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  1. #1
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    Aug 2013
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    MN
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    Greetings from a fat girl on a bike!

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    Hello!

    Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I am 50 years old, hail from Minnesota, widowed 9 years with 2 adult children and 2 beautiful grandchildren.

    I've been significantly overweight my adult life and am finally ready to change that. It's taken awhile for me to REALLY get there!!

    I started riding a cheapo mountain bike in the spring. Started at 10 minutes 3 days a week and thought I might die. Holy out of breath and sore legs! But, I've slowly worked my way up and have recently tackled a 10, 15 and 20 mile ride. Tomorrow I am going for 25. I'm slow, but I am doing it!

    Since May, I've lost 24 pounds (I have another 100 to go) and I am down 2 sizes. WOOT!

    I invested just a little bit of money in a new Schwinn bike about a month ago, and what a huge difference it has made Bought a new saddle, computer, and saddle bag off Amazon and I am LOVING this. I have muscles in my thighs I never knew I had.

    I know I have a ton to learn, and far to go, but I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself!

    So, hello from MN!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Central Indiana
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    Welcome to TE, jilliebeanmn! Congratulations on what you've already accomplished. That's fantastic! And it sounds like you're having a lot of fun! Double woot!
    Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.

    --Mary Anne Radmacher

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
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    nice work on the weight loss

    (looks at froyo cup guiltily)

  4. #4
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    Dec 2006
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    Thanks for saying Hi and sharing your journey with us! I love these stories, they are truly inspirational.

    Sounds like you're well on your way to becoming a cycling junkie like the rest of us. Be careful this forum is full of enablers.

    Keep us updated!
    Living life like there's no tomorrow.

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  5. #5
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    Jul 2012
    Location
    Houston
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    Re: Greetings from a fat girl on a bike!

    Welcome and congrats! There is something about cycling that makes you feel like a kid and yes, we are most definitely enablers when it comes to bikes and bike related things :-)
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  6. #6
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    Aug 2013
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    Thanks, everybody!

    I need all the encouragement I can get! lol

  7. #7
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    Nov 2009
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    Indianapolis, Indiana
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    Welcome and congratulations! I started the same journey when I was 50 as well, it can be daunting at times but the rewards are well worth it! There is also something very positive to being able to feel like a kid again

  8. #8
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    Apr 2012
    Location
    Rowland Hts, CA
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    Great job! Keep it up!
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  9. #9
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    Aug 2012
    Location
    Oregon
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    Great job and keep motivated. Yes, the TE forum is a group of enablers, but a wonderful group.
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  10. #10
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    Dec 2011
    Location
    Richmond, VA
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    YAY! Biking is the best exercise ever...because it is FUN!

  11. #11
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    Jun 2009
    Location
    Puerto Rico
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    Congratulations and welcome to TE. Keep up the good work.
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  12. #12
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    Jul 2006
    Location
    Flagstaff AZ
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    Great job on your accomplishments! Biking is a fun way to find health!

  13. #13
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    Aug 2007
    Location
    SF bay area
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    Congrats on the riding and lifestyle change! Enjoy your new bike!

  14. #14
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    Sep 2010
    Location
    Whitmore Lake, Michigan
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    Wow, what a great accomplishment! You must be very proud of that. It's just the most wonderful feeling to fall in love with a new hobby and especially one that gives you exercise and makes you feel so good after you've gone on a ride, it's exhilarating. Results are the ultimate motivator, and bicycling is so fun and addictive. Welcome and congratulations!
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  15. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Twin Cities, Minnesota
    Posts
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    Congratulations on all you successes. A new start and a new body. :-)
    I am from Minnesota to. PM me. If we live close, perhaps we can go riding.
    kajero
    2013 Trek FX 7.6 WSD
    2012 Specialized Ruby WSD
    2004 Schwinn (I think that is the year)

 

 

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