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Sunday, January 20, 2013

So I hit the gym tonight, like I do most nights after work. I just could NOT get myself together when I first got there. I hopped on the treadmill and managed to drop my phone not once, not twice, but THREE times. (I use an app on my phone for my running/walking training). All three times, I somehow managed to snag my headphones with my flailing arms and yank the phone off the stand. The first time, I managed to catch it before it hit the floor (or the treadmill). No big deal, I repositioned the phone and kept walking.

The second time, I once again hooked my headphones. The phone hit the treadmill, then flew off the end. I slapped the pause button, turned around to grab it and in that horrific moment realized I had NOT hit the pause button hard enough. I did some kind of ninja/Matrix moves and manged to stay upright while sending MYSELF flying off the end. I stood there, heart pounding, looking around frantically to make sure no one saw me. (I KNEW I was at the gym alone, but I couldn't help myself). I gave the cameras a quick glance and prayed to all that's holy that the owner won't watch the camera tomorrow.

I stood at the end of the treadmill, watching the belt roll along at a lovely 4.0 mph. I thought "well hell, now what?" After some study and planning, I managed to get back on the sides, and baby step my way to the controls. I once again slapped the pause button, this time actually halting the belt of death. This time I remembered to hook up the safety strap. I got myself situated and once again hit the start button. And once again, I managed to rip my headphones out of my ears, simultaneously sending my phone flying, scaring myself and ticking myself off, all in one swift movement. I said "you have got to be KIDDING me!" This time I was smart enough to hit pause. I was not smart enough to unclip the safety strap. The machine shut down instantly. Game over. No more walking without a reset. I stood there muttering to myself "Pull yourself TOGETHER woman!"

I seriously stood there debating whether or not I should get back on or just go home. I finally started laughing at the absolute absurdity of the moment. (I was also picturing the face of the ultra-coordinated gym owner as she watched me flailing around). I decided I would try ONE more time. Success! My ears (and phone) were intact after this go round.

Now, I'm not the most coordinated person in the world, but I can typically walk without too much effort. Apparently that was not the case tonight.

Moral of my story? Laugh at yourself and move on! (And use your safety clip).


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RFJSJ50 1/21/2013 2:50PM

    Injury by Treadmill! I can just read the headlines!
I admire you for not just saying "what the heck" and giving up!

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    Hey woman ... THIS is hysterical !! don't we all have moments like this????? How funny ??? Just wanted to say that you deserve a great big on

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for the awesome job on your January challenge ..... you hit your goal and then some !!

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BARBIE176 1/20/2013 11:20PM

    Congratulations on your ability to laugh at yourself as well as for persevering and finishing your workout. I am sure by that time I would have given up on myself. Well, maybe not if I were alone. Have a better workout next time.!

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KARENLEIGH32 1/20/2013 4:02PM

    You sounded a bit like me, I have balance issues since having brain cancer. Can't seem to walk straight sometimes, people behind me tend to think I'm drunk I'm afraid!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/20/2013 10:59AM

    I have a tiny square ipod that i hook on my shirt and have no trouble on the treadmill elliptical or bike but I do have to remind myself not to wear it on weight machines because I either rip the earbuds out of my ears that hurts but once I almost strangled myself. I also bring a vest for warmth after the gym but it has pockets that zip so I don't loose my lisence or keys or get poked with them as that has happened many times before. we all have laughable times at the gym lol.the important thing is that you didn't give up and that you go . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SGRAY478 1/20/2013 10:46AM

    haha. we all have those moments!! Get one of those arm bands That is what helped me the most combat this exact problem. It isn't super comfy but it really works (unless you are like me and try to change the song too much. haha)

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/20/2013 10:07AM

    Good advice. And, yes, a sense of humor is essential in this process.

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TAFODIL24 1/20/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing ~ I applaud your attitude!


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BEFIT015 1/20/2013 7:27AM

    emoticon I spend half my day laughing at myself! Congrats for mustering through the workout!

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MARYJOANNA 1/20/2013 5:59AM

  Better to laugh than cry!

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POETICJUSTUS 1/20/2013 5:36AM

    Persistence Not perfection, I like it! Rock On ! emoticon emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 1/20/2013 4:33AM

    Congrats for laughing at it and getting back on and finishing your workout!!

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