When I was much younger I was very active, softball, biker, gymnast....three children and 33 years since I was on a bike, a major back injury and I am beginning again to get my strength back, weight down, energy up. I'll be 55 this April. I lost 141 lbs about eight years ago by watching what I ate, walking 20-25 miles a week and going to curves 3x/week. I felt great and was below 200 for the first time since I had my second child. I injured my back about six years ago and was left with terrible nerve impingement to legs which made walking any distance impossible. My highest weight was 340 in 2000 and I am currently 275.
I bought a Schwinn Meridian Trike and have been riding with my husband on the weekends for the last two weeks and an indoor recumbent bike every day. I've gone from being able to pedal for two minutes to 22 minutes and 3 miles. Rode to the beach yesterday and today which felt great.
The trike is big and heavy with one gear...he coasts half the time while I am peddling like hell!! I have a Schwinn High Timber Mountain Bike too and DH got it out, pumped up the tires and cleaned and lubed the chin, thinking that it would be a lot easier ride for me. I couldn't do it....I felt like I had no balance and I was all over the place on it...it was discouraging to say the least.
I know I am making progress. I've gone from literally doing nothing to riding everyday, either inside or out. I have some lessened pain in my legs and am sleeping better (a big issue) so progress yes.
Wes thinks a 3 speed beach cruiser might be an easier ride for me with a lower center of gravity. Any thoughts?
I've read many post on here now and you guys are amazing and a real inspiration.
I always want to fly before I learn how to walk.