Thursday, December 15, 2005

Decorating Shows That Don't Make Me Puke

When I exercise, I have to have all my senses otherwise engaged in order to distract myself
from the fact that I am exercising. So I blast the music really really loud (naturally) and, rather than stare at the miles clicking by on the monitor, I watch TV. Being a hedonist at heart, I like something with lots of colour, maybe an Eames chair or two, or a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house.


So I gravitate toward a decorating show. You can (and probably should) watch them with the sound off. But there’s such a plethora of sub-quality decorating shows on now that it’s getting harder and harder to find anything worth sweating to.

I can’t stand Trading Spaces. It jumped the shark years ago and no amount of crappy spin-offs is ever going to make it less puke-inducing. And Design to Win infuriates me. That host looks like a poodle, and he's got no eyebrows. I can't stand looking at him.

But lately I’ve discovered one show I can tolerate – Rooms that Rock. The boy decorator - Andrew, I think his name is – is just a gi-normous sass-attack and cute as a button, to boot. He just sashays about with a cup of tea in one hand and the other hand perched jauntily on his hip. He is my favourite gay decorator since Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndmann were the Designer Guys.

And the host-girl has got this perfect Dresden-doll face with the biggest roundest blue eyes I ever seen and a tiny little nose that she wrinkles up charmingly whenever Andrew makes some outrageous remark. I should hate her but I don't. I know it sounds sickening, but for background colour and movement while trying to avoid a coronary, it’ll work for now.

How do you motivate yourself to exercise?

12 comments:

Jas Bhambra said...

Bhangra music works for me, Barb. I also have burned this "Walking CD" that I listen to while I go for walks or runs. But of late it is just sitting there gathering dust. I should make some serious working out resolutions for the new year (especially with all that holiday food landing right into my tummy!).
I dunno why, but I am really very unmotivated these days. Somebody please kick my lazy butt!

Neil said...

I've watched this one once or twice as well. Those two guys are entertaining.

I'm not much for any home design show, they are often too far out there for my tastes.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Jas - consider your lazy butt kicked. Thanks for reminding me about Bhangra though. I haven't listened to those great discs you made me in a while, now I want to hear them!
Neil - I can live without feathers on the wall and that kinda crap too. But lots of colour is good.

Tydes Perdition said...

i have trouble keeping myself motivated to exercise. I really don't know what to do... I can only get myself going on the weekends.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Jeff, it's Jeff, right? I know what you mean - the last thing I want to do when I get home is exercise, but I am lucky enough to work part-time so I only have 3 days where I have to kick my own ass. At my age, unfortunately, exercise is no longer optional.

michelle said...

Exercise, the bane of my (sometime) existence. As the saying goes, I break a sweat jogging my memory these days!

Necessary evils, why do they all have to lack in the fun factor?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've been trying to fool myself into thinking that exercise is fun, but really all I do is indulge in auditory and visual sensory overload to override the synapses.

tydes perdition said...

yep, that's me.

i realized that my stomach was getting a little soft. i've got a layer of fat that i've been trying to get rid of but i've been neglecting the muscle i've gained underneath. i can be as muscled everywhere else but if my stomach feels soft... i feel gross.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I hear you, Jeff, and abs are the least fun muscle group to work. At least after doing arms or chest you can strut around all pumped up, but after abs all you have is a sore back. I too am trying to get rid of a gut tire that falls somewhere between a mountain bike and a wheelbarrow.

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