Week 19 here for the HYC. Sitting at 163.8 which is only .2 up from where I was last week. Not happy about the gain that I reported yesterday, but at least for the challenge Im not that far up.
I exercised 3 times this week. I didnt get my usual workout in yesterday as I worked a horrible 12 hour day and had to go to the grocery store after work to stock up on healthy foods. By the time I came home, exercise was the not anywhere on my agenda for the evening. But 3 is not bad and I definitely enjoyed the bike ride that I wrote about yesterday. The plan this summer is to just keep working our way up to longer and longer rides. Hopefully by the time my boyfriend and I visit my parents in July, we will be up for a bike ride there. Last time I went bike riding in PA, I got one of the biggest workouts of my life. So many hills! We had a great time, but it was hard to do more than a few miles. I think this year we are up for the challenge!
The bike riding that I did in PA makes me think of a story that really shows that weight is not always an indicator of health. My parents and sister did this bike ride with me and my sister who has the eating disorder, struggled the entire way. I was probably around 200 pounds at the time but was exercising, and I happily pedaled my way through the hills while she was far behind us struggling. I probably had at least 100 pounds on her, yet was in better physical shape than her because she was starving herself and getting no nutrients. My parents were worried towards the end that she was going to have a heart attack. Imagine that...at young 20 something year old girl having a heart attack from a bike ride. Now Im not saying I was in the best health at 200 pounds, but I certainly wasnt going to keel over from a bike ride. And now almost 40 pounds less than that, I am feeling my weight loss even more and can tell I dont have that extra weight holding me back anymore.