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8/4/13 Fat and Brought a bike, yeh!!!!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

8/4/13 Fat and Brought a bike, yeh!!!!

No joke, got a bike today emoticon

emoticon okay I have NOT ridden a bike in like maybe 8 to 10 yrs but ya know.... when I thought about WHAT would be a FUN thing to invest in for Exercise that would NOT seem like Exercise? = Bike Riding, yeh!!!!

I went on youtube and looked up how to Mount a bike safely ... cause after all I am 57 emoticon and we want to protect the bones, hips, etc as we age...

I even watched youtube videos on what height the seat of the bike should be, How to learn how to ride a bike, etc...
yes I was getting prepared before I went public on my bike LOL

This morning ... I "drove" my car to the park, untied my bike from the back of my car. It took me sooooo long to UNtie my bike from the back of my car, anyone could have come up on me and robbed me of my pretty new bike.. emoticon hence today I brought a bike rack for the car emoticon lol.

Why did I drive my car to the park instead of riding my bike to the park?
emoticon because it is TOO EASY to turn back around and go home and give up ... thats why I drove my car.

emoticon Strategic Planning I call it ... or setting oneself UP for success! emoticon

emoticon I was AT the park at 6am. emoticon Yep 6am.

why so early?

emoticon Because I didnt want anyone to see me, age 57 and morbidly obese trying to learn how to ride a bike again emoticon or ride a bike period.

So there I was at the park at the crack of dawn on a Sunday, no one was there, thank goodness.

I was soooooooooooo scared.... thank goodness I did my research on youtube videos on how to ride a bike... coasting at first to teach my body to BALANCE the bike, then slowly learning to steer LOL and then pedaling. After I got the hang of it... I went 3 laps around the park and 3 laps = 1 mile at this park, yeh!!!! I am so PROUD!

it was scary and kinda hard work but FUN, absolutely FUN! Then the SUN emoticon came out and tried to burn a sista LOL.... it was time to go.... but I will go back again tonight to ride my bike as soon as the burning sun cools down and gets up OFF of me.... LOL emoticon

I am so excited that I found a FUN thing to do. yeh!!!!!!

oh and there are even big people on youtube who call themselves "fat cyclist" on youtube and they share how they lost weight by riding their bikes... its amazing! and Exciting! and it was great not to feel alone being huge and on a bike :)

emoticon Investment: emoticon
$149.00 plus tax for the Schwin 26" Women's Bike with wide tires :)
$21.00 for the helmet to protect my skull and brain LOL
$ 6.00 for the bike horn
$21.00 for a black basket (to hold my water & MACE to keep dogs & people away) LOL
$39.99 plus tax for a bike rack for my car
* All purchased at my neighborhood walmart *

I really, really, REALLY like my bike emoticon

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    I caught your excitement, too. Makes me want to go out and ride mine.

    Have fun with your new toy!
    1534 days ago
    Once you learn to ride a bike, it's one of the skills you never forget. I don't know about traffic where you live, but it was wise to ride the bike to the park. You have to build up your confidence and riding in traffic is enough to cause the most experience rider to lose their willpower. I tend to drive to a location where there is very little traffic to ride my bike. When I do ride in traffic - I must say - it is with a steel will. But once you get on it - you get use. I am proud of you. Don't postpone life while you lose weight. I'm not so I put on my bathing suit and head out to the pool - big legs and all.
    1535 days ago
    That was a cute blog. Congratulations on being brave enough to take up bike riding. I am your age and we have talked about it, but for now I am riding my stationary bike. I am sure yours is more fun. emoticon
    1537 days ago
    So happy that you've joined the biking world.

    I added riding a bike when I'd lost down to 300 pounds at the encouragement of my sister. She told me that no one cared how I looked on the bike and that I'd only receive encouragement from other bike riders. My pour husband was with me on the journey. The hills by our home were too steep so he'd load up the bikes into the car, drive 15 miles to a school track, unload the bikes. I'd get all suited up and then only be able to make it 2 miles before ruining out of energy. He'd load everything back up and take me home. My sweety did this routine for over a year while I built stamina and endurance up to 5 miles for us to breach the trails. The GREAT news is that I continued to get stronger and more brave. We now ride bikes everywhere. Our standard rides are 50 -70 miles. Last weekend, we road up and back down each side of the Napa Valley. Beautiful scenery in rolling hills with my best DH as a companion. I also enjoy spinning classes at my gym. The really have helped to challenge my biking fitness and the time flies by.

    May your adventures in biking be a highlight of your new life!

    1537 days ago
    emoticon ...if you live in a cold region, think about buying bicycle trainers so you can make it stationary during winter months.

    And just a few word about what people will think... on the one hand, FORGET ABOUT "EM!!! watching you...This is YOUR journey. Enjoy yourself! On another, take the position often used with public speaking and think of them as your cheering section, they want you to do well just as much as you do! emoticon

    1538 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2013 6:49:12 PM
    WONDERFUL!!!! Good for you for finding a fun way to get some exercise. Sounds like the money you spent is a great investment in yourself.

    Best of luck!
    1538 days ago
  • YAEME79
    Love the story. I have recently went bike riding after a long time of not. I just took over my daughters cause she don't use it anymore.
    1538 days ago
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    1538 days ago
    I LOVE IT! Did you name your bike? You should!
    1538 days ago
  • RPOLM2
    I had to giggle when I read your blog, I bought a bike a few months ago and I too ventured to the park before the light of day to prevent anyone from seeing me attempting to ride! :) I was able to find a mag trainer, and turn my bike into a stationary bike as well, which works out great for the summer here in Texas. Admittedly I haven't used it much lately, but I recently put both the bike and the trainer into the living room as a visual reminder and have been getting on it every day. Very proud of you for getting up on the bike and keep going!
    1538 days ago
    Excellent blog! I'm almost as excited as you are!

    Never worry about what people will think of you when you're getting active. Most of them are thinking "Yes! Look at her go! Good going!"
    1538 days ago
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