Monday, August 22, 2011

You Can Do It All By Yo'Self!

I've run a marathon.  I've qualified for Boston.  I made the Dean's List in college and graduated at the top of my class.  Blah, blah, blah.  None of that even compares to what I did on Friday night.

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.  


  1. Ummmmm this might be my favourite post!!!!! I love those pictures! Congrats on getting it done all by yourself! I am so stubborn too and would have done the same thing!

    GLEE is the best show EVER! You really have to watch every episode right from the beginning! It's so addictive. Really the only show I am super crazy about!

    Enjoy your new toy! So jealous! And you totally don't look like a man. You are SMOKIN!

  2. bahahahha What a great post!! Your a very funny gal!! Building that treadmill all by yourself is a BIG deal! I dont think I could EVER do it. Seriously I cant even change a light bulb!

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  3. ok first you could never look like a man...are you crazy?

    I am impressed by your Kate the Builder talent!!!
    I want one of those in my house!!!!

    I like that new (is it new) thing you have: current reading...can I steal that?!!!

    I hope you let us know how you like this book, I did not read that one yet

  4. good for you! and yay for finding Glee!

  5. You absolutely don't look like a man... you goof.

    Taurus... yes... once we get it into our head that we are going to do something...well, dammit... we DO it.

    Congrats on making a treadmill! I am super impressed!

  6. LOVE that you did something you thought you "couldn't" do. That's awesome! Congrats on finishing Tracy the Treadmill!

  7. I am SUPER impressed! Seriously, hats off to you. I can't screw a lightbulb in, much less take on a treadmill. Awesome.

  8. Glee is awesome and you should definitely be proud of getting that treadmill together. Ours was a bit of a pain so I know the process!

  9. Very impressed! Way to stay strong (and stubborn....stubbornness is a great trait sometimes). :)

  10. congrats on building a successful treadmill! I always get overwhelmed when building Ikea furniture, but like you I'm a Taurus- so it doesn't matter how long it takes, eventually I'll figure it out !

  11. You built a treadmill?! That's amazing!! I agree- when you do things that you think you can't- you always surprise yourself!

    As for Glee- I. LOVE. I'm not caught up on last season though so I really need to get on that one!

    And you do not look like a man at all!

  12. Um, YOU are the model. Holy God, you are so gorgeous!!!!! If you look like a man then I'm becoming a lesbian. And you put that thing together??? You are officially my hero. Hahahaha I love the pic of you hugging Tracy. I call mine Eddy :)

  13. Love your new found love for "Tracy". I hope that you two will be very happy together!

    I hate the show makes me feel sick to my stomach!

  14. Congrats on building the treadmill! That seems really intimidating to do!

    I can't believe you just discovered Glee, it is my favorite show on TV! You should watch the show from the beginning of season 1!

  15. When I was in Africa, Glee was my treadmill show, too!! I used it on my iPod, and I got addicted, also. It's such a wonderful show! Congrats on building the treadmill. I'm uber jealous!

  16. That is awesome! Way to build something...something BIG! I freaking love Glee, so it makes me love you even more since you're a Glee fan. And you definitely do not look like a man.

  17. Dang girl, what can't you do??? Can you come get rid of all these flies in my house? Can you watch my kids tonight? Can you sell my hot tub on Craigslist? Seriously, that is impressive and I could not have done it.

  18. Awesome! I love putting things together but the problem is the excitement wares off half way through and I have a hard time finishing.
    I love watching stuff while running on the mill :) Its a fun way to pass the time and its even better that we don't have cable so I get to choose what I want online.
    Good on ya girl!!!

  19. Umm... come to our house and build us a treadmill before the lake effect snow hits. Okay, thanks, bye!

  20. Super Kate! This is really great. Doing it yourself just makes it better. Enjoy your new toy!

  21. That is awesome!!!!! I love your treadmill and GLEE set up :D

  22. GIRL! I just discovered Glee too a couple of months ago when we signed up for Netflix streaming! I BLAZED through the first season!

  23. I am so proud of you Kate!!! You have ALWAYS been a determined young lady...ALWAYS! I remember the day you decided that you were going to learn how to do a cartwheel... 150 attempts in the front yard until guess what? You got it! Okay probably not 150 attempts but it sure seemed like it! In one day! You are truly Kate the Great! I love you...Mom

  24. Nice work Kate! "Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one's liberty." Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss philosopher, poet and critic

  25. Nice work getting the treadmill together! I can't imagine how many pieces they come in, but for $120, I'd be attempting to put it together myself too! Always satisfying to complete something that we didn't think we could do.

  26. You built that? You rock! And tell me about the treadmill because I want to buy one. What did you go for? And as for Glee - I do NOT watch TV but for Glee. I LOVE GLEE!

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