I, like so many others, struggle to stay consistent in my health-conscious choices. I’ll do really well for a limited amount of time and then re-discover that fast food is way more convenient, which leads to the descent down the ladder of health that I just worked so hard to climb. I have also never stayed consistent with exercise until very recently, never truly enjoying most things that I tried.
This blog is my official commitment to Peloton, to my health, and to 365 days of exercise.
Where to begin when describing oneself?
The most important part of my life is my two-year-old son. I never planned (ha ha) on having kids; he was the best gift I have ever been given. For the time being, I am both a working mom and a stay-at-home mom. My job as a medical biller/coder is a work-from-home flexible schedule job that I’ve worked since 2016. I can’t work while he’s awake without assistance, so I mostly work during nap time and from 8:00PM to midnight. I’ll sleep when I’m dead, right? 😴 I was born and raised in Florida (with a 3-year stint in Delaware before I can remember and 2 years in North Carolina when I married my ex-husband, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune).
Here’s my Tiktok if you would like the story of what happened between my ex-husband and I. This is a large part of my life story, but not the main purpose for this blog. Scroll back for the earliest videos!
May 19th of this year, my brand new Peloton bike was delivered, and I have used it every single day since I got it, with the exception of one day between them picking up my Bike and delivering my Bike+ a day later.
Here’s a brief exercise history for me:
I never once enjoyed exercise until I tried CrossFit in 2016. I instantly was sucked in. I went at least 3 days a week. In mid 2018, before I found out I was pregnant, I had switched from CrossFit to an Olympic Weightlifting team. My snatch was a measly maximum of 50lb, but my max Clean was 125lb, my max jerk 120lb. My back squat was 200lb, my deadlift 205lb, and my bench was 115lb. I was very proud of this. My cardiovascular health wasn’t where it should be, but I LOVED weightlifting. Of course, shortly after attending the first week of the weightlifting team, I found out I was pregnant and then my entire life fell apart before my eyes. (Again, see Tiktok).
Anyhow, that leads me to the decision to purchase a Peloton. My best friend bought a stationary bike and really enjoyed Peloton’s classes. I couldn’t sleep one night and decided the next day to purchase it. This was exciting for me, not just because I’d never owned something so nice, but because I never could have done that when I was still married. It came, and I fell in love with it.
Everything about peloton is motivating. The trainers, their individual classes, the community, the way the bike tracks activity, the challenges. Everything. How can you put a price on something that eliminates the pre-exercise dread so many of us have to muddle through in order to just start a workout? For me, it was the price of a Bike+ and $39 a month (which is far cheaper than spin classes). It also fits into my schedule as well as my bedroom. I can’t say enough good things about it.
So this leads me to the entire point: a challenge for myself (and anyone who wants to join me).
20 minutes a day for 365 days.
Having the “every little bit counts” mindset is always better than “all or nothing.” I think we tend to get caught up in not trying anything if we can’t do what we think is “enough.” That couldn’t be farther from the truth; even 5 minutes or exercise a day is better than 0. So let’s commit and get it done.
I am currently 60 days in with 5/19/2021 being my start date. Follow along with me on the rest of my journey! ❤️