This week, I had a shift in gears as I finally picked up my helmet and started to bike once more. Even though I haven’t made much progress in dropping weight throughout this entire journey thus far (this morning I weighed myself in at 211.5 lbs), I still wish to take it on myself to try bolder things when it comes to weight loss.
It’s for this reason that I had a shift in gears and started to use my bike. At its core, it’s another method to help me shed weight over time. Not to mention, it’s not as straining as jogging.
Why I’m Biking Again
I only started to use my bike only yesterday so it’s hard to say its effects on me. More than likely, I won’t be using my bike a whole lot either early on. The reason for this is due to my legs. Because of my weight, I’m at a point where I feel a lot of pain and soreness the next day whenever I do any sort of bending.
Jogging, squats, lunges, even peddling.
I know a lot of people will say that’s the point of exercising, and you are right. But this intense pain puts me out of commission for several days most times. In other words, there’s a good chance I’ll gain that weight back from sitting around recovering.
For a long time, I’ve been dangling this reason in front of me to only opt for walking. That being said, because I’m making so little progress, I need to step up my strategy. Thus a shift in gears needs to be made, one where I can do some biking and still be good to do other exercises to burn fat.
My Biking Strategy
This brings me to my current biking strategy, and I think it’s effective. Even as I am typing this, my legs are still stiff from the biking that I’ve done. However, it’s not as bad as it was before.
Either I developed some more muscle to tolerate my weight (I kind of doubt that); or
The strategy I used along the way was better suited for me.
This strategy that I used was quite literally a shift in gears as I opted for lower gears. This meant I was peddling less and not as hard.
The method works well for me right now since I can’t afford to push myself too far into biking. In the past, I opted for the tougher gears mainly due to the additional speed it brought. Furthermore, I didn’t have the issue I have now with bending.
Regardless, the new strategy that I have is something where it’s more tolerable for me. It’s still something I can still take advantage of too. Even though it’s straining on myself, I still pace myself. I refuse to be held down by my past. Not to mention, biking can burn more calories, which I want.
Furthermore, the stuff I am doing to pace myself is effective. I know this because I’m still in good shape today to do more. Sure, I’m a bit stiff, but it’s not as bad as before.
Some things that I am doing to pace myself is to avoid long and slight inclines and hills. This is on top of being at a lower gear. Not to mention biking only in certain cases.
A Shift In Gears
Slowly I’ve been piecing together a strategy that I wish to go through. This structure that I’m building I’m still being hopeful for and working on it as well. I refuse to give up and will continue to experiment and grow myself.
In the past, I would certainly be concerned that after all this time I still haven’t lost much weight. However, what’s important to keep in mind more so is how I feel. I still feel myself sweating from doing these exercises, not to mention, I feel healthier all around.
I’ve got this!
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon