I’d like to share the news of the arrival of my daughter. More details here!
I’d like to share the news of the arrival of my daughter. More details here!
You thought I meant the four letter one, huh? Or the three letter one? Nope! I mean the word FEMINIST.
Most of the time, I love being a woman. In high school, my best friend and I would pore over the book Making Faces, spending hours crafting various looks from tubes of concealer and blushes and eyeshadows. We delighted in the feminine pursuit of shopping and finding clothes that flattered our bodies, made us feel confident, and brought a swing to our step. Even dating was in some ways an exercise in self-acceptance, as we quickly grew to realize what boys really did appreciate the fact that we loved aggressive girl-punk-rock, and which ones actually thought we were just silly girls.
I’ve always had a feminist edge, and I’m not ashamed to say I’m a feminist. I’m still shocked by something that happened to me in college: I was working on my Bachelor’s degree in 2008 at Cal State Northridge, and we had a “women and men in the media” class. My teacher asked everyone in the class who was a feminist to raise their hands. Out of 32 students, one person raised their hand. That person was me. I couldn’t quite understand why being a feminist was seen as such a bad thing. In fact, one of my first boyfriends dumped me because I was a “feminazi” because I told him that females could be DJs just like men, and he felt that DJs should only be male. My definition of feminist is somebody who values, respects, and appreciates that women should have the exact same rights as men. I’m not standing on street corners burning my bra or refusing to shave my legs (though quite frankly, if women want to do that, go for it. (And shaving your legs totally sucks, so I can see the appeal in that,). I once saw a quote that said that all people born from women should be feminists… and I agree.
As I near the end of my pregnancy, I’ve had some time to reflect on body image and beauty standards for women. When other people see you are pregnant, they feel they have a free pass to comment on your appearance as it now pertains to two people: you and a baby. I’m used to rude comments on my appearance as a woman of size, and thankfully while I don’t experience it often (apparently I “carry it well”, another thing I hear a lot), I’ve noticed that as I have just under 4.5 weeks to go, the comments about the size of my body, appearance, and bump are picking up. I also heard comments about my food choices in my early pregnancy, but anyone who dares comment on my dietary choices now might receive a swift kick to the head. I don’t want my daughter to be walking through the mall hearing teenage boys make “oink” sounds behind her back. If she chooses to become pregnant one day, I also don’t want her to have to hear “Wow, you still have four weeks to go? You look ready now!”. I don’t want her to hear about the size of her breasts, how she has such a pretty face, or how things would be better “if only” she lost a little weight. However, I’ve accepted the sad reality that because she is female, she will hear these things. In Amy’s Schumer’s movie, Train Wreck, the main character’s sister shares that she found out her unborn baby is a girl. Amy shares her excitement and says something to the extent of “That’s wonderful!”. Her sister immediately says “No, it’s not! She’s totally screwed!” and Amy says, “Yeah, you’re right, she’s screwed.” The actual dialogue in the movie is much more succinct, but basically the gist of the scene is, yeah, she’s a female, she’s already got a few challenges stacked against her just because of her gender. While I am thrilled to be having a baby girl, I admit I have some of the same hesitations. I’ve lived an amazing life thus far, but have I experienced sexism or problems because I’m female? You betcha. We all have… and I’m sure even men have experienced things that suck because they’re guys.
Jennifer Weiner wrote this letter to her daughters, and it made me sniffle because it sums up so eloquently what I want my daughter to know. As we’re just weeks away from meeting her, I want her to know it’s ok to be a girl. It’s ok to love the color pink, and it’s also okay to hate wearing a bra. It’s ok to be a feminist. It’s ok to question the status quo, to be angry that she may be reduced to her appearance rather than the sum of her parts. I haven’t even seen her yet and I know that she is beautiful, not because of what she looks like, but because of who she is. She will be courageous, and strong, and intelligent. She will be creative in her own ways, independent in her own ways, opinionated in her own ways. And she will grow up with a mom and dad that encourage her to be herself, and to raise her hand when a teacher asks if she is a feminist. And with any luck, hopefully she won’t be the only person in the room to raise her hand.
Hello! I’m now officially in my third trimester (WOOHOO!), and I’m excited to check in today because I’ve been feeling a little bit better the last week. My stomach is still dicey and I’m still exhausted, but I’ve managed to take Cora the Pedego out for a few spins this week as we’re also finally get out of the 100 degree weather (today was a chilly 90. ha!). I had my first third trimester ultrasound today, and the doctor spent some time going over exercise and nutrition with me… and let me know that my active habits and food choices have paid off, because I have yet to gain a single pound this pregnancy! (Yes, for someone starting their pregnancy at my weight, this is 100% healthy and baby is growing right on track.)
