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More about the treadmill adventure
My plan is to move my television into the basement. (By "television", I actually mean my vcr/dvd player, tv, replaytv, receiver, cd player,and casette player, and speakers. Lots of stuff, lots of reorganizing.) This has actually been my plan for years; I've just never quite gotten motivated enough to do it. I think this purchase will be the final impetus to get me to finish my project.

Well, the purchase plus the help of F. F has been super great about helping me with my goals. I have trouble following up on a lot of my ideas, and he is awesome at motivating and assisting me. He and I began the Basement Project yesterday, and we'll do more tomorrow. I'm so glad! It's sooo wonderful to have somebody helping out with the things that are so hard and complicated in my head.

With the entertainment/electronics out of the livingroom, it will be more spacious and more conversation-friendly. I'll also have more space for my piano. I already have a big old comfy couch in the basement, which will be great for movie-watching. When I'm not running on my treadmill, that is. The basement gets chilly, but that's good for working out. I'll put the treadmill conveniently near the television, put lots of blankies piled up on the couch, and it'll be lovely. I know that if I have interesting things to listen to, watch, and read, I'll be much more likely to use the treadmill without getting bored and wandering off.

I've devised a hopefully-excellent plan to help motivate me to use the treadmill regularly. I've put the treadmill's price on the top of a long sheet of paper, taped to the wall. For every mile I run or walk, I get to cross off one number and write a new one. So far it reads:

I fully intend to cross off all of those numbers in 2006 (ooh, sounds kinda like a new year's resolution), and more to follow. Once I move out of "debt", I can start incrementing numbers again. And we know what incrementing numbers mean, right? It means maybe I can buy myself a new present!

It's an interesting idea in theory. Walk For Dollars. Once the dollars are in the black again, then I can buy fun toys. I'm just paying for my gagets in health. I can walk toward a new camera. Or a new Treo 650. Or heck, with a really long walk, I'll have a downpayment for a fancy-schmancy condo downtown! (Okay, that'll never happen. But I like the idea in theory. We'll see how it goes -- I think it could be fun! And I definitely think that each mile will get me a tiny bit skinnier healthier.

The attentive reader will notice that, after my 2-mile tread on saturday, that I trod again today. (The truly attentive reader will notice that I forgot to close a paranthese in that earlier paragraph too. I'll correct that omission here.)) Today for over six miles, I trod on that thing. I trod through an entire action movie (Ransom). Most of my electronics are still upstairs, but I did move my vcr player down and attach it to my basement's current tiny television.

After the six miles, I was pretty stiff and sore. Especially my hip flexors, which are soooo tight. Two miles, no problem. Six miles nonstop feels like a lot of work today! Clearly a sign I should do more. Only one mile was running, the rest a variety of walking speeds, with and without elevation. Stretching is my friend.

I have decided to use the verb "tread" for when I use my treadmill. Sometimes I'll walk, sometimes I'll jog, occasionally I work on my Next Top Model walk, and I might even skip occasionally. But all of these qualify as treading on a mill.

Current Music: VNV nation - Honour

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aiela From: aiela Date: January 3rd, 2006 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
At the house Dave and I looked at today, we decided that if we got it, the living room did -not- get a TV. It's a smaller room, but it has a fireplace and dimmed lighting and we decided it would much better serve as a quiet room to read, visit with friends, etc than a room to watch tv. (There's a family room in the back for that, overlooking the back yard)

But I wholeheartedly support the idea of having a room in your house that is focused more on actual discussion and conversation and -visiting- than "let's plop in front of the tv"

thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 3rd, 2006 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on six miles. Six miles. That's a *LOT*.

And extra kudos for dragging the VCR down. Motivation helps, and I know I'd likely not use a treadmill if I had to do it while staring at a blank wall.
devnul From: devnul Date: January 3rd, 2006 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Your parentheses closure has me wondering if there isn't a lisp hacker hidden in that Java body. :)

Enjoy the treadmill, and keep at it. My folks have one in their basement and a prerequisite was a TV to put right in front of it so there was never a question of boredom.

And I'm all for any plan that frees up more room for the piano!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 3rd, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've programmed in Lisp before, though not since college. And I've always enjoyed talking parenthetically.... (:

Yes, my piano deserves better placement!
devnul From: devnul Date: January 4th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm ... good thing Lisp isn't the language of the web. Imagine having to escape all smilies?

Placement ... and playing!
shakespeare__ From: shakespeare__ Date: January 3rd, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's such a good idea with the treadmill! I think I will do that too.
polaron From: polaron Date: January 3rd, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


Did someone turn you on to VNV Nation recently ?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 6th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *surprise*

No, I've known them for years. Kate convinced me to check them out at City Club, like 5 years ago, and I downloaded several mp3's at the time. My player was on shuffle, so one popped up. I don't really follow them, but I like the songs I've heard.
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