So I got myself all excited about "pumping iron".
It hasn't happened.
When my chiropractor suggested (rather strongly) that I start a weight training programme,it sounded pretty simple. He suggested I start with a couple 5-pound dumb-bells (gonna have to look that one up - I'm curious of its origin!) and some shrug and bent-row exercises to increase the strength in my shoulder muscles. I figured any fitness supply store would have what I'm after. Handily situated next to the chiropractic office was, in fact, a fitness-type store. Goodie. Would you believe they did NOT have something as simple as as 5-pound weight? I figured the thing to do was to simply order them. To my surprise, the weights are sold by... weight! 48 cents per pound, to be exact. Two 5-pounders cost me, after tax, just over five bucks. Pretty good deal, I thought. Until today. It's all well and fine to get a great deal, but when you pay and do not receive... well... you get the picture. Three times over the last 10 or 12 days I've been told,
"They should be in tomorrow!"
On consulting Dr. M., I was soon to discover that he quite purposly DOES NOT refer people there.
"They're really quite unprofessional... perhaps for what you require you might try Walmart."
Wait a minute.
I've invested $1600.00 (plus massage) into this programme to fix me, and I'm being referred to WALMART??
Off to WALMART!
And wouldn't you know it, there were my weights. Pound-for-pound, even the same STYLE; in stock and ready to lift! (Although I did in fact PAY for them ;o) But would you believe, at TWICE the cost? I figured that the loss of the five dollars was "outweighed" by my ability to actually BEGIN the programme! So, I sacrificed the equivalent of a latte. Big deal. I will, as I have it figured, get my five dollars in some form of credit - even if I have to "return" or "sell" the weights from the fitness place.
I played around with some exercises tonight, and in the morning will begin on the "regularly scheduled" routine of shrugs and rows... or is that rowes?