Healthy Choices

What is One Healthy Choice You are Making Today?

We make choices every moment of everyday.

What time are you waking up? Do you hit the snooze? Do you allow yourself to be distracted? Who do you call? Who do you answer? Once you start thinking about what choices you are making in the moment, every moment, you can start seeing how many you are making. Hopefully, you can also see those pile up and can be the sail to your success in life or the weight to your failure.

As I entered this Whole Life Challenge I wanted less choices and making the ones I did make, better. When my alarm goes off, I get up without a choice of hitting the snooze button. The choices of foods to eat for the day are in my kitchen, I do not give myself the choice to eat out and the food we made for the week is tastier and better looking!

As you get your day started today think about what choices you can make to be healthier. What choices can you take out of the picture so that you have no option but to make the better choice?

If you had to make one healthy choice for today, what would it be?

My healthy choice for today:

Going to sleep early, to wake up early

Chasing Mailboxes

Motivational Monday with Mary

What is your name?

Mary Gersemalina

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Bike touring, randonneuring, day rides, commuting, and tooling around town

What is your first cycling memory?

My first memory is being a little kid and learning to ride without training wheels. To master two-wheeled technique, I resorted to a combination of weaving and paddling circles on a little red bike in my parents garage, hidden from any potential onlookers (or, in my case, siblings) until I finally figured out the basics of two-wheeled transport.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

My parents initially inspired me to ride, and I carry that with me today. They introduced me to the idea that my bike is a vehicle for exploration and instilled in me the importance of being active. In addition, my husband and my friends also keep me motivated. We use our bikes to meet up after work and go out for dinner. Simple things like that get me out the door. My husband, friends, and I also love spending the day together touring the countryside on bikes, whether it is a randonneuring event or just a fun century ride. When I initially began riding seriously as an adult I did most of my cycling on my own. Over time I’ve found that I like solo rides on occasion, but generally I like that my cycling has a social element to it. I’ve met some really great people through commuting, touring, and randonneuring, and it helps get me out the door when I know that I’m going to see my friends on any given ride.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

My husband and I rode a weeklong tandem bike tour that we planned and routed ourselves, averaging 85 miles per day over seven days. As part of that, we climbed Trail Ridge Road– the highest continuous paved road in the United States– on our first day. Trail Ridge tops out at over 12,000 feet. To me, that tour and that day riding up Trail Ridge, showed me how much I have grown in my confidence as well as my abilities as a cyclist as well as tandem rider. It really was a spectacular adventure. We were two little bike riders climbing big tall mountains and having the time of our lives. I wrote about it a fair amount on my blog, Chasing Mailboxes.

Tell us what you ride

I own primarily steel touring frames. As I mentioned, my husband and I have a custom tandem, a Co-Motion Java 29er that we use for touring and randonneuring as well as a Cannondale mountain tandem– which is aluminum– that we use for off-road riding. I own a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, which is a packable flyer and ideal for something like paved light touring. My Surly Long Haul Trucker and Rivendell Quickbeam are perfect for bike commuting and grocery shopping. I use my Rivendell Romulus and Rawland Nordavinden for century rides and brevets/randonneuring events, if I’m not on the tandem. I also own a Bike Friday TIkit, which is a fast-fold bike designed for commuting and multi-modal transport. I really enjoy trying out different bikes and using them for various purposes.

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Motivational Monday with Julie

Motivational Monday with Julie in NC

What is your name?

Julie in Cary, NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Mountain biking and wafting on the greenways

What is your first cycling memory?

Learning to ride my brothers big Schwinn when I was five. It was the only bike we had at the time and it was way too big for me.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

My 22 year old son. I love riding with him. It is one of the few times we get one on one. He is fast and loves to ride technical trails. I am a big scaredy cat when it comes to skinnies and jumps but he has patiently encouraged me and coached me.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

It would have to be when I rode through the state park and over the highway to have coffee at a cool downtown coffee shop with my daughter. I guess that’s why I love riding – it keeps me connected with nature, community, but most importantly my kids.

Tell us what you ride

My son gave me my bike several years ago. It is a Specialized Myka.

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Motivational Monday Ashley

Motivational Monday with Ashley in Malaysia

What is your name?

Ashley in Penang, Malaysia or at AeroChick.com

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road and Cyclocross

What is your first cycling memory?

