100 lb. Club - I bought a bike today!




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DCHound
06-19-2011, 02:07 PM
I have not been on a bike since I was 15 years old!

But I went to Wal~Mart today and bought a bike! And a lock, and a padded seat cushion (of course!). It never occurred to me until a couple days ago (seriously) that I could actually do something like this. I mean, why not? There are bike trails all over the place up here and there's no reason on earth I can't ride a bike if I want to.

What kind of prompted this was, last week, it occurred to me, there's this wonderful pool at work that NOBODY uses, so why couldn't I start getting up early and swimming in it? All my bathing suits were either too large (5XL) or too small (14/16) so I went and bought the world's ugliest granny suit (solid black, with a little skirt - but that's all Target had in a 1 piece) and I started getting up at 5 AM, going into work, swimming for an hour, then taking a shower there and I'm at my desk before 7. It's AWESOME!!

The first couple days were ****. Everything hurt except my hair. Chest, back, shoulders, waist, and I could barely move my arms to type. But, I took some ibuprofen and powered through it, and now it feels great! It's peaceful and it's a great workout which doesn't hurt my feet, ankles or knees.

I made myself go to the gym 2008-2009 when I first started losing weight and honestly I hated it, and would use any excuse to get out of it. So I'd do it a while then stop. But I LOVE swimming! I didn't go Saturday morning because I stayed with a friend overnight out of town and I felt blah all day because I hadn't swum at dawn. Folks, I think this is something I can do every day for the rest of my life!

But, the swimming isn't doing much for my legs and lower body, so I decided, hey, why not buy an exercise bike? Then, after 5 minutes, I was like, hey, why not buy a REAL BIKE?! Then I don't have to deal with trying to get a heavy exercise bike upstairs so I can ignore it and hang clothes on it, because it's boring...I think riding a real bike might be fun! I know I loved doing it when I was a teenager, but stopped when I got my driver license, and really gained a lot of weight. Duh.

This all has really opened my eyes. Before, my real goal was just to be less fat. To be small enough to look OK in clothes and not really worry about being fit or thin. If I got to 199, I'd be perfectly happy. Well, I think I was selling myself short. There's no reason on earth I can't be THIN if I really want to. I think swimming, biking and my 2-day-a-week heavy weightlifting sessions may just do that!! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

Stay tuned, I'll report back on the biking later.


tea2
06-19-2011, 02:19 PM
Wow! I love the sound of your post! You sound so excited! Congrats! I looooooooove cycling and swimming too!:D:D:D

Nekomania
06-19-2011, 02:52 PM
That's awesome! I can't wait until I'm able to find a nearby job so I can buy my own bike too! I miss biking SO much...and rollerblading too!

I bought a stationary bike a couple months ago and since I got serious about it I've really noticed how it's helped to improve my stamina. So go you!

Edit - By the way, cycling is like...HUGE here. I think yesterday was world naked bike day or something... I dunno all these people get naked and ride their bikes through Portland. lol!


kurisitaru
06-19-2011, 03:19 PM
I LOVE biking. I bike to work every time I go. I bike to get my groceries (with a back pack), I bike to friends houses, I bike to the park to shoot hoops with friends, I just BIKE.

A few things to remember. The first time, will hurt (especially if there is an uphill part). The second time, your butt will REALLY hurt and legs will scream.
This continues for about a week (sometimes two), after that, biking seems like a breeze. Just do it every day and you can power through all that pain.

Good luck!

Trazey34
06-19-2011, 03:30 PM
yay for you - ps the pool sounds WICKED!!! good for you!

ONE suggestion - RELEARN the rules of the road!!! It's a dangerous business out there if you're going to be around cars, so be sure to know all the rules :)

Otherwise, have a blast !

oh and in winter, put that bike up on a trainer and ride all winter woot! i have these fun dvds that show a track in front of me, or paris! ha! or a wooded area, quite fun!

April Snow
06-19-2011, 05:04 PM
that sounds great and so much fun to see the excitement about all of this that shines through in your post!

DCHound
06-19-2011, 06:55 PM
Well, relearning how to ride is not as easy as I thought...I couldn't keep it on the sidewalk or even in the street since steering is hard, so I walked her down one block to our local elementary school and relearned how to ride in the parking lot. (There was a dad and a 3-year-old out there doing the same thing as I was, d'oh!) It's going to take a few more tries before I'm road-ready but I'll get there. And this was after 6 straight hours of heavy yard work. I know I'm going to be hurting tomorrow but it's so worth it. :)

linJber
06-19-2011, 07:47 PM
I'm very proud of you! What a great attitude you have! I'd love to be able to swim in a pool at work every day! My daughter left her bike when she moved out of state and I've been thinking I might get it looked over at a bike shop and see if you really do never forget how to ride. It's been over 30 years since I rode a bike, but my gym is only about 3 miles from my house and I was thinking I might start riding to the gym on weekends. You'll be my inspiration.

Lin

Gale02
06-19-2011, 08:14 PM
Awesome!! Enjoy learning to ride, I'll bet you'll love it when you get in the groove! :D

PS - I hope you also bought a helmet!

theox
06-19-2011, 10:34 PM
That's awesome!

geoblewis
06-20-2011, 12:01 AM
DC, that is so cool! It's what I'm planning to do as well, as my reward for losing the next 50 lbs. I have my eye on a pretty little coaster bike. There are no hills in my town, but lots of bike lanes and trails around the lake.

I'm glad you shared about having to go to relearn how to ride the bike, because I suspect I'll be doing the very same thing!

mj5
06-20-2011, 07:55 AM
Congrats! I think it is awesome that you decided to do this for yourself!

DCHound
06-20-2011, 08:08 AM
My sense of balance has always been terrible so it's probably harder for me than the average person, but I'll get there. I'm disappointed today, it's raining here so no swimming or biking. But I went on and got up early and lifted weights instead! And I was 5 lbs down on the scale from last week this morning! There's no stopping me now!!!! :)

April Snow
06-20-2011, 08:31 AM
Well, relearning how to ride is not as easy as I thought...I couldn't keep it on the sidewalk or even in the street since steering is hard, so I walked her down one block to our local elementary school and relearned how to ride in the parking lot. (There was a dad and a 3-year-old out there doing the same thing as I was, d'oh!) It's going to take a few more tries before I'm road-ready but I'll get there. And this was after 6 straight hours of heavy yard work. I know I'm going to be hurting tomorrow but it's so worth it. :)

lolol about you and the 3 year old!

hope you aren't too sore today. Congrats on the great loss!

Judy Lynn
06-20-2011, 12:31 PM
This is so awesome! Biking and swimming! Look at you go!

I think finding activity that you love, and don't have to force yourself to do is the key to long term success (not that I have found it myself).

KatMarie
06-20-2011, 02:31 PM
That sounds fun! When I was young, I used to ride a bike everywhere...before I got a car...great exercise. You know what sounds like fun, too? Rollerskating! I loved rollerskating. Bet I'd fall right on my tush now, lol.

DCHound
06-22-2011, 08:24 AM
I think I've figured out how to ride it finally! I actually rode around the elementary school parking lot for an hour last night and I didn't even notice the time until I'd been out there 45 minutes. I should be street-ready in a few more days!

I think that swimming one hour every morning, bike riding 1-2 hours every evening and lifting heavy freeweights twice a week will make me small and athletic, not average, which was my earlier goal. Even with all this exercise I still have my one free day (Saturday) where I don't do anything - you gotta rest sometime - and my food has been 100% OP for 5 weeks now. And I'm already a size down from last month! Woot.