Pedego A Go Go: Why an e-bike is great when you’re not feelin’ 100%

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.

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!

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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.

Why yes, that is a 10 pound sack of potatoes in my bike basket.

Why yes, that is a 10 pound sack of potatoes in my bike basket.

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?

 

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!

 

Biking while bumpin’: Adventures of being pregnant with a Pedego

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So what if it’s my helmet and not an actual bump? 😉

When my friend Linda first told me about Pedego’s call for applications for Brand Ambassadors, I was rockin’ a little secret. I was about five weeks pregnant, and I knew that getting a Pedego would be an awesome way to maintain some level of fitness without going crazy during my pregnancy. But, I was struck with that fear of spilling the beans in my application before I hit the supposed “safe” mark of 12 weeks. I noodled about it for a few days and decided to let them know my story, and that yes, part of that story was that I was newly pregnant and plus-sized, and determined to not let my pregnancy be an excuse for abandoning all I knew about the healthiest way for me to live my life.

Well – Pedego agreed it was a good fit, and here we are: me loving my Pedego! I can happily say I’m one week away from being half way through my pregnancy, and I’ve gained one whopping pound. I’m so happy to type that because I had major fears of being plus-sized and pregnant, that I would gain tons and tons of weight and my body, with its fondness of storing every extra calorie, would balloon to massive proportions. Now – I still have 20 weeks to go, and I know a lot can change very quickly, so I’m not out of the woods yet. I’m at the point in my pregnancy where I will start to gain weight, because that’s what happens, the fetus begins to grow and so will my appetite. But I’ve been instructed to try and limit my weight gain to 12 pounds, 25 being the absolute max, and I’m going to work hard to try to stick to those limits.  What does that mean? It means 1) continuing to eat within reason, not depriving myself of cravings, but reminding myself that portion control and healthy choices are best, and 2) continuing to ride my bike and take walks. I want to take my Pedego on more leisure rides, as I’ve mostly been using it to run errands. Running errands on the Pedego is great, but when I use it for grocery shopping, I have an awkward balance of a heaping bike basket and trying to make sure I don’t hit any lumps and dump my dinner 🙂 (See picture… tonight I used it to buy pork chops, lemonade, strawberries, grapes, lemons and a chocolate croissant. That basket was heavy!) (It’s also my fault because I went to the store for pork chops. Everything else just happened to fall into the basket. What can I say? The baby loves fruit! Ha!)

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I also want to check out a prenatal yoga class so I can get my zen on and stretch out some of the parts of my body that are getting achey (lower back!). Someone recently asked me if riding the bike is uncomfortable while being pregnant, and I can gratefully say, not at all. That may change as my stomach gets gigantic, but the nice thing about this bike is I have the step-through model, which means I don’t need to swing my leg over the seat to get on it. Preggo-approved!

So, at 19 weeks, you have a very happy, healthy-feeling prego, thanks to my Pedego. 🙂 Ladies who’ve been pregnant: how did you exercise during those nine months? Even if you’re not pregnant or don’t intend to be, what’s the one form of exercise you never mind doing?

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.