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Dec 18, 2017

I purchased the Fitness Reality TR3000 Maximum Weight Capacity Manual Treadmill with ‘Pacer Control' & Heart Rate System on a black Friday sale. A manual treadmill means there is no motor. You make it go. Here are my thoughts:

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The setup was easy. It took about 10 minutes.

It is NOT like a motorized treadmill, so it's going to feel different. When I do a lot of walking on a motorized treadmill, the bottoms of my feet and knees feel it the next date. With this, my thighs felt it ( really felt it) as you're kind of pushing the belt along.

It takes a while to get the right settings. It seemed at first that you had to have your hands on the railing to keep a consistent speed. This is bad as I have a Fitbit on my wrist, and it doesn't count steps if I do it this way (I can always put it on my shoe, pocket, etc).

Once I got the right settings, I was able to "Just walk" on it and I didn't have to think too much about it. But the days of pressing start, and grabbing a book to read, etc are not gonna happen (at least not after using it for a week). It seemed I had to concentrate on what I was doing.

I do like that it has a place for a water bottle, and it checks your pulse. It seems well made. The displays is plastic, so I would take it easy on it, but what do you expect for under $200.

It folds up east, and while it's not light, I could transport it to another room (there are wheels on the bottom of it).

So it is different, and as humans, we normally don't like change, I think the more I used this the more I will like it. I am amazed that even though I'm going slower than a motorized treadmill, I appear to burn more calories as I'm dripping with sweat.

Hello Fresh Review

I was at Podcon and was next to a Hello Fresh booth. I eventually had to order just to get the salesperson ( a nice guy) to quick pitching me. Here are my thoughts.

The Hello Fresh app makes it super easy, and even a "picky eater" can find meals.

The meals come to about $10 a meal.

They say 10 minutes for prep, and 30 minutes to cook. For me, it was more 15 minutes of prep, and 35 minutes to cook.

The one meal I've cooked so far was super delicious.

The shipping was great. There is a giant block of ice to keep everything cool, and you simply open the box, and pull the bags out and put them in the fridge.

Who Is it For?

Busy people who don't have time to shop.

People who are tired of eating the same thing over and over.

People who eat out alot.

Can I Cancel or Pause My Account?

You can pause your account via the app.

You can click a button in the app to call customer service and they will cancel you if that's what you want.

What Does it Cost?

For me, it was $59 a week for three meals. There are different plans available.

Final Thoughts on Hello Fresh

The one meal I've had so far was really good.

If I compute what I eat for dinner or lunch, it's about $5 a meal. So this is double what I pay if I go shopping and buy in bulk.

As someone who is now dreading going out into the Ohio cold, I may be willing to pay more for food if I don't have to go get it, (And I like my food choices)

At this point, I'm going to give it another week with six more meals and go from there.

If you want to try it, check out you'll get $40 off your first week.