Monday, March 24, 2008

New Milestone Met!

Today I reached a milestone I never thought I was capable of. Today, I rode my recumbent exercise bike for TWENTY MINUTES STRAIGHT!! And I did it at a rather good pace, and on resistance level 3 almost the whole time. This is a BIG DEAL. When I started my weight loss journey, I could barely hobble around my house because of my bad knees. (If you have read much of my blog, you know I have severe degenerative arthritis, bone spurs in my knees, and a torn meniscus). And when I got this bike several months ago on the advice of an orthopedic surgeon, my first ride was for about 3 minutes on level 1 (no) resistance. Within a week or so, I was up to 5 minutes on level 1 resistance. My goal was to add a minute or two each week, and ride 3 times a week, but sometimes I was in so much pain I could not ride at all. I even took a couple months off.

But then I started riding again... for about 10 minutes. It was HARD. I didn't really like it. But I kept at it, and added 1 or 2 minutes a week. Last week I was doing 18, and today I did 20! I am just so thrilled with myself. Even though I overate all weekend (that's another story), I dusted myself off today, ate on-plan and got on that bike. Even though my son not only has a broken finger, but also now seems to be quite sick with some kind of infection and needs to see a doctor tomorrow, I still exercised. Even though I had to do 5 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, and had no time to fit it in today, I waited until my toddler was asleep and I rode that bike at 8:30pm. I did it!

And then do you know what I did? I started my strength training routine. Yep, at 9:15pm, there I was in my bedroom, with 5 pound dumbbells, doing my little exercise plan I wrote out for myself. And it felt GOOD. I will be doing it 3x a week.

I love how I feel when I am moving. I enjoy the feeling of getting stronger. And when I was lying on my back doing crunches, I noticed that my belly is not the huge mountain it was back in August when I used to do crunches. I mean, things look really different now when I crunch. My nose is not stuck into my cleavage and I am not looking straight into a wall of fat. I can see over myself! Wow!

So get movin'! Eating right is great, but exercise is energizing and will help you meet your goals faster. You can do it!

10 comments:

Chubby Chick said...

Congratulations on meeting this milestone! That is fantastic and I am SO happy for you! Keep up the good work, girl! :)

Hanlie said...

You are such a star! You can do so much more than you think you can! I'm really impressed.

Lynne said...

Thanks for making me realize that a run is just what I need this morning to move my grumpy uninspired self to a better "happy" place! Keep GOING!

Sarah said...

Good for you! Knee pain can be so limiting, the bike is great for it. Every pound you take off is the equivlent of 4 pounds of pressure off of your knees.

Weight Loss Cloggy said...

Well done!

You know, I really enjoy reading your journal. You write well and you and I have around the same amount of weight to lose, so I really like dropping in on you and reading what you have to say. (The fact that you update regularly helps too!)

I thought perhaps now it was high time I said hello. *waves* Hello!

Keep going, you're an inspiration!

Dottie said...

Congratulations! This is an awesome milestone! You should be very proud. Keep it up!!

Lasserday said...

congratulations!!!

Yogi Wannabe said...

You are amazing! What an example of taking little steps to make a HUGE difference.

MurrayvilleMom said...

Keep this up! Good for you!!!! Expending energy gives back energy!!!

Heather said...

great job, espcially with not giving up with it was hard and you were tired. this will make you stronger!