Flat abs, flat panel

I mentioned in an earlier post that while shopping with jen_ashlock and Jason for a flat panel TV, I was overcome with the sudden urge to buy one myself. Well, Jen and Jason got theirs and now I have to get mine. I was looking at 32″ flat panel models, which were about as big as I need, plus they were all I was willing to fish out money for. (Sale prices ranged from $1,100 – $1,500 depending on the brand and the model.)

Now, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I thought I needed a personal trainer to get myself into shape. Ten weeks of personal training would probably run me somewhere between $1,100 – $1,500 depending on the frequency and experience of the trainer.

It is, therefore, easy to see that the cost of the TV and the cost of the trainer are about the same. It would be silly for me to do both right now. Logic dictates that buying a new TV would be the worst decision to make, seeing as how it would only mean I would sit around even more than I do now, in order to watch Yankee games in High Definition. I would, in fact, move further into the out-of-shape darkness.

I think I have a solution, however.

I am going to move forward with the personal trainer. I plan to use the trainer for 10 weeks, in order to see results and also to build up the habits and knowledge I need to continue on my own. If, at the end of those 10 weeks, I am happy with the results. I will reward myself with the purchase of a flat panel TV. At least then, I should have the habits built up to the point where I will no longer sit around all day watching the new TV. Plus, in 10 weeks, I can afford the TV by actually spending some of the money I got for my raise, rather than adding it all to retirement, like I usually do.

So there you go. Assuming I get started with the training by August 1, I should have a new TV sometime around Halloween.

If anyone out there has recommendations on what kind of HD flat panel I should get, I’d be interested in hearing them. But please don’t recommend anything bigger than 32 inches because (a) I’m not interested in something that big, and (b) I won’t spend the money for it.


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