entertained by watching other people work out :-) But your blog was very entertaining! I'm trying to motivate myself to start working out again but it's not working so far (sigh).

Sarah