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The perils of weight loss and exercise.

Friday, September 06, 2013



One of my avowed goals on my weight loss journey, is to tackle the ironing pile BEFORE I run out of clothes to wear. However, so far I have failed miserably in this endeavor.

Thus it was, with the ironing basket hidden under a Mount Everest of clean clothing, I was forced to go to the gym yesterday, in a baggy old tee shirt, that had seen a lot of better days.

I happily started with the other five elderly men, to work through out 39 steps program which helps flexibility and mobility in the older person, circling my arms, and stretching, and doing the other exercises.

All went well until the exercises where one has to bend over and reach ones toes. No problem with the exercise. I can bend and put my hands flat on the floor, (show off), but I am suddenly aware that my back is cold!

The tee shirt is sliding up my back, showing it and my underwear to any interested spectators. I carefully tucked it into my gym bottoms, and carried on.

We did the cobra, emoticon and the other abs exercises, and all was going well until doing the plough, emoticon and then the shoulder stand. emoticon Now I canít do a shoulder stand or a plough from flat. I have to take a Ďrun upí at it. I have to sit up and then roll back quickly, using my momentum to get my torso off the ground.

So I successfully did the plough, emoticon then pushed myself up into he shoulder stand. Once up there, we have to bicycle with our legs, energetically! emoticon

The general flow southwards of boobs and belly can always cause a problem with asphyxia during this maneuver, sometimes itís like fighting your way out of a 20 tog duvet!

Then suddenly, the world went black! Had I gone blind????

No. The energetic upside down cycling had untucked my old tee shirt, and it had completely inverted itself over my head, blinding me, and exposing acres of white flesh to all the other stunned gym users!

Thatís the fastest I have ever come out of a shoulder stand, and back on my feet in my life!

So the moral of this story is

1. Do the ironing
2. Stay the right way up
3. Do NOT wear clothes several sizes too big to the gym!
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QUEENIEBELLE 10/15/2013 12:40AM

    Hahaha loved your blog. emoticon emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/23/2013 3:21AM

    Ironing now.

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IVYRAYNE 9/20/2013 8:15AM

    hahahahaha... I loved your account of it! It is so funny! Perhaps a tad embarrassing at the time, but oh my! Thank-you for sharing your misfortune that others can laugh at as we have all had one of those OMD moments! You are amazing! emoticon emoticon

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WALKIES 9/18/2013 12:55PM

    I'm thinking theres going to be more than 5 men at the gym for the next session.

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I think we like this story since we've all been there. the OMG moment. emoticon

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KARENKANDO 9/17/2013 5:50PM

    This is the funniest thing I have read in I don't know when! If you aren't doing "stand up" as in comedy club circuits. . . you've missed your calling. You are one funny lady. . . that's why! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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ADZY86 9/11/2013 5:25AM

    Hahaha! Brilliant!

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STFRENCH 9/10/2013 6:24PM

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SHELTIE2013 9/10/2013 10:39AM

    Evelyn you are a wonderful crazy lady. Would have loved to have been a spectator!! Long may the giggles continue!

Think what you did for those 5 elderly gentlemen and their cardiac output, lol

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 9/9/2013 9:57PM

    I'm so glad I "met"you! You were a emoticon in my day! Thanks for sharing!

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JENSHAINES 9/9/2013 7:16PM

    Oh my goodness, Evelyn - this cracked me up!!! I'm going to sparkmail you a very funny link in light of this story.

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KENWANNE2013 9/9/2013 5:47PM

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JUNEAU2010 9/9/2013 4:14PM

    I am still laughing! I remember when I first started on SP, I posted a blog about a noontime walk I took. I decided, since I was going downhill, I would lightly run. My "girls" got a lot more exercise out if it than I did and I was SORE the next day!

You are fabulous! Thanks for making my day! emoticon

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NANA-B-FITZ 9/8/2013 3:10PM

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You made my day, still smiling.



Wow so great that you can do this. I couldn't even begin to attempt any of this.
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SPACEYSTACY 9/8/2013 10:56AM

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/8/2013 6:46AM

    You know, quite a few ladies dress for the gym specifically to impress the gentlemen who also attend. But look at you--you managed to do so without even trying! Well done, you.

Thanks for the great morning laugh. Now...off to do that ironing.



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TLG71567 9/8/2013 1:40AM

    That's hilarious! They'll never forget you at the gym. LOL

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REGILIEH 9/7/2013 10:46PM

    Oh my dear one, you just gave me the best laugh I've had for awhile, I think since one of Mel's jokes. I laughed until I cried!!! I think you are a brave soul to do those exercises in front of men, I doubt I could even do them period! Well I could do some of them. emoticon

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DANAPRIME 9/7/2013 9:12PM

    That was too funny! It is good to be able to laugh at ourselves!!! Hope your next gym excursion is less exciting!

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BLUECAFE 9/7/2013 8:33PM

    Laughing. So. Hard. emoticon
I tripped on a treadmill once, threw myself into a wall, ripped my T-shirt and exposed my bra to all. My quick thinking
friend made me laugh by saying to me "Don't ever embarrass me like that again!" Ya gotta laugh at yourself!
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RAINBOWCHOC 9/7/2013 3:37PM

    I can be smug about my ironing being totally up to date!

Good work on the 39 steps, what will Richard Hannay come up with next?

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 9/7/2013 12:33PM

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Better too loose than too tight! Funny story.

