I wanted to do something with my friends to mark the fact that I’ve lost 100 pounds. My friends have been there for me through thick (literally!) and thin (soon we’ll be there!), and I wanted to celebrate with them too. A few weeks ago a couple of my girlfriends and I headed to one of my favorite wineries for to imbibe, but I also wanted to do something fitness-related, because one of the best things about losing all this weight is the fact that I can be so much more active.
Since I love riding my bike, it seemed like a natural fit. I chose this past Saturday, November 16th for our jaunt, and crossed my fingers that the weather would hold up, which it did. It’s so difficult to get everyone together, especially on a Saturday afternoon, so I was really happy that my sister and Tinkerbell were able to come on the ride with me.
I wanted to get a quick selfie to capture my happiness. It was a gorgeous, clear, sunny day, I was going bike riding at LG Creek Trail, and I was going to get to spend some time with two of my favorite people in the world. Of course I have a huge smile on my face!
Before we ever left for the bike ride, my sister gave me this adorable bicycle basket tote bag. She’d bought a different pattern for herself months ago from Gypsea Blue Bags on Etsy, and I loved it so much that she decided to buy one for me in honor of my 100-pound loss. How special of her! She bought the perfect colors, knowing that I want to buy myself a red beach cruiser for my 100-pound reward.
For those of you wondering why I want to buy another beach cruiser when I already have one, the reasons are simple:
- I love the ease of beach cruisers.
- I love that beach cruisers allow me to sit up straight – no slouching = great posture.
- They’re just fun!!
- I wanted a red one when I originally bought mine, but it was going to be a special order, and because I wanted it THEN, I went with the peach one I have. But for the past 5 years I’ve regretted not getting the red one, so now it’s time.
So, I’ll be buying this cruiser for myself very soon:
The first amazing thing was fitting our bikes on the back of my sister’s little Vibe. Her bike is no problem, but my bike is a whopper. It’s long, heavy, and very awkward to transport. But together, LC and I were able to get it on the bike rack without too much effort. I’m glad to know that we can fit it on there, because it means we can go on lots of bike rides to fun places that are a bit farther out of the way.
The LG Creek Trail is absolutely beautiful, peaceful, and serene, although these photos don’t do it justice. But believe me, each of us commented at different parts along our ride about how pretty the surroundings were.
We rode the trail until we were at the edge of Vasona Park and decided it was time to stop for a quick water break. Look at this view! It was even more vivid in person. At this point, we decided to turn around, because the entrance to Vasona from this side is very narrow, with lots of uphills, and we weren’t all sure we were up for it.
All told, we rode for an hour and had the best time. We chatted, laughed, and just felt so alive there on the trail. I even had a chance to take this pic, which I adore. Pretty good camera work, if I do say so myself, considering I was pedaling as I took it.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this milestone weight loss than riding my bike on a beautiful November Saturday afternoon with my girlies.