October 2007

Running in Place

I'm a sucker for a good deal. You'll notice some deals sites in my right sidebar. Every morning I habitually check about six deal sites to see what the deals of the day are.

I've also considered buying a treadmill for awhile now - all the way since January. (That shouldn't be surprising - every overweight guy walking into a sporting goods store on January 2nd is probably at least thinking about getting a treadmill.)

I didn't take the plunge then, mainly because of the rather large investment you have to make to get a decent treadmill. Nonetheless, a new deal came up which was too good to pass up. I found the HealthRider Outlook it in a Fatwallet thread, and it seemed too good to pass up: a treadmill with a max user capacity of 325 pounds (which at the time I bought it was important,) a built-in fan, and a built in TV with speakers. In addition to all those features, the treadmill was being offered for half off, so I could pick it up very inexpensively, and I could buy an extended warranty for much less, too.

I borrowed a friend's pickup truck (since Sam's club has no delivery service) and got it moved into my basement. It's proved to be an excellent investment thus far. I've run at least five days a week for the past three weeks, and by the end of the second week, I had dropped ten pounds. Now instead of watching Family Guy or Top Chef or Futurama on the couch, I can do it while running a twelve-minute mile. I hope to get down to a ten-minute mile before winter.

If you're looking for a treadmill that can transform the act of watching TV into a workout, check your local Sam's Club - according to the Fatwallet thread, people have gotten the Healthrider Outlook as late as October 2nd for less than half the original price.

And now if you'll excuse me, I need to run a mile or two before church.

iPod nano vs. Washer and dryer

iPod nano vs. Washer and dryer

I accidentally put my nano through the washer and dryer today. To my amazement, the screen splotchiness is the only side effect. Apple products are sometimes notoriously fragile, but count this as an exception to the rule.