Tuesday, April 28, 2009

FOOLS FITNESS TIP: Skip the gym workout today!

There she was trotting along on the treadmill. One small bead of sweat ran down her temple as she eyed the machine stats with a cold stare. 19:50 she took a couple of more steps and flexed her hand slowly. I looked in amazement as the girl on the treadmill machine next to me snapped her right hand to that stop button faster than any wild west gunslinger draws his six shooter when the church bell rings at high noon. Whah happened? It was her twenty minutes… did she do a second more… I don’t think soooo..

Foolsfitness says skip the gym today. Go buy a soccer ball and kick it around the park. Break out the real bicycle if you dare. Go for a walk, a swim, or fly a kite. You might use a few muscles you haven’t in a while. You might not loathe it enough to check the second hand on your watch as you near twenty minutes. Of course use some common sense too. I felt sore after I used that soccer ball the first time. Apparently my body wasn’t used to going sideways and in bursts of speed just yet.

The point is to make it a little different and something that’s enjoyable too. Nothing huge, just one small step after another. Thus far the whole sensible thing seems to be working for me, even saying yes to pizza and ice cream, just not the whole pizza and a half gallon of ice cream in a sitting.

The scales freaked me out as I checked my weight at the office. I set it to my last weigh in, and toward the gain… adding pounds… and more… how could I have gained like 9 pounds?! Then I took a deep sigh of relief, I took off my backpack. 334.5 (I've dropped -3.5lbs since last offical checking, the weight of yet another very angry small dog!)

I think it’s time to call in some heavy hitting backup as I take this fit verses fat civil war to the next level. My prize pack to myself now might be the Conan the Barbarian movie. I want Arnold on my side. I'm going to need him when I need to cut down on the volume of food or when I want to sloth around rather than do some physical activity. I can just ask myself, "What would Conan do?!"

Remember that skipping gym workouts is just the foolsfitness way!-Alan


  1. I'd rather exercise outside than in a gym any day of the week!

    And as far as ice-cream... I like to have the occasional ice-cream cone from McDonald's. It's low-fat... and only around 150 calories. Yum! I can eat it and not feel guilty. And it's a "normal" food... not a "diet" food... so I don't feel deprived at all.

    Congrats on the loss! :)

  2. You are so funny. I wish my blog was half as entertaining as yours. Congratulations on your loss! That is awesome!

  3. Haha, that sounds like me on a treadmill. Oh wait, what's a treadmill? Seriously, I'm scared to death of those things. Probably too many videos of people falling off of them on America's Funniest Home Videos.

  4. Running on the treadmill is a LOT different than running outside. Running on the real earth is more difficult than running on a surface where the ground is moving already for you.

    My favorite non-gym activities are: hiking, canoeing, running from mosquitoes while hiking, swimming and shopping. Shopping counts, no?

  5. I would love to jog/run outside but Im too easily intimidated lol.

  6. "(I've dropped -3.5lbs since last offical checking, the weight of yet another very angry small dog!)"

    Congrats on your loss. The very angry small dog line--OMG, I was laughing so loud and I even snorted. I live next door to a small, angry dog--and well, it just struck me really funny. That line is something I will never forget, and my husband will laugh over it too. Ah, you've added a whole new dimension to my weight loss journey with that--we'll have a chuckle every time I lose that amount of weight.


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