Well it was more that I got something I wanted because some days it actually starts life in a good direction when you get something you want. Well it helps ME anyway. 🙂
I have been struggling this year to GET THINGS MOVING. There has been a series of sick weeks, work travel, personal distractions, and emotional confusion. So as excited as I usually get in January to start a new years resolution or list of goals, this year it just didn’t happen. I was focused on the new things in my life, but then it almost seemed like my life came to a screeching halt, and I couldn’t get it going again. Which reminds me… I am now just remembering I hate January, but that is for another days’ post.
Then something kinda cool happened yesterday. I got something I wanted. Now this may sound a little selfish and slightly self absorbed, but that is the simplest way to put it. I have been looking around for a recumbent indoor bicycle to assist with my exercise program. I used one during my physical therapy of my knee last year and discovered I really, REALLY liked it; and it was EASY. Yes I know, I’m one of those silly people who needs to be CONNED… I mean convinced that exercise is a good thing. That I just need to accept it is a necessary part of overall health, but lets just say the psyche is coming along KICKING and SCREAMING to this one. I like being at rest. I like allowing my brain permission to relax and that only happens when the body is relaxed. But again I am getting distracted with a topic for another day. Point being… I’ve been surfing and craigslisting on occasion for a recumbent bike.
It may seem simple or it may seem lofty, but I have been looking since September. With the fact that ALL exercise equipment seems to come with a NOT IN MY BUDGET price tag, and that’s for the cheap pieces, its been kinda frustrating. So I have been doing a good job of telling myself NO, and just waiting until the RIGHT deal comes around, or I have SAVED UP ENOUGH TO PAY FOR IT. (Some days I hate Dave Ramsey.)
Then there is the job side of the equation. They have been threatening since September to put me on the road 3 weeks a month. So if I’m not home with the piece of exercise equipment, when am I going to use it, right? I mean why buy a piece of equipment when you can use a hotel gym for free, this seemed so logical. I did the math in my head, a piece of equipment that would get used 2 times a month sure does NOT seem worth the return on investment. So again another reason to not give in to my whims and desires to BUY and wait.
So there I was yesterday posting my “have room for rent” craigslist posting for like the 4th time in the last 6 weeks. When did my usual, searches: housing needed, medifast food for discount, and recumbent bike (AND recumbant bike), glad I am not the only one who can’t spell. And there it was… a posting just 1 day before (you other craigslisters know why that’s important), seeming modern, compact, digital, well-built recumbent bike for a IN MY BUDGET price. Not cheap, but in the range I was willing to spend. So I made the usually inquiries about availability, when can I come see, and made a master plan on how to convince a friend of mine to help me. (Yes, I usually offer up gas money and/or food in hopes that will be enough; if not I promise to help them MOVE or unpack or some silliness like that.) So there I was with desire, money, and a PLAN. Now I know God laughs when we make plans and 9 out of 10 times these grand schemes of mine usually break down on one or more of the different toothpicks that I have built the bridge of things must go JUST PERFECTLY for this to work plan.
But alas, I am here to tell you, IT WORKED. And the lovely piece of exercise equipment is sitting in my room in the perfect spot I wanted all set up and waiting for me to dive in. There is just something about how excited and fulfilled I get when a plan comes together. So as I sit here making my plans for the next big accomplishment, I am giddy and proud and thankful that this little goal was accomplished. I guess a better title would have been, I love it when a plan comes together, but I think that’s a quote or something. 🙂
Now the plan to make it a working piece of equipment and not a clothing rack. Since I didn’t buy it in January, does that mean I have a better chance of being successful?