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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Recently on face book I told my friends about some physical accomplishment I had achieved. My young friend Diane, read my post and decided to encourage me yet further regarding my health and physical well being, by kindly donating a bicycle to me to keep me going. She had upgraded from the Scwinn to a Ghost bicycle and still had her original bicycle at home.

I was OVER THE MOON, and started making tracks to find someone who could bring the bicycle to me. She lives a 14 hour drive away from me about 1300 km (807 miles) so its not like I could just pop around and get it. Fortunately, a brother in my congregation works in Johannesburg during the week and comes home to our town where he lives, on weekends, and he agreed to bring it for me. Diane had the bicycle wrapped and dropped it off with Brandon.

When he was supposed to bring it, things went askew and he ran out of time to double back to his apartment and fetch the bike, and to my disappointment I had to wait another week. Then sadly, he could not make the trip back again the following week, HOWEVER, his son was in Johannesburg and offered to bring it back on the plane with him. He grew up with my younger son....so sweet of him considering he only had hand luggage and would now have to wait for the my luggage, instead of just walking off the plane and going home. Probably the difference of an extra 20-30 minutes which counts when you are a young man who has been away from your lovely wife and baby boy.

If it appears that I am grimacing, its just the sun in my eyes.

I could not wait to start ripping the wrapping off.

It was so well wrapped. Each section which could be damaged, was boxed and bubble wrapped. Such care was taken to keep it undamaged.

Justin took over and started putting pieces on like the pedals which were taken off and wrapped separately.

Then the front tire got put on...easy with the quick release system.

As if this bicycle was not gift enough, we discovered a little box attached to the center bar with this message on it.

That "little" extra gift turned out to be a CYCLE COMPUTER so now I will know how far I cycle also....such a thoughtful gift, I'm totally blown away and in a state of disbelief at the moment..

I will only be able to cycle for the first time on Monday, because the tires are deflated and need a special pump which I don't have. I will get a cycle shop to pump them for me on Monday and buy a pump at the end of the month. So here is my Scwinn bicycle which Diane named Gummy Bear...lol...and the name has stuck.

I chose to celebrate my new gift and new fitness sport with a super healthy salad.
I will lose the next 10 kgs (22 pounds)...I will show Diane that her gift was not wasted.

This is the blog she did on her trip through our part of the world on the Gummy Bear bike.
Some of the photo's were taken by me at the crack of dawn. The ones where they set out.

Another truly lovely thing that happened to me today was.....to explain this I need to go back one day.
Yesterday I was to receive some training on how to offer people my product for healthy living. The first thing my sponsor said was that since I had lost 20 kgs (44 pounds), I should wear my button which says...

Well, despite having lost 20k gs, I know I have TON to still go and the thought of putting that button on my ample bosom well, what can I say?! I mean I am proud of what I have lost, but heck, I aint no Twiggy yet.
But she convinced me by suggesting that someone larger than myself, might feel more comfortable talking to me about weight loss, than someone my sponsors size, especially since she only had to lose 7 kgs (15 pounds) to begin with. On that note I steeled myself to wear my button from today.
I wore it to the farmers market and fully expected some "strange" looks or worse, someone like my nephew AT LEAST, to laugh outright. He rips off, every opportunity he gets (in a fun way). To my delight, he didn't find it amusing at all. He was downright sweet about the weight I have lost and very encouraging about continuing with my healthy program.
That gave me courage to keep it on.
After the market, I stopped at a supermarket to buy a few things and lo and behold the till assistant ASKED ME HOW!!! I was nearly knocked clean out of my shoes. She gave me her name and contact details and asked for me to call her on Tues or Wed, both days she will be off work.
WOW this does work. I may very well be able to help her start on a healthy journey.
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    Enjoy the bike! Enjoy the sights once you get going.... soulfood comes in small packages....
    1984 days ago
    Enjoy the bike and keep up the good work!
    1985 days ago
    emoticon wonderful gift from a really wonderful friend, enjoy both of them
    Get out there and have fun. emoticon
    1992 days ago
    Wonderfully entertaining and inspiring blog-thanks for sharing and best to you on the bike!
    1992 days ago
  • GINA180847
    Wonderful about the bicycle! That is a whole different set of muscles being used to bike than walking and the two make a well rounded workout. So happy for you. Isn't it nice to have kind and generous friends. Any time you think the world is an unfriendly place remember Diane. That business about the pump is why I have been lax about biking. Time causes the tires to lose air and then I have to find an air pump. I just talked to hubby that in the spring we will buy manual bike tire pump and keep it handy for just that purpose. emoticon
    1992 days ago
    How thrilling! emoticon
    1992 days ago
    Just wrote a whole post..and then clicked it into oblivion by accident. emoticon

    Celeste', I am so pleased for you. What a wonderful gift! And your area appears to be great for Bike trekking..so I hope you and Justin will get to just go and go!!! emoticon
    1992 days ago
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    Keep us posted on your progress!
    1993 days ago
    emoticon What a wonderful friend! Enjoy your rides and be sure to share them with your fellow Sparkers!
    1993 days ago
    How wonderful! Have fun.
    1993 days ago
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