Sunday, October 22, 2017

Weigh in, and Biking Across America


I just came in from pulling some weeds and dead plants in the front yard, watering a tree in the backyard, and playing fetch with my dogs. It's a gorgeous day to be outside! I am really enjoying the renewed feeling that it is not so hard to move, and that being active actually feels good and not painful. Less than two months ago and 20+ pounds heavier, every move took so much effort and I felt drained after even brief activity. But now I am not only getting my stamina back, but also getting my life back. The ability to LIVE and not just exist is my #1 reason for losing weight this time.

As I shared in my last post, I was on a normal many-day streak at the same weight (236 pounds) which is what I weighed last Sunday. Today finally after 7 days at the same weight, the scale ticked down a pound to 235. Feels great! If the past 'model' holds true, I will drop another couple of pounds this week before settling at my new low for awhile. And that's fine with me!

A year and three months ago when I started my "Fat Mom Across America" virtual bike ride, I never dreamed that over a year later I'd still be only 200 miles into my ride. But here I am, not very far along in miles and not very much lighter in weight. Instead of giving up and setting that "mission" aside as a failure, I decided to finish what I started. I originally got the idea from Eric Hites/Fat Guy Across America, who started his actual, on-the-road bike ride across America back in 2015. But because of his weight (500+ pounds) and health issues he, too, has had a break in his ride. He hasn't given up, either, and this month resumed riding with a goal of starting back where he stopped in Texas and finishing his journey to California. So far in October he has ridden a total of 17.3 miles. My goal is to keep up with Eric on a monthly basis by watching his rides and trying to do the same distance here on my recumbent bike. I do use the programs on the bike to mimic hills and varied terrain, but my bike doesn't coast at all so I am pedaling the whole time I'm on it. Eric updates his rides on Strava, and I will update mine on my Virtual Mission page. So far I've only copied his first October ride of 3.4 miles, but I should be able to catch up sometime this week. He will still finish before I do since his southern route is quite a bit shorter than mine (mine is 3,035 miles from Washington to New York) and is he wayyy ahead of me at halfway through his trip. But it'll be fun to have someone to motivate me to keep up on days that I don't feel like riding.

That's it for today! I hope you are enjoying the lovely fall weather as much as I am!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrads on the new low. I think I will make a virtual trip page too, just to make my walking more interesting and have a goal.

Kristi said...

I started a virtual walk on the pacific coast trail when you started last year. Yesterday, I hit 1828.8 miles of the 2689.5 miles or 67.9%. You can do it, just keep plugging. Don’t stop because Eric or anyone else stops that month. You might just beat him.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Kristi. Continue your path regardless of whether FGAA continues or not. Perhaps you will be the one inspiring him to finish.

TheAgonyOfBeingFat said...

Isn't it crazy how just a few pounds can make such a difference in energy levels? You're doing great! Have fun riding that bike!

crabby mcslacker said...

That's so great that you're not giving up! I think getting back to things one has set aside sends a really powerful message to the subconscious, a "never say never" sort of deal. Good luck on the virtual ride!

Anonymous said...

Go for it Lyn! I think the ride is an admirable goal. Your weight loss is great, too.

Lyn said...

Thanks all! I have no intentions of quitting. The bike will be just what I need to keep exercising through the winter. I hate walking when it is freezing cold or there's snow and ice, so biking indoors is a great option for me.