It's going to take 75 minutes? Oh my gosh.
Hi guys. It's Alanna here from sixthreezero. With this vlog series, we're trying something a little different. If you're like me, in the past year with COVID and even just in the past few months, I have put on some weight. So I've actually gained over 10 pounds, which doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm only 5'1" so it does make a big difference for me. I can feel the weight and my clothes fit tighter, and I'm just uncomfortable in my body right now. Actually, the 10 pounds has taken me out of the healthy weight range for my height. So I really want to get back to within that healthy weight range and feeling better and just feeling more fit and energetic in general. I think I read that around 40% of people have gained weight over the past year with COVID. So I'm sure there are a lot of people that can relate to this.
So I am embarking on a fitness journey to lose 10 pounds over the next six weeks. I'm hoping to build a better biking habit. So I'm really hoping to use biking as my mode of exercise. I'm also going to be focusing on eating healthier. So for me, that means less processed foods because I eat a lot of junk food and a lot of frozen dinners, it's embarrassing to admit that. I am going to be taking my measurements before I start all of this. So we can fill you in on my progress as time goes on. Hopefully, I will encourage some of you, if you are hoping to improve your fitness, to build a biking habit and see where that takes you. Going to do my first weigh-in. All right, let's do it.
Okay. So I have my before pictures, I've weighed myself, I promise to always weigh in, in the same outfit and to weigh in once a week. So I don't get too crazy about it. I have my waist measurements, I think those are good before to keep track of. I don't know if I feel comfortable sharing my actual weight and waist measurement. So I'll let you know the change. And then maybe, if I'm really successful at the end, I'll let you know what my before weight was. But for now, we'll just focus on the change
So we just finished assembling the bike that I'll be using for the next six weeks. It's the women's EVRYjourney, a seven-speed electric bike. So I know what you're thinking, how am I going to exercise with an electric bike? Actually, a lot of people ask about that, if it's possible to exercise with an electric bike and it is because you can always turn the motor off, you can lower the pedal-assist or just use the throttle when you need it. So that is my plan of action because I haven't biked in a really long time. So I think it'll be nice to be able to use pedal assist if I need it or use the throttle if I need it. Also because I have been having knee pain, I'm going to start out with pedal assist on for these first few rides until I build more strength in my legs. Tonight, I'm going to charge it, and then the plan is to take it out tomorrow morning for my first ride of the series. I will see the.
Right before LA went into lockdown, I was training for a half marathon and one thing that was starting to concern me was that my knees started hurting. Especially on those longer runs, I would feel sore for at least a day or two, my knees, and during the run, my knees would start to hurt. So I'm really glad to be using a bike for this, I guess, project, because biking is great for anyone who has knee issues because it's a low-impact sport. Sport? It's a low-impact activity that doesn't put a lot of pressure on your knees. So that's going to be great for me.
Today I'm in San Clemente. We came into the office today. So I'll actually be... I didn't bring my bike, I'm going to take one of the EVRYjourneys we had here. So I'm using the Navy, EVRYjourney. My goal is to ride for 30 minutes three times this week. So this is going to be one of those rides. I'm ready to get a workout.
That was it a bit of a wake-up call for me because I thought I was in pretty good shape, but it was actually really hard. I felt like almost the entire ride was uphill and very short bursts were downhill. Yeah. So the total time I ended up biking was 38 minutes, which was longer than I was aiming for because I got lost on my way back. I covered 5.44 miles. My elevation was 205 feet. So it was a good workout. I checked my watch, I burned 200 calories. So I'm happy with that. I still want to build up to, as I mentioned earlier, that 17-mile ride. So I think tomorrow I'm going to have to bike for longer than 30 minutes. But it's fun, I'm glad I'm burning calories. I definitely feel so good after a ride. Yeah, the endorphins are definitely pumping, but I'm excited. Day one, check.
I know whenever you're setting a goal, it's really good to be very specific on what you want. Set a definitive timeline. So for me, that's six weeks. If you really want to be successful, and also something that will help is accountability. So that's what I'm hoping I gained from this vlog series. I won't be able to quit halfway through which I've been known to do in the past with other workout routines. I'm hoping to build a biking habit. So I want to eventually work up to biking five times a week, but to start, I know that if I just started with that goal, five times a week from the beginning, I would definitely not succeed. So I'm going to start off slow. And for this first week, I want to go on three bike rides, 30 minutes each. And by next week, I'm actually going to be traveling up north to Monterey, California and I know that there's a 17-mile drive. So I want to be able to complete that. So far this year, my longest bike ride has been just under 10 miles. So it will be a challenge, but I think I can meet it.
It's morning in LA. 61 degrees. We're going to shoot for 10 miles today because we have that long ride coming up. So I'm sure this 10-mile ride will take more than half an hour. Nah, I don't feel that sore from yesterday's ride. I feel okay. So, I think this is going to be fun.
So I said that I wasn't sore but we've been biking for three minutes and I feel it. Yeah, take it back. I'm sore.
15 minutes in, taking our first water break. Is this considered Beverly Hills now? Yeah, so in Beverly Hills. The Jacaranda trees are so nice. Purple flowers are everywhere. So we're at about two miles. So if we're going for 10 miles, it's going to take 75 minutes? Oh my gosh.
We're at five miles. We've been biking for 37 minutes and I don't want to continue anymore. I think I overestimated my abilities here because 10 miles is a lot. That's like a big jump from, I don't know, I think I did five miles yesterday or six miles. From here we still have two to three miles to get back home. Maybe my next ride will be the 10-mile ride. I guess the name is Beverly Hills so you would expect it to be hilly, but I didn't really think about that. I'm just ready to go home.
So bike ride number two is complete. So not too happy with it. We ended up biking for an hour, which is almost twice as long as my first ride, but it only burned 190 calories compared to the 200 I burned on that first ride. So I think there are a few factors that went into that. Energy-wise, I wasn't really feeling it, I definitely felt a little tired. I think moving forward, I have to give myself at least a day's break. At least for these first few weeks, a couple of weeks. Also, have to remember to stretch, I didn't stretch yesterday. So today I'm definitely going to stretch. I just got back so after this, I'll stretch.
So now we are going to pack and get ready. As I said, we're going up north. We're going to a wedding so we're going to see a lot of families and there's going to be a lot of food. So that's something I have to be aware of. I still want to try to eat healthily and we're still planning on bike riding. Really looking forward to the 17-mile drive, but I'm going to have to work up to it. So maybe that will be on our last day or something like that. I'll get in a few shorter rides before building up to that. Should be fun. Right now, I just want to stretch, take a shower, and nap, but we have to get packing.
Finally packed, made it out of the house, ready to drive up north. I'm on camera duty so I don't have to help load the bike. Yeah, we're using this car rack, it's a, like Hollywood or something like that. But it's not really supposed to be for e-bikes. I think the weight limit is 30, 35 pounds for two bikes. So each bike, 35 pounds. So we've tried it before and it's been fine with just one e-bike on the rack. It's about a five or six-hour drive. You did it. This is Nate's first trip home in a year.
A year and a half.
A year and a half. Okie doke.
Thank you. If you're watching episode one of my fitness journey, we'll have a new episode out every week and next week you can see me struggling to make healthy eating decisions and go on the 17-mile drive. So it's a fun episode. Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out. And don't forget to download the sixthreezero peddling app. That's where I log all of my rides and you can too. It's a good idea if you're embarking on your own fitness journey and you just like to keep track of your progress. But thanks again for watching. Don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.