Sunday, February 04, 2007

An Exercise in Excuse: By Jenni

I don’t even know where to begin. Seriously. It’s not like I’ve had some sort of life-altering event that has kept me away from my computer, and it’s not even that I’m not entirely interested in writing. It’s just that the thought of comprising my thoughts onto a page made my head hurt.

You know when you really want to do something, but the simple act of just starting it is painful enough to make you not even want to go there?

I could essentially stick my tail between my legs and write this off as a form of garden-variety laziness, but that's not me. Instead, I'm going to come up with an excuse.

Lately, I’ve turned all of my energy to a). My job and b).My health and well-being including but not limited to spending every chance I get in the gym at either a step class or a spin class. As a matter of fact, I believe I have become a tad bit compulsive about the whole deal and I’m going to now take the time to place the blame on this:

This, my friends is my Polar heart rate monitor/watch/and exercise diary all in one cute little pink wrist gadget. Not only does it give me an accurate count of where my heart rate is while I’m exercising, but it also stores each exercise in an electronic twelve-day diary that I can access at any given moment to see how many calories I’ve burned, the length of my exercise sessions, where my max and average heart rates were…blah…blah…blah…

O.K. I’m losing you here aren’t I? I know, the average person might find this mind-numbingly boring but I find it fascinating.

I am a dork.

A dork with a pink digital wrist watch.

Anyway, each exercise session gives you a little bar in the diary and well, I want more bars because more bars are good and the more bars I have the more calories I’ve burned and…Lost you again didn’t I?

O.K. Remember when you were in elementary school and your teacher had a tag-board with everyone’s names on it and every time you did something good you got a gold star by your name and the more stars you got the more shiny your row was and the more shiny your row was the more praise you got and the more praise you got the better you felt about yourself because at that moment you could visually see that you WERE better than that loser that sat behind you and put gum in your hair.


I just wrote a run-on paragraph.

I need to get back to this blogging thing purely for technical purposes.

Anyway, that’s where I’m going with this. A childish obsession for digital bars has kept me from my blog.

Pure and simple.

It’s good to be back.


The Muse said...

You're making me want one of those watches. Or at least a new pedometer, because the crappy one I had decided to jump ship from the clip it was attached to my waist at, and committed suicide via head-on collision with my roller chair at work. Stupid thing.

Momentary Academic said...

I've missed you, Jenni. And damn it, I only have a regular Polar heart monitor thing (that I hardly use). I want to upgrade!

LZ Blogger said...

Job or HEALTH? Health wins out every time! You can always find another JOB! Dorks can be COOL! ~ jb///

Bud said...

Well, it's so nice to have you back. I can get just as obsessed with the workout thing. I am a binge workout dude. And a binge eater. Yup, I'm in that recently publicized 3%. And you don't need an excuse for not blogging. taking care of yourself has to come first. Sometimes the blog thing IS taking care of myself. So there you go. I did four gigs in a row and only two mild workouts. Now I'm going to a super bowl party to pretend I'm interested and eat some fatty foods.

karla said...

Two things:

1) I have a Polar fitness monitor, and I love it, too. Mine isn't pink and doesn't keep the diary of my workouts, but it's awesome all the same.

2) I like bars, too! Not the kind you're talking about, but still.

Grad School Reject said...

I am glad that you are back and I'm adding you to my sidebar before next Friday. My workouts are down to twice a week and I am hoping to get them back up to 4 - but that could work against my New Year's resolution to let myself go now that I am married.

Sarah said...

I used to have a problem with how I looked, body issues all that and now I starve myself and run constantly.

Almost makes me wish I hated how I looked again.

Sandra said...

How does it know how many calories you've burned, I don't get that! Just based on heart rate? What an awesome gadget.

5 of 9er said...

Since you are spending so much energy on keeping healthy... you have no excuse to keep writing - you have to keep your mind active too. :)

flea said...

ohmygosh! i totally need one of these, whatever works baby and i can so see how it's addicting for you, you must be in steller shape!!

glad to have u back and luv the new layout

mysterygirl! said...

Hooray! I'm glad you're back-- I missed you! And I also loved racking up those gold stars, so I completely understand your wristwatch love.

Barry said...


you are back

Memphis Steve said...

OK, I just got here. I followed you ho ... er, to the gym from Lightning Bug's blog. I saw the pretty face and witty comment and thought "hmm, I wonder who that is?" Yeah, so here I am and I have already discovered that you are a workaholic, which means you have money, and a gym fanatic, which means you have the looks of one of those women in the Bowflex commercials. Yeah, so I like you already.