Mollie the Motivator

April 29, 2010

Remember that post we did on workout buddies?

To review, we stumbled over a site called We didn’t and don’t know anything about it, and have no idea if it’s a good website or a bad one, so we are in no way recommending it. Or not. In fact, we’re going to ignore it completely.

We did like the buddy idea, though.

So we asked around.

Maybe there’s a nice person who can go to the gym with Bunny.

You know, exert a little pressure. Nag her. Meet her at the gym so she won’t just drive by and forget to turn into the driveway.

Oh, look…I’m home. How did that happen? oh well…

We need a friendly but firm nag to get her in the door. And to keep her there.

We’re happy to introduce Bunny’s new gym buddy, Mollie!

Mollie and Bunny went to the gym today and worked through Bunny’s new routine.

The one she has been supposedly doing for two weeks, but she kinda sorta didn’t quite get there more than once.

Here are Mollie’s thoughts on how it went:

Hello! Bunny is a very nice person, but she’s a goober.

She gets in her own way when she’s at the gym. Her first instinct is, I don’t know how to use that machine or someone is using it right now, oh well,  let’s go home.

We found the right machine for her standing row, but she didn’t know how to adjust it. We located the machine for her leg press, but she didn’t understand the controls.

So you ask, right? Every machine is different. Someone will help you. Really.

She won’t do it. She won’t ask.

She wants to want to do it, but it’s hard for her. Yes, she has injuries and weight problems and it’s very easy for her to pull something or injure herself in some way, and yes, she need to be careful. But Bunny wants to turn being careful into going home, and that’s not going to happen on my watch.

I’m no trainer, but I’m a really good nag. I’ll get her there, and I’ll keep her there long enough to do some good.

At least I’ll give it a good try.


Bunny’s physical therapist has given her a brand new workout routine!

She feels very confident doing the workouts he gives her, because he understands the special requirements posed by Bunny’s knee rehab (it’s doing quite well, thank you!), and he is also quite familiar with the ins and outs of–

well, let’s just say it–

fat old ladies working out.

So here’s Bunny with a new work-out routine. Let’s look at it.

No mat this time. No more shoving her face into God knows what kind of sweaty ickyness lurks in the gym carpet. Yay.

Like the last routine, her warm-up is 20 minutes on the recumbent bike. Do what you can, try to do a little more each time. Pedal a little faster, or add some incline. Got it.

For her cool-down (neither of Bunny’s exercise advisors agreed with her suggestion that a cool-down would be better done at the juice bar), her second set of 20 minutes on the recumbent bike have been replaced with 10 minutes on an elliptical.

Bunny’s scared of the elliptical. It forces her into an uncomfortable position (she’s told she will get used to it), and she’s afraid she’ll fall off when trying to get on and off the thing (this fear is not unfounded; Bunny’s a klutz).

Ellipticals burn calories much faster than a recumbent bike. Bunny can’t last very long on one of those things, but her instructions are to stay on it for 10 minutes, do what she can, and try to push it up a little bit whenever she feels ready.

In between these two cardio activities, she is to do three sets of 15 reps of the following:

  • Squats. Not too bad.  Hold on to something and lower into a seating position, then up.
  • Toe raises. Very simple–stand on your tippy toes, then down. This is an exercise? Cool!
  • Stand up straight, raise leg out to side, slowly down. Both legs. Not at the same time.
  • Grab a balance ball, put it against the wall and against lower back. Squat slowly, slowly up. (There’s our old friend slowly again.) Oh, and there’s a trick here–hold 5-pound weights while doing this one. Arms up when body comes up, down when body moves down.

Bunny is pretty sure there’s another exercise she’s supposed to do. Something involving 1-lb. weights.  She wishes she could remember what the exercise is.

Now, a new twist–exercise machines!

The first exercise is on a machine that has pulley thingies. She thinks it’s called a standing row. She stands facing the machine, grabs the handles on the pulley in front of her, and pulls towards her chest and out. The weight on this is currently set for 15 lbs.

The other machine exercise is for her legs. She sits on a funky device with a big metal plate for her feet. She pushes. Either the plate goes forward or she goes back. Apparently either is fine. The weight on this is currently 100 lbs. Wow! That sounds great, doesn’t it? If she doesn’t kill herself getting on and off, this one is no problem.

That’s it!

The first time she did this routine, it didn’t seem too bad, but the next morning, the fronts of Bunny’s thighs thought someone had set fire to them. OWWWW!!!

That’s good, right? It seems clear that pain is good. Not all pain, but some pain. Which pain, Bunny isn’t sure. She has lots of problems determining which pain is ok and which is not.

This is one of her main problems with going to the gym. She frets about these things.

The day after the workout, her foot started to hurt. It lasted a few days. Her foot/shin/ankle/something just didn’t feel right. She didn’t know whether to push through it or give it time to heal.

She went with time off. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

Weight Loss Buddy?

