Dee H. - Aurora, IL
At one point weighing close to 400 pounds at only 5'1" I got off coughing to survive, to be around for my young sons, to be around for grandkids even. Biking off and on through high school and college, the freedom I found, the mental celebration was even more of a lure than the mere-idea of exercise and weight loss. Let's face it, at that size, just moving at all was a chore.
As the weight came off and stayed off I realized that my tool to cope with life was not food, it was biking. Former me: when I was sad, I ate. When I was stressed, I ate. When lonely I was lonley, I ate! Now through my brother's death, I actually pedaled my sadness away. Through my divorce, pedaling replaced stuffing my face. Over the years, I've been able to keep off over 200 pounds thanks to pedal power. I can say I'm healthier now, more fit both physically and mentally at 58 than I ever was in my 30's and 40's. I owe this to my bike, my love of the ride, the exhilaration of being out in nature, taking in the sun, the rain and the wind. Biking is my calm, my solace, my sanctuary! Every single ride is an adventure- a gift I give myself ! I'm just so grateful ! Ride on!