Move It Mama Monday! Running in Ellipses

Right now, at this very moment, my entire downstairs is torn apart and there are workers installing tile in the front half of my house. This means that everything that would normally go into the front half of the first floor is currently shoved into the back half of the first floor, including all our appliances. The lack of floor space downstairs is frightening to say the least, and of course with people working on the house, I have to stay home, so exercise is limited to just one activity right now…

The Hubster’s elliptical machine.

Hubster has been on a major exercise kick these past several weeks, logging in hours on the infernal contraption elliptical machine. And it’s paid off, big time. He wasn’t very overweight, to be honest, but he had this small spare tire that was really starting to get on his nerves, so he made the decision to get rid of it once and for all. That meant no watching TV unless he was on the elliptical machine in our living room, working the hell out of it. The end result is a much trimmer Hubster, and a Cynical Woman who cannot keep her hands off of him. Meow!

Seeing how well the elliptical worked for Hubster, I decided to give it a try myself. I know for a fact my best method of losing weight is to run, but I don’t get many chances to do that these days, due to schedule conflicts with other fitness activities and still having one small child at home on odd days of the week. The elliptical machine, I know, is the next best thing. However, the elliptical machine is BORING. Honestly, you just stay in one place, pedaling and pedaling and going absolutely nowhere! There’s no scenery, no people to wave at as you run past, no evil slavering dogs to run from. Truly, horribly boring.

So to combat the boredom, I did what the Hubster does. I pulled out something from our DVD collection and popped it into the player. My choice was the complete series of “FarScape.” I love “FarScape,” but missed a lot of episodes when it originally aired. Now I have the chance to correct that. And not only does this keep me entertained while I’m on the elliptical machine, but watching Aeryn Sun/Claudio Black tear up the screen really inspires me to work a bit harder. Face it, wouldn’t we all like to look that good in a black pleather jumpsuit and jack boots? And since I’m such a big ol’ FarScape fangirl, I know I will get out of bed early just to watch a little TV while I exercise. Early being 4:30AM, since my schedule is really busy right now. I’ve been doing this for a week so far, and I think I can already see results. I’ve lost a pound of weight so far, and the muscles in my legs and arms are definitely firming up. We’ll see how I look after a month.

For now though, I’m going to work up a sweat by staying out of the tile installers’ way. I can’t wait to get the rest of my house back!

About Cynical Woman

Cartoonist, Artist, Geek, Evil Crafter, Girl Scout Troop Leader and Writer. Also, a zombie. I haven't slept in I don't know how long.
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  1. That’s great! Congrats on the whole motivation(something I lack) thing.
    Everyone says that Elliptical machines are low impact. Supposedly good for people with bad knees. I wish that were the case. The only thing I can seem to do for any length of time is walk. I keep threatening to get a treadmill.

  2. Igster,

    I have knee problems and am having no trouble using the elliptical. However, it may be the type of elliptical we’re using. Some machines are really uncomfortable for me to use. I’ve avoid treadmills ever since I tripped on one and nearly broke my neck. I’m just a bit too clumsy for something that keeps running with or without me!

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