April 13, 2010

We’ve been poking around the internet to see if we can find something to help Bunny with her weight loss struggle.

Today we stumbled across a website called Weight Loss Buddy.

Apparently, you sign up (we haven’t scrutinized it thoroughly, but at first blush it appears to be free), and the site connects you to a buddy–someone who is struggling to lose weight. You and your buddy work together to keep each other focused and on track.

We’ve never heard of this site, but gosh, it sounds like a good idea. We can just see Bunny lying on the mat at the gym, sweating and grunting and just wanting to go home. She picks up her phone (yes, she takes her phone when she works out. She’d die without her iPhone, and believe us, she’s not the only one walking around with a towel, a bottle of water and a phone. She turns it off and would never talk on it, but what if she got an email or a text? plus, she uses the clock to know how long it will be before she can leave). So in the midst of her suffering, on the verge of giving up, Bunny sends a text message to some faceless buddy somewhere in the internet cloud,

“I want to go home! My back hurts! I’m not having fun! Waaaahh!!!”

and an all-caps reply comes back, spurring her on:

Keep at it!

Finish your workout!

Think about the results!

Think how much I’ll laugh if I lose more than you do this week!


Yep, we like this buddy idea. Bunny’s the suspicious type, though, and we’re not going to get her to sign up without doing a little more research.

We also stumbled across a Nutrition Navigator on the Tufts University website. This site rates weight-loss and nutrition websites. Poking around there led us to the Health-E-Weight website. There’s lots of good information there, including this article on preventing a diet relapse.

There’s even a tool to evaluate your own body image. Bunny scored 11 on a scale of 0 to 18, where zero means you’re delighted with your body and 18 means you think you’re a worthless slug. More or less.

We have lots of reading to do.

Let us know if you know anything about Weight Loss Buddy, okay?

Too Many Balls

April 5, 2010

Bunny needs to take a class in juggling.

At any given time, Bunny should have three balls in the air:


Ball number 1 is her life.

Everything she has to do. Home, work, Buff, parents, friends, cats, neighbors, errands, trash, laundry, paper clips, kitty litter, bank, groceries, vacation—all of it.

Let’s color that ball pink. Bunny’s signature color. Bunny’s life is pink.

Normally, fortunately, that ball is in the air. She’s good at juggling that one. Well, pretty good. Good enough.

(Of course there’s some laziness, a healthy dose of procrastination, occasional avoidance, forgetting, pretending to forget, ignoring, failing to pay attention, but generally… well, you get the idea.)

Ball number 2 is her diet.

What she eats. Everything she eats and drinks.

This includes her control over what she eats, including filling in her food diary every day and attending Weight Watchers meetings.

Thinking about what she eats.

Making intelligent, thoughtful decisions.

Let’s color this ball, optimistically, green, in honor of nice, leafy vegetables, cracklin’ green apples, artichokes, and all those lovely, nutritious green foods.

Currently, this ball is on the floor.

Under the bed.

Behind the cat toys.

And Buff’s left sock.

Covered with dust…bunnies.

Back to that in a minute.

Ball number 3 is the gym.

Bunny often kicks this ball under the bed, but right now, it’s out, and she actually has it in the air most of the time these days.

What color should the gym ball be?

Well, we Googled “what color is exercise,” and believe it or not, we found it.

Well, close. We found an article about what color you should paint your health club. According to

Yellow – Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness,
stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy.”

Like a tennis ball. That sounds good. Bunny’s gym ball is yellow.

So let’s go back to the Green Ball for a minute. The food ball. The one that Bunny left on the floor and her cat has since pushed under the bed, along with her food diary and her Weight Watchers card.

While focusing on the gym and her physical therapy and her knee, Bunny has kinda sorta forgotten/ignored/rationalized/procrastinated herself into a situation where she hasn’t been to Weight Watchers in several weeks. Same for writing in her food diary.

And you know what?


When we pointed this out, Bunny protested that she has been at the gym the night of her Weight Watchers meeting.

This is true as far as it goes (Bunny’s really good at taking it just as far as she wants it to go and then stopping), but…

Weight Watchers has meetings on other days.

But the times aren’t right…

Pick another one.

But I like that leader…

It doesn’t matter who the leader is if you don’t go. Do you like gaining weight?

Oh, I don’t think I’m…

Have you weighed yourself?


We’re telling you, you’re going up, not down.

Do you want me to skip the gym?

You need to do both.

I can’t do everything! There’s only 24 hours in a…

What about the food diary?

Well, I’ve been busy with the Yellow Ball and the Pink Ball!

You need to get the Green Ball in the air too. You need to juggle all three.

How am I supposed to…


Your very nice readers are getting sick of seeing that months-old 11-pound weight loss.

Get it moving!!!

Don’t you want to button those stupid black pants?!

And let’s not even talk about the fact that Summer is coming!!

Anybody know a good juggler?