I always watch TV as I fall asleep at night (usually after I’ve begrudgingly put my book down). I flip around between Friends, Family Matters and country music videos. This has become my late night ritual and I love it.
However I tend to see lots of infomercials on at this time of night. Some of the things they try to sell crack me up. Who would buy some of that stuff? I'm not someone who normally falls into fads easily. Or someone who needs to have the next big thing.
Except when it comes to exercise gimmicks. Then I eat those up with a spoon. If I had a substantial amount of money I guarantee I would have bought and tried every one.
Like most women, I'm stuck in a constant body image battle. My goal is to one day look forward to bathing suit shopping. To get to the beach and strip down to my suit proudly. To actually physically move around on the beach and not just lie flat on my towel the whole time in the most flattering position possible.
So, when I see something that is guaranteed to give me a 6 pack in 3 weeks, I desperately want it. I've bought a couple of them and they now lay collecting dust under my bed.
I think about all the exercise things I've tried and it cracks me up. Pilates, Martial Arts, Yoga, step classes, trampoline routines. I'm keep trying these things hoping I will find something I actually look forward to doing. Something that I will keep up with.
My latest one is a big exercise ball (I'm sure it has a formal name, but I don't know what it is). One night I saw these people on TV working out on balance balls having a grand old time. I thought I can do that! The next day I went to Target and bought a ball, a work out video and a few other accessories.
I mean how hard can it be to sit on a ball and do stuff? Well, I tried my new ball. Let me tell you, it was hard. I did an exercise routine for 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes and I was dying. The next day my stomach was so sore I couldn't sit up in bed. When I laughed or sneezed it felt like someone was torturing me.
I'm hoping my ball will be the thing I stick with. But if the past is any indication I'll us it for a few weeks, maybe a month and then it will collect dust like all my other impulse exercise purchases. Perhaps the fact that I’m already seeing bathing suits in stores will inspire me…
Waiting for James to arrive!
3 years ago