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A Walk on the Wild Side

November 29th, 2006 at 11:30 am

I have 15 extra pounds that I carry. I'd love to lose them and I know it would be healthier. I gained a bunch when I started a new medicine--it was a side effect. But the doctor says that I can't use that as an excuse anymore because at the med level I'm at now, the medicine isn't the problem. My eating and nonexercising is. So I need a new strategy. Years ago, I used to play tennis all the time, ride my bike everywhere and take long walks in the country. But after moving to a bug-infested, humidity crushing, heat searing hothouse, I haven't been able to keep up anything outdoors. Hubby won't go with me because the bugs eat him alive. It's hard to walk with a guy who looks like a demented windmill, flapping and swatting all the time. For some reason, the bugs don't like me at all. But the humidity makes it hard for me to breathe or something. I can't last long. So we tried walking in the mall. I can't really do that because I'm too near stores.....and the lights and crowds get to me. So I'm thinking of setting up a fund for a treadmill. I've seen blogs of people who walk and some have treadmills, so I got to wondering about getting one myself. I could save little by little. Meanwhile, I'm going to watch my eating. It should be easier now that I don't spend so much money on so much stuff to eat. I could plan better and be sure and include lots of good for you food. This frugal living could also help my health....

10 Responses to “A Walk on the Wild Side”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    is there freecycle in your area? check to see if there's a treadmill listed. or craigslist. plus, they're often used in the newspaper for 100-150.

  2. JanH Says:

    Good ideas! I'll check.

  3. tinapbeana Says:

    forgot a rarely used option: i got mine as half a payment on a loan we made to a friend!

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    I honestly believe that the secret to success about exercising is interest!

    You have to be interested in what you're doing. That's the main flaw I find about repetitive machines such as treadmills. I've done it before. One time, as a challenge, I even did 30 miles on the treadmill! It took me nearly 12 hours to complete....

    On the other hand, some people have gotten around that by replacing their living sofa with the treadmill. They make it such that, if they want to watch TV, they have to be on the treadmill. So, the interest (or more specifically, an incentive) is established there, even though it's not with exercising directly.

    Personally, I think exercising is like food. We need variety, and lots of it! A person should have no less than 3 different kinds of exercises that they would like to do per given week. Walk in the park, biking, and swimming, are 3 classic examples. With variety comes interest. With interest comes a positive experience. With positive experience comes good memories that will keep you coming back for more.

    I also highly recommend exercising with a friend. That easily doubles the fun factor (not to mention making it safer overall). Smile

  5. tinapbeana Says:

    myself, i read a book as i walk on the treadmill. i can walk for hours when i'm reading, it's just not the safest thing to do IRL!

  6. fairy74 Says:

    I also found it much harder to exercise when I lived in FL the humidity and bugs were awful---do you have a gym or YMCA near you at all? I like the treadmill because that is my time to read whatever novel I'm into, 40 minutes or an hour just fly by!

  7. KEALINA Says:

    darn, tina beat me to my suggestions. =)... craigslist is a great idea...
    this is making me feel a bit better about excercising actually... sometimes i feel like the gym is a luxury but DH really enjoys the variety of things available and i, like tina, like reading... i took a readers digest with me to the elliptical and time went by pretty quickly...
    i also forgot to factor in the humidy and bugs... that and we don't have the space at home for the machines... all of which does make a difference...

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Something you might look into is a Gazelle. It's an air walker. The low end model is around $100, cheaper than a treadmill and folds up much smaller and also works out your arms. I got mine for free off Freecycle and it was actually the $200 model.

    Also, I have a Curves membership. It offers a lot of variety and is a good workout. I've never been bored with it. In my area it runs around $30 a month, a decent investment in my health.

  9. Ima saver Says:

    I like my treadmill and I have my tv in front of it. I use to read, but I can't on this new one cause I am not tall enough.

  10. JanH Says:

    Oh, BA! I'd throw myself through the window on that! LOL

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