A Healthy Investment

I love the summer months, the hotter the better. It’s my favorite time of the year to get outside and either walk or jog as a great form of exercise. It gives me energy to feel the hot sun on my face and the ability to push further and further every day. As soon as late fall rolls around, and inevitably winter, I just don’t have the desire to get outside anymore. I might have mentioned before that I’m a palm tree climate kind of a gal and this whole northeast winter thing has me constantly dreaming of either moving someplace far away or at the very least yearning for the summer months to arrive. Quick-like. It becomes obvious that I’m way less active since I’d rather be snuggled up on the couch with a blanket than bundled up in a coat, hat, and gloves walking outside. I try to watch what I eat a little more attentively and play some Just Dance 3 on the Wii every now and then, but that’s clearly not good enough to lose the weight I need to lose, let alone maintain any weight loss I accomplished during the summer months. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people make excuses, like that they don’t have time to work out or in my case, that I don’t have the ideal weather to make fitness an everyday activity. I truly believe if something is a priority for us we will find a way to make it happen. Paul and I were recently talking about this and I expressed that having a treadmill at home would be so nice. As a matter of fact, I went so far as to say that I’d like it right in the living room facing the television. Our space is very limited so making a piece of exercise equipment somehow fit would certainly be a challenge, but the more we talked about it, the more we realized it was something we really wanted needed to make happen. I searched online with a focus on price and customer reviews. We talked about it some more, mostly the expense. We both agreed that you can’t put a price on your health and fitness, but we also knew and agreed that if we were going to make such a big purchase that we had to commit 100% to using this new treadmill. I took one last deep breath and we made the purchase. On Valentine’s Day. Romantic, right? I can tell you without a doubt that neither one of us has had any hint of buyer’s remorse. We’ve both used it every single day since purchasing it, Paul sometimes twice. I love that it sits prominently in our living room where Cody and Nick can both see us walking or jogging while focusing on living as healthy as possible. It’s the best feeling to know that I can walk a few feet on a freezing day when there’s snow on the ground and get in a really good workout while watching a recorded show on the DVR. I still look forward to getting outside in the hot summer months weeks, but even then it will be so nice to have that treadmill sitting in the living room….for a rainy day workout inside.


  1. I actually *do* think it’s kind of romantic, especially given the climate you live in. Plus you need to start working out for all that walking you’ll be doing at Disney World! p.s. Bob got himself an outdoor survivalist knife thing that can also be used as a chisel or a saw. Talk about romantic…

    • We’ve literally been fighting over the darn thing since bringing it home. Number one rule? Whoever is on the treadmill gets control gets control of the television remote. That Bob……I bet he knows how to show a girl a really good time. hehehe

  2. What a perfect Valentine’s Day gift to each other. The gift of exercise and health. The knife is in a category of its own!
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