The Most Embarrassing Thing I’ve Ever Done – A Guest Post

Day 5 of our Disney vacation, and for those keeping track of my inner thigh chaffing condition, I wore pants today. Sweet, barrier between my funky-chunky thighs, pants.

Although today was spent at Animal Kingdom and Epcot, the real highlight was being pulled over by the police on our way home. As soon as the sirens started, we played a rousing game of “Let’s Guess Which Law We Broke”. There were no winners, only first & second place losers. More on that when I return.

Today’s guest post is by one of my favorites, the hilariously relatable, Dani from Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine. I swear she’s been through it all! You think you’ve had bad hotel accommodations? Ha! She was booked in the Philippine Red Light district. Attend a crappy wedding? Umm, she actually got the craps from a wedding. Ever make an ass of yourself at the gym? I bet not like this…


One of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever done is fall off of a treadmill.


It happened when I was 18. It was my first year away from home, and my first time dealing with winter since I was a kid, and I was sooooo homesick.

So I ate.

A lot.

In the span of about 7 months, I put on 30 lbs.

When spring rolled around that year, on one of my many visits to my Grandparents’ house, my Grandmother came down to greet me and said, “Oh, Dani! You’ve gotten fat!” I’d never been called that in my life. So I joined a gym.

My intention was to stick with things I was familiar with, like Step Reebok classes (remember those?!), but I was given a one-month complimentary pass to use the weight and exercise machines. I figured I had to at least TRY some of the equipment out, and decided I’d go for a run.

Now, I’ve never really had the stamina to run long distances, but everyone made it look so easy. So I started out with a brisk walk, gradually increased the speed until I was jogging, and as I looked around, I actually felt like I fit in.

It was glorious.

But within 2 minutes, that feeling came to a screeching halt.

I was having a hard time breathing, and my attempts to reduce the speed of that damn machine weren’t working, so I eventually just gave up. Yes, that’s right. I just stopped running. And, drama queen that I am, I threw my arms up over my head at the exact moment that my whole body was pushed backwards and smacked into the wall behind me.

Everyone went silent and turned to stare at me.

Now, a normal person would’ve laughed it off, grabbed her things, and headed for the shower. But not me. Nope, I decided to get back on that treadmill and show everyone a little fall wasn’t going to bring me down.

It took a few minutes to psych myself up to do it, but eventually I took a deep breath, put one foot on the treadmill, and then the other foot, and (literally) attempted to hit the ground running.

But the darn thing flung me off.

Imagine my embarrassment when the woman next to me reached over and pressed the red STOP button.

How had I missed that button?

And where was she the FIRST time I fell off?!

Dani Ryan is the mom of one beautiful girl who has already developed a love for iPhones and Coach purses. About 3 years ago, she traded in her business suits and nylons for yoga pants and stained tee-shirts. She now spends her days reading Sandra Boynton books and wiping food off the kitchen floor, and has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In her free time, she writes about parenting and general nothingness on her humor blog, Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine.
She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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  1. Kim- One Classy Motha says:

    Thanks, Dani! If I ever feel like an asshole while at the gym, I can now say to myself, “Candy Ass (positive self-talk), at least you didn’t fall off the treadmill. Twice.” Unless, of course, I did. It’s a possibility.
    Thanks for the awesome guest post!

  2. I agree with Kim, awesome guest post and seriously this and so many more reasons is why I choose to work out at home. At least if I make an ass out of myself there are only a 3 and 4 year old around to make fun of me!! :)
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  3. Dani, with each new story you tell, I love you that much more.
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  4. Dani I remember reading this on your own site, but I laughed as hard as I did the first time! Sorry! I would have done the same exact thing too! Glad that the woman next to you finally showed you how to stop the machine, I agree, where the heck was she the first time?!! Thanks for introducing me to a new site, One Classy Motha is just the type of site I love to find! Now I’m off to explore, thanks again!!
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    • Thanks for coming by to read my story again, Kathy! Why that women didn’t help me the first time is beyond me. Then again, she was probably too busy trying not to laugh at me. 😉 And I am so glad you found Kim! You will LOVE her site. Make sure to order a Beaver Baby! xo
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  5. OMG! I can’t believe you got back on and then got thrown off AGAIN! You poor thing. I mean, it’s so funny but I feel awful for you!! I saw this happen once at my gym years ago and the woman had a burn on her forearm from the belt! It was awful. I don’t think she ever came back.
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    • I have no idea why I got back on, either. For some reason I thought it would be more embarrassing to leave? Man, was I ever wrong. HA! And that poor woman at your gym! I was lucky enough to have been thrown far enough away from the machine to avoid any burns!!!
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  6. Haha, this post had me doing the sort of laughing that leaves me feeling guilty, which is my fave kind.
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  7. You are 100% amazing. That is all. xo.
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