Happy day-before-Friday!

So, I have to be honest, I had NO idea what today’s post was going to be about when I started writing it. Which isn’t exactly abnormal around here, but I usually at least have a teeny tiny inkling about the direction I want to go. Not today though. I figured I’d just start writing and hope it worked itself out. This is how today’s post started:

“Post post post I have no idea what to post today.

Post post post rhymes with toast toast toast

I love toast

I can’t write a post on toast. Or can I?

(attempt it)

Nope I can not.

Gah! Why is life so hard????”

Literally those are the words I started with on this page. And I suppose they are still on this page, so it’s not like this is a win. Oh well. Anyways my whiny over-dramatic ‘why is life so hard’ moment reminded me of the following infomercial:


Which got me thinking about how awesome infomercials are, which I decided deserved a post.

(Very Important Note: If the gif above, or any of the ones below aren’t moving, just click them and they should start up. They’ve been giving me some problems too but it’s too late to change them now.)

Top 8 Things Infomercials Have Taught Me About Fitness and Life

8. When you’re first starting out on your health and wellness journey, you may have no idea what you’re doing.


7. You may feel like a moron and at times struggle just to remain standing.


6. Proper technique in any exercise is always important, lest you injure yourself in some way.


5. Proper footwear is a must. Don’t wear shoes that are too small.


4. It’s not always easy to eat right.


3. And sometimes life might trip you up when you least expect it.


2. You might get a little frustrated at times.


1. But eventually it’ll all come together.

joey tribbiani

Do you have a favorite infomercial?

What, for you, is the best part about sticking with a fitness plan? The thrill of completing a goal? Getting stronger? Getting thinner? The confidence that comes with feeling better? Other?

57 Thoughts on “Top 8 Things Infomercials Have Taught Me About Fitness and Life

  1. Lol that’s actually how a lot of my posts start out as well. Nothing like good old writer’s block to knock some wind outta your sails. But as always, you definitely managed to get some laughs outta me :)

    I think the best part of sticking with a fitness plan is the sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching a goal. All the other stuff is great too, but it’s doing something you never thought possible that feels the best.
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    • I completely agree- I like that feeling of accomplishing a goal, and then setting a new goal that i never dreamed possible before i reached the first one. the snowball effect, if you will, but in a good way :)

  2. Oh I hate writers block! So frustrating and so annoying, but seems like you managed something pretty funny here! Definitely had me smiling! 😉

    For me, the best part of sticking with a fitness plan is definitely the thrill of completing a goal. I think that sense of accomplishment really boosts your confidence and I love the feeling of doing something that I really thought I couldn’t do. It’s quite an amazing feeling in my book.
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    • same! i dont think people who don’t exercise realize how much confidence comes with working out. its not about being the best, but just the little things like reaching the goal you set for yourself that week that can really shine through, and make a difference in your whole outlook.

  3. Way to turn writer’s block into another winner! Fitness is rewarding in so many different ways, but gotta agree with Amanda and Holly that it feels AMAZING to accomplish something you never thought you could do. And once you’ve accomplished your first goal, the sky’s the limit and you feel like you can take on the world…or at least another fitness challenge!
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    • exaaactly, as per usual you articulate exactly what i’m thinking. I love not only the feeling of accomplishment that comes with reaching that first goal, but then setting a new goal that you never would have imagined possible before the first one!

  4. I definitely love seeing that my clothes fit better, but I love how good I feel in general and how much energy I have. I love the gif with the guy fumbling with the tape measure. Too funny!
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    • Lol, that guy will the tap measure is my favorite too! and yeah, i love that feeling of accomplishment, but having more room in my clothes is a definite perk too :)

  5. I always really wanted ELASTIC PLASTIC which is basically some toxic little tube of chemicals that you can blow up sort of like a balloon.

    I also really wanted those brownie pans where every brownie has crispy edges!

