That's pretty much my favourite thing - instant gratification.
In all aspects of life.
So it's not really surprising that I gain weight rather easily ... for me, gratification seems to come from eating, not from feeling virtuous about not giving in to temptation.
This past 2 weeks, though?
I've managed to set aside the instant gratification I get from eating for smaller pleasures ...noticing that my pants aren't choking me at the waist, for instance. Or noticing that a favourite blouse that used to fit rather well now feels rather uncomfortable.
This weekend, I gave in to temptation of a slightly different kind.
I'd been wanting a bike for years now, but hadn't been able to really justify one. (Yes, it's amazing how I can justify some things and put off others.)
This summer, I'd been rather certain I want a bike.
So I've spent the last couple of weeks scoping out bikes on Craigs List.
Have gone and looked at a few.
Not one was quite what I wanted ... apparently Toronto cyclists do not post the better bikes on CraigsList, and I wasn't sure where to look.
So, on Saturday, I wandered over to the local bike store, "just to look".
Fell in love with this beauty at first sight.
I'm calling it a rather early birthday present. Yes, I am. Don't mind me. I can justify anything if I put my mind to it. :)
Bought it and left her overnight to be upgraded with fenders and a kickstand.
Picked it up yesterday.
We've been having a bit of a heatwave here.
Rode the bike home (now WHY would I want to take it on the subway?), finally discovering some lovely neighbourhood trails.
Of course, that was when the thunderstorm struck.
That poor new bike got wet.
And so did I.
But I got in my instant gratification for the day.
And rode a good 6 miles (yes, I know, beginner stuff) in hot sunshine followed by drenching rain.
Felt wonderful by the time I got home.
So that's the plan for the rest of the summer: to ride.
To discover more of one of my favourite cities in the world ... ride some trails (Toronto is so very GREEN for a city), commute to work most days ... much as I love public transit, I enjoy being active a LOT more, so this is a great exchange.
Will the bike pay for itself in reduced commute costs this year?
Not really likely ... summers are short in Canada. It will take another summer to pay off.
However, in terms of just plain fun (not to mention that lovely instant gratification effect of not having to WAIT for transit)? Oh, for SURE. It's already paid off - I went through one of the most beautiful parts of the city yesterday in my attempt to avoid crazy downtown traffic. And I know there's a lot more to come.
Work is 4 miles from home via city streets. However, to avoid traffic, I'll head for the trails ... which means it becomes a nice 5 mile ride each way. About half that distance, I get to ride through some lovely green trail and park areas beside the lake ... beautiful, especially in the morning.
Speaking of which, I guess I'd better get some more sleep and then rush off to work ... except it won't feel much like rushing when I'm having SO much fun!