Biking to Eat

20
Dec
2010

 

There are countless reasons why I’m Loving the Bike, but one of them is definitely due to my love of eating.  You see, I enjoy being lean and in shape…..and when I’m out packing on the miles on my bike I feel as though I can enjoy the foods I love without the guilt (within reason, of course).

This motivator has continuously got me on the bike time and time again……and it’s allowed me to live the healthy lifestyle that I crave.  I swear that if it wasn’t for being a cycling addict I would be 300 pounds.  I’m not a total junk food maniac, but I sure do love eating ice cream and a lot of other treats….and a lot of it.

The bike has also been my saving grace following a weekend binge-fest that makes me feel like a big slug.  There are many weekends that I take off from riding and where I seem to spend the whole time eating foods that I shouldn’t.  Sunday night I go to bed feeling bloated, tired, and out of shape.  I get on the bike Monday morning for a two hour ride and all of a sudden I feel back to normal…..and I get off thanking the bike for bringing me back.

I really do Bike to Eat.  I don’t know how many times that thought has got me out on the bike, made me pedal hard when I’m out there, and had me excited about my reward.  I know that food shouldn’t be used as motivation for exercise, but with the right kind of balance I think it’s okay.  My background in nutrition and fitness (and a lot of experience) has allowed me to figure out my boundaries and what I need to do in order to stay in the shape I desire.

I’m a so called “stick” as my friend Bryan of Biking to Live likes to say.  But I do have to work at it to achieve this status.  I will actually be posting my “Cycling for Optimal Weight” plan next Monday….so watch for that.  I’m teaming up with Kelli our nutrition guru and providing you with a cycling plan and athletic nutrition program that will allow you to achieve your ideal weight through cycling.  I’m very excited about this one.

Enjoy Your Ride

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