As a kid I had a bike and it was an adventure for me to use it. In 2009, I hadn't ridden a bike in like 20 years. I was very apprehensive but I did want to try. My husband rented a bike in Downtown Montreal and it was very scary for me going down hill.
My husband has a passion for cycling and has wanted me to ride a bike with him for years.
About a month ago he purchased new bikes for us after I took 1st place in my French Level 1 Course.
The first day I was very sore above my knees just lapping the 2 neighboring roads.
I took on this challenge of bike riding with my husband to enjoy the spring that is upon us and hopefully nice weather all the way through fall. The goal is to push myself further and further until I can ride very far comfortably.
I really enjoy time with my husband and doing activities that he is interested in. We have went out a 4 or 5 times together with the bikes.
Taking on different exercises is what keeps me going on my long journey to optimal health.
This morning my husband asked to go for a bike ride and I made it the farthest yet. I pushed beyond any place I turned around at before and any soreness I had.
I made it to the main road in the below pic, that is what my husband challenged me to do and I made it!!!
I did a few stunts along the way, using my leg power, I am getting more comfortable I as go more.
It is important to believe that we can do more and work to being able to do so many things. I try a little harder each time and I see that I progress to what I have as a goal.
Do you limit your capabilities with your mind or do you allow freedom to overpower your thoughts and let your physical capabilities shine?
In early November 2009, I was in a very bad place emotionally and physically. I had lost hope in finding a man, a well paying job and a place to call my own.
I was living with my parents as a move to get me out of the rut I was in. I had been laid off from my 5 year position as a resolution analyst. I had gained 153 in 2 years after a 187 weight loss.
I put myself on the Yahoo dating site in my search to find a man to spend my life with. From the youngest age I can remember, I wanted to be married with children
I had a man search my profile without saying a word and I went to view his profile. I thought to myself that I had found someone that I could live my life with. I wrote him and he agreed to meet. I took him to St. Albans Bay and Nana's diner to get to know him.
I waited two weeks to see him again as he went for business in his country of origin in Haiti. The following weekend I came to Canada for the first time at his apartment. I felt very comfortable with him and he asked me to stay to live.
From the time I met him until now, I have been following the Nutrition plan and completing fitness. I have lost over 100 lbs and I love being married to him.
I have hit a plateau and have been stuck for 2 months. I have challenged myself in the fitness department and dropped my Nutrition menu. We are really hoping to complete the last 50 lb loss to have a baby!
Every now and again my husband an I compare pictures of my progress over the course of time. This morning we were looking at a picture taken yesterday compared to 10 months ago and the weight I recorded from one year ago.
The changes are definitely evident in the physical appearance and the 1 year total loss was 35 lbs. The year before I lost 40 and my husband is always looking for the number to be higher. Yes, it is nice to aspire for more and reach for a higher number but I cannot scoff at the results I made.
The physical appearance change and the number on the scale have improved but those things are not nearly as important as the stamina, endurance and physical fitness I have achieved.
2 1/2 years ago I detested walking 3 flights of stairs every day and was winded and sore just doing so. Today I can walk 3 flights of stairs without breathing hard and do it willing. I can walk uphill with my parents and be the first one in line when 5 years ago I was the last.
When I started Zumba in August 2010, I was just barely able to handle it and my legs were in so much pain for the rest of the night. I now am pain free doing Zumba 3-4 times a week with Toning Weights!
Although my husband is not happy with the results, as he wants more, I cannot be unhappy with the results. How far I have come is a testament that I am a dedicated, committed individual who wants to be healthy. My weight loss totals over 100 lbs currently!!!
Scientific research has shown that people who lose slowly over time can better maintain weight loss than those who lose quickly. I am doing a manageable routine and I feel great.
I am ready to be done with the weight loss but I have to stick with the conviction for the last 50 lbs of loss. I have challenged myself this week adding Toning Stick Weights to my Zumba workout.
When you enter into the journey of getting healthy, it is something that has to be for a lifetime.
You cannot complete weight loss and build up your fitness level and go back to what you did before when you reach maintenance.
It is so much work to get weight off, gain endurance and stamina in your fitness. We must be aware that the habits we use to get healthy don't end when you reach maintenance.
The cost of healthy food and exercise is so expensive and we must reminds ourselves continuously that it is a lifetime journey.
After the weight loss finishes, the maintenance diet is more food than you are used to eating. This can be a challenge as you add on food to not lose control. Maintaining for a lifetime involves a natural fluctuation of ups and downs and you have to be diligent in your efforts.
I have been in the weight loss phase throughout my life for several years and I have a lot of knowledge about it. My husband sometimes talks about the cost of Zumba classes and food being expensive. He thinks that on maintenance I can drop off from Zumba classes and our grocery bill will be different. This is definitely not how it works. The grocery bill goes higher because you eat more on a maintenance diet and if you want to keep your hard earned physique, you must maintain the same fitness level.
My husband mentioned today that he is so proud of my progress and is happy to be on the journey with me. I plan on having a lifetime of healthiness, do you???
As I walk into JcPenny's on Saturday with my husband and family, I presumed I would need an XL shirt.
My husband and I peruse the shirts and I load up with a bunch of summer shirts to buy.
I head into the dressing room and proceed to try things on. I come out with a shirt on and my father and husband said, "Oh that is too big.". So I hand my husband the shirt to go and get a large.
As I continue trying on clothes, I have the employees of the store, my father and my brother going to get me smaller clothes.
I truly couldn't believe that I needed smaller clothes because just a few months ago I couldn't fit into their biggest size.
My mother was trying on a skirt in the dressing room two doors down and she was not having a good time. Their biggest size was too small for her and she said, "I am a big girl." It was a source of embarrassment for her that day but it was a sense of pride for me!
I came out of that store with some Smalls and Mediums and completely shocked my husband! What a victory for me!