I finally got myself a bicycle! Yeah, that’s right… 34 years old and I finally have a bike.
When our first child was born, I simply stopped riding. I had no friends to bike with, and with a baby around, it wasn’t like we could go for a family bike ride… so I gave my bike away.
But now, with this being Tali’s 9th birthday, and she has learned to ride a 2-wheeler (while she waited late to learn, she’s a quick study! Started riding on 2 wheels after just 2 tries!) I decided I needed to get a set of 2 wheels myself.
After around a month and a half searching online classifieds for a bike, I finally sealed the deal … a $40 deal. 🙂 It needed a bit of work, but nothing I couldn’t handle myself.
I’ve been trying to lose weight for some time… and making huge headway! I’m down two and a half belt notches. I’m on the “skinniest” holes of my belt, and getting into my shorts from last year, I’m blown away that the shorts which were snug-but-comfy last year are about 4″ too big for me this year.
It’s about 18 lbs (fluctuating between 16-18 lbs) I’ve lost since January.
So why am I so excited to finally have a bike?
I feel like I’m doing a lot… maybe not all I can, but a lot, when it comes to diet and not overdoing it, but I still don’t get enough “endurance exercise”. I’ve been doing stomach crunches for a few months with great success, but still not seeing the firm stomach I’d hoped for.
And then I read this line in a fitness blog (sorry, I don’t know which one) that I realized had a bigger impact than I thought… otherwise, I would have bookmarked it…
“You have a 6-pack, but you can’t see it for all the fat.”
That’s raw. But it’s true. Stomach crunches are doing wonders, but you can’t see the results like you should, because my stomach is covered in fat.
My hope is that biking is going to help eliminate some of the excess fat and help tone me down to where I should be.
We’ll see! I may have to blog my progress, if anyone is interested.