I can definitely thank Pedego for that, because it’s been a simple way for me to get a little bit of activity when even feeling like taking a shower feels like a big event. In fact, today I rode the bike to my local CVS, and I was having so much fun using the throttle going down the street that I had to remind myself that ya know, I can still pedal and get some exercise. Haha! Just being honest. It was cool at CVS too, because a woman stopped me to ask about my bike and why it had “that big thing in the back”. It was neat to explain to her how it was electric, and she ended up writing down the name of the bikes in her phone, so you never know. As a marketing nerd, I think those real life opportunities to connect with people about something you really like is so cool. (And yes, as the disclosure states, I am an ambassador for Pedego, but that doesn’t mean I am forced to say it’s great or anything like that. Sorry, but who wouldn’t like a beachy bike that zips around?!)
This week also marked a new occasion because my bike had a “guest star”. Matt wanted to grab a burrito from the local taco truck one night, so he took my bike. I can tell he was having fun because of all the selfies I got. What did he think about his late night spin? “It’s fun to ride a bike, but it’s a completely different experience being able to hit the throttle,” he said. Oh yeah. I know what he means! There’s that word again… fun. Pedego’s tagline is even “Hello Fun!”.
The above picture Matt took and it’s hard to see because it’s at night, but it’s him and his reflection in the rear view mirror on the handle bars. I liked it, pretty avante garde!
In other biking news, if you’re in LA County, check out these free bike safety classes. You even get a free helmet for attending. I’m bummed because of course the weekends it’s in my hometown, I’m out of town, but hopefully someone else can benefit. Big thanks to Linda at Pedego 101 for letting me know about this!
I’m hoping to get out and ride more the next few weeks, which will be interesting as the bump doubles in size the next few weeks. Bumpin’ while bikin’… a whole new experience. I hope you have a beautiful day!
Pregnancy is a gift, but when you’re spending significant parts of your days nauseous and gagging, it can get a little overwhelming. I haven’t written in a few weeks because I’m one of those unlucky people who got second trimester morning sickness instead of first, and the last few weeks have been kickin’ my booty! This has unfortunately sapped my energy and I haven’t been able to ride my Pedego as much as I’ve wanted (that, coupled with crazy 95 degree plus heat…). I even was advised to stay home from a work trip I was really looking forward to, so that shows you how much my booty has been gettin’ kicked. Wah! Today, I was craving a baked potato with dinner, so I decided to get on my Pedego. Even though it’s been a bad nausea day and I’m tired, I used the Pedal Assist mode and was instantly relieved and refreshed how it made my bike ride so simple!
I realized this is the beauty of the e-bike. For people who aren’t feeling good, who have pain issues, are preggers, or are just starting an exercise program, no wonder e-bikes could be the ticket to getting you back on track with fitness. A 2 mile ride where I’d normally be huffin’ and puffin’ with my 10 pound sack of potatoes in the bike basket (they were only 99c for the whole bag!) was suddenly manageable again.
I also have to give a shout out to the step-through design and style of the bike… now that the bump has arrived, thank goodness I don’t have to hoist myself up onto the seat like I’m trying to get on a horse. Makes me want to rebrand my bike, Pregoago instead of Pedego. Ha! Maybe there’s a market there… 😉
I was watching some videos on Pedego’s site, and this story about Beth Turner resonated with me. She used to ride her bike to work but some knee pain was making it difficult: until she got a Pedego. Voila! Solutions on two wheels, right there.
I’d like to figure out a way to show you guys the difference between the pedal assist and the throttle soon, because I know I’ve had a few questions about how it’s different, so stay tuned as I figure that out. As a side note: I passed out two brochures about this bike while being out and about on it. THAT was cool. It’s certainly an eye-catching bike.
So tell me – when you’re not feeling good, how do you keep active? What light activity do you do to keep your body in motion without overdoing it?
Hello and happy Friday! This week was a super weird one in terms of weather for Southern California – through out the weekend and early into the week, we had rain and thunder storms, so that kept me off my Pedego electric bike… and the next few days we had scorching 95 degree heat. Yowch! Neither of these make an ideal environment for a prego looking to get some outdoor activity. I was sad to miss out on quality time with Cora, especially when I felt all accomplished for learning how to adjust the swivel of the seat all by myself. (Hey, it’s the little things.)
Today was a cooler day (85), so I felt comfortable taking a ride through the neighborhood. I also spent some time researching hot weather biking tips, because I feel like this is one of those things you don’t think about… and then before you know it, you’re outside exercising and you’ve got the uncomfortable spins from being overheated. It’s happened to me before during a particularly ass-kicking krav maga session on a hot day (before I was pregnant), and overheating during exercise SUCKS! So — here are a few of the most helpful tips I use, with clarification from Biking.com:
1) Water. Yes, obviously. But, if you don’t make sure you have water with you, you can get dehydrated so quickly, especially when you’re sweating. Take it a step further and hydrate with a sports drink — something like Gatorade with electrolytes and sodium. I never gave the Gatorade thing much credence until I started doing a bootcamp in the morning and found that I felt considerably better after sipping some light Gatorade. Placebo? Who knows, but it works.
2) Freeze it up. Go a step further with your water bottle by pre-freezing a layer of ice in the bottom. This helps prevent your nice, cool water from turning into gross, lukewarm liquid.
