A TALE OF TWO FITNESS "ERAS": You Have to Chuckle....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 20, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    So I'm at the gym doing my regular thing and suddenly I hear, "Hey Chris"...
    I turn around and there is one of my neighbors (who serves on a Board with me) about to climb on a machine. I didn't even know he was a YMCA member. My neighbor is a little overweight and said...

    "Its a new Era, no more plopping this fat arse down everyday, I'm giivng up drinking and I'm going to live my life more like you".

    I was glad to hear that... "You are really going to make this change permanent, I ask"?? "Absolutely" was the response.

    Two week pass. I don't see him at the gym anymore. Last Thursday we were at a neighborhood board meeting and I had a moment to visit with him.

    "Hows the new Era going", I asked???

    "You have yours and I have mine", he said, "My Era is not yours and vice versa"......
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    Feb 20, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    ah... over-enthusiastic resolutionists... Always makes me a bit sad that their good intentions drowned in excess.

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    Feb 20, 2009 2:55 PM GMT
    I hope you tried encouraging him to jump start his resolution.
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    Feb 20, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    I made a few New Year's resolutions, one of which was to go to the gym. I went yesterday. I can cross that one off....icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 20, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    For some reason New Year's Resolutions do not get started till around the beginning of February here in Spain, so right now the gym is packed and the new people do not seem to have any idea how to put weights back on the rack. Jeez, I will be so glad when this New Era wears off, I figure about March 1 it will settle down again. That is because people pay by the month here and most if not all will only commit for the first month. Thank the holy donut for tax time!icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 20, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    well at least now there's an open parking space and treadmill available
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    Feb 20, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. so true....
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    Feb 21, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    As much as I think a rising tide floats all boats, yes, as the poster above said, there's that parking spot, and the empty treadmill.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 21, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    Eras begin with days.
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    Feb 21, 2009 1:44 AM GMT
    Encourage him to get a trainer...who will do the thinking for him, give him encouragement and company, and help him realize his goals.

    Trainers are great...esp. for beginners.
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    Feb 21, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    I don't set New Year's Resolutions...too much pressure.

    I prefer to set goals for the year. I set 2 goals for this year: to quit smoking and to work out and gain some good weight.

    I haven't smoked in 3 weeks, and I've been consistently working out for the last 3 weeks, gaining 3 pounds already.

    Had I set these as New Year's Resolutions, they would have already been broken, since I started on both in the beginning of February.
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    Feb 21, 2009 6:32 AM GMT
    Working out is very mundane and boring to most folks. If a person wants to get in shape and is starting from scratch, they need to really ask themselves why they want to get in shape. And from there, they need to create an incentive to keep them motivated and not quit.

    Without that mental push, they are destined to fail. And then it's back on the couch, beer in one hand and bucket of KFC in the other.
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:01 AM GMT

    That's cute ... it sounds like a well-structured children story ..icon_biggrin.gif

    Sad how straight people often don't have the motivation to change themselves or care about their health.. I'v seen alot who started then gave up quickly ..