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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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  • JOYNEW
    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
  • IAMTHEELLIE
    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
  • RO2BENT
    Keep doing the hard work
    64 days ago
  • MSMOSTIMPROVED
    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
    VRRROOOM!!!
    64 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    (((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
  • CHERYLSCOTT54
    Beautiful
    65 days ago
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