56 thoughts on “I went to the gym!”

  1. Nice.

    That is what going through my mind each time I go to the gym.
    I am going to to have and save that and read it each time I go to the gym.

  2. Nice.

    That is what going through my mind each time I go to the gym.
    I am going to to have and save that and read it each time I go to the gym.

  3. Way to go man!

    Way to go my friend. That’s the first step to getting thinner. Personally as soon as I get over this Pnemonia I’ll probably doing the same thing at my local gym. Wondering who this fat guy (who’s been staring back at me for years) is and what he’s going to do to change himself.

    So keep up the good work! We’re all rooting for ya!

    1. Re: Way to go man!

      Yeah, you’d better get over that pneumonia. 😀 That stuff can really, really stink…

      Oh, and get your artist to get her butt back to work on the comic! I’m waiting for more Consumed! ^_~

      (And yes, she knows who I am… just say that Martin said hello. XD)

    2. Re: Way to go man!

      Yeah, you’d better get over that pneumonia. 😀 That stuff can really, really stink…

      Oh, and get your artist to get her butt back to work on the comic! I’m waiting for more Consumed! ^_~

      (And yes, she knows who I am… just say that Martin said hello. XD)

  4. Way to go man!

    Way to go my friend. That’s the first step to getting thinner. Personally as soon as I get over this Pnemonia I’ll probably doing the same thing at my local gym. Wondering who this fat guy (who’s been staring back at me for years) is and what he’s going to do to change himself.

    So keep up the good work! We’re all rooting for ya!

  5. One thing you should give a shot is racquetball. I can’t get enough of that game even though I’m not too good at it. So much fun, and such a good workout.

  6. One thing you should give a shot is racquetball. I can’t get enough of that game even though I’m not too good at it. So much fun, and such a good workout.

  7. Good Work!

    Personally, I like treadmills myself.
    I can go a few miles while watching the Science Channel and catch up on recent developments for new story ideas, or watch movies or whatever.
    VCRs are key.

    1. My workout was 30 minutes on the treadmill (15 of which were running, and which had me feeling pretty spent), followed by another 30 minutes or so of light swimming.

      –Howard

    2. My workout was 30 minutes on the treadmill (15 of which were running, and which had me feeling pretty spent), followed by another 30 minutes or so of light swimming.

      –Howard

  8. Good Work!

    Personally, I like treadmills myself.
    I can go a few miles while watching the Science Channel and catch up on recent developments for new story ideas, or watch movies or whatever.
    VCRs are key.

    1. Stepmania

      If the xbox is flaky, maybe it’s time to get a PC converter ($10 or so) and upgrade to stepmania (www.stepmania.com). Lot of music available, user-definable steps, and you’ll free the box for your kids.

    2. Stepmania

      If the xbox is flaky, maybe it’s time to get a PC converter ($10 or so) and upgrade to stepmania (www.stepmania.com). Lot of music available, user-definable steps, and you’ll free the box for your kids.

    1. When I go to the gym, I feel the largest person there. “Hey chubbo!” I yell, grabbing their flab. “What’s this pudge, huh? You eating chocolate butter for breakfast?”

      Mmmm. Chocolate butter… Howard! Back to the kitchen with you! Invent more evil!

    2. When I go to the gym, I feel the largest person there. “Hey chubbo!” I yell, grabbing their flab. “What’s this pudge, huh? You eating chocolate butter for breakfast?”

      Mmmm. Chocolate butter… Howard! Back to the kitchen with you! Invent more evil!

  9. Hmmm Gym

    Yep, I should do that, you know I should as well, I need to loose a few (no more) pounds. I also worry about that biggest of killers *heart attack*, I visited the doctors just before coming out to BrainShare, I left some blood etc. I know when I go back he will say, “overweight” , “high cholesterol”, “High blood pressure” I’ll let you know the results.

    How do you make the Gym appealing? when I do go I am so bored, nothing there is at all appealing so it’s a chore not a pleasure, hence I do most anything to avoid going.

    I need to find enjoyable exercise, if I like it I might do it!
    So, I did some research and found The British Disc Golf Association as soon as I find a local event I will get started, maybe I’ll be up for a game at BS 2006!

    Chris.

