I finally was able to get my dream elliptical! We have been saving money from birthdays, anniversary and other gift money to put towards a Sole elliptical and finally the day came...yesterday!!!
After "lusting" after the Sole elliptical it is difficult to believe that it is actually set up in my house! Rereading that last sentence makes me laugh. Me, coveting exercise equipment! I can't believe it is me loving exercise and exercise equipment. I used to exercise in spurts and then lose interest and not do it again for years. But since starting Sparks in January 2010 my life has changed - I have changed!
I now know how important eating right and exercising is for me and everyone. It has become a priority and not for weight loss, although that is a wonderful side benefit, but because it is healthy and life-giving. It is the way we are suppose to live. I also learned a difficult lesson...even if the pounds are no longer coming off, I must always continue to exercise and try to eat right. I must do it for me, my body, my heart, my organs, my blood vessels and all that is beneath the skin that I cannot see but is so important. We only see the weight that we carry around, we don't see the most important things which are hidden inside our body. That is a tough lesson and one I have to focus on daily.
So, after almost 2 years on Sparks and constantly pursuing exercise and healthy eating I have proved that I will be consistent and will use my exercise equipment...I could finally justify purchasing a quality piece of equipment that I will use almost daily. I have created my own workout room that I love and go to for health and to get lost in the world of adrenaline and sweat and I love it! It feels awesome! My space, my world, my pursuit of health. It calls to me every day and I respond most of the time with enthusiasm and those days that I am dragging my but down there because it is the thing to do; it is only a matter of a few minutes when I'm in that zone of energy and adrenaline. It is ALWAYS worth it!
So, here are some pictures of my dream machine and you can see a little of my small exercise space which I have packed a lot into. I have a used weight machine that I just purchased a month ago off of Craig's List and a nice stereo system that was my last Christmas present. I max out the volume on that and it really moves me to my burn-the-fat world.
So, thanks for reading my blog and looking at my pictures. I am so thankful for my fellow Spark friends who can identify with what I'm saying and encourage me to always move forward. It is great to be on this journey together!
The huge box that the elliptical came in...all 310 lbs of it!
Husband helping me (well, he did most of the work) put it together...half way there.
Me trying out - not in my exercise clothes..yet. It feels great though - nice and smooth! See my stereo system in front of the elliptical? Love it!!
The screen - it has lots of programs and I can program my own workout if I want.
This is my "new" used weight machine which I really enjoy using.
I also have a treadmill that folds up when not in use. I have a stepper that is leaning against the wall and I like to use that when I'm switching up my routine. I have been using a Gazelle but just moved that to the basement to make room for the elliptical. Wish I had more space!
There's my Zone where I lose myself in the exercise world. A lot happens here but thankfully doesn't stay there...I take all that work with me! =)