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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Get In Shape Girl!

I've said before how much I love Craigslist because I get great deals there: I've acquired free U'Haul moving boxes for the move from Chicago to Nashville, I've sold a dryer, I've purchased a bouncy seat for $10 that is just now getting too small for Claire, among other things. So, I've been scoping it out for a few weeks now in search of a gently-used jogging stroller so that Huz and I can pursue aerobic exercise while Claire comes along for the ride. I was almost ready to spend $100 on a 5 year old stroller (because that's how much people ask for these over-priced things) when I found a listing for a BRAND NEW, still-in-the box stroller that just so happened to be one of the top-rated ones on a consumer's report article I had just read. How fortunate for me that the woman listing it was a self-proclaimed "stroller whore" who had a vast collection of strollers (read: wealthy and bored) and was only asking half the retail price. Through our email negotiations, I asked if I could buy it for a bit less and ended up getting a $300 stroller for $130. I picked it up on Saturday and it's nice and shiny and new and ready to roll!

So, now I'm really proud of myself - not only for my savvy cheapskate skills treasure hunting, but because it's been over a year and a half since I last went on a run and the whole family just got back from a workout at the park. I ran 15 minutes and then walked the last 5 and it felt really good. Of course, I had to practically duct tape the sisters to my chest, lest they slap me in the face with every stride. My secret was something I learned from an article a few months ago: wear two sports bras to keep the milk jugs as jiggle-free as possible. It worked pretty well, I must say.

I kept running a little ahead of the stroller that Huz was pushing so that I could see Claire and she was smiling at the world flying by her the whole time. My God, how I love that gummy smile and those shiny, blue eyes. There's nothing like that face. Nothing like it in the whole wide world. That alone gave me the adrenaline and energy to keep running - that and the thought of getting a bit thinner in the middle. Go me!

Posted by Bird On A Line @ 6:03 PM

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