    1. Re: Hmmm Gym

      to me the gym is only enjoyable when I’m with my wife. it’s some nice time to spend together without having to think “I should be doing something productive”. Because it *is* productive. Though I’ll also tell you that I used to HATE the idea of the gym. it was pain, and tiring, and frustrating…after about a year and a half of FAIRLY consistent 3x/week, though, and I LIKE the feeling I get when I leave the gym. it’s a satisfying kind of tired – like when you’ve just been skiing and you know that those sore muscles are because you just did something really great. or…other kinds of tired…er…anyway, the point is that the more you keep it up the better it feels and the easier it is to keep it up.

      1. Re: Hmmm Gym

        Going to the Gym together would be fantastic, unfortunately we’ve only got one membership. Going walking or biking together would be great, but has the “what do we do with the kids?” problem.

      2. Re: Hmmm Gym

        Going to the Gym together would be fantastic, unfortunately we’ve only got one membership. Going walking or biking together would be great, but has the “what do we do with the kids?” problem.

    2. Re: Hmmm Gym

      to me the gym is only enjoyable when I’m with my wife. it’s some nice time to spend together without having to think “I should be doing something productive”. Because it *is* productive. Though I’ll also tell you that I used to HATE the idea of the gym. it was pain, and tiring, and frustrating…after about a year and a half of FAIRLY consistent 3x/week, though, and I LIKE the feeling I get when I leave the gym. it’s a satisfying kind of tired – like when you’ve just been skiing and you know that those sore muscles are because you just did something really great. or…other kinds of tired…er…anyway, the point is that the more you keep it up the better it feels and the easier it is to keep it up.

    3. Re: Hmmm Gym

      how to make exercise enjoyable? I swear by my MP3 player. I load songs I don’t otherwise let myself listen to and so I look forward to my workouts. That said, this stupid cold has me laid low….I don’t even remember what’s on there at the moment.

      Alternatively, if you have kids, just spend the time you would spend in the gym tossing them around, playing with them and/or just trying to keep up with them while they do whatever. It’s quality time with the kids and an exercise program all in one! Just remember “You’re supposed to keep Daddy moving, so board games are cheating.” Seems to work for my friends who have kids.

    4. Re: Hmmm Gym

      how to make exercise enjoyable? I swear by my MP3 player. I load songs I don’t otherwise let myself listen to and so I look forward to my workouts. That said, this stupid cold has me laid low….I don’t even remember what’s on there at the moment.

      Alternatively, if you have kids, just spend the time you would spend in the gym tossing them around, playing with them and/or just trying to keep up with them while they do whatever. It’s quality time with the kids and an exercise program all in one! Just remember “You’re supposed to keep Daddy moving, so board games are cheating.” Seems to work for my friends who have kids.

    5. Re: Hmmm Gym

      I was just thinking about this yesterday. I think the reason diets are so commonly used to lose weight is that we all HATE exercise. We’d rather go without certain foods — to the point of experiencing hunger, in some cases — than go RUNNING.

      That said, I had a great time last night when I went in and Alias was on the TV. I found myself pedalling harder on the bike than the program said to, without thinking about it, because I was wrapped up in the show’s tense moments.

      Also, combining exercise with Atkins has helped a LOT. I HATE this diet, but I’m now on Day 4, and I’m down 3 pounds. I plan to get the most weight loss possible while I can keep the diet up, and then settle into a lazier workout routine when I go back to the carbs. I’m hoping with the exercise I’m getting it won’t all just come back, as it is wont to do.

      Now time for my Steak and Diet Dr. Pepper breakfast.

    6. Re: Hmmm Gym

      I was just thinking about this yesterday. I think the reason diets are so commonly used to lose weight is that we all HATE exercise. We’d rather go without certain foods — to the point of experiencing hunger, in some cases — than go RUNNING.

      That said, I had a great time last night when I went in and Alias was on the TV. I found myself pedalling harder on the bike than the program said to, without thinking about it, because I was wrapped up in the show’s tense moments.

      Also, combining exercise with Atkins has helped a LOT. I HATE this diet, but I’m now on Day 4, and I’m down 3 pounds. I plan to get the most weight loss possible while I can keep the diet up, and then settle into a lazier workout routine when I go back to the carbs. I’m hoping with the exercise I’m getting it won’t all just come back, as it is wont to do.

      Now time for my Steak and Diet Dr. Pepper breakfast.

    7. How to make exercise appealing?

      For me, it’s the change of scenery. I can’t exercise in a gym because my ADD-addled mind keeps looking at the same blank walls or inane televisions, and whining about all the *other* things we could be doing.

