There are a lot of threads about getting out of the Clyde/Athena weight range, getting rid of old clothes that don't fit, etc. But what about the less tangible benefits? I'm not riding enough yet to make weight loss a possibility (and I may actually be putting on my winter hibernation fat -- what was that other thread about bears? ), but I'm noticing improvements in other areas.
I used to get lightheaded and tired a lot during the day. That doesn't happen anymore. And I don't get winded while climbing stairs.
I used to have a lot of anxiety problems and could work myself up into a panic attack on the subway ride home with nothing else to think about for half an hour. Riding my bike forces my attention onto other things, like safety and my surroundings and traffic signals.
I feel more confident and graceful and steady on my feet. I stand straighter, and I feel less likely to trip or turn my ankle or bump into things.
There's more research out there to suggest that being overweight or even obese isn't as dangerous as we thought, as long as you're active. And it's definitely possible, especially for women, to be stubbornly 'overweight' despite being active and having a healthy heart and good blood pressure and normal blood sugar maintenance.
All of you permanent Athenas and Clydes, share your little victories here.