They say money can’t buy love, but can it buy discipline? I’m about to find out, because 2015 is my year of the Quantified Self. I have purchased several items that are supposed to inspire me to get off my ass and start moving. Will they work? We shall see.
Now that I’m feeling better I finally have the motivation and physical ability to stick with a diet and exercise program. Unfortunately my Fitbit has informed me that nothing I’ve done for the last five months has made one bit of difference! It’s that dreaded Middle Age Curse, the one that thinks I should be 140 pounds forever. I want to see results I’d better step up my game.
I need to do some serious cardiovascular work, but I’d rather flush the contents of my wallet down a toilet than buy a gym membership. I read someplace that running is the best exercise because it supposedly “requires no special equipment” and is therefore inexpensive, but I looked into running, and . . . nope, it takes gear. Running requires special shoes, a full-metal-jacket combat bra, and special sunglasses that won’t bounce off my face. If I’m going to actually sweat I’ll need to buy a few running sets made from high-tech fabrics that will air-dry quickly and not get stinky.
Walking is so much cheaper. To walk all I need is street clothes, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and regular sunglasses. I only wish walking were enough to help me get in shape.
Are you wondering about the cost of a running habit? Here, give it a whirl. It’s still cheaper than a gym membership. Still, I think I’ll go sit on the sofa and read a book instead, because even though I invested in expeditionary grade thermals for that extra no-excuses push out the door it’s STILL too cold outside to even walk, let alone freeze my lungs from running. Fortunately spring is just a few days away!