I DID IT!
I finally completed my first 100 rides on my peloton bike. For those of you not currently apart of the peloton cult, your hundredth ride is sort of a big milestone and is referred to as your “Century Ride”. Peloton even sends you a free shirt once you complete it! I think by the time you reach you 100th ride, getting on your bike has become a cemented habit and its usually the point where, in my experience, you start seeing real results. Read below for a recap of my experience, changes I’ve made to my lifestyle outside of the peloton and my results after getting on the bike 100 times in 82 days!
Yes I’m wearing my prom dress in that photo, yes it is probably the gaudiest dress I could have chosen and YES, I feel like a million bucks being able to fit back in to it after being 10+ years out of high school, tacky dress and all! I was in shock when I realized I could zip that dress all of the way up and it has to be one of my favorite non scale victories yet. The people closest to me have commented that they never really noticed that I had gained weight before getting my peloton since I seem to cary my weight pretty evenly. Which is why I think the victories off of the scale are the most important ones, like my tacky dress. They are a more tangible way of seeing your progress for yourself! I did invest a scale that shows you other stats of outside of your weight like body fat percentage and even metabolic age! I love that it connects to my phone via bluetooth so I don’t have to worry about keeping my own log. You can find my exact scale by clicking the link HERE.
Here is the break down of my how I got to my 100th ride and how I went from a size 10 back to a size 6 in less than 3 months:
+ 100 rides.
+ 147 total workouts.
+ 82 days
-5% body fat
Workout Schedule: Everyday for 82 days. Thats right, I didn’t take a single day off. I’ve gotten on my bike every day since getting it on 3/21! Not every ride was a personal record and sometimes I chose to do what is called a scenic ride where you ride at your own pace, but I see everyday I chose to get on the saddle as a victory. I’d say on average, I spent about 30 minutes per ride on most days. On days that I didn’t do a long/ hard ride I chose to add in yoga or a walk with my pup, Teddy. I really love the peloton app over all because in addition to the screen on your bike, you can also download the app to your phone or tablet. There is a whole slew of workouts, programs and categories ranging from yoga to heavy lifting available on the app! Most people tend to think of just the bike, but it’s so much more than that.
Diet: The only changes I made to my diet were loosely intermittent fasting, drinking way more water (love my hydro flask with straw lid – link HERE), not eating out due to corona and trying to focus more on protein and whole food carbs. I didn’t count calories or do a specific diet. I will say that I like to think I have a decent understanding of calorie and nutrition content of most foods, If you’re new to eating “clean” or dieting in general, the My Fitness Pal app is an awesome tool! My intermittent fasting eating window is usually from 11am – 7pm. I cheat and have coffee (sometimes even with creamer) before my eating window opens, but don’t tell the IF police! Sometimes intermittent fasting doesn’t workout with our schedule and that’s ok with me. I like to play to what I average out at on a weekly bases and shy away from totalitarian diet overhauls. I also like using the Home Chef meal service and usually look for the more “Whole Foods” option on their menu for the week. During these last few months, I’ve eaten healthy when I can and had cake when we had a reason to celebrate. Life is short and time is too precious to be too restrictive. The biggest thing I’ve learned, is to do everything out of love and respect for myself. (Read about that thought process HERE.) I’ve dieted in the past and yo-yo’ed a lot because of it and I didn’t want to do that route again. I feel this is 10x more sustainable than anything I’ve done before. I could probably lean out a lot faster by counting calories or macros but it’s better for my mental health right now if I don’t. I plan on just continuing what I’m doing and adding more strength training in!
What you don’t see or hear a lot about is the community within peloton. For a competitive person like myself, the leaderboard is super motivating. I even love using the “just me” feature where you can race against all of your own personal records! Between all of the facebook groups and the leaderboard right on you app, it makes for a great at home solution for both introverts and extroverts. To me its the best of both worlds, I get a group class vibe while ugly sweating through a workout in the pricey of my own home! Theres even a peloton group specifically for Harry Potter nerds like myself so I can confidently say that there’s a peloton group for everyone lol.
If you’d like to find me on the leaderboard, my user name is #ForTheButterbeer, a reference to Harry Potter and my favorite non scale victory potter-head t-shirt! All in all, I’d say that my peloton has been an amazing investment for me – not just for my physical health but my emotional well being, too. I hope this helps inspire anyone looking to get a little healthier, peloton or not. If you are interested in joining the peloton cult, please consider using my code: A6HWY7 – you receive $100 off of your accessories by using it and I also get $100 credit towards peloton apparel. Regardless, I’d love to hear about your own fitness journey in the comment section below!