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Bike Riding to Lose Weight Fast

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Bike Riding to Lose Weight FastElizabeth Potter used bicycling to feel better and burn fat

Vitals Elizabeth Potter, 27, West Valley City, UT
Occupation JetBlue Airways supervisor
Height 5’6″
Weight Before 255
Weight After 155
Time Required to Reach Goal 2 years, 3 months

Lesson Learned Find a workout you enjoy.
“If I didn’t love cycling, I couldn’t do it for hours a day.”

Secret Weapon
Her son, Aiden, now 5. “He was my inspiration, and lugging a 25-pound kid in a bike trailer was tougher than any machine at the gym.”

The Gain
Elizabeth was always chubby, but when she got pregnant in 2004, she hit 225 pounds and developed gestational diabetes. After her son, Aiden, was born, she split up with his father, and life as a single mom took a toll. She began taking antidepressants but also self-medicated with food. “The worse I felt, the more I ate,” she admits. She eventually reached 255 pounds.

The Change
“Once Aiden started walking, I just couldn’t keep up,” she says. “I needed to get healthy for both of us.” In February 2006, after a coworker raved about the weight-loss benefits of cycling, Elizabeth bought a mountain bike and a trailer to pull her son in.

The Lifestyle
On her first day out, Elizabeth barely made it around a five-mile trail—and paid for the effort. “Everything hurt,” she says. But she stuck with it, adding distance gradually. She also chipped away at her three biggest vices: fast food, soda, and Starbucks. “It was hard, but I had to stop—convenience was no longer an excuse.”

By September 2007, Elizabeth graduated to a road bike and spent hours a day on it. “I’d feel such a sense of accomplishment after a ride,” she says. In winter, she alternated between a stationary bike and the elliptical machine at the gym and added strength training two or three times a week.

The Reward
The former fat kid is now a fit size 8 and a competitive road-bike racer who logs 25 or more miles a day—and has more than enough energy to keep up with her son. Best of all, she’s been weaned off the antidepressants. “Once I no longer needed them, it was like, wow, this is how it feels to be happy.”

Elizabeth’s Tips
Moderation, not deprivation. “I still eat chocolate. It’s all about portion control.”

Have a daily mission.
“One day I’ll aim for distance; the next, maybe harder gears. Meeting goals keeps me motivated.”

Make up for mistakes.
“If I go overboard at one meal, I scale back at the next one.”

Source: fitbie

Originally posted 2013-02-23 12:16:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

24 Comments

  1. Stacy Bernard

    August 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I love these before & after stories/pictures!!

  2. Jindi River

    August 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    looking great

  3. Cherise Brown

    August 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Simply beautiful. Keep it up!

  4. Barbara J Fields

    August 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Love bike riding. But I have balance issues so I can’t.

  5. Jennifer Taylor

    August 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Scott Hammond

  6. Ronda Brazil

    August 22, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Love my bike

  7. Joyce Anderson

    August 22, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Elizabeth Elizabeth thank you for such an amazing motivational testimony, I’m so inspired, so this Elizabeth is going to live vicariously thru u to reach my goal. THANK YOU, Amen!!!

  8. Deborah Taylor

    August 22, 2015 at 10:19 am

    You go girl

  9. Eric Wilson

    August 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Tonya Wilson

  10. Genevieve Collins

    August 22, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Awesome !!!!

  11. Christine Conticello

    August 22, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Beautiful and hope for others

  12. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    August 22, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Congrats

  13. Christine de la Garza

    August 22, 2015 at 1:15 am

    All these success stories keep me motivated! Thank you! You look beautiful, happy and healthy!

  14. Kerstin Martin

    August 22, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Very inspiring! I can’t walk or run because of a bad ankle so cycling is my exercise of choice, too. I only got back into it six weeks ago and still have a long road ahead of me (need to lose approx. 80 lbs) but like Elizabeth I am working with moderation rather than deprivation and also eat less around the occasional indulgence meal. Her story is very encouraging to me! Thank you 🙂

  15. Kristyn Persichitte-Unrein

    August 21, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Tonya Edwards!

  16. Stacey Barbeau

    August 21, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Love!!

  17. Lia Libre

    January 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I’m trying. I’ll wait n try to not give myself unrealistic deadlines. I’m gonna stay the course the whole year!

  18. Lia Libre

    January 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I guess it takes some patience and wont happen overnight 🙁

  19. Kolokea Houghton

    January 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I luv it! 🙂

  20. Noel Varley

    January 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    U r awesome?

  21. Teisa Brown Bullock

    January 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Elizabeth!!! This is so awesome to see someone I know on here!!! Way to go!!

  22. Sharon Istmena Ellis

    January 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Figured this would be easier on knees/hips

  23. Heather Hiscock

    January 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Inspiring

  24. Laura Jensen Muresan

    January 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Inspirational!

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