Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Secret Weapon for Weight Loss

Even up here in the frigid north, winter seems to be losing it's grip.  Today I was outside with no jacket.  Tomorrow it is supposed to be sunny and 70 degrees.  That may not sound like a big deal where you are, but for us folk here in Michigan, it is awesome to have such pleasant weather so early in the year.  Yesterday, I rolled out my secret weapon for weight loss, my bike lol.   I bought this bike several years ago when I was first diagnosed with diabetes.  My intention then was to ride to lose weight.  Unfortunately, riding just killed my knee joints.  So I put the bike away thinking that I would bring it back our when I lost some weight and the strain on my joints would not be so bad.   Well that was about 30-40 pounds ago.  After inflating the tires and riding all around for two days, I am thrilled to report I have not had any joint pain.

I love having my elliptical and I use it all the time.  Even in the summer if the weather gets bad, I will jump on for a little exercise.  However, the elliptic can get a little boring.  So, as Michigan starts to warm, I am hoping to melt of a few pounds on my "new" bike that I can finally ride.  How is that for a non-scale victory?  What do you all look forward to doing now that the weather is starting to change???

43 comments:

  1. I'd like to do more outdoor runs. I've been using the treadmill all winter because I don't like running in the cold. Yay for spring weather early!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too. I just cannot get motivated to go outside in the snow and the slush!

      Delete
  2. I haven't had any knee problems or pain in some time but when I was 35 pounds heavier, I certainly did. I'm looking forward to riding my bike soon. Right now it is in Mississippi and I am in Arizona.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a difference 35 pounds can make!! Well done!

      Delete
  3. That's awesome Paul. I look forward to more walking & running in some different areas. I've been doing it during winter but sticking close to home so now that its nicer it's time to venture out & see what beauty Mn has to offer since Mpls/St Paul has been voted one of the best places for running:-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope it is turning nice there for you. I hear MN can have worse weather than here in Michigan!

      Delete
  4. I walked back and forth to the gym and then later to the post office, which added 2.4 miles to my workouts today. It's 65* here on LI!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow, 2.4 miles for me IS a workout LOL. Way to go!!

      Delete
  5. Awesome! I need to haul my bike out too - we've had beautiful weather also! DS just picked up his bike from our shed and brought it to his house, so now my bike isn't packed behind too many others and I can get at it! Will have to look at it and make sure everything is ready so I can get moving on it! Yah spring!
    Dawn

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just be sure to check the tires. Pedaling on under inflated tires is well tiring lol.

      Delete
  6. Okay it is time to dust off Merlin and start riding again. We are having wonderful weather here in Mississippi.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! Hopefully we can motivate everyone to get out and enjoy some fresh air and nice weather.

      Delete
  7. I'd like to bike too. You are SO right, losing weight changes everything doesn't it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes, it sure makes pedaling easier I can tell you that.

      Delete
  8. I can't think of a better NS victory then being pain free. Congratulations.

    I am looking forward to getting back out on the hiking trails around here. It will take a lot of this unseasonably warm weather to dry the trails. But I will be out there ASAP! I may even go in the mud??? The warm temps sure do have a strong pull to get you outside.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pain free is nice.

      My kids and I went hiking last weekend. I will say the trails were spongy. The wet leaves still on the ground from last fall are slippery on the inclines also!

      Delete
  9. What a great idea! I'm gonna wait until I get to NYC to buy me a bike. But that's something I've definitely forgotten and missed from childhood!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It will put a smile on your face, that's for sure. It does transport me back to my childhood.

      Delete
  10. Replies
    1. Thanks for reading and for your support!!

      Delete
  11. I just got my bike out too. I am going to write about it on Friday I think. It was hurting my knee so I had the hubby raise the seat voila the pain went away. Enjoy your great weather!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it is no fun riding if it hurts...I look forward to reading your post.

