Throwback Thursday – Fitness Equipment we could have lived without!

It’s throw back Thursday and in honor of this social media tradition, I’ve decided to include a little throwback Thursday fun on the blog today.

So, let’s remember 2 of the absolute worst fitness contraptions of all time, shall we?

Throwback Thursday #1

The Shake WeightShake Weight
Absolutely ridiculous. I’m not sure who invented this beauty but I’m almost positive it was a man. (I’m too lazy to refer to the encyclopedia, I mean Google.) I do know that the Shake Weight is marketed by a company called Fitness IQ, how ironic, and I love watching the marketing clips. They claim that the Shake Weight works by utilizing what they call ‘dynamic inertia’. For the record, this gave me excellent fodder for describing male pubescent bathroom visits. MacGyver thinks it’s hilarious too and he has plenty of Shake Weight jokes.

I thought I’d include a throwback Thursday from MacGyver and share one of his favorite clips….

Throwback Thursday #2

dumbbell drinker
The dumbbell drinker
What marketing company actually had the balls to market this disaster? First, it’s rather small so even if you filled it with milk it would still weigh less than a pound; and second, what happens after you drink what’s inside of it? Your workout is over! It’s about as useful as that plain old water bottle on your desk.

Oh sure, maybe it’s easier to hold because it’s shaped like a dumbbell but it certainly would never give you the benefits of an actual weight.

If you did happen to purchase one of these dumbbells I suggest you fill it up with water or whatever your beverage of choice may be, and then throw it back at the inventor. STAT!

Okay, it’s your turn, tell me about a fitness product from the past that we think is ridiculous today.

WTF Wednesday….

This morning I ran for the first time since my birthday. It did not go well!

Running FailI didn’t run into a wall but I did trip over the sidewalk. No new injuries to report but my dead butt is back with a vengeance, and since I have a hard time lifting up my right leg tripping over sidewalks are a hazard of the trade. Time for some icing and resting and we’ll see what happens…this story is to be continued at a later time.

Yesterday we went to Mazzaro’s for lunch. They have awesome Italian food but their desserts are what dreams are made of. In fact, we spent more on the desserts than we did on lunch for six people! Yeah, I know. Wanna know the worst part? My Brother in Law and the family all went to Legoland today and MacGyver headed out to work, so they left me here all alone….with the desserts. I ate every single bite of every single dessert by 9am and I really wish I was kidding but I am not. It’s by some stroke of luck (or a miracle) that I am not in a chocolate coma right now.

I ate all of the dessertsThis morning I made a quick trip over to the Wal-Mart for some essentials, and by quick I mean I was in and out in less than 10 minutes. Fortunately I had gotten there early so I got a choice parking spot right in the front of the store.

After shopping, I walked to my car and began putting the groceries into the back when another car approached and stopped to wait on my spot. Now, mind you, I am nothing if not quick, and I got those groceries into my car lickety-split, much to the delight of the young lady waiting on my parking spot. It was about that time that I obviously did the unthinkable and ruined this young lady’s day because I started to roll the cart back to cart coral…..

Oh, the horror! What in the bloody hell was I thinking? How could I be so inconsiderate as to make this lady wait whilst I rolled the cart over to the coral located a ridiculously lengthy 20 feet away! Apparently this action was not only inconsiderate but I committed the most heinous crime which she felt was worthy of my death because she then said, “I hope you die”. Nice lady, nice.

Oh people of Wal-Mart, you really need to be on television.

And one last thing but I want to preface this by saying that I learned how to shoot a gun at a very young age and I also learned about gun safety at a young age. MacGyver and I have our own shooting range on our property and we strongly believe in the right to own and to bear arms.

That being said, a small caliber weapon is quite sufficient to use for teaching and for protection. I don’t think it’s a good idea to give a 9 year old an Uzi and this is why.

WTF? It must be Wednesday.

Do you have a WTF moment for the day? Please share….

Have you ever suffered from a dead butt or piriformis syndrome? (If you have tell me what helped, please!)

The long birthday is over…

Well, we’re back in Clearwater. We came back tonight. The super long birthday weekend has ended but in case you’re wondering, here’s how it went down.

On Friday my SIL and I shopped all day and then we came home, quickly changed picked up the rest of the family and hit up the mall for even more shopping.

Saturday – The actual Birthday

I got up early and hit the trail for 5 really easy miles.

The Legacy TrailIt was the perfect way to start the day. After running I showered and we all went to some garage sales where we scored some pretty awesome stuff.

At around 6, we headed out to dinner.

Yes, my outfit is short. Whatever, don't judge!

Yes, my outfit is short. Whatever, don’t judge!

I am fortunate in that I share my birthday with my nephew and he is visiting so we actually got to spend our birthdays together. My SIL’s birthday is a week earlier than ours so it was a celebration for the three of us.

me and VinAnd that was before this:

bday drinksBecause after the wine happened so did the selfies, starting in the car…

mirror selfieme in the carThey continued after we got to the beach for the Drum Circle but fortunately, there were other people there to take some pictures too.

on the beachAnd since I couldn’t see straight, much less take a clear picture, I decided to get all artsy and took this photo of my niece and nephew…

vin and robIt’s not blurry, they are running really fast!

After the drum circle we headed back to the house where my SIL had a LEGO cake that she made for my nephew:

Lego CakeAnd they got me the best cookie cake ever…

cookie cakeWe crashed hard and got up early the next day to get out on the boat and Hank was super excited to get out on the water.

HankWe also did a little diving…

divingBut the highlight of my entire day was teaching Boomer how to paddleboard…and he got right on with me and Hank.

Boomer and momBoth of the dogs rode around with me for a half an hour.

Riding the SUPAnd today we did a little more shopping, a little cleaning and then some driving and we are now home.

And guess what came in the mail while I was away…..

Dolphin Tale 2Some killer swag from Dolphin Tale 2! I am loving being a blog ambassador for the movie and I cannot wait for you guys to see it!

And that was my birthday adventure.

Now, I’m off to catch some zzzz’s. The family is still in town and we have many more adventures planned….

Have you ever ridden a SUP?

Do you think it’s as amazing as I do that I got both of my dogs to ride the SUP?