Five years ago I hopped on this very treadmill and started walking, just a little bit at first and not very fast, but I did it consistently. Every afternoon after work, we’d meet for our own version of “happy hour”. This went on for months, but as you know, I eventually moved on to other things, among them, losing another 80 pounds. But I have such good memories of those early days of building my exercise habit.
Tomorrow, I’m going to attempt to sell this old friend at my yard sale. My parents gave me a treadmill that folds away a while back, and this one isn’t working so well as a dining room table. I do have mixed feelings about selling it, but it needs to be used. Somewhere other than my house. I’m saying a special prayer tonight that someone who really needs this treadmill and is feeling motivated to change his/her life will stop by tomorrow so I can make them a heckuva deal.
And Life goes on…I never made it to the gym yesterday, but if I’d had a lunk alarm at my house, I’d surely have set it off. The problem? BACKACHE!!
Since I have self-diagnosed, I am also self-treating. I tried aspirin and ibuprofen (no workee) before purchasing some Walgreens OTC Backache Relief and some BenGay. I don’t think BenGay does very much physically, but I always think I feel better after I rub some on. And I do think it’s getting better.
Of course this had to happen right as I’m getting ready for my yard sale. In fact, I suspect it was the early part of the prep that got my back all pissy. Moving 300 pounds of ceramic tile, a treadmill, a chair, and a tv stand should have been about the same as my workout, but apparently not.
Another possibility might be the retribution of the willpower gods. I had made a rule for myself that I couldn’t go to yard sales outside my neighborhood until I’d first held my own yard sale. That worked pretty well until last weekend, when I took a pet-sitting break to stop at a couple of sales.
The first willpower wiggle was this painting, which I saw from the street:
For $5.00, I couldn’t pass it up!
And then I had to have a few other accessories:
Can you blame me? Everything is so cute!
Including the painting, I spent $11.00 total. Since I have a use/purpose for everything, I’m okay with the fiscal splurge. I’ll be glad when my sale is complete, because then I can begin hunting in earnest for a toaster oven.
Oh, and I almost forgot. I had another find, this time from the “curb market”:
The people across from my pet-sitting clients just abandoned this poor thing on the street! The only thing wrong with it, besides a lot of dust, is that it’s missing the bottom drawer. I’m just going to put that side against the wall and put a handle on the back panel to give it a fake drawer look. (Shhh! We’re the only ones who’ll ever know!)
Okay, time for me to get back to sorting products. I’m about 80% through with the dusting and pricing. I’ll set up some more tables tonight and have it all ready to move into the driveway tomorrow. I put the start time as 8:00 on Craigslist. Anyone want to guess what time my first customer will show up?
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! (Any tips for dealing with [self-diagnosed] sciatica appreciated!)
Oh, and congratulations to Christine, who won the Gaiam Yoga Socks! And a big thank you to those of you who played!