You guys. I solved all my problems with the help of Craigslist.
ALL MY PROBLEMS.
You see, ever since we moved to Alaska all anyone wants to talk about, after we exhaust the topic of bear maulings and moose, is the winter. How I’ll survive, what I’ll do, bets on how many times I’ll drive Adam’s truck into a snowbank and cry. This whole winter=snow+lotsofit+canIcope? is mysterious and I am actually about 150% sick of talking about it because right now it’s all guess work and magic. I actually almost want it to snow already so I can just stand up and say, “Hi. It’s winter in Alaska. I am still alive. Thanks for asking.”
Anyway, one of the many things in regard to winter that have been discussed over and over and over and over and why are we still talking about this? is how in the hell I will keep from going bat shit crazy. What with the fact that at the darkest part of the winter the sun will RISE at 10:30am, and SET at 3:30pm. Not too much of the sunlight my friends.
There is talk of those fancy light boxes (yes I’ll get one for the office), space heaters (again, for the office), weekends spent snowshoeing, skiing, and cross-country skiing (love me some winter sports), and then exercise… What will it look like? I am a lady who suffers from seasonal depression like WHOA and so I know that when it gets cold and dark my brain wants carbs and lots and lots of wine, but what my brain actually needs is moderation, healthy food, and exercise.
In the summer months I do a whole lot of outside. I walk the dogs like crazy (we do a three mile loop in the neighborhood about 3-5 times a week in the summer), I’ve been a hiking fiend in Alaska so far, and back in Olympia I had a gym membership to supplement the times when walking the dogs would require full rain gear.
Now that I am Carless In Alaska the whole gym thing is a no go. Plus, holy expensive. So, I’ve had to rethink my relationship with exercise. Walking the dogs and hiking has been fine so far this summer, and I’ve experimented with home workout tapes and even one day I ran up and down my stairs 50 TIMES IN TEN MINUTES alternating with crunches, but um, gross. I can’t even fathom a world where all winter I run up and down my stairs and do crunches in my kitchen as a way to keep back the crazy.
I knew I needed something, more.
So, enter the garage elliptical.
Yes, while my mother was here I contacted a stranger on Craigslist, went to his house, tried out his piece of equipment, decided I wanted it, and then loaded that beast in the back of our truck.
$250 later I was the proud owner of my very own elliptical machine. And that wasn't even a cheap one, there were cheaper machines out there in good condition!
And, it has changed my life.
All of a sudden I’m that person you hate with my very own piece of workout equipment in my HOUSE! If I don’t want to walk the dogs, or run up and down my stairs I change into workout clothes, walk to the garage, and just, workout! I can stretch after, do lunges, sit-ups, whatever, because I have a baby gym in my house! And before you get all, “You’ll freeze in the winter Ashley” on me, we have a heated garage. WELCOME TO ALASKA WHERE EVEN OUR CARS NEED TEMP CONTROL.
I can’t even tell you how much this has changed my life. No more need for a gym membership, I can workout in my sportsbra and underwear if I want, watch Netflix on my iPad (ahhh more elitism!), blast music in the garage as loud as I want, and I never have to wait for a machine.
I’ve already used it about 700 million times since we got it, and I’m telling you that if you have any room in your budget to save like pennies a month and maybe a little room in your garage there are about 600 of these things waiting for you on Craigslist. And when you bring one into your life you’ll finally have an answer when people ask you how you’ll make it through your first Alaskan winter.
By watching Law & Order SVU reruns in your garage on your very own elliptical machine.