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Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 12:24 PM


First of all, yes I know today is the 7th, not the 3rd. Shut up.
My sister bought me a beautiful cross for Christmas, with my birthstone - peridot - in it. I was touched, but I wear a cross everyday that my best friend bought me, so with that and the fact that the chain broke, upon my removing it from the box, I decided to exchange it.
I bought an excercise bike. No, really.
I came in a huge box, and despite the fact that "two people are required to put it together" I got it assembled.
It comes with a fancy smancy gadget, that tells you how fast you are going, how long, what your pulse is, how many calories burned (yeah right) and how far you have pedalled.
I climbed aboard and pedalled like mad -- at 2minutes 30 seconds, I was breathing hard. Really hard.. I forced myself to stay on for ten minutes. The dogs thought this was the funniest thing they had ever seen. Seriously, they were laughing at me. At that point I realized the handles where not just a nice feature, they are a major safety device -- after the ten minute mark, I was perched high upon my seat, clinging to the handles like a life line, my heart rate was about 4000 and I was sweating, panting, and well, it just was not pretty. At that point I realized the only thing missing from the fancy smancy box, was a button for 911, I am sure the fine folks at the local rescue station, live for the days that they get to remove fat, old women from their new excercise bike and restart their hearts.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 1:38 PM

Well if it comes to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, I hope he's a cutie!

Thanks for the good laugh! That's why I use my exercise bike for a clothes hanger. It's safer that way!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 2:02 PM

Oh thats brilliant! and it would hide the beast at the same time!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 8:10 PM

I have a 1985 model Schwinn stationary bike and I have put 315 miles on it in 23 years. This figures out to about 13+ miles per year. I think I will slow that pace down a bit. I don't want to wear it out.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 8:57 PM

Hilarious, Martina!

I've actually worn out 2 of those things in the past 20 years. It's amazing how the weight of a constant 2 weeks worth of unhung clothes draped on them just break down the welds.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Wed, 7th Jan '09 10:22 PM

Keep going at it, Martina - it gets easier! I have an elliptical machine that I use. When I first got on I could not do more than 10 minutes - it was awful Now I can and do 30 minutes at least 4 times a week. It really feels good - after! I have a dvd player in the room where I exercise and I watch old Scrubs episodes to pass the time. It helps a lot. I used to look at the timer and would think - you've got to be kidding me - is this thing broken? It will get better. I 'm sure the new boyfriend is happy that you want to be healthier. And think about how hot you will look when you both take that great vacation together! Keep it up, girl!

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