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DISCOVERLLH 9/7/2013 11:30AM

  So funny! I really got a kick out of your story. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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IDICEM 9/7/2013 10:14AM

  LOL! Thanks for the lively tale. I'm sure you weren't laughing at the time, but isn't it wonderful when you can look back on such events with humor? I appreciate the laughs. And congratulations on all you can do!


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BEWELL48 9/7/2013 9:25AM

    Loved it! Oh forget the ironing....too boring!
Sounds like a great work out....keep it up as well as the humor!

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WATERONE 9/7/2013 8:57AM

    I know it wasn't funny to you at a time, but your account is hilarious. I have to admit I've never ironed my workout clothes.

I am very impressed you can do a shoulder stand from whatever kind of start. I would probably break my neck and assorted other bones.

It is emoticon your old clothes are so loose they are falling off. Shows what a great job you have done.

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RUTHIE_UK 9/7/2013 6:52AM

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MIA-MORSEL 9/7/2013 5:41AM

    hey, you jammy beggar.......having clothes that are too big for you. emoticon



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ANDYLIN90 9/7/2013 12:59AM

    Hysterical! It is SO annoying when flesh that should be covered becomes exposed...

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1SALMON1 9/7/2013 12:58AM

    Oh delightful! I too wear too-big clothes to the gym but I stay vertical and - with this story in mind - I will continue vertical until I get some better-fitting gym clothes! Thank you so much for sharing - you have given chuckles and bright grins and wise advice to people all over the world!

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STLRFNS 9/6/2013 11:42PM

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MARYJEANSL 9/6/2013 11:23PM

  Thank you for the chuckle! It brightened my dreary day quite a bit. And yes, it could so easily have happened to me (except that I doubt I would be able to actually do the exercises). Especially I like the tiny little figures doing the exercises. I have never seen those before, but they are great for showing exactly what you mean.

P.S. I hate ironing, too - and I'll wager my clean clothes pile could give yours a run for its money.

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SEAJESS 9/6/2013 10:19PM

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Good for you for not using the baggies as an excuse not to go to the gym! emoticon

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 9/6/2013 8:52PM

    Ya know, I have been going through a hard time lately (getting through it though), and reading your blog brought on a good laugh. For one I can relate so well, as my laundry is in the same state. And, also, I can just 'picture' all that you described so well. I don't mean to laugh at your expense, but I gotta thank you, cause you certainly brought a smile to my face (and my heart).
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lightens someone's heart.
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Amber

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BEBOP4ME 9/6/2013 7:08PM

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MNDEBBIE1 9/6/2013 6:39PM

    Thanks for the laugh. I needed that emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/6/2013 6:24PM

    I'll bet that no one dared to say anything to you! emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 9/6/2013 5:51PM

    Love it - entertaining here and at the gym - what a very versatile lady!!
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ZANNACHAN 9/6/2013 5:38PM

    Hehehe, I only laugh because I can *so* sympathize. I went to my first yoga class wearing an old sports bra and a very worn--and loose--t-shirt. NEVER again. Yikes!

(Personally, I hate ironing, with a fiery passion. Ergo, I rarely buy, let alone wear, clothing that needs to be ironed. Because I just know it will get worn once and then dumped onto an ironing pile where it will stay until something comes up where I really need THAT shirt, skirt, or pair of pants...and even then, I'll just iron what it is I am planning to wear. Thankfully, these days I mostly wear exercise clothes... which don't need to be ironed!)

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ROCKNP90X 9/6/2013 5:36PM

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/6/2013 5:32PM

    CONGRATS on the reason for the pain. Made me laugh at work, but there is sympathy in that laugh, as it's something I WOULD do. You continue to amaze me with what you can do.

**HUGS**

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GODZDESIGN95 9/6/2013 5:28PM

    ROFL...Oh my I have seen poor women bending over boobs showing...I saw one man whose pants almost came down when jumping up and down. . Woman just have it hard at the gym. do not mention the adduction machine. LOL

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MEADSBAY 9/6/2013 5:19PM

    ahahahahahaha!
Sorry- can't help it. emoticon

I was feeling pretty smug, at first, as I, too, can place my hands flat on the floor. emoticon

Until, I saw the rest of your routine.
YOWZA!
Never in my life would I have been able to do that stuff!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/6/2013 5:18PM

    Did the old men enjoy the view?

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MRYTYLER 9/6/2013 5:05PM

    At least you gave the men in your group something to talk about on their way home from the gym. Don't be surprised if more ask to join your group. I'm sorry I am just laughing at the circumstances so much that I could not resist. emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/6/2013 5:03PM

    That was really fun-n-n-n-ny !!! Since it happened to your or anyone else but me. Don't you just love the way I ooze with sympathy. emoticon on the reason for the ooops ! Now is that embarrassing moment considered a NSV ?

Thanks for sharing!!! I have missed your walking adventure blogs.
Also, good to see that you are keeping up your with your healthy life-style habits. No backsliding for you during the 4-week break. I am proud of all the work you are doing to be the healthiest you can be.
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TIGER_LILY_613 9/6/2013 4:58PM

    Hilarious ! emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 9/6/2013 4:34PM

    LOL! Wonderful blog.

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DR1939 9/6/2013 4:29PM

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/6/2013 4:19PM

    You gave me a good laugh. I could totally picture the scene you wrote about. Hope you didn't cause any of those elderly men a heart attack - bet you made their day. emoticon

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SUE5007 9/6/2013 4:14PM

    Hah! Sounds like you better get that ironing done. emoticon Try watching TV or talking on the phone while ironing, it helps to pass the time.

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