      Delete
  12. Fantastic NSV! My bike is going to help me too this season! :D

    ReplyDelete
  13. Can't wait to be able to ride my bike. I couldn't last year because of an injury, but it is one of my favorite things to do.

    We're enjoying a very early spring in Minnesota too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well I hope you can enjoy some time on your bike this year!!

      Delete
  14. Paul, thank you for your comment on my blog! I look forward to following yours~~I take all the motivation I can get! So happy that your bike is working for you--I need to get a bike as well one of these days. I'm very jealous of your elliptical, I love that machine. I am newly in Washington State, after having spent the past 4 years in Hawaii and California, so this bad weather is kind of discouraging, as well as the fact that my 3 youngest make it impossible for me to have a gym membership--I love those awesome machines, but I am stuck doing videos instead. Luckily I have some great ones that I really like.

    I am excited to read through your blog this afternoon when I get some time. Yay for weight loss!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh wow moving from CA to WA has got be hard. I have lived in neither, but I know CA is known for sun and WA is known for rain ;(

      Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by!!

      Delete
  15. oh, yes!! i bought a cruiser last year and love it. it is so much more fun to exercise outside.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Going for walks without freezing and without having to wear layers!!LOL Also going to the mountains and hiking some..not a lot YET, because I don't want to shock my body too much since I AM still pretty fat.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well Tammy, you are right. Some of the hills here almost give me a heart attack-I cannot imagine mountains!!

      Delete
  17. We live in sunny Florida so the weather is rarely a factor. Unless you count the heat! LOL I too love my elliptical!! It actually does get used! My kids will even get on it and workout for about 5 mins at a time. hehe I figure every little bit helps!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL, Dee that is funny, my son is 11 and will get on the elliptical and blaze off a quick mile...then he's done. You are right every little bit counts!

      Delete
  18. Swimming! It will need to get a bit warmer yet but I can't wait. Glad you found my blog; I am enjoying yours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yep, but here in Michigan swimming is a few moths away!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

      Delete
  19. I'd LOVE it if it was 70F in the UK! I'm glad you're enjoying the weather. You should post some pics of you on your bike! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I will get some pics. Thanks for the idea, Tim.

      Delete
  20. I love the sun - originally from Phoenix (a bit hot for many) and I now live in So. CA - and I like to walk. I have been having some issues with my feet, so the best thing for me right now is the elliptical. I do love when I can go out for a nice walk in the sunshine with a slight breeze.

    Congrats, it's great that you are not having any joint pain after riding your bike. I have one too, but never feel quite comfortable. I'm always afraid I will fall. It's hell getting older!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I'm not the most interesting, but I sure have years of experience dealing with weight issues! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I understand about being afraid. My wife has a horse, but I am too scared to ride it. I do not like to feel I have no control.

      You should look into getting one of those nice adult tricycles. My daughter doesn't have the best balance and she wants one.

      Delete
  21. Great NSV! I am excited about getting a bike after the big move, I don't think I have been on a bike for at least 5 years, isn't that sad!
    Swimming is a great all body workout, and if you are lucky enough to be close to an indoor pool you can do it all year round.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well the great thing is you never forget how to ride. Hope you can get out there soon.

      Delete
  22. Thank you so much for posting this. I used to ride bikes like it was going out of style and after getting my driver's license 10 years ago I gave up riding. I read your post on Friday and drove home wishing I still owned a bike. While at my parent's house on Saturday I fixed up a couple of my old bikes for my nephews. My father appreciated it and offered to let me take his brand new mountain bike home with me. I rode on Friday and Sunday and I got a great workout both times. I live in a small community with little traffic and a lot of sidewalks.

    Thanks again!

    -Ryan
    http://daddyweightloss.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Ryan, I absolutely love hearing this. It is so cool to see how words can and do help bring about change!! Reading this thrilled me, and I am so glad you are enjoying again what you used to enjoy.

      I feel as long as we are breathing we are not to old for a little fun!

      Thanks for reading and your comment!

      Delete