July 7, 2006 at 12:05 pm
I think I’ve been tricked into enjoying health and fitness just like Netflix tricked me into joining their DVD addicts anonymous club. Netflix is a mail based DVD rental service that gives you your first month free as a trial offer. When I signed up I thought “I’ll just rent a couple DVDs and then cancel. Yay, free stuff! I’m so sneaky.” However, my life as a diabolical mad genius was over before it began because it’s now four years later and I’ve rented over a hundred movies and there are about 300 more in my queue. I think the rate at which I add movies outpaces the rate at which I watch them. Which means that I will never, ever, be able to quit Netflix, at least not without quitting my job or installing a TV screen on my car’s dashboard.
Same thing with all this healthy eating and actually getting off the couch for reasons other than to find the remote control (see, Netflix addiction). At first my mentality was “Well, I have to start walking and eating differently to lose weight. So I’ll do it until I get what I want, but you can’t make me like it!” But after over a year of trying new foods and walking and running I find I have been tricked again. I actually like being fit. I get a kick out of the fact that I can park at the far end of the parking lot and walk to the store without panting like a Labrador. I sometimes smirk because I can walk up to my fourth floor office every day without stopping.
I eat baby carrots and I like it.
Just like life is better when I get DVDs in little red envelopes in my mailbox, life is better when I eat well and move my ass. I thought I could just dip my toe into the water, but I have been sucked into the whirlpool instead. Which should probably serve as a warning to never try a free trial of something weird, like a bug-eating club. You might find yourself swatting flies, dipping them in Dijon mustard sauce and enjoying it.