A few days ago I was cooking breakfast at work when my boss came in and started chatting with me.
“You are getting skinny! I wish I had a picture of when you first started working here, you look completely different!” She exclaimed.
“Yeah, my life has changed a lot since then.” I answered.
Then she teased me. “But I wouldn’t want it getting out, a cook who loses weight is bad advertising for our business!”
We had a good laugh together.
Of course, the truth is that working in the restaurant has nothing to do with my weight loss. But the location of the restaurant has everything to do with it.
It is ten miles from where I live. Three and a half years ago, I started working at this small, family owned restaurant and commuting on my bike part of the time.
A ten mile commute really was the perfect distance. Short enough so that it was completely doable but long enough to be a commitment. It forced me into a decision-was I going embrace biking or be annoyed by the time it took out of my schedule?
For awhile, I was frustrated that biking back and forth to work cut two hours out of my day. As I pedaled homeward, I would think about all the productive things I could be doing if I had sped home in a car.
But as I biked more and more frequently to work, my mindset underwent a shift. I realized that biking, in itself, was productive. I began enjoying my rides back and forth to work immensely and my bike and I became close friends. My motto became,
“It is impossible to waste time on a bike.”
But not only did the frequent bike rides change my mindset, they also started changing my body. I don’t have a scale at my house, but every time I had the opportunity to step on one, I was shocked by the steadily decreasing number. For the first time in my life I was losing weight without changing my eating habits.
The more miles I rode on my bike, the more miles I wanted to ride on my bike. Not for exercise, not for transportation but for the sheer joy of pedaling down the road, for the adventures. And the more active I became, the more weight I lost.
Since I started working at this restaurant in June 2012, I have lost 75 pounds.
Making friends with a bike has changed my life!