I did a little research first. The treadmill he'd chosen? According to online reviews, it was a 100% piece of junk. Sexy Nerd didn't care. He said the treadmill he'd really like is a NordicTrack, but that I'd never let him buy one because they're too expensive.
Well, I found him a super deal on a top of the line NordicTrack, marked all the way down from $2000 to $250.
(And don't try to blame the slim budget on me, Sexy Nerd. You think it's nuts to spend $2000 on a treadmill too, punk!)
Despite the bargain, Sexy Nerd wanted nothing to do with the treadmill. It was listed on Craigslist. For some reason, he has a deep distrust of that site. "They won't have it anymore," he said. It had just been listed less than an hour earlier. "It's just a scam," he argued. I made the call and Sexy Nerd eavesdropped on my conversation with the seller. Folds for easy storage? Check. Built-in fan to cool you as you walk? Check. Every other bell and whistle you can imagine? Check. I hung up the phone and Mr. Anti-Craigslist was ready to jump in the truck.
It was too soon to leave yet (the seller wasn't home) so I suggested we take a stroll while waiting. Sexy Nerd wasn't interested.
(Bah, Sexy Nerd. Bah!)
Fast forward 5 days. We are loving our new (used) treadmill! It tells you how many calories you've burned. Each morning, I walk until I hit 200 calories, and I do the same each evening. Then, I eat an extra 500 calories of cookies, candy, and cake as a reward for all my healthy walking.
Seriously. Tonight's dinner was homemade pumpkin ice cream with chocolate chips.
One of the ways we justified investing in a treadmill was that it would be a great way for Pica to burn off some of her crazy Jack Russell energy. She hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet though:
It was like her hind legs wouldn't work (other than to jump, obviously!) After Sexy Nerd recorded the above video, I made progress with Pica by putting a slice of pepperoni on a stick and holding it just out of her reach, cartoon-style.
Come on, Pica. Cesar Millan says you're going to love it!