As a kid, I never thought of bike riding as exercise. I grew up in the 1980s, when kids went outside to play and barely stayed indoors for much. Mind you this is way before the internet, technology, video games or social media ruled.
I was always on the slender and petite side and when puberty hit I remember for the first time actually having some meat on my bones and actual curves, too. I was not a fan though of feeling overweight and quickly found exercise, mainly cardio in the form of Cindy Crawford’s Workout VHS. Yes, society does put this pressure on women, especially teens to look a certain way and I definitely felt this pressure (real or imagined).
This was before I had suffered from sciatica and way before I even met Kevin or had my girls. I did get into shape and was proud to wear belly tee-shirts back when they were in style with my flat tummy. Those were the days!!
Flash forward to getting pregnant with Emma and the first few months after having her was the first time in my life that I actually was overweight. I started to wonder what I could do to lose the weight, but very quickly got a nice surprise in the form of my second pregnancy with Lily.
About 10 minutes after I gave birth to Lily, I remember sitting in the hospital bed and my delivery nurse marveling that other than a little pouch you would never know I had just given birth or had been 9 months pregnant a few short minutes ago and how other women would envy me. Yes, she actually said this to me and I am not going to lie, but tell you I loved hearing that. I mean who wouldn’t love to hear that they looked great after just delivering a 7 pound and change baby!
Only a few short days after giving birth to her, I was back in my larger pre-pregnancy clothes. And at my 6 week checkup, I had lost all the baby weight, but was still technically overweight, because I had been a few pounds overweight when I first got pregnant with Emma and then Lily, as well.
My first thought was exercise and I wanted to start immediately after that appointment. Anyone who has had a vaginal delivery knows, the six week checkup is where you get the Ok to begin exercise again.My Friend The Exercise Bike
So, my parents had gotten a stationary bike at some point previous to this. Most who know me and follow me, do know that we share a house with them. So, the bike just happens to be upstairs in their part of the house. Might be a bit boring, but it was truly convenient for me!!
See my kids love being around my parents during the day on any given day (Nannie and Poppy can do no wrong). So, when I want to use the bike they usually come up with me and play while I get to do a bit of exercise. Back then it was just Emma, who was mobile at around 18 months old. She would sit and play in the room while I did the bike or hang out my Nannie and Poppy. Lily was a baby and I would put her in her bouncy seat in the room with me.
It actually worked and I was back to what I weighed when we got married that summer and actually had maintained that weight continuing to workout through the following year.
But then last summer came and we started walking in the neighborhood in the evenings with the kids in the wagon, which was also a great workout. But I started getting lax with the bike, because of that. It was fine, because our walks were still enough.
And then the fall hit, Hurricane Sandy and the holidays, too. And as you already know, i gained over 10 pounds in only 2 short months. Not that I look awful, but need to tone up again, so what did I do?
I turned to my trusted friend the exercise bike (yes bike riding really does work) and now have been doing this for a little less than 2 months. I get to do anywhere from 30 minutes to 50 minutes depending on my kids attention span, but every little bit does help. And I have lost about 3 pounds in total and feel a bit more firm already. It is only March, but with the help of the bike and possibly walks too as the weather improves, I hope to be in back in shape real soon now!!
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