      Fortunately, I found the website of some makers of exercise equipment that actually works: http://www.schwinn.com/

      The only problem for me is, of course, that there is no flat land anywhere in my area, so I have to already be in moderately good shape in order to get in shape. The Utah Valley floor is flat, though, and beautiful outdoor scenery is plentiful, so Howard should have no such problem.

    8. How to make exercise appealing?

      For me, it’s the change of scenery. I can’t exercise in a gym because my ADD-addled mind keeps looking at the same blank walls or inane televisions, and whining about all the *other* things we could be doing.

      Fortunately, I found the website of some makers of exercise equipment that actually works: http://www.schwinn.com/

      The only problem for me is, of course, that there is no flat land anywhere in my area, so I have to already be in moderately good shape in order to get in shape. The Utah Valley floor is flat, though, and beautiful outdoor scenery is plentiful, so Howard should have no such problem.

    9. Re: Hmmm Gym

      Well, no one’s put this one out there yet, so I figure I should.

      Martial arts.

      And no, this isn’t another “You have to be in shape to get in shape” situation. One of the guys who started when I did was over 230 pounds when he started. Down to around 180-ish after about 6 months and able to do pretty impressive jump kicks. So anyone can do it. 😉 (Note that you’re putting on muscle mass. So it’s not as if he only lost a few pounds of fat during that time.)

      From 2000-2001 I practiced Kung Fu at a school in Portland, Oregon. It was without a doubt the most fun I’ve ever had doing anything productive, let alone getting exercise. If I hadn’t moved away

      For me the best part is (as someone mentioned above) even though you’re exhausted and tired at the end of it you’re happy because you feel like you did something worth doing.

      One other point is that you’re learning a skill. Yes that skill can be as simple as beating people up (or defending yourself depending on your own mental stance) but it also affects your balance, reflexes, and over all health in all sorts of ways. And personally, as a geek, the idea that I’m LEARNING KUNG FU sure goes a long ways toward making me enjoy my workouts. 🙂

      Currently I’m trying to get some friends together so we can carpool back to the school and I can take lessons again. I miss it so much. 🙁

      Anyhow, that’s my input for how to make exercise enjoyable. Good luck with the gym Howard!

      1. Re: Hmmm Gym

        Blarg. No edit and it got screwed up somehow, but the second paragraph is supposed to say:

        “If I hadn’t moved away for college I’d likely still be there.”

      2. Re: Hmmm Gym

        Blarg. No edit and it got screwed up somehow, but the second paragraph is supposed to say:

        “If I hadn’t moved away for college I’d likely still be there.”

    10. Re: Hmmm Gym

      Well, no one’s put this one out there yet, so I figure I should.

      Martial arts.

      And no, this isn’t another “You have to be in shape to get in shape” situation. One of the guys who started when I did was over 230 pounds when he started. Down to around 180-ish after about 6 months and able to do pretty impressive jump kicks. So anyone can do it. 😉 (Note that you’re putting on muscle mass. So it’s not as if he only lost a few pounds of fat during that time.)

      From 2000-2001 I practiced Kung Fu at a school in Portland, Oregon. It was without a doubt the most fun I’ve ever had doing anything productive, let alone getting exercise. If I hadn’t moved away

      For me the best part is (as someone mentioned above) even though you’re exhausted and tired at the end of it you’re happy because you feel like you did something worth doing.

      One other point is that you’re learning a skill. Yes that skill can be as simple as beating people up (or defending yourself depending on your own mental stance) but it also affects your balance, reflexes, and over all health in all sorts of ways. And personally, as a geek, the idea that I’m LEARNING KUNG FU sure goes a long ways toward making me enjoy my workouts. 🙂

      Currently I’m trying to get some friends together so we can carpool back to the school and I can take lessons again. I miss it so much. 🙁

      Anyhow, that’s my input for how to make exercise enjoyable. Good luck with the gym Howard!

  10. Hmmm Gym

    Yep, I should do that, you know I should as well, I need to loose a few (no more) pounds. I also worry about that biggest of killers *heart attack*, I visited the doctors just before coming out to BrainShare, I left some blood etc. I know when I go back he will say, “overweight” , “high cholesterol”, “High blood pressure” I’ll let you know the results.

    How do you make the Gym appealing? when I do go I am so bored, nothing there is at all appealing so it’s a chore not a pleasure, hence I do most anything to avoid going.

    I need to find enjoyable exercise, if I like it I might do it!
    So, I did some research and found The British Disc Golf Association as soon as I find a local event I will get started, maybe I’ll be up for a game at BS 2006!

    Chris.

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