Hooray! Cycling season is starting!
You may recall that last year my husband and I got into cycling, and I rode 67 miles on my second bike tour (which happened to be on my birthday). Over the winter I put in quite a few miles on my trainer indoors, and as the weather has warmed up I have been out on my bike as much as possible. I have been doing several 20-mile rides each week, and I am loving it! I have improved quite a bit from last year (speed and stamina), and thanks to my sweet Honey Daddy I have significantly more gear and accessories.
Cycling has been really great for me physically. I now weight 10 pounds less than I did when I got pregnant with my first son. This weekend we went shopping because none of my pants fit, and I was ecstatic to find that I could fit into size 14's. Considering the fact that in high school I wore size 22/24 jeans, that is really an accomplishment!
I now have a new goal. It is a reasonable, healthy, attainable weight loss goal. I am going to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks. That is only one pound a week, which is totally doable. Then by my birthday this year I should be down to at least size 12 jeans, which would be awesome!
I think sometimes we tend to focus too much on losing large amounts of weight, then give up when it doesn't happen. This way I can feel successful if I lose just one pound per week. Every little bit adds up, you know?!
So I weighed myself this morning, and each week I am going to let you know how I did. I am going to have to start keeping a food journal and work on exercising more consistently and drinking more water. I am enlisting my mom, my friends, and my sisters to do this with me, so we'll see how we do.
I think that cycling will help me keep up with my weight loss this summer. As a matter of fact, coming up this weekend my husband and I have signed up for our first bike tour of the season. My husband is doing the 65 mile ride, and I am debating between the 50 mile or just doing the 65 with Honey Daddy.
What a way to jump-start my summer weight loss, huh?!