Name: Chinwe N.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Time Cycling: 1 year, 5 months
Start Weight: 222 pounds
End Weight: 164 pounds
Reason for Cycling: To continue to build my endurance and connect with my Peloton community.
I was never the “skinny girl” growing up, nor was I labeled “overweight”—I was always in-between. I always tried to lose weight, but I never stayed consistent enough to lose more than five pounds—I just was never motivated to lose weight. In 2019, I had a gym membership and went to the gym 11 times within that year. I honestly think I never believed that I could do it, so I just didn’t try.
As I got older, I continued eating fast food always every day and gaining unwanted weight. And in 2020, I reached my heaviest weight of 222 pounds. In April 2020, I had a health scare: At my annual physical with my doctor, I had blood work drawn, which showed that I was prediabetic. My A1C levels—my average blood sugar levels over the past few months— jumped almost 1.5 points from the last time I had them checked. As a nurse, I have seen the havoc type 2 diabetes can cause, and that is something I wanted to avoid at all cost.
Since that doctor appointment in April 2020, I knew I had no choice but to lose weight. I knew that if I continued on that path, I was going to end up with an extensive list of medical problems that could have been avoided. During that summer, I started to go for walks in the park in hopes of losing weight, since gyms were closed due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, I did not stay consistent with that, and by August 2020 I had only lost two pounds.
On the afternoon of August 7, 2020, I was on the phone with my sister and a Peloton ad popped up on my Facebook. I simply said to her, “I think I’m going to order a Peloton.” By the time I was off the phone with my sister five minutes later, my bike was purchased and set to be delivered by April 10, 2020.
I had been to indoor cycling classes before in the past and always thought they were so much fun. The music and the community feeling is what makes me enjoy indoor cycling. When I first started cycling in August of 2020 with Peloton, I was initially intimidated because it was so hard to keep up with the classes—I was so out of shape. But the feeling of accomplishment that I felt after each class kept me going back. As the weeks progressed, I got better and better.
Once I got serious about losing weight, I simply stopped eating fast food. Initially, I started eating more home-cooked meals, drank only water, and limited my sugar intake. In October of 2021, I signed up with a nutrition coach and learned how to count my macros. I now track my meals, which allows me to be aware of what I’m eating so I’m not overeating or undereating.
I kept a schedule of cycling three to five days a week. Most weeks I cycled for five days for 30 to 90 minutes. I did not do any specific races or challenges—instead, I joined several Peloton…
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