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posted 10/22/2006 9:56:47 PM |
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There are days I get up, look in the mirror and think, "fine figure of a man! Any woman would be lucky to land you!" Other days I wonder who the hell the old fat guy is and how did he get im my mirror? Not original, I know, but it usually happens before my morning coffee and I'm not at my most creative.

Typically, on the bad days, I'll hobble to the coffee maker, pour myself a cup of stamina and hike forward to glare accusingly at the exercise bike. It just sits there serenely, cozy beneath the pile of boxes and shrugs it's shiny metal shoulders.

"Don't blame ME, fat man," it says calmly. I'm here right where I always am, awaiting whatever attention you deign to show me. Not MY fault you've always got something better to do, someone sexier to lavish your time on! Oh, and how IS li'l mis 'puter? Keeping you busy, I know, but how healthy is she making you?"

I never win arguements with the bike!

Which brings me to exercise partners. I hate exercising alone. Oh, exercise, like sex, can be accomplished alone, if you force yourself. But it's never as easy or enjoyable without a partner. Someone to provide positive reenforcement. You sit there and pump away endlessly without anyone telling you how good a job you're doing forcing yourself to continue in favor of the ultimate goal (I'm talking about riding the bike by the way. And shame on you all for thinking what you were thinking!) I don't enjoy it, and that makes it hard to be dedicated.

But the fat man was in the mirror again this morning, and the bike is laughing out loud as I thunder by, so I"m going to grab it by its ears and pump away until it begs for mercy! Or I pass out. I never win arguements with the bike!

What I need is an exercise partner. Somebody to spur me on. Somebody to compete with. Somebody I can get to know. No, not necessarily romantically. An exercise buddy would do.

But it has to be somebody I can connect with on a personal level. If all I needed was other bodies around, I could join a club. Then I'd hear it laughing at me every time I drove by without stopping. With the same voice as the bike.

Just a friend is all. "Easier to get laid," I hear the fat man in the mirror laugh. He sounds like the bike.

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Oct 22 @ 10:50PM  
I would volunteer but I think that there would be 2 rather minor problems...

First the distance...

Second you would most likely get ridden more than the bike.

Oct 22 @ 11:45PM  
I sold my excercise bike last year and bought a horse instead...I've lost about 10 lbs in the last year!

Oct 23 @ 12:17AM  
Great blog. I hate it when my exercise equipment and the mirror make fun and taunt me too! I was beginning to think it only happened to me!

Oct 23 @ 8:18AM  
Oh doll I feel your pain! I left my exercise bike in the barn at mommy's house because it was calling me things better left unprinted.

But I moved to 'gotta walk if you wanna get there' town and that seems to be working! Now if I just got up and went outside.

I kinda gotta agree with Elyria here, the exercise would be much more interesting because the bike would only be a prop!

Oct 23 @ 5:18PM  
Dude try being skinny and start getting some kind of Buddh belly thing growing... ugh. I hate getting older. Peter Pan kicked me outta Neverland!

Oct 23 @ 10:06PM  
Heck I am active and exercise nearly every day and still I see a fat woman in the mirror....It is how we see ourselves...I don't see a thing wrong with you....there is someone out there looking for you....

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