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Bike ride yesterday

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Yesterday was a nice 30 miles on the river bike trail. It was rainy and slippery, so I kept it under 12 miles an hour and just enjoyed it.

I did have one fly in the soup. When I stopped at my 15-mile mark and was taking pictures on the bridge, a guy walking past asked me if it was hard to ride a bike while I was pregnant. I haven't been pregnant in 17 years. I carry the majority of my weight in my belly, and always have, I've heard it called 'Stress Belly' before. I have been asked how far along I am for the last 12 years or so, and it's always painful. People stopped asking when I gained the last 40 pounds, because I was just larger all over, and it was more obvious I was overweight.

When I told him I wasn't pregnant, all he said was ' oh Sh*t' and walked away.

I'm not going to lie, for a moment I just crashed. I felt awful about myself, and I had been feeling so high about my health results.

Then I had to reframe this. I've lost enough weight that my legs and arms and back are slimming down, and now I 'just' look pregnant again. So, progress, but painful.

I also didn't have a comeback for him at the time, so I spent probably 6 miles on my bike thinking of comebacks, and wishing I was as witty in real-time. So, back out there today, letting the comment roll off of me, and also taking it as fuel to start strength training again, something I've been putting off for months now.

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    You're living your active life. Good for you!
    62 days ago
  • LORI-K
    I am sure that fellow wouldn’t be able to keep up with you on one bike ride, much less all the riding you do in a week. Water off a ducks back. But I don’t want to minimize your feelings being hurt. emoticon
    Your pics are awesome. YOU are awesome.

    64 days ago
    My gran called me "a chunk" when I saw her a little while back... People kind of suck, but we're doing our best and that's what matters!
    64 days ago
    Keep doing the hard work
    64 days ago
    You are consistently out there doing the work. Idiots are everywhere. There is no avoiding that. Your pictures are beautiful just like you! Don't let one crackpot detract from a wonderful day biker babe! emoticon
    64 days ago
    (((HUGS))) I think you've reframed it well. You've lost enough weight that the stress belly may stand out a little more. BUT keep doing what you're doing and that will disappear. (((HUGS))) can't have too many. And glad you got out there again!
    65 days ago
    65 days ago
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