Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm a Wimp

HA ! what a whuss !

You can see where I'm going with this, right ?
That, my friends, is a picture of a torture machine (similar to treadmills, ellipticals, etc.)

For the past 3 years (hmm, maybe more) it has lived hanging from our garage ceiling. Every year I say I should get it down and use it. For the same 3 years (or more) I've started and stopped a multitude of walking programs.

THIS year I've actually made some weight loss progress ! Somewhat unintentionally at first but hey, that was just bonus. However, it has all been a result of counting calories and cutting portion sizes. There's that 4km walk most days, and while I expect it's helping some, I try not to count that, I'd rather it just be 'normal' for me.

Now, I figure I better up the ante a bit. A weight loss program should definitely include exercise and at the moment I'm going through physio for knee pain. Biking is a good idea overall.

DH tuned it up on Sunday, today I took it out for a short ride. Those knee muscles need a LOT of work.

I can walk 10-15km no problem - and did in fact start my day with the 3-dog 4km walk. But biking uses different muscles and I apparently haven't used those in a while. My short ride turned out to be an hour - 13km. It was all local on bike paths and I tried to keep it as non-hilly as possible - those inclines felt like mountains LOL. I know it was a slow speed, short distance but I gotta start somewhere and really, I`m happy I did it without having to walk up any of the inclines.

Tomorrow again, if the rain holds off - and if I can walk. Like I said, a wimp :-)


  1. A "NOT" wimp!! Gooooo, Claire!!
    Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

  2. Way to go. Biking is excellent exercise, and my favorite form of it. I got out on mine again last Sunday. Hoping to do that again today, and hopefully at least 3 x a week. We'll see!

  3. Weird how your comments form won't let me identify myself. You know me as www.cadenceoflife.com :)

  4. You're well on your way to conquer the devil machine - while enjoying the process. It's the best warm season activity in the world!

  5. I'm a wimp. I don't exercise at all. I like to blame it on my back surgery, and the right leg I still can't feel the inside of. Really, I'm just lazy. You have my admiration for even looking at the evil torture beast!

  6. Biking really does use totally different muscles, so don't feel like a wimp! My boyfriend used to bike all the time but got hit by a car(!) and hadn't ridden for a few years. I coaxed him out onto the trail with me a couple weeks ago. He is a major runner, regularly doing 8 mile runs, and I *smoked* him on the trail. Not because I am in better shape than him, just because I have bike muscles and he no longer does. He was a bit annoyed about it. Heh. You'll get there! And biking is so much kinder on the joints than most other exercise.


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