See this sucker?
I built it all by myself with my own two hands. That's right. I saved myself $120 dollars and pretended to know what I was doing. I didn't. I stayed up until 2 in the morning (way past my old lady bedtime) to get this machine together. I'm a Taurus. That means I am stubborn, like a bull. When I say I am going to build a treadmill, I build a treadmill.
Okay, maybe you don't think this is a big deal. First you have to realize that I find it impossible to follow directions. I can't even take a phone apart and put it back together. I don't know the difference between a screw, a nail, a nut and a bolt. They're all the same to me! But somehow, I managed to build this thing all by myself.
I'm just a little in love with my new friend, Tracy the Treadmill ;-)
Granted, it didn't work when I finally plugged it in, but that problem is solved, so let's not talk about it.
The point is, I never in a million years thought I would be able to build anything. What I learned is that, if I want something bad enough, I make it happen. I threw away all notions that I wasn't capable of assembling a big complex piece of equipment, and I did it.
I remembered some wise words from a very prolific artist by the name of Lil John, "Snap yo fingas, do ya step, You can do it all by yo'self!"
I believed in myself, for once, and it paid off! I highly recommend trying something you think you are incapable of doing. You might surprise yourself.
UPDATE: I ran my first 7 miles on the treadmill tonight and they were fantastic. I realize I just wrote a post about how wonderful it is to live without TV, and I still stand firm in my beliefs, but last Friday I was exposed to something phenomenal. It's a little show called GLEE and it might be the greatest thing ever. I am addicted. It's upbeat, happy and it makes me sing and dance. I have found my new treadmill show.
My Glee on the Treadmill Set-Up
First 7 miles - a sweaty success! Don't judge me because I look like a man when I sweat and pull my hair back.