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Monday, August 6, 2012

Three great things...

Since I last posted three great things happened that will hopefully have a major impact on my weight loss journey:

1. I joined Weight Watcher's online.
2. I joined the fancy gym near my house.
3. I bought a bike!

I didn't just set out to do all these things, but everything just fell into place! I joined WW online on Friday and started the plan on Saturday. This weekend was a BUST, though... It was tax-free weekend in TN and I basically shopped all evening Friday, all day Saturday, and half the day on Sunday. It was just too crazy to really sit down and try to learn the plan and track points. But today has gone really well so far. I actually am going to make salad for dinner tonight. Last night my family enjoyed roasted broccoli. I also stocked up on fruit and veggies, and have my lunches planned. No excuses.

My ex-hubby, who is now my boyfriend manfriend partner babydaddy (not really sure what to call him, lol, but we are happy and working out our issues), paid the pricey fee on Friday for the new gym, because he really wants to get in shape, too. I am excited to go there this evening for the first time. I get four free consults with a personal trainer, so I am excited about that, too. The convenience is going to be great.

Then on Saturday, he was browsing through Craigslist and found a great deal on a bike. $75 for a bike that retails at $499! All it needed was to be cleaned up and some air in the tires. Since Mr. L (I'll give him a name) is and has always been a bike NUT and cycling addict, he was more than happy to get my bike in sparkling condition yesterday morning. I was so excited to take it for a spin!


Let me tell you... the first couple of trips up and down my street were HARD. I've only been out of the gym for a week, so it's not that I am so far out of shape. I just feel like riding the bike was working muscles I haven't been working. My legs are super sore today, but thankfully the bike seat is cushy and my butt doesn't hurt!

Mr. L took several videos of me riding. Once again I almost let the way I looked ruin the moment. In my mind, I look and feel so much thinner than I am, and there is nothing like a picture or video to bring me down. But I quickly changed my attitude and really tried to keep the high I had from riding. From yesterday morning to yesterday evening, I had to ride several times just to get the hang of riding a bike! It's been since high school since I've rode a bike any real distance. But good thing practice makes perfect!

I have never posted a video on this blog, and I really debated about posting this one. Not trying to be negative, but I hate the way I look. But I know that in that moment I was so happy. I've always envied Mr. L when he goes out on 30 mile bike rides, and this is the first time we've ever rode together. One day I will look back and my change will be remarkable.

26 comments:

  1. Don't be embarrassed! You look great out there riding your bike! YOUR self image is all that matters. You look healthy riding. What matters is that you are OUT there doing it and now wallowing in self pity or just ignoring your desire to be HEALTHIER!
    Nothing wrong with that! You go for it!

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  2. You look great riding! You look HEALTHY doing what you desire to change your health for the better. No shame in that!
    Keep going!

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  3. Nice bike hun!
    Keep up the amazing work you got this!
    xx

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  4. you look so happy riding in that video

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  5. Well done! That's a busy weekend! I bought a bike this time lay year and probably rode it four times (hangs head in shame) BUT going to put some air in the tyra and go for a ride before picking up Princess from childcare today because I read this!! You've reminded me what it's all about!

    You go girl, you'll soon be joining ex hubby/ man friend/ boyfriend on those 30mile rides!!!

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  6. I hope you're not embarrassed in the slightest Hollie! When someone with unwanted weight is outside moving her body, I absolutely love it and am so inspired by it!

    I almost always give that person a huge affirmation in my mind, get a genuine smile of gratitude for that wonderful example, and send her a huge amount of my best energy! And guess what? I just did that with you!

    So glad you have some things that are helping you feel good today. Feeling good about what I eat and how I'm moving my body are so much more important that what I'm actually eating and how I'm actually moving my body.

    Keep keeping on the only way we can, Hollie - just for today!

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  7. Whoo hoo! Lots of good stuff goin' on!

    The bike is gorgeous and you did a fantastic job getting that great deal. One thing is for sure, it may be hard NOW, but it'll get easier and easier the more you do it. Don't worry about what ANYONE else thinks/says/does when you're riding out there on the roads. Just do it! You're making your body happy and healthy. You don't need to worry about anything other than just pedaling and having fun in the process!

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  8. Although you may not be happy with how you look, all I see when watching your video is a girl (woman) who appears motivated to get up and get out and BE ACTIVE! I wish I had the energy that you have riding that bike! Yo go girl!

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  9. That looks so fun! Maybe your kids will ride with you too! Family bike rides always look so fun to me. I might have to try it myself!

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  10. I wish I could pick up a bike for that price! I miss the days back in high school where I could spend hours every day biking. Sounds like you've made some great decisions and you're well on your way to make some more great losses. Being able to meet with a personal trainer 4 times to get you set up on a plan is going to be a great benefit too. Make sure you put the gym membership to use. I love to track my gym workouts on Fitocracy for the added motivation of gaining points and leveling up from it.

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  11. You don't look bad. You look like you are having fun. I think this is a great move towards your weight loss. I also do Weight Watchers, and it has been wonderful for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  12. You'll like Weight Watchers, when you stay within your points, the weight just comes off. And congrats on the bike, that looks fun!

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  13. So happy you joined WW! WHOOT I'm down almost 45 lbs and it's easy to stick to as it's very flexible!

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  14. You look great!!! Congratulations on your accomplishments!

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  15. Don't be self-conscious. I know it's easier said than done, but I think you look great out there riding that bike. Hubbie got me one too, but I definitely need a cushy seat. I apparently have bones in places that don't agree with a seat as an adult I didn't know I had as a kid. Go figure! lol

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  16. You're smiling ... you look like you're enjoying yourself. Awesome! Very inspirational ...(heads over to Craiglist)

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  17. What a fantastic fresh start... I'm a Ww online bunny too and have just started anew for the last time!!

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  18. I think you look great on that bike! I have recently started to research blogs to gain inspiration for my own weight loss journey. I love your blog and thank you!

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  19. You look amazing and let me just say CONGRATULATIONS! I am on the same journey losing weight and getting in shape and I love trying new physical activities. Im trying to incorporate new and fun activities to my routine like tennis and my boyfriend and I are getting bikes next week to go on bike rides together. I think it is a great way to get out of the house, enjoy the weather, and get moving.
    Keep up the amazing work :)

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  23. Thanks for sharing nice post.Riding,walking,running and swimming are so amazing for losing weight.

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  24. Hi Hollie! Your blog makes me so inspired to continue shedding those extra pounds. You see I'm so preggy with my third child but I guess I still have to control myself from eating too much and gaining too much weight since my baby might grow so big inside me. I don't want to end up delivering him through CS. I also have some writeups about losing weight in my blog site. Here is the link: http://www.mydoctorsdiagnosis.comule.com/wordpress/afraid-of-hunger-pangs-lose-weight-without-getting-hungry/.

    Best regards,

    Jocelyn

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  25. Keep it up man, I just watch your video and i'm gonna do some exercise my self and try to lose some pounds. I'm 14.5 stones and I have been like that for a while, but I'm trying to build the metal state to do this because I keep slacking :(.

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