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A $10 Bike and a $5 DVD

Sunday, February 03, 2013

These are my workout tools. My husband spotted an old stationary bike in the yard of a neighbor. It was just sitting there under the tree. One day we caught her outside, and stopped to ask her what she'd need to sell that old bike. She said she'd let it go for 10 bucks. We loaded it up, took it home, cleaned it off and amazingly, it still worked. The speedometer was shot and there was no padding in the seat, but it was a start. I started riding. I started at 20 minutes a day, then upped it to 25, then 30 minutes. I put in 2 five minute bursts where I pedaled faster to burn more calories. When payday rolled around, I bought a better seat and a speedometer/odometer for the old bike. I discovered something amazing. Now that I had the numbers to watch, my workout became more intense. I kept the speed up to over 12 mph during the 30 minutes. I realized I was averaging a mile every 5 minutes, so it became a challenge to get to the 5 minutes BEFORE the 5 minutes were up.
So far, I haven't lost any weight, but I've dropped an inch at the waist and two inches at the hips. Starting tomorrow, I add a strength training video every other morning. The other mornings, I'll ride my 30 minutes, and do it again in the evening, for a total of 12 miles a day. Thanks to a ten dollar bike and a five dollar video, I have discovered my inner athlete! There's no need for expensive equipment or gym memberships. Find something to stick with and just do it every day. Find ways to challenge yourself. I'm just at the beginning of this journey, but I'm looking forward to the trip!
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    Good for you, slow and steady wins the race. You are well on your way to a great new past time.
    1719 days ago
    Awesome!! You are so right about finding something that you like and sticking to it!
    1719 days ago
    woohoo! how great! I've just started looking for a stationary bike! I hope I find a deal like you!!!!
    1719 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Nice job! You did some good intervals, and you took an opportunity to get some fitness and it's snowballing into more ambitious goals, excellent work! emoticon
    1719 days ago
    emoticon What a fantastic bargain! I love your mini-challenges to yourself. It's a great way to push and do better each time! I do that when I use my bike, too :)

    These small changes you've made will add up to big changes down the road! Keep it up, you are doing awesomely!

    1720 days ago
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