|I FEEL the difference - my "comfy" pants now hurt me because they are so tight.|
That's why recent blog photos of me have been kind of stealthily shot. Exhibit A (a different version was used in this post & this post):
It might not seem like a huge change, but I feel it. And someone else might feel it too if a button rockets from my too-tight pants and knocks out an eye.
Solution? Like many others, I decided to get my fitness on. I have a really bad track record when it comes to fitness plans, including unused gym memberships - plural, I didn't learn the first time - and dust-collecting fitness equipment. But I love to walk so when Canadian Tire had a good quality, foldable treadmill on sale for $549.99 (more than 65% off) I decided to spring for it.
But where to put this beastly treadmill?
Not the main floor (too "in your face") and not the basement (too gloomy). I chose the guest bedroom, a sunny and convenient space. If I have to walk by this baby every day, I figure I'll be motivated to use it. But I don't ordinarily spend a lot of time in there so it doesn't feel like it's totally cramping my style. I'm actually excited to use this room which was exclusively set up for guests to sleep and read. Now I get to actually make use of the space myself (and Hubby's been walking, too).
But where to put this beastly treadmill when we have guests?
The new treadmill folds up and just fits into the mini walk-in closet (the dimensions of the treadmill are: 44" x 35" x 61"). But we had to switch around the closet fittings first. I lost some closet space so the weekend was spent condensing, sorting, tidying and saying good-bye to things we store but never need/want/look at (I posted some ads on kijiji over the weekend but also donated many items). The closet needed a good tidy anyway:
After we emptied the contents into the room (which was exceptionally awkward because I hadn't unpacked yet), we moved the closet shelving from the side to the back:
(We plan to switch the closet back when we go to sell the house, so ignore the holes and lack of trim)
We added a shortened bar and shelf for the teeniest bit of hanging storage, moved the ironing board holster to a different wall and got our "go-bags" off the floor by hanging two very high, sturdy hooks. Additional hooks tucked to the right of the shoe rack added purse storage.
With shelf (to left of shelving unit) added:
How I made the most of the space to accommodate the treadmill:
- I de-cluttered, selling and donating what we have moved from home to home only to store
- I sorted & condensed what I kept, labeling boxes and bins so I know what's where
- I made use of vertical space, prioritizing shelving over hanging space & adding lots of hooks
- I hung the ironing board & iron (something I did before, too)
- I made use of nooks I hadn't thought to use before (like to the right of the shoes - perfect for more purses!)
And now the treadmill can fit into the closet. It's not something we could do every day (it's mildly dangerous) but here's Hubby valiantly putting the treadmill into the closet to demonstrate. It needs to be tilted to rock onto it's wheels and then awkwardly rolled into place, with Hubby balancing the weight. It's especially hard to set it down because it wants to just thunk down (on our DIY hardwood floors - yikes). But, it's doable. They sure do gloss over this bit in the video for this treadmill though.
Check out the magic show:
|And no guest will know it's in there, unless they go snooping.|
It sure is a beast, though. It weighs 200 lbs. and I thought we were going to die bringing it up the stairs. How many calories did I burn hauling it up the stairs with Hubby, I wonder?
Do you have any fitness plans for 2012? What are your tricks for getting your fitness plan to fit your life and your home?