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Getting fit- it is a start

We have been weighing the pros and cons of getting a gym membership versus getting home exercise equipment for several weeks now.  While a gym membership does have the benefit of each of us being able to use various machines, we both pretty much agreed that a gym membership just isn’t feasible with our schedule right now.  I prefer to exercise during the day.  He prefers to exercise in the evening.  We have two young children.  Etc. Etc. Etc. So, we decided it would behoove us to go the route of home exercise equipment.

I prefer an elliptical because of the low impact.  I have nerve damage in my lower back and, according to my pain management specialist, the less impact the better.  Of course, we had an elliptical once before, but I didn’t like it.  The stride was wonky and made you feel like a newborn foal trying to get your legs under you.

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Consequently, it was only used a few times before we sold it.  In my defense, I was pregnant for over half of the time that we owned it, so there.

So, when I said I wanted an elliptical, of course, Hubs was a little less than enthused…

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And had several questions, including…

Will she really use it?
How often will she use it?
What if she doesn’t use it?
What if she quits using it?

I certainly understood his hesitancy, and had to reassure him that I would use it, at least twice a week, and that if I quit using it, he could sell it.

So, last weekend we spent several hours trying out different elliptical equipment.  And we found one that I like!  So, this past weekend,
we purchased it and Hubs put it together.   We purchased the Vision Fitness X30, because it felt smooth and the stride was just right.

Vision Fitness X30 Elliptical

Hubs finished putting it together last night, so today I kept my promise and used it, despite the fact that I am not feeling quite up to par.

30 minute workout summary

Not the best 30 minute workout I have ever had, but it is a start!

Here’s hoping the scale will soon stop screaming HELP every time I step on it!

scale screaming help

My fitness goal?  To whittle my BMI into the healthy range.  One step, or stride, at a time!

What are your fitness goals?

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I always think of an elliptical as a stair stepper, which I completely hate, so I never think I’d enjoy it. But then again, I despise treadmills too and that’s just walking!

  2. ME too (with pilates and walking)–good luck to you!

  3. You know my thoughts already! LOVE the elliptical. I love weight training more – but if I ever decide to do cardio (besides walking with the kids around the block) I choose the elliptical.

    The treadmill on extreme incline is awesome too, though.

    My fitness goal is to gain muscle – like 5 more pounds of it. And to get my BMI low in September, but normal the rest of the time. LOL. But I have to have it low if I want to compete in Figure in Sept.

  4. I tell ya, an elliptical is SO much better than a stair stepper. No bottoming out, low impact. It is so much smoother!

  5. Figure is when you build your muscle up and lower your body fat to compete in a competition. Similar to body building, without the insane amount of mass and allowing women to still look like women! Here is a link:

    I would like to keep my BMI where it is now for most of the year, which is 16%, but in September I’ll have to drop it to around 12 – 13%. Ugh, right? But worth it, just to prove to myself I can do it.

  6. GOOD LUCK!! I have started REALLY getting back into exercise this week. I did good two weeks ago and then it snowed so we were stuck home and I went a little crazy with baking…oops. 🙂

  7. I’m really trying to make sure I stay hydrated. I downloaded an iPhone app from Brita Water that calculates how much water I should drink a day – then I can keep track – so far it’s been helping me!

  8. Good for you! Way to start getting healthier! It’s hard to start and even harder to keep going! But, I’m sure if you and hubby work together, you’ll motivate each other!

  9. In today’s world of hectic schedules I agree, bring the exercise to you! I am not a huge elliptical fan. I much prefer a treadmill. Right now I am loving my xbox Kinnect and all the fun moving games and work outs the come with it.

    Good luck with all you fitness goals!


  10. Keep up the great work!!! I love the eliptical, it’s my favorite. There’s also a great iPod app called “lose it” that has been working really well for me! Great job and keep it up! 🙂