We now return to our regularly scheduled program

by Jen on June 22, 2009

in Television: My window to the world,Workin' out

I’ve needed to get back to a workout routine since, ah, the baby was born, but I’ve been finding it difficult. It shouldn’t be. We have a gym in our house. On our lower floor is what what was probably meant as a bedroom, but one tucked far away from all the other daily living and sleeping spaces in the house. With the full bathroom across the hall, it may have been intended by the builder to be a guest space, but because it’s next to the basement, we decided to convert it to our gym. We have a lot of equipment that in our old house was in the unfinished basement, a dark, damp and loveless space that we were looking forward to escaping. So when we moved into this house, we repainted that secluded room, replaced the carpeting with a rubber floor and installed our treadmill, free weights (power rack, lat machine, seated calf raise, dumbbell and plate racks) and the rest of our accessories. Best of all, we hung a television and DVD player on the wall, in clear view of the treadmill.*

Originally, the free weights were mine (go figure) and the treadmill was the Hubster’s, but as it’s hard to mountain bike during bad weather or with a child, I eventually came around to the idea that running was great cardio. Plus, it gave me the chance to watch DVDs of television series I loved, something I would normally not take the time to sit down and do (although I own quite a few series). A few years ago, after running through the seasons of Northern Exposure**, I started on Firefly. I was a die hard Joss Whedon fan, but for some reason had never caught more than 15 minutes of it while it was on the air (add me to one of the many people to blame for the show’s cancellation). As I watched an episode per run, I fell head over heels in love with the series, but after only half of its single season, I stopped running and working out due to my pregnancy quest and fertility meds. So I also stopped watching Firefly as an inducement to get me back to the gym as soon as possible.

Two years later, I’m back.

When I started running again a few weeks ago, I pulled out my old running journal (the ubiquitous steno pad) and noticed that, other than one 30-minute session of walking last summer, it had been a bloody long time since I’d run at all. It had been so long I had to re-learn how to program the treadmill. And there were more obstacles to a successful workout than just that.

Seriously, the Hubster has been running amidst this? I told him that this was further proof that men do not care about aesthetics and without women they would all live in houses with plywood floors, unpainted drywall and lawn furniture. His response? “That’s not true. I’m not the one who started using the gym as a storage space for a Christmas tree and all those other decorations and shit.”

I couldn’t bear maneuvering around that, but I want to be back in my usual sized clothing by summer’s end, so I cleaned up. Then I started lifting and running again. Adding insult to injury is that when our treadmill is turned on, it has a question for you.

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It’s been a couple of weeks now. I’ve finally finished Firefly. I think I like it better than Buffy, Angel, Dr. Horrible or Dollhouse. And I love those a lot. Also, the Hubster bought me Serenity on BluRay as part of my anniversary gift (which I made him watch already, even though he hasn’t watched the series). My review? Wow.

It’s good to be back. But with Firefly finished, what TV series should I watch next? I can rent just about anything from Netflix, but it’s got to be something fast paced and compelling enough to hold my attention. I also like one hour shows best, because I usually run from 40 minutes to an hour, depending on my program that week. Any suggestions?

*Disclaimer: I absolutely do not watch TV when I lift, because lifting requires me to pay more attention to what I’m doing. If I don’t stay focused, it’s a crappy workout. But while running, focusing on TV helps get me in the zone (as lame as that expression is) and since I can program my treadmill, it does all the thinking for me.
**The greatest television show that ever was. Seriously.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 grimsaburger June 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Slings and Arrows–3 seasons of 6 episodes each. We've seen 1 and 2 and are waiting impatiently on Netflix for 3.

2 Jen June 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Alias? I loved that show up until the last season. Gilmore Girls?

3 jen @ negative lane June 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm


I put Slings and Arrows on my Netflix Queue. It totally looks like something I will love. And even bumped it to the top of … wait here while I check… 356 titles! (My husband rues the day he let me start adding stuff to the queue.)

I loved Alias, too. Sunday night used to be the one night (pre-kids) where the Hubster and I used to watch TV together. Alias was like our "at-home date night." Interesting thing is that I've never seen the last season. I think we were in the process of moving and renovating that season. I should probably start back with season one and work my way through again.

4 Jenni June 30, 2009 at 10:14 am

good for you for getting back to it. i totally need to exercise. I'm super glad I don't have a gym in my own home because then I might feel guilty. But probably not.

5 Magpie August 3, 2009 at 9:18 am


6 jen @ negative lane August 3, 2009 at 10:50 am

I LOVE Weeds and own every season! Maybe I should start watching again from the beginning. Especially now that Hunter Parrish is legal. Yum.

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