Honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure if I was going to share this one. I’m still not, I suppose, but here it is anyway. It’s very nerve wracking to literally expose what stays neatly tucked away in black clothing. I know a lot of co-workers and friends read this so if any of you have any particular issues with seeing me in basically what a bikini would cover then I suggest skipping this one and not looking at the picture below.
I wasn’t sure what would happen to my body during my 45 days of riding. Is 6 weeks long enough to really make a difference? I have been struggling with my weight for a while now (I went back to school a few years ago and all those burgers for lunch and sitting around really stacked up against me!) and since I’ve been so busy I haven’t made a priority of getting more fit. This challenge was definitely the jumping off point to see how far I can push myself for my goals. While I didn’t really measure and weigh out all my food and track macros and everything, I did make an effort to eat better than I have been and all of the time spent on the trails provided hours and hours every day which I couldn’t spend mindlessly eating on the couch which helped.
After all was said and done, I lost around 10 pounds and about 9 inches.
I felt more fit. Muscles were popping out all over the place (hello, triceps!) My whole body felt more firm and that little pooch that used to hang over my belt went away.
The trick now is to find some balance while still maintaining the progress I’ve made and get even closer to my fitness goals. If I’ve proved anything at all to myself in this journey it’s that I can do anything I put my mind to. Getting even more fit to be better on my bike and in my skin is just another challenge I have in front of me. Look forward to more updates with embarrassing pictures as I power through these new goals just like I did my 45 days. Happy trails, everyone.
2 Replies to “Conclusions: My Body”
Whoa! The difference is noticeable!
For me the difference would probably be bruises, scrapes, and bandages. I do have kinesiology tape framing both knees as well as a swollen left index finger from *road* cycling.
Do you log the kms you do or have a HRM watch or anything like that?
I did a lot of Strava so there’s quite a few of the kms logged but for some days I just forgot to turn it on or if I was sessioning a feature or just headed to the pump track I didn’t bother.
I don’t have a HRM watch yet but I’ve been looking into them which would be really cool.
I definitely have a ton of bruises and cuts and scrapes but that’s another day’s post 🙂