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Monday, December 13, 2004

Unrealistic Expectations

I went to the gym yesterday. There are several elliptical trainers by the entrance--a young woman with bare midriff was working away on one. I went to another part of the building and ran on the treadmill for about 35 minutes. When I came back and started pedalling on an adjacent elliptical myself, she was still there. Every few minutes she would pause and reach down to squeeze a "love handle." Apparently not satisfied, she'd shake her head and start pedalling again with renewed vigor. I moved on to the weight room for a while. When I left the gym over an hour after arriving, she was still there, pumping away on the elliptical trainer, pinch-testing her love handle. I think she intended to stay there until it was gone!

I'll confess that I tend to get on the scale after every workout, but even I've never been so optimistic that I thought I'd see measurable results from each five minutes of exercise!