Bumpin’ while bikin’: What I saw in 3 miles with my Pedego

Stuff the FTC makes me say: Pedego provided me a complementary bicycle in exchange for my coverage on the Double Chin Diary and social media as part of being a Pedego Electric Bike Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

After work today, I knew I wanted to get some sunshine and also some low-impact exercise. In my 21st week of pregnancy I have a new symptom: tight/stiff hips and an achey lower back. It feels really good to gently stretch it out, so I knew bike riding would be just what the doctor ordered. (Also, after I entered my activity in my pregnancy app, I got a little reward alert that said “Biking is a great way to minimize swelling!” Good to know!)

I set a goal for myself that for this three mile ride, I wouldn’t use the Pedal Assist or Throttle at all. Both of these features are awesome, but I knew for max cardio impact, I needed to push myself a little bit. I can be lazy (something I’d try to blame on pregnancy but let’s be real here… I am firmly a fan of the “horizontal running” camp with Fat Amy, and need to push myself to work hard in exercise.)

I took off for a leisurely ride in my neighborhood and I decided to take pictures of some things I noticed. First off, look how perty my bike is! I’m so glad I chose the coral color with blue accents… it’s so fresh and fun, perfect for this southern California summer. And… it’s basically summer here 350 days out of the year, so I’m not going to get sick of its beachy vibe anytime soon.

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Second thing I noticed made me sad. Our neighborhood is quite literally TRASHED! How can people be so careless? I understand that stuff might occasionally blow out a window or out of a can (even that is me giving the benefit of the doubt) but this is just horrid. April would freak out! I should volunteer with the Reseda City Council to get this area cleaned up.

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Third thing I noticed is this cute house for rent. While Matt and I are staying in our rental place for awhile to get used to a new budget with baby, if anybody is looking for a 3BR place in Reseda, you may want to look here. Uh, just pretend I didn’t just talk about the big bad trash problem. 😉

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Then, I rode another mile and took a selfie in the shade, because #selfie. Also, in honor of transparent tuesday (which exists to remove the veneer and filter of perfection from posts in social media), I did not photoshop my zits out. You’re welcome.

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I biked on for another half mile, now lightly sweating, and had to stop and snap a pic of these fun yard statues that someone put 4th of July headbands on. Now that’s festivity!

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Then, I pedaled the remaining mile home, and decided to relax on my back patio and do some light stretches. This bike ride was exactly was hoping getting a Pedego would do for me: get me out of the house when I’m feeling lazy and uninspired, but help me get some activity. It was also fun how a leisurely three mile ride turned into somewhat of a scavenger hunt for me, like “Hey! What can I show people who read this post?”

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Stretching with the bump.

I challenge you to get out this week for a quick bike ride or walk and notice a few things in your neighborhood you may not have seen before!

 


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