    I think the best part about sticking with a fitness plan is knowing that I’ll be better prepared for the zombie apocalypse :)
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    • Bahahahaha this comment made me laugh out loud! 1. elastic plastic- lol! 2. that pan is genius! and 3. i totally agree- zombie apocalypse preparation is the best reason to stick to a fitness plan ive ever heard :)

  6. I have that brownie pan! I got it from Wal-Mart and it. Is. AMAZING. :) I was always partial to the slap-chop, myself, but my favorite part of infomercials is always how completely ineffectual and lobotomized everyone seems. :) love this, girl,. And doubler points for leaving in your first ramblings. I usually dump mine!
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    • Ahh you have that brownie pan?? you’re so lucky. i want one! and omg slap chop made chopping things look SO easy! i would watch that one and think about all the things i could chop and how happy i would be while chopping. i think the lobotomization (is that a word?) applies to me as I watch sometimes too :)

  7. Hahaha I was thinking as I read this that there’s no way some of these are real, but then I remembered infomercials have no dramatic limits or boundaries!
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  8. oh my goooooooodness this cracked me up. love it. in answer to your 2nd question: all of the above.
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  9. Love the donut gif, hah. Totally me when I know I’ve had too many sweets that day but want another one anyways…and then I jam it into my mouth regardless of how many sweets I had earlier that day. 😀

    I’m going to change “fitness plan” to “running plan” just because running comprises about 95% of my fitness regimen…but definitely the best part is accomplishing things that I never thought I could, mentally or physically. It gives you such a confidence boost in all other parts of life, too!
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    • yay for running plans!! in all honesty, i could use a little more running plan in my life- my bar method plan has been so awesome, i just need a running plan and i’ll feel like my overall fitness plan is more balanced. yay for goals!

  10. You are flippin’ hilarious!!! Nuff said. :)
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  11. HAHAHA the gif on #7 made me lawl so hard at my desk. Good thing most people haven’t come in yet. My favorite infomercial is the one with the creepy nut chopping guy with Slap Chop…”you’re gonna love my nuts!” Sit back, relax, and enjoy…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O-SX_W0lrQ

  12. Haha, I love this. Even without the gifs, the idea is pretty funny. They make exercise (okay… everything) seem so darn impossible until the “magic” product arrives. Ahhh yes, where would we be without it??? 😉
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    • Hahaha isnt it the truth?! the guy who falls over because of the tape measure is my favorite because i think that one embodies the absurdity of infomercials so perfectly

  13. That tape measure gif/infomercial gets me every.single.time. God, that is too awesome. And makes me feel more competent when it comes to home repairs, because I’m pretty sure I can at least avoid doing that. 😉

    My current fitness plan is all about strength training, so I love reaching goals and watching myself get stronger. I look at what I’m lifting now compared to a year ago, and there’s a big difference! It’s pretty fantastic to see.
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    • I love that about fitness goals- the progress is easily measurable. I always think its interesting because sometimes in the moment i;ll have a period of a couple weeks where i feel like im not making any progress, but then suddenly i look back at a year or 3 years ago, and the difference is crazy. its not a sprint, its a marathon :)

  14. Haha this really just makes me miss that guy who did Oxy Clean. His infomercials were the best! You should absolutely write a post about toast, it’s a crucial element in my diet and everything you do should be catered to me. At least, that’s how I think everything should be! I jest, maybe…. I stick with a fitness plan because I love how I feel knowing I’ve worked out. I do not care about getting some sort of crazy body, because I enjoy the way I live, but I do love incorporating exercise so I can maintain balance.
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    • right?! i love that balance- my day gets so thrown off when i miss one of my morning workouts. and i think there will be a post on toast one day, it bugged me so much that i couldn’t do it, that now im determined :)

  15. Whenever an infomercial comes on, I always tell myself that they are a major waste of time and to change the channel, but I’m embarrassed to say I get somewhat sucked in. The Sham Wow was an especially embarrassing incident, seeing that I watched the whole commercial! Ok enough about my awkward moments! My current fitness plan revolves around cross country and basketball practice! I suppose getting faster is on that list along with losing fat and gaining muscle! Pretty mainstream goals!
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    • Omg I get so sucked in. every. time. everybody is just so happy and/or oddly clumsy and you find yourself sitting there like “thats true, milk IS really hard to pour!” yeah, i cant explain this phenomenon either but it’s real :)

  16. I have conversations like this with myself on a daily basis and it goes wayyyy farther than blog posts! The worst is full on conversations with myself in the car only to look over and realize someone is watching me talk to myself.