I’m sure if I go way back I can remember things earlier, but one of the things I do remember is my brother, who’s three years younger than I, picking up my bike and riding it around sans-training wheels. I remember being pissed that he could ride it better than I could.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

A good friend of mine is owner of Beverly Cycles in MA, and just exudes a passion for cycling. He was one of the ones that unknowingly got my head back into cycling after giving up for a time.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

I’ve done a fair amount of races this year, more than the last couple of years, but I think the best moment was the other day. We’ve recently moved to Malaysia from the Boston area, and the other day was my first bike ride here. While it was a whopping 3 miles and was only for getting around to run errands and meet up with folks, it broke the ice of cycling here. I’m much less worried about going out for rides, and I can’t wait to go out again.

Tell us what you ride

I have many bikes. My theory is the usual N + 1 where N is the number of current bikes, and I have enough parts and frames in the basement of our hours in the States to build several bikes.

That said, my road bike is a 2009 Fuji RC frame with Ultegra 6700 parts and Mavic Krysrium wheels.

My CX bike (the only one I have with me until October) is a mix of various parts I’ve bought in shops, online or salvaged from other bikes. It’s a 1×9 with BB7 disc brakes, carbon fork and Mud2 tires. I’m planning on putting road tires on soon until my road bike is shipped over.

I have two bikes that I left in the States for when I visit, one is a 1976 Raleigh Grand Prix with Sora crank, fenders and 700c wheels. The other is the first new bike I’ve ever owned, a 2002 Trek 1000 road bike, which will be my primary bike when I’m back home, in case I want to jump into a race.

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Motivational monday with Betsy

Motivational Monday with Betsy in Rhode Island

What is your name?

Betsy in Rhode Island

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road

What is your first cycling memory?

Riding a small blue Schwinn around the driveway when I was probably around 6 years old.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

My biking friends are very encouraging. We’ve been riding together for a few years. Before this, I used to ride by myself for years and day dream about riding with a group. It’s such a great way to spend time outdoors. I want to continue riding this winter to maintain my fitness. Next, year I may ride in the time-trials and continue working on my hill climbing.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Riding with women who are thirty years younger than me and keeping up. What a rush, literally.

Tell us what you ride

I have a 2006 Ruby comp. Her name is Ruby (of course). I rode her through the winter last year and plan on riding this winter again. I also have a 2013 Amira SL4 Expert, named Zippy!

Zippy helps me keep up with the faster riders. She is always spurring me on to ride faster!

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Motivational Monday Rashmi

Motivational Monday with Rashmi

What is your name?

Rashmi

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Trail Riding

What is your first cycling memory?

For my eighth birthday, my parents got me a gorgeous red bike as a surprise. I remember the moment so clearly, I was standing with my Mom, waiting for my Dad at the Airport when suddenly, he appeared wheeling a gorgeous, shiny red bike alongside. After a minute that it took me to register, I ran towards my Dad…and hugged my bike : )

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

My kids have been very motivating and supportive from the start. From locking up the door behind me at insanely early hours to goading me whenever I am going through a slow phase, they have been solidly behind me all through.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

On the saddle, it’s been a trail ride that I named the Columbus Trail. It started out as a regular ride with five of my rider buddys, then at the turn around point, we decided to look for a new trail. We rode around for hours till we discovered a way across the river and the trail we followed was the most beautiful one that I have ever come across. It’s the reason why I ride. Off the saddle, it was a dream come true to meet meet Gary Fisher.

Tell us what you ride

I started out with a MTB, a Trek 3500 and now, I have got myself a Fuji hybrid.

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Motivational Monday Molly

Motivational Monday with Molly in Charlotte

What is your name and location?

Molly in Charlotte, NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road

What is your first cycling memory?

Teaching myself how to ride a bike in my driveway when I was 5 or 6. It was too big for me and there were no training wheels, I stayed out until it was dark, determined to learn to ride it, and I did!

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

I’m part of a women’s triathlon group, Tri It for Life, that mentors and trains women to compete their first sprint triathlon. These women constantly inspire me to work harder and be better in all aspects of my life, not just cycling.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

For the second year in a row, I rode in 24 Hours of Booty, a 24 hour biking event to raise money for cancer research and awareness. My sister and I rode together to honor our Mom.

Tell us what you ride

I have a 2010 Trek Madone 4.5 and a 2009 Gary Fisher Piranha (I dabble in mountain biking)

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!