By the time I rode home today, I had logged 380 transportation miles for April. That is 28:37 hours of cardio exercise without breaking a sweat! Just kidding. I DO, at times, break a sweat because I like to challenge myself to break personal records but it feels like no effort at all.
I cancelled my $25/mo. gym membership because I barely used it at all this year until I eventually stopped going during lunch. Do YOU know what THAT MEANS?!?! To me, it means FIVE more cups of cappuccinos each month!!
Hey I tell you this NOT to impress you because I think I would rank last in this town of bicycle commuters who have probably stopped logging because they just can't keep track anymore. I share this because I am surprised by this new milestone. Because after 214 miles in March, I didn't think I could get any more miles in that what is normal for me.
Despite this, the bigger news is my vital health statistics. For the past four years, I have struggled with borderline high cholesterol. It runs in my family and I would not have known if I had not had blood work as part of an annual prevention plan at my workplace.
My bad cholesterol (LDL) went from 134 mg/dL to 81 mg/dL and most of the improvement has been in this past year. No doubt from the past few months! My good cholesterol (HDL) even went up from 92 mg/dL to 98 mg/dL. Over the past year, I have lost a total of 10 pounds, 6 of those pounds were lost in the past few months!
I have always heard that bicycling is good for your health in so many ways and now I am actually seeing the results. Look at these facts.
Speaking of which, my husband who is 6'0" tall, at the height of his weight had reach 228 lbs.
|John, not quite at his heaviest at 6 feet tall.|
Anyway, John had the last 10 pounds to lose. When you race and climb hills, every pound counts. So with my help on a new eating program, he was able to lose those "extra" pounds.