Saturday, October 31, 2009
I have always believed that everything happens in my life according to His master plan....just never realized that included exercise bikes!!! Talk about being in the right place at the right time.....happened yesterday at work....I'll share the story, but just a little history first!!
Since starting my weight loss and life changing journey two years ago, I have chosen not to use my hard earned money to join a gym - even though I think Curves is a really cool place and there is a pretty well equipped fitness center in my town. After all, I had an relatively brand new, unused, dusty treadmill (clothes rack!) at home plus good roads to walk on!!! I've spent a little money on hand weights, stability ball and resistance bands, some B/L and other workout DVD's, and have accessed the free workouts on SparkPeople - even did one of Coach Nicole's Boot Camps!! The last "Jillian" one didn't work out too good but that's another blog!!
Anyway, getting on the treadmill was my first step (literally!) and through the last two years of adding DVD's, weights, etc. have lost 119 pounds!!! Of course, this past summer the physical activity part of my life mainly consisted of moving rocks, dirt, mulch, etc. outdoors, moving "stuff" up and/or down the basement stairs and some golf....can't say much for the actual golf game, but it's wonderful to be outside and not at work!?!?!?! Anyway...what was I talking about??? Oh yeah, the exercise bike story......
Another part of my lifestyle changes the last two years is my realization that winters in Michigan can be a problem!!! Never really thrilled with cooooold outside activity and through the years had become really good at being a winter couch potato! Anyway, looking back over the last twenty two years in Michigan, I had had a 5,10 or 15 pound weight GAIN through the winter months - just like a big ole bear that's ready for hibernation!!! Except this big ole bear never bothered to lose it the following summer!!!! Hellooooo...major lifestyle change is in order!!! In thinking about the inevitable, upcoming winter, had anxiously been searching for the "right" exercise bike for newly cleaned out "exercise room"!!! I LOVE my treadmill, honestly LOVE using it and fully LOVE the effect it's had on my life (plus I still can't believe I can actually run on the doggone thing!!!), but really felt like it was time for an additional piece of equipment!!!! Since this has been a really trying year in the car business, I didn't feel comfortable spending much (or any) money for "extras".
So, finally, here's the story: Picture me sitting with my manager in his office by his big window. Owner drives by window in a Ford F150:
"What was that in the back of that truck?" he said.
"Looked like some type of exercise equipment." I replied.
"Wonder what he's doing with that?"
"Don't know, but I'm gonna find out!"
Change scene to owner's office:
"Hey, what's that in the back of your truck?" I asked.
"It's an exercise bike that (__ ) gave us and it's been in the garage all summer." he replied.
"So, what are you gonna do with it?"
"Not sure. Why? Do you know somebody that could use it?"
"I thought you went to the gym."
"Heck no...didn't have the money to spend on that!! I've done it all at home."
"Really??? Wow!! Well, hey, can we take it to your house right now?"
"Noooo problem!!! I'll get the garage door opener!! Let's go!!!!"
So, come to find out, I had just become the "owner" of a Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp Bike - pretty much the top of the line and waaaaay out of my budget, complete with fanwheel to keep me cool and nice extra padded maximum comfort seat. Who knew that the world of increased cardio and aerobic fitness, increased upper and lower body muscle strength and an overall lower percentage of body fat had just been delivered to my garage?!?!? Who knew that by sitting in just the right place at just the right time would result in getting a far, far better exercise bike than I could ever imagine "owning"?!?!?! Gee, wonder Who orchestrated that????
So, needless to say, I am ready for this Michigan winter---- at least as far as my "healthy lifestyle" is concerned....no more gettin ready for hibernation for this ole bear!!! What am I thinking??? I'm not waiting til winter to get started!!! There's no time like the present!!! If you need me, I'll be in my "home gym" ----- maybe on the treadmill but probably on my new FREE sweeeeeet exercise bike!!!
Thanks for "listening"!!!!!