On falling down on treadmills, having babies, and links

by Erika Torres

On falling down on treadmills

I saw this one guy totally eat it on the treadmill at the gym the other day, and he hit his chin on the part where your feet go–he hit it hard. The guy, who was in his early 20’s, was obviously in pain but I think his embarrassment made him get right back up and keep jogging on the treadmill. About 10 minutes later, I saw him walking to the bathroom, holding his chin. I felt so bad for him.

Here’s the thing about falling in public places–we’ve all fallen and we ALL know how embarrassing it is. I know I’ve eaten it in public on several occasions. One time, at Universal Studios after getting off the ET ride,  I was walking and talking (two things I should never do simultaneously) and I was facing my mom, and totally ran into a sign post. Like no joke, I was mortified. Two guys next to me started busting up and I wanted to die…I must have been 14 or so and I still remember.

So if you see someone fall, the only appropriate thing to do is pretend it didn’t happen and you didn’t see it, okay?

On having babies

No, I’m not pregnant, but Eric and I went to the hospital Sunday to visit our best couple friend who welcomed their first baby girl into the world. It was crazy, they have a baby, people.

Holding their baby made me realize though that I still don’t want one. While theirs is incredibly cute, I just don’t have that maternal thing going on right now. I guess that gives me some time to work on my baby bucket list. (Just realized I got to cross off “Move out of the love shack” from the baby bucket list, that felt good!)

 Links I’m loving

So Over Debt sold her son’s Xbox after she caught him lying about his homework. This–to me–is excellent parenting, and also one of the reasons I feel so adamant against video games.

Money Q and A presented The Unintended Costs of Becoming a Landlord.

Spend less than you earn, says Married with Debt. Simple concept. Just like eat less, move more is the concept behind losing weight. It’s so easy, but so hard!

Below Her Means presented her student loan breakdown, and she has set her goal to paying it off by the end of 2013.

I staff write…

Is it okay to spend money while I still have debt? at Everything Finance

How to Find Great Deals on Thrift Clothes at Impulse Save

Thanks to the following blogs for including Newlyweds on a Budget

Yakezie Carnival at 101 Centavos
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
Totally Money at Faith Money Values
Festival of Frugality at Paid Twice
Carnival of Retirement at My Retirement Blog
Yakezie Carnival at Financial Success for Young Adults
Canadian Finance Carnival at Canadian Finance Blog
Carnival of Financial Planning at Aaron Hung
Carnival of Retirement at My Personal Finance Journey

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Stef (City Girl) February 29, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Poor guy! You’re right, though. We’ve all been there!

I want to be a mom, but I don’t want a baby or a toddler. And, I don’t want either for 1-3 years. (There are those friends in my group who get it because they’re child-free by choice. Then there are those friends who are all about having a baby who just don’t.) xoxo

Marissa @ Thirtys Six Months February 25, 2012 - 4:53 pm

One of the reason I hate running on treadmills is because i secretly have this irrational fear of falling down. Turns out its not so irrational. 😉

emmi February 25, 2012 - 9:06 am

Selling the Xbox is waaaay smarter than shooting it. Good on her being rational, but firm. I know some people have trouble with switching modes without going to extremes.

Jessica @ Budget for Health February 23, 2012 - 7:09 pm

I think that same thing every time I babysit. We definitely want kids down the road, but 2 years of marriage goes by SO FAST and I need more time! This post made me laugh out loud and I had to read it to Dave. I’m sorry you walked into a sign! It’s good that you can look back and laugh at it. I had my fair share of embarrassment in college when I tried hopping a curb with my bike and didn’t make it 🙂

Corey @ Passive Income to Retire February 23, 2012 - 3:03 pm

I couldn’t agree more – my wife and I are a long ways away from wanting a child (if ever). If I ever see you fall, I will remember that you don’t want any help. haha. Great work on staff writing.

