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How My Indoor Bike Helped Me Lose 94 Pounds

"I’ve never regretted a ride and love that feeling of speed. Remember, the only person that can limit you is you."

By Donna LoganPublished about a month ago 3 min read

I've struggled with weight for most of my life. Before my current weight loss journey, I managed to shed over 70 pounds in six months through an intense, medically supervised all-liquid diet of 800 calories per day. However, this regimen was unsustainable, and I ended up regaining the 70 pounds, plus an additional 20.

My weight always hindered my lifestyle. I needed a seat belt extender on planes and couldn't fit on theme park rides with my kids. I often made excuses to avoid physical activities, citing reasons like the weather or my attire.

The turning point came in June 2017 when I volunteered as a Roadie for the AIDS/LifeCycle ride to support my dad, who was participating for the seventh time. Assigned to bike parking, I endured long, physically demanding days that left my feet and ankles in pain. At 342 pounds, I couldn't even zip up my sleeping bag. Despite the discomfort, my perseverance earned me the Roadie of the Day award. This recognition made me realize that if I could push myself for strangers, I could do the same for myself and my family.

Determined to lose weight, I began by cutting back on soda and eating out less, which helped me lose the first 20 pounds. In November 2017, I joined a 21-day keto challenge at a local gym and lost another 16 pounds. I continued attending group fitness classes and discovered a love for spin classes, thanks to an inspiring instructor. Although initially uncomfortable, I stuck with it and even bought a gel seat cover for added comfort. By May 2018, I had lost 100 pounds, and my dad gifted me Shimano cycling shoes, which I still use today.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I was going to the gym four to five days a week, including two cycling classes. When gyms closed in March 2020, my workout routine and diet faltered. With my three kids schooling at home, I was exhausted. As I saw the scale creeping up, I knew I needed to get motivated again. I missed cycling the most from my gym routine.

In June 2020, I invested in a PooBoo magnetic exercise bike (Model M3). Working out at home has been more beneficial than I expected. I no longer need to arrange for childcare, and I can fit a ride into my schedule anytime. My family recognizes my routine when they see me getting ready for a ride.

By January 2021, I set a goal to lose four to six pounds a month. I aimed for a diet of 30 net grams of carbs per day with one "carb-up day" every four to seven days. Intermittent fasting, with an eating window from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., also worked well for me.

Now, I cycle six days a week using the iFit app on my PooBoo, enjoying various challenges. I recently reached 100 workouts and look forward to my next milestone of 200. My future goal is to invest in a road bike and hit the pavement for a birthday ride in December 2021. To prepare, I’m building my climbing legs and improving my saddle endurance.

Since starting my journey in June 2017, I've lost 94 pounds. Weight fluctuations are normal, and I’m proud of my progress. I now focus more on fitness than just weight loss. The fitness industry’s shift toward recognizing that athletes can be any size is encouraging. My goal is to be under 200 pounds, but I don’t equate fitness with being skinny. Cycling is my ‘me’ time, and I cherish it.

I've never regretted a ride and love that feeling of speed. Remember, the only person that can limit you is you. And as long as your legs are turning, it counts!

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Donna Logan

Donna Logan, a freelance design writer, has lived in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Tokyo, and Manila, and is currently exploring the Pacific Northwest from her home base in Portland, Oregon.

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Comments (2)

  • Morning Gloryabout a month ago

    You've done great. Hope my tips will keep you going( not necessarily for weight loss, but so that eating can be fun. I put the tips in a separate comment. Hope you don't mind.

  • Morning Gloryabout a month ago

    I've been there. What helped me was to eliminate one major starchy food I loved. Unfortunately, it was "bread." With searches on google, I looked for interesting recipes for open faced sandwiches and for salads and pizza where I could subtitute foods to give me the feeling I was not deprived. The weight started coming off. Then months later, I started cutting back sodas or pop. I substituted with herbal tea and used a pack of pure stevia just to give me taste. Sometimes I added lemon to make it a like a punch. A long time ago, I was following this lady and she lost weight by finding a substitution food for everything she loved, but those substitutes were less calories. She still could live her life and lose weight. And that is what inspired me to make "little" changes at a time, because full blown dieting made me feel deprived. I was surprised how much is in the markets that can make things fun to eat, and along with youtube videos, you've got it beat. Just look for low carb on youtube for the foods you love. Or fun drinks without white sugar. But the key is to pick one thing and do that for a while, then add another thing. In this way time is on your side and you can have fun without feeling totally deprived. I will follow your journey and I wish you much success. It was a health thing for me, instead of vanity. I felt so much better. I understand what you're going through. By the way, I love your bike.

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