The other day I was crying about not being able to afford an elliptical machine that would support my fat ass. Well, my husband told me to take the extra money I needed from our tax return to buy a better, more expensive machine.  YAY!  He loves me!

I started researching on Amazon and different websites about the different models available that would suite my needs.  I still didn’t want to spend too much money.  I finally decided that the Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer was the one I wanted, but I still didn’t really want to spend $600 if I didn’t have to.

Enter Craigslist.

I *heart* Craigslist!

There happened to be a local gal selling a near new Schwinn 420 Elliptical for a much more affordable price ($450.00).  She bought it last year and used it only 3 times.  I scored!

My family went down and we picked it up.  It’s all set up adding a beautiful industrial look to my living room.  Hopefully with it staring at me all the time I will remember to use it.

The thing I didn’t know about elliptical’s before today?  They are hard core!  I didn’t think it looked so hard, but I could only go for 5 minutes before my lingering cold kicked in and I started hacking up a lung.  That 5 minutes also turned me into a sweaty hot mess…and not the good kind either.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into!

I’ve done two sets of 5 minutes today and I’m very proud of myself.  Tomorrow I’ll attempt to go 6 minutes and just start building from there.  I would love it if you had any tips for me.  Ideas to keep me on track and motivated.  Have you ever used an elliptical?  Do you love or hate it?  I’ve never had any type of exercise equipment but I’m very excited!