Monday, May 21, 2012
I am so excited! Our insurance company has a program that rewards you for participating in health-improving plans. Basically, you are screened (over the phone) by one of their nurses, then the two of you come up with an action plan. Once you complete certain steps in the action plan, you are rewarded- not just by improving your health, but with gift cards! Last week, my two gift cards arrived in the mail - together equalling $175! Rather than spending those cards on whatever, I had already decided to reinvest in myself.
I'd considered using some of the money to buy a few new things to wear and paying for some personal training sessions at the Y. We have a couple events coming up in June that would be nice to have something to wear that fits. But a couple weeks ago, we had a wedding, so I did buy dresses for that. I still really want to have some personal training sessions and felt that the money was important to reinvest in my new lifestyle.
We tried to go for a family bike ride a couple weeks ago and my bike, with no gears and with pedal brakes made it more than challenging to get up the hills even in our neighborhood. So, when the gift cards arrived last week, I called my husband and asked if we could go look at bicycles.
That night, we went to two sports stores and had quite the time finding a bike that the handlebars didn't knock into my knees on a turn. But at the 2nd store, we found 2. Of course, the 2nd one was more expensive, but noticeably better ride. I ended up getting a hybrid bike (cross between a road bike and a comfort bike). It is perfect for me.
The next morning, the girls and I got ready and headed out for a 5.5 mile ride. There was construction and the equipment was blocking our driveway, so when my older daughter had Bible study that afternoon, we rode our bikes instead of taking the car.
We ended the day with just over 10 miles in the saddle. We felt good (though our saddle areas were sore) and excited to have this new hobby together. The following morning, we went out as a family for that 5.5 mile ride and I can see that my lifestyle changes are going to change our entire family for good.
I'm looking forward to the weather clearing up mid-week so we can get back out on the trails. The rewards of a new lifestyle are much greater than my shrinking physique and some new clothes. I already know that I am transforming my daughters habits by being an example of hard work and determination.