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Charity Bike Ride and How Far I've Come in a Year

Friday, July 19, 2013

Tomorrow at 10:30am Pacific Daylight Time, I will be putting pedal to pavement and riding 5 miles for Tour de Cure, an organization raising money for diabetes. This will be my first time riding in this event - my first time riding or walking in ANY charity event.

To some people (like veteran bikers or veteran charity event-ers), this might seem like no big deal. What am I getting so excited about? It's another event, yes, and one for a good cause, but why get so pumped up?

The reason I am so pumped up is that this time last year, I didn't stand a chance of riding 5 miles. This time last year, I was approximately 268 pounds - according to my BMI, that would be about 113 pounds over my highest recommended weight of 155. This time last year, any sort of exercise sent me into a sweaty mess. Climbing stairs (duh), walking at lunch, going to the fitness center. I was tired all the time and lacked motivation to get up and move. And to be honest, I didn't think any sort of movement could help me improve my condition, so "Why bother?"

Fast forward to today. Today I've lost 100 pounds - a whole other person! Today I am training to run and can get in 16 minutes of running in a 35 minute set (with 5 minutes of cool down). Today, I put in 22k steps - it's not a typical day, by any means, but instead of being exhausted and having to soak my sore feet and knees, I can work out and still be active.

It's more than just mere weight too. My likelihood of developing diabetes has dropped - and given that my grandparents have diabetes (and a great-grandmother as well), it was even more of a concern to me. I sleep better than I did before. My likelihood of having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. have dropped.

So this bike ride isn't just a great opportunity for me to raise money for diabetes. It's also a celebration of everything I have accomplished in the 8 months on my health journey. It's me saying, "Yes, I can and yes, I did!" It's me saying, "I love my body and my health and want to take care of it." And it's me saying, "I want to use this body and do something good with it."

The ride I signed up for is only 5 miles. Many others will be doing 26 or even 100. Maybe one day, that will be me, but for today, I celebrate just being able to participate, to celebrate my success and to celebrate my health.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/19/2013 12:32PM

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/21/2013 1:39PM

    Hooraaayyyy!!! Good for you! : ) What a great cause and a great way to support it, and what a fantastic way to celebrate how much stronger you have made your body! Congratulations! J

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JRRING 7/21/2013 12:36PM

  amazing!

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KBLASEN 7/21/2013 11:55AM

    emoticon And you will take care of your health and love yourself and yes, next year, that will be you again, riding even further next time...just because you can and it's fun!

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JANEMARIE77 7/21/2013 11:07AM

    way to go what a wonderful thing you are doing for yourself
you have found That you are loved isn't that a wonderful way to live your life amazing

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JIBBIE49 7/21/2013 12:15AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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JOANNHUNT 7/20/2013 4:47PM

    AWESOME. CONGRATULATIONS ON HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME. OH YA!

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JSEATTLE 7/20/2013 4:07PM

  Wow, you have come so far!! Good luck on your bike ride and ENJOY it!!

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CICELY360 7/20/2013 3:50PM

  good blog

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MARYJEANSL 7/20/2013 3:30PM

  Congratulations on how far you've come - wow!

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SANDYCRANE 7/20/2013 3:13PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. The bike thing sounds like a lot of fun.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/20/2013 3:05PM

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NILLAPEPSI 7/20/2013 2:58PM

    That is so emoticon You have every reason to be proud of yourself. I can't wait to see photos of your event! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 7/20/2013 2:38PM

    Fantastic!! You have really helped yourself AND you are helping others--by riding your bike and by sharing what you have done!!

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    That is a wonderful accomplishment emoticon Good luck on the ride emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 7/20/2013 12:06PM

    OMG, I am so HAPPY for you!!! Here's a visual: I'm jumping up and down and cheering (minus the pom-poms) for you!!!! Have a GREAT ride! I'm proud of you! emoticon emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/20/2013 11:58AM

    You have every reason to celebrate. Don't let anyone take that away from you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 7/20/2013 11:16AM

    emoticon emoticon and so should the rest of us.

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LYNNIERN 7/20/2013 10:49AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! You've inspired me.
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MOMMY445 7/20/2013 8:27AM

    have fun tomorrow!

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PENOWOK 7/20/2013 8:19AM

    That's terrific! Have a great time!

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TRYINGHARD54 7/20/2013 8:02AM

    you will do great. and have fun..... and congratulations on losing 100 pounds.. I'm going to lose that much to......:-)

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TERMITEMOM 7/20/2013 7:33AM

    This is WONDERFUL! Way to go! Have a GREAT ride and come back to tell us all about it! I am excited for you.

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LCRUMLEY81 7/20/2013 7:28AM

  Leo it up

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/20/2013 7:25AM

    And we celebrate with you. Five miles is a wonderful achievement, for a great cause, so good for you.

And sincere congrats on all you've accomplished in your personal journey back to good health.

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SHERYLP461 7/20/2013 7:15AM

    You will do just fine, enjoy the trip

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MIMIDOT 7/20/2013 7:14AM

    Congratulations! You've come a long wade.y. Enjoy your

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MARYBETH4884 7/20/2013 5:49AM

    Your story is inspiring! It sounds like you made a decision and stuck with it! Enjoy your victory ride! I wish you well on your continuing journey of good health!

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ANNEMARGAR 7/20/2013 5:28AM

    Way to go!! Have a great ride!!

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STRONGDJ 7/20/2013 12:45AM

    Great way to celebrate how far you've come!
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