Hardwear Designs Giveaway Winner!

So, first of all, I just want to take a little poll.

This is totally normal, right?

I mean...everyone has a huge treadmill in the middle of their living room, right?


I do have some crazy ideas, but believe it or not, the whole 'treadmill in the middle of the living room' thing was not part of my original plan. I'm crazy, but I'm not insane.

The reason there is a treadmill in the middle of my living room is because in light of purchasing our "dream" house, My Gazelle and I decided to cancel our respective gym memberships. When we do finally move into a new house, at that point we will have two mortgages. [Thank you, negative equity]. We are doing drastic things in order to cut expenses in advance of entering into the "two mortgage zone". It's a dangerous place to be.

We allowed ourselves a budget of $1000 to purchase all of the equipment that we would need to furnish our home gym. We feel pretty confident that with the gym actually residing in our home, we will be even more likely to work out in our free time. Since I am a fair weather runner [and despise the hassle of going to a gym], I have been wanting a treadmill of my own for a few years. I just didn't think we had any space for it.


Clearly, I was wrong!

See--plenty of space!!

In the end, we purchased a new set of PowerBlocks on sale at a local fitness equipment store, and then found this treadmill, a squat rack, an incline bench, two bars, and a whole set of weight plates on Craigslist. All for $1,100 [almost made the budget]!

When we purchased this treadmill the weekend of April 23rd, we should have already settled on our new house. Unfortunately, things didn't work out that smoothly, so now we have a great treadmill [conversation piece] in the middle of the living room. The funny thing is that having the treadmill in the middle of the living room has proved to be a great motivation to use it. I see it on a daily basis, and My Gazelle often walks returns from a walk or a trip to the store only to find me huffing it out on the treadmill.

Sweating all over our carpet.

He loves that part.

Moral of the story: If you're looking for fitness equipment, go directly to Craigslist. And don't be afraid to store it in the middle of a high-traffic area in your house until you have a legitimate place to put it.



And now, a winner.

In the midst of my hiatus, I actually forgot to pick the winner of the Hardware Designs bracelet [p.s...thank you for reminding me, Summer]! It's a little late, but here's the winner:



Incidentally, Meredith followed up with this comment, and I think it's great!

So, congrats Meredith--wear it proud! Just email me your shipping instructions, and I'll have Hardware Designs send your bracelet out ASAP!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, peeps, and be safe!


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