Monday, August 20, 2012

Riding high...

10.21 miles. 1:13 hours. 942 calories. My 6 a.m. bike ride yesterday morning. I didn't think I was going to make it. Last Sunday Mr. L and I rode just over an hour and went about 8 miles. We didn't set out to go further this week, it just happened. We had to stop at a Mapco for Mr. L to pee, and honestly, I didn't think I would be able to make it the almost 2 miles home. I was DONE. But he pushed me, and I made it.

During the ride I went up this huge, winding hill that Mr. L has always referred to as Alpe d'Huez because it's a hard climb like the one in the Tour de France. It almost killed me, but I made it. I knew he was proud of me, because it took him a while to be able to make that hill, and I made it on my first try. At 300+ lbs.

I still refuse to weigh myself, and I am still ok with that. My life is so much happier without the stress of the scale. I am going to sign up for health insurance during open enrollment, so I should be able to see a doctor after January 1. I get a (slight) raise in September that should help cover some of the $500/month that it costs.  I need it. I am 99% sure that my issues stem from something medical now, so until I get to see a doctor, I will keep doing what I'm doing!

No matter what the scale says, I know and can now see the changes I've made since the end of May. I am stronger. My physical endurance is at an all time awesome. I mean, 6 months ago there is no way I could have survived a 10 mile bike ride! My food choices are so much better and my portions are good, too. I am just so happy to know that I am trying. Not losing/gaining weight SUCKS when you know deep down that you aren't doing anything to stop the madness. I know I am trying, so at least I have that victory. I will keep going, despite feeling a little down at times. I am confident that all this is setting me up for greatness in the end.

I am liking my new gym and got to meet with a trainer twice last week. He pushed me so hard on Thursday that it's still hard to raise my arms. It's crazy how all this time I really thought I was doing my best when it came to weights... I guess not! I took several rest days because I knew that it would be pointless to try to life again when I was so sore. But I am going back today.

**side note about my new gym: Although everyone is very nice and it's a very good facility... I feel so out of place! I am the only fat overweight plus-sized obese person I've seen there. I feel so self-conscious. At my old gym, there were all shapes and sizes. At this gym, there are lots of Ken's and Barbie's. I guess that's what more money will get you. It's ok... I still like it and will continue to go.

I also want to mention that I do NOT like Weight Watcher's online. Their database sucks, and their app is NOT user friendly. I miss MFP. My local WW is supposed to get the monthly pass option on Sept 1, so I might see if they will give me the credit left over from the 2 months left online to go to meetings. Either way, I will not renew. I don't have a problem with the points, or staying in them, it's just such a pain to track. And we all know that if it's not convenient I won't do it.

Well, I am off to the DMV with my daughter so she can get her permit, and then she has a doctor's appointment scheduled. I took off from work, so hopefully I can get all this stuff done today. She turned 15 on Saturday... oh how time flies!


  1. WTG! That is great keep it up!

  2. Great post Hollie and a cool site!

    My names Paul and I use to be a personal trainer, so I know your struggles all too well.

    Your doing fantastically though and consistency is the route to success so keep going!

    Good luck :-)

  3. I'm not fond of the online WW database either. It could use a major overhaul!

  4. Good for you! Cycling is such a great way to get fit, and so exhilarating. A great way to get to know your neighborhood, too. You can see so much more from a bike than from a car.

  5. I use My Net Diary to keep track of food and exercise - it's very easy to use - check it out if you can.

  6. Your progress is really inspiring! I'm also trying to lose weight, and reading that was really motivational!

  7. Gym make me uber nervous. That's why for the first bit of my weight loss I am leaving them out of the equation. I am hoping all the positive momentum I am seeing will make have the confidence to be the chubby girl at the elliptical in a see of skinny bitches in full make up.

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  9. congrats on the long bike ride! i'm trying to lose weight too, and i've recently been jogging (but mostly walking lol!) it seems like i'll never be a true runner but i just need to keep going. you are definitely inspirational! keep it up girl :)

  10. Hey great and inspiring post. Your hard work is really surprising. Most of the people knows various weight loss tips but there is lack of handwork but your work is really good thumbs up!! My latest blog will surely help people who want to control there weight.

  11. Oh, I love biking too, but now mine's at the shop. It was broken last week. Anyways, you are doing great in keeping up your health. Julia


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