Life has been a little crazy lately, what with my move to Texas, and starting a new job. That being said, I’ve been making time for one of my rediscovered passions –biking. When I was a kid, I remember loving to ride on my bike all over the neighborhood. But, as I got older, I stopped riding it for whatever reason. There’s an ad by Huffy that I love. It says, “Adulthood is the bully that stole your bike. Take it back!”
Thanks to a free bike, I have now taken up the habit again. There’s something about the wind on your face as it rushes past you (or rather you rush past it), the feeling of your legs moving, and watching as the road disappears much faster than if you were on your own two feet. Of course, riding a bike isn’t always as fun as it was in my youth. Ben and I went on a 25 mile bike ride last week –a ride that took two hours, and almost every ounce of my energy. By the time we were done, my thighs were throbbing, and I was in the throes of hatred for my bike. And yet, today, I can’t wait for my next bike ride.
It definitely helps that I’ve upgraded my bike. My brand new, awesome bike is comfortable, and makes for much smoother riding. The back shocks make my ride much less bumpy, and I love that it’s a 21 speed. It’s definitely nice that the gears aren’t rusty, and can transition with greater ease.
If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you may have noticed that I am in the process of trying to lose weight. It’s been slow going –that is, until I started bicycling. I’m now down 18 pounds, which is fantastic!
It may seem strange that biking can increase my love for fashion, but it has. While I’ve always loved fashion, I’ve been more of a window shopper than an active participant. Cute clothes just aren’t that appealing when I feel overweight. I’m much more likely to reach for a tube of lipstick or a bottle of lotion than a new pair of jeans when I feel fat. But, as I’m seeing the weight come off, I feel more and more confident in myself, and comfortable with my body. Suddenly, I’m eyeing that new dress, that new shirt with excitement, rather than wistful longing.
I think the actual act of riding has made a huge difference as well. As I speed down bike trails surrounded by woods, I feel more connected to the world around me –and to my own body. I feel less at odds with myself, and happier with myself as a person.
So while I have focused primarily on beauty products on this blog, you are about to see a major shift. There will be more outfit posts as I continue to lose weight. Also, there will be a much bigger emphasis on wellness. I think beauty and fashion were meant to be offshoots of a much bigger issue –self-esteem.
And when it comes down to it, in this blog, I guess you would say my main goal (or even my mission) –is to share my journey in improving my self-esteem, and to help other women to do the same!