Monday, January 21, 2013
I ended up with a total of 89.5 miles for the three day weekend. My husband rode two of the rides with me. He usually rides behind me since I am a slower rider and he will stay in a higher gear even on the hills so that he still gets a good workout. After our ride this afternoon, he told me that he noticed that I was starting to get cyclist legs. That's definitely not a bad thing
The cycling is helping me to keep my weight off. I have not reached my ultimate goal but I believe it will come one day as long as I keep watching what I eat and keep riding like I have been. Those last few pounds are always the hardest.
Everyone needs to remember that to succeed at this journey it is not a diet but a life style change. The mind needs to be conditioned to think healthy. Yes, there are times that we cry through the hunger and the pain but in the end it is worth it. It takes time for the mind to change how we see ourselves as well. Yes, I have lost over a hundred pounds but my mind still sees a fat person when I look in the mirror. Granted what I am seeing as fat now is actually extra skin because I am older and the skin does not shrink back as fast as a young person's but my mind still sees it that way. Don't ever give up because you will just end up back where you started or worse. The only way you will succeed is to tell yourself, "I will not go back to what I was." I would and still do tell myself, "I refuse to ever buy fat clothes again." I won't even keep the clothes I shrink out of because I look at it as a sign of impending failure. If I hide them away in the back of my closet for a just in case, then I am telling myself that it is okay to go back to what I was. I have to keep looking ahead to a healthier, more athletic me and the only way I can do this is to keep a positive mindset.
For those of you reading this, Hang in there it can be done. Just take it one day at a time.