Christmas came early this year!

I have been trying to get in as much exercise as possible. I have been using my beloved elliptical machine twice a day while watching TV. However, I really craved some outdoor time. I hate walking alone and running at my weight is out of the question. Last time I tried it my knees started getting pretty injured.

I was at my parents house a few weeks ago and my little sister was in the front yard riding on her bike. It clicked for me; I used to love riding a bike but hadn’t been on one since high school. My sister had gotten a new bike for her birthday in August and I asked if I could ride around with her on her old bike. She was delighted to have the company and I was delighted to get some exercise that was fun. The only sad part was her bike was too small for me, so it was a little uncomfortable to ride therefore we didn’t go very far. Even so, I rode around a bit every day with her for a couple of weeks.

When I got to my parents house on day after work to ride I went into the garage and saw a brand new bike with a ribbon on it! I turned and saw my mom smiling from ear to ear. “Merry Christmas!” my mom and sister yelled. My mom saw me loving the biking and felt bad the bike was too small so she convinced my dad it was a good idea to get me my own bike and give it to me early.

It is an awesome bike, so comfortable and very well built. At first I was feeling strange about being a 300+ girl on a bike riding through the neighborhood. I have gotten a few stares, but I don’t care. People can get over it. I am sure I do look funny.

I feel blessed my family is so freaking awesome! I have been going on a bike ride almost every evening since I got the bike 2 weeks ago. Hubby pushes me to do intervals on it so I can burn more calories. My parent’s neighborhood is perfect for biking, as it has great scenery and huge bike paths. I want to get up to 20 miles so I can go with my family next year to Shark Valley in the Everglades.

My exercise routine as of now is as follows:

AM Mon-Sat: 30-60 mins on the elliptical.
PM Mon-Thu plus Sat& Sun: Biking 30-60 mins
Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: Weight Training


  1. Wow! That's amazing! Way to get out there and do what's right for you, regardless of what other people think. I took up swimming recently and it was hard to get over my fear of being seen in a bathing suit, but like you I said, "Who cares?" I'm happy for you :)

  2. Your family rocks!! Great job on rekindling the relationship with the bike! I wished we lived in a place I could do it year-round... I don't bike in the summer because, I forget to or that I just forget how much I used to love it... or, I'm too embarassed, which I have to get over very fast.

    Thanks for the good-news entry!

  3. Yay! I love reading posts like this. Hope you continue your love affair with your new flame. ;)

  4. Your bike is so cute! I have a bicycle in a very similar style, a Townie by Electra, and I *love* riding it. Have fun :).

  5. Love the bike! It won't feel like exercise when you are doing something fun. Happy trails!

  6. You will love riding. I started riding last year and I love it! Keep up the good work on the weight loss. It is a long journey but well worth it! Just worry about one day at a time...I struggle everyday with food!

  7. OMG! I am SO happy for you!!! What a great gift!

    But the BEST gift is the one that you are giving YOURSELF... the gift of health! Look at how far you have come just in the past few months! Look at all the exercise you are getting! You are becoming a new woman! Keep up the good work, girl! :)