Megg February 23, 2012 - 9:57 am

Oh my goodness, reading all these comments about not wanting a baby right now makes me feel so good! Haha. My SIL is pregnant with the first grandkid and it really threw into reality for me what having a baby actually MEANS. And I realized I didn’t want one right now! It was SO freeing to realize this, and realize that just because I’m 28 and don’t have a baby I’m not a failure, I can wait and that’s OK too. So glad I’m not alone, haha. Guess I sometimes felt like I was because EVERYONE is popping a baby out these days.

shopping2saving February 23, 2012 - 9:37 am

Awww I feel so bad for that dude! That must have hurt. I think I would have just run out of the gym after that. The terrible part though is that I recognize a lot of familiar faces at the gym during lunch (which is when I go) so if I came back the next day, I’m sure people would remember me if I fell and ran off hahaha. Poor guy.

I have done a lot of stuff like that cuz I’m clumsy as they come.

I am with you on the baby stuff. I’m just not ready! My BFF has a baby boy and he’s adorable and all, but I don’t think I can deal with that right now and not for maybe 6 more years.

jobo February 23, 2012 - 7:03 am

If it makes you feel any better, I’m not ready for babies yet either 😉 And man, I would DIE if I fell on the treadmill, not to mention how much it would hurt!! Nice little PSA on that 😉

Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer February 23, 2012 - 5:27 am

I agree with Tanner about making sure the person who feel is okay first, but if they are then just move on.

It’s good you know you don’t want a baby yet. Once you start, it’s a long commitment!

SB @ One Cent At A Time February 22, 2012 - 7:46 pm

Each time I hold a baby, I feel like fathering one. Its about time now…

Teacher Girl February 22, 2012 - 2:36 pm

ALL my friends and co-workers keep poping out kid after kid and all I can think is, “No, no, no.” Not for me, not now. I think I still have some years to go before I’ll be ready for the baby making.

Nichole February 22, 2012 - 2:24 pm

I actually just fell this past Friday while shopping at target. I was wearing flip flops and there was some water from the rain and I slid. I was SO mortified!

shanendoah February 22, 2012 - 12:46 pm

My test on having a baby was always this- how did I feel about handing a baby back compared to a puppy? (As a note, we have 2 dogs of our own and are fostering a 3rd.)
With babies, my response tended to be “oh how cute. here, you can have her back”
Whereas with puppies my response was always “C, we could have a puppy couldn’t we?” and I wouldn’t want to hand the puppy back.
I figured when I reached the same point about kids as I was about puppies, then I’d be ready to be a mom.

Emily @ evolvingPF February 22, 2012 - 11:20 am

I definitely don’t want a baby yet either, and every time I see one that feeling gets further entrenched. I’m like, oh, that tiny person is cute, but you CAN’T EVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF IT. I don’t want that kind of responsibility right now. And I like sleep.

Thankfully no one is bugging us about reproducing (yet).

Shannon February 22, 2012 - 9:33 am

Oooh that falling part is so damn embarrassing. We have all been there and it hurts the ego a bit.
Babies-You’ll know when you are ready:)
Video Games-I wasn’t allowed video games when I was little. We now have a wii that we use maybe once a year. I’m not a fan of them.

B. (Below Her Means) February 22, 2012 - 9:27 am

You are the first person to ever link to me! Thank you so very much.

John | Married (with Debt) February 22, 2012 - 9:22 am

I once saw an old lady get flung into a wall by a treadmill. A bit scary.

Thanks for the mention! Andrea’s post was great. I’m glad for her.

Brent Pittman February 22, 2012 - 5:31 pm

I worked at a gym for a while and also saw an old lady fall on a treadmill and almost had to call 911. Scary indeed.

Tanner February 22, 2012 - 9:08 am

The falling part sucks. It is pretty hard, not only dealing with the initial (and subsequent) pain, but with the embarassment. But as you said, it happens to everyone. I once almost slided right into the street after attempting to make a sharp turn while running. Had quite a bit scratches all over the palm of my hands that I didn’t notice until later.

I actually go against your advice. It did happen. And you did see it. The person that fell knew you saw it. And the person might be in pain. Helping someone is never a bad thing. Yeah, it may be embarassing, but it is out of kindness that you’re helping them, not to mock or make them feel worse.


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