Every single year. I do the same thing. Resolve to become a healthier person, to lose weight, to exercise more and eat less. We begin 2012 with a new exercising incentive: spend money on an elliptical and feel guilty if we don't use it. We purchased this machine at Costco for $599 which seems like a pretty good price. The machine is solid and has a lot of bells and whistles to provide incentive. (There is that word again: incentive.)
I found out that technicians charge over $100 to assemble one of these elliptical machines in your home, so I did it myself in about three hours (or four). I tend to be really careful about following directions to avoid mistakes and that adds time. Now that I am finished I think I could assemble the same model in about an hour and a half.
My spouse is happy. She will make the most use of it. I will do the most thinking about using it.