    My fitness goals are mostly just to feel energized and good about myself. I know exercise leads to a healthier and longer life so I just look at it towards keeping myself in better shape all around! … And keeping me sane 😛

  17. Hilarious – those infomercials are so over the top exaggerated. LOVE IT!

    The best part about sticking to a fitness plan is how you feel when you did it. When you finished the 5 mile run or went to the gym three nights in a row. SCORE!
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  18. I always wonder how people find the perfect GIFs for their blogposts. What’s your secret?!

  19. Hysterical. I officially love your ad libbed posts. Those gifs are priceless; where did you even find the one with the man failing at eating a donut? Gosh his life is just so hard! :) Have a great day, thanks for the laughs!
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  20. Lol, just the title of this post had me cracking up! I find myself staring at the screen and going completely blank sometimes too. It happens.
    The best part of a fitness plan for me is getting stronger and seeing muscle- I am tall and lanky and often feel like a stick figure so I can appreciate some muscle in the right places!
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  21. I don’t have a fave informational
    My favorite thing about a fitness plan is feeling good about everything I accomplish
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  22. Ahh, I’m sure you know I love ALL THINGS “Friends” so the Joey gifs – Love ’em! 😉 What a completely relevant comparison – infommercials to health/wellness journey! Isn’t it amazing the Genius things you come up with to blog about when you initially had no idea what to post?! Lol! Those gifs are hysterical! And as far as- What, for you, is the best part about sticking with a fitness plan? The thrill of completing a goal? Getting stronger? Getting thinner? The confidence that comes with feeling better? – I can honestly say All of the Above! :)
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  23. I hate when I get writers block on my blog, you did a great job with it though – this post was hilarious! Love the Joey infomercial, lol!
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    • Isnt writer’s block the worst?? its so hard to get through. and i loved that episode of friends “now i can have milk everyday” always cracks me up :)

  24. Hah, awesome! I love when Joey does that infomercial. Although, I basically love every acting gig he has.. so ridiculous.
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  25. Sometimes just starting is the hardest part to anything that seems too much! But once you start… just one foot in front of the other (one step at a time)…it all seems do-able and not as bad as once thought!
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  26. Soooo many laughs from this post! Good old infomercials! The best part of sticking to a fitness plan I think is getting stronger and seeing the progress you’ve made. Love that feeling! Happy almost Friday pretty lady!
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    • happy almost friday to you too hun! yeah the confidence and sense of success that comes with accomplishing a fitness goal is great, but seeing the results ain’t too shabby either! theres really no down side :)

  27. Oh my gosh, those are so funny! I love infomercial fails. The best part of sticking with a fitness plan for me is knowing that it’s a regular part of my daily life. I don’t have to make myself do it because it’s not a chore anymore. Even though I get up super early for the gym, I love knowing that it’s MY time and only mine.
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  29. Ha! I love the Joey Tribiani clips in here!
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  30. LOOOOOVE the Joey gifs! (Best Joey quote: “The point is moo. It’s like a cow’s opinion: it doesn’t count.”)

    I think some of my favorite infomercials are the “It’s a murricle!” hair removal ones, simply because the overly dramatic depictions of hair removal gone wrong are so funny. “I nicked my leg while shaving! GAAAAAAAAAHHK!” Sometimes I think I’d like to make a parody of these, in which the teeny leg-shaving cut becomes a nearly fatal geyeser of blood, and that the ONLY WAY we can save ourselves from this heinous fate (and tragic early death) is to use the murricle hair-removal product. Have I mentioned that I have a sick sense of humor?
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