3) Need to cool your skin down? Either invest in cooling fabric shirts, or for a more inexpensive but effective solution, try a cool-tie. I recently bought one of these specifically for biking/walking during a hot day, and it’s awesome. Simply wet it, and the cooling ingredients activate, and you’ve got a nice chilly neck wrap or something you can press against your inner arms, wrists, or hands. (Note: affiliate link.)
4) Sunscreen. A sun burn doesn’t help anything, but just the act of a barrier on your skin can help keep you cool.
5) Take breaks. Find a shady tree and rest, and don’t put out as much exertion as you’re used to. Hot weather can quickly zap your energy, so you have to take it a little lighter.
I hope these tips are helpful to you whether you’re walking, biking, or doing something else in the hot hot heat. While I have you, won’t you please take a moment and vote for Pedego in the Small Business, Big Game contest. They have a chance to win a Super Bowl commercial! You don’t have to provide any personal information, and it’s just one quick button click. For a quick reminder about what Pedego is all about, watch this video.
Happy Saturday, friends! When I got my Pedego, I was added to a Facebook group called the Pedego E-Bikes Owners Group. It has just over 400 members and is a bustling community where people share photos of their rides, bikes, ask questions, share tips, and generally just enjoy being a part of the e-bike club. (It’s certainly come in handy for me a few times as I’ve had questions about my bike.) One of the first Pedego owners to befriend me was a friendly lady named Mary. Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed her posting more and more amazing photos of the adventures she and her husband take their bikes on, so I wanted to find out more about Mary, her husband, and their bikes. Mary and Patrick are from Redding, CA, which is Northern California, and have lived there since 1986. Enjoy!
(Editor’s note: That blue color in the photo is the other photo I really debated about when ordering my bike! It’s the same color as my car… isn’t it a great color?!)
I asked Mary why she decided to get a Pedego. “We used to ride regular bikes all the time with a group of friends. We are older, I being 65 and my husband is soon to be 63. It became increasingly hard for some of the members of our group to ride anymore so we quit riding. Patrick, my husband, has type 2 diabetes and our doctor said it was mandatory that he loose some weight. So, we started researching exercising methods. We have machines (treadmill and stationary bike) but we didn’t do them often enough and it wasn’t much fun. Patrick started looking into bikes and stumbled upon electric bikes. There are many on the market but the Pedego brand stood out because they seemed to have everything we were looking for such as pedal assist, a throttle and that it was made in the USA. We decided on the Interceptors because they had all the components we required and are built the best (heftier frame, disc brakes, slimed tires and digital display).
We found the closest dealer to us was in Sacramento. We hopped into the car and two and a half hours later we were test driving two Interceptors. It only took 15 minutes of riding these bikes that we knew these were the bikes we had been searching for. No more sore muscles climbing hills and no more down time the next day. We ordered two Interceptors on the spot, mine a 24 inch step through and Patrick’s a classic. That was the first part of December 2014. We received them a week before Christmas.”
One reason I wanted to talk to Mary is that I see amazing pictures she posts from all over the country. I asked her favorite place she’s taken her Pedego.
“I think one of our favorite places we have ridden is Moab, UT (first photo in the post). They have a fantastic paved bike trail that should be the model for all cities. Another place that was great was Yosemite. We rode the whole valley. We also have a wonderful trail system in Redding that keeps growing. We are going to the Grand Canyon in a week and I hear they have a good rim trail now. So many wonderful places.”
Next I asked Mary, what is the most important thing about Pedego that you would tell someone who stops you on the street?
“We talk to a lot of people when we are out and about. People are always surprised when we tell them that we can ride 20 plus miles a day. Then they find out the bikes are electric. A big smile usually comes after that and many questions. We tell them that no matter your age or disability you can still ride this bike and have FUN. Both of us have joint problems and this bike allows us to get exercise again without all the pain. We have let people demo our bikes and you see the surprise and delight when the motor kicks in and a big smile follows. We have been told a couple of times “we’re going to get one of these!”
Lastly, I asked Mary if there’s anything else she would add about Pedego bikes. I love her response!
“Patrick has lost about 20 lbs since he started riding. He sometimes rides twice a day. I am not an early riser and he is so sometimes he goes out really early in the morning and then he will go out again in the afternoon when I’m ready to go. He feels bad when he can’t go out because it’s raining or there is no opportunity for him to ride. These bikes have given us something to do together which is important at this time of our lives. He retired two years ago so this trip that we are on is one that we have been planning on for many years. We’re having lots of fun and can say without a doubt that purchasing Pedego bikes was one of the best purchases we have made in a long time.”
Don’t Mary and Patrick sound like a fun couple? Big thanks to Mary for taking the time to answer my questions and share with us here about her Pedego experience. Do you guys have any questions for her or Patrick?
I think taking my bike to Arches National Park is a new goal… now to get Matt a Pedego, and a baby seat for our little lady!
I’ll be back next week to report about some fun, longer rides I’ve been taking with my bike. 🙂 In the meantime, I hope you have an amazing weekend!