This wasn’t my idea. As far as I know Arthur Slade (author of The Hunchback Assignments) first started the trend and I wanted to get on board immediately. Only treadmills cost money and Arthur is ten years younger than I am. But then Gillian Chan (author of The Turning) appeared on CBC also using a treadmill while writing. She’s the same age as I am and has similar joint issues.

Coincidentally Canadian Tire had a sale offering about 50% off on a Temp 621 T which I knew would work as Art had done all the research on the model. It also had the 90 degree handles required to mount a shelf/desk.
Still it took me a week of agonizing to decide. The day I went to purchase the treadmill, to my horror the sale was over. A more expensive model without the right handles was on sale instead. I used my persuasive language (begging and whining) and got them to sell me the Tempo at the past due price.
Then I borrowed a truck from Gisela Sherman (author of Grave Secrets)
My husband took the day to put it together. The screws are hard to fit properly. He bungee corded the shelf to the treadmill.
It’s only been a week, but I love it. Even if I don’t lose weight, I think it keeps me more alert and certainly I’m getting more exercise. I usually walk my Jackapoo Mortie about 5 times a day. I know what you’re thinking. But Mortie can’t have a treadmill of his own unless he starts writing books too.

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