Since I had my "ah ha" moment, finally realizing that the only way to achieve real weight loss is through a continuous, honest-to-goodness exercise effort (the kind that makes your face turn red and makes you feel "good" about being ready to hit the floor from exhaustion), I've been out on my bike several times. And, I must say, it feels really good!
I know this is only the beginning - but small steps count for something too. Physically, of course, I feel like I am actually out there doing something for my body. I know it is going to take some time, but just the fact that I made the first move and am actually engaging in physical exercise rather than just thinking about it is a big deal. My legs are moving, my muscles are getting a workout, my heart is pumping, my body is warming up - it all feels good. I've outlined a bike path that takes me up and down hills with a few straight-aways in between. It's a good start that allows me to workout hard on the uphills and catch a break by cruising the downhills. I can build in additional mileage later, but for now this isn't too overwhelming.
Being out on the bike had also been good for me mentally. It really is like a breath of fresh air when I am on the bike. Besides the warm breeze encompassing me, mentally it does me a lot of good. I feel refreshed. Amazingly, I don't really think about anything when I am riding. I just let my mind go and take in vibrant colors of the gorgeous flowers blooming all around me. I've always enjoyed how great it is to see things "up close" when on a bike and yet not being worn out from all the walking to reach the destination. Being on a bike is definitely a happy medium. I'm also by myself so there are no distractions; no one calling my name, no conversation. It allows me to clear my head.
By the time I am finished, back home and showered, I feel revitalized. I have definitely noticed that I have a bit more energy and I am not necessarily feeling like I just want to crawl under the covers and go to sleep. I feel like I've accomplished something. And, I am even more aware of what I am eating. I figure I put some effort into doing the workout that I don't want to spoil it by eating junk food. Honestly, I think getting my body moving must include revving my metabolism because I'm definitely craving more fresh food.
So where has this gotten me? Well, I certainly haven't shed 10 pounds yet - it's too soon. But I have dropped a couple. Even more importantly, I feel good. I know it is just the beginning, but I feel like I am starting to tone my body. My thighs are feeling a little tighter as well as my hip area. And my clothes are a little bit loser - all positive. Women have different criteria for weight loss and getting fit anyway - like when the inner part of your thighs don't touch and when the underneath of your arms don't jiggle. Those things are just as important as the weight.
I'm getting there. I think for the first time in a long time I feel like I am on the right track. I've made an effort to build some time into my schedule to exercise. I've gotten out and taken the first steps. I've noticed some short-term progress. And, I am encouraged to continue. Now I can begin my effort in earnest.
Published On: May 03, 2010