MY Peloton update

 

positive pants onHi all! I am approaching my first anniversary of being a Peloton bike owner and user. I know there has been a lot of talk about “the commercial” and I say it certainly wasn’t great. It’s a commercial targeted at people who have a nice home, a picture-perfect lovely life and probably can more than afford it. It simply wasn’t the best approach and it could have gone a different direction for sure. I want to put a more positive spin on it. Here is what I think (my experience):

My husband did surprise me with one but not because he is abusive and wanted me to lose weight. He got me one because I wanted it. I am a stay at home mom with a busy husband who works a lot and that means it’s me and the kids (a 2-year-old and a 10-year-old) all day almost every day except for school. So I needed something that I could easily get to and use any time of the day or week that I had time and wanted to. This was certainly a good option. An expensive option but one he obviously thought would be worth it. He knows I am happier when I have the opportunity to exercise. I say he bought it for me because he makes the paycheck so I am not ashamed to say that he bought it for me, for our life. He bought me an opportunity to create health & happiness that I very much need.

After my daughter turned 6 months (a year and a half ago) I finally admitted and got help for my PPD. I went on anxiety medication. 6 months after that I started workouts on the Peloton. One thing that bothers me in “the commercial” is that she did it 5 days in a row. I have never done a cycle class more than maybe 2 or 3 days in a row. Does that make her better than me? No. Does the Peloton offer amazing inspiration and a quality bike for the money? Yes! Heck yes. Do you need to do it every day or be on top of the leaderboard to be worthy of having such an exercise machine in your home? No.

For someone like me who can get depressed, down, overwhelmed with motherhood and life in general…this bike saves me some days. I love how I feel after I do it. But the point is I did it. The bike and the fact that I have one doesn’t make me a better person. I make me a better person but putting forth the effort which inspires self-confidence in me. Maybe that is what the woman in the commercial meant to say when she said thank you in her video to her husband. If I had time to make my husband a video thank you maybe I would too. Not likely though. Real-life depiction at our house would be a 5 am wake up to get in a ride and shower before the little one wakes. Real-life is juggling a hectic life that isn’t as pretty and perfect as the Peloton commercial house and still getting in that workout which then boosts my self-esteem which then boosts the morale of the entire household & family. That is where the magic is. So to obtain that magic and to feel good is what I look for. This brand helps me do that in a variety of ways.

Could the commercial have shown a more average family and a more hectic household and someone who “needed to lose weight” sure? But there is another side of health that is all mental and hardly physical. The days in a row you do it don’t matter. The way you think and feel about your body does. This company has all types of different people teaching their class across the board. Do I look like them? No. Do I identify with them? Yes.  Do they want the same things as me? Yes. To be strong in mind, to physically do hard things, to live my best life. Honestly, without this last year of Peloton, I think you would have found me in the pantry eating cookies or laying on the couch watching TV. That is not where I want to be even though that is where I end up sometimes. Where I want to be is using my body to grow mentally, to sweat and to shine for myself and for my family. I want both worlds. The fitness industry can be so overwhelming and honestly, it’s why I didn’t have the heart to sty in it. I want to balance it all. I want cookies and I want to sweat. I want to feel good about both situations. I want to work hard and achieve things. Being a stay at home mom doesn’t come with a glowing yearly review or a daily reward chart. This is the thing that I get to do to prove to myself that I can do hard things. I like to relax and I like to do physically & mentally hard things a few times a week. That is me. That’s why I love my Peloton. It helps me to improve my overall health. It is fun! I love the connection to the community and the other Peloton users.

Peloton is a brand that allows me to do all of that from the convenience of my own home, which I am at, A LOT. Because that is the season of my life that I am in right now. Maybe the next commercial will show a more realistic scenario and maybe they won’t. Either way, it has changed me too when I needed to be changed. Maybe she did too? We may never know.

 

 

xo, A

I’m in love with my Peloton bike!

Man oh man does this bike and app motivate me! I have done more activity in the past 8 or so weeks than I did maybe in all of last year! It’s right there in my living room whenever I have the time. For me, now being a Full-Time stay at home mom, this has been a lifesaver! I don’t make or schedule a time to leave the house to workout and for four-plus years a while back I worked out a lot outside of the home. I slowly got out of that routine and then became pregnant with C and now like magic, it is almost a year and a half later! Plus the winter weather in Pittsburgh is cold and wet and it makes you want to curl up in a ball on the couch and watch movies or hibernate in a cave like a bear for four months. Four months out of twelve spent indoors can drive a girl crazy. Not to mention her 15-month-old daughter! SO I have to do it at home when I can. I haven’t done the same workout twice although I would because I love them all!

The instructors are all really motivating in each and every workout. You feel like a champion when you get off this thing mentally and physically. The tracking display that keeps all of your workouts and stats is amazing and also super motivating! It makes you want to beat yourself each time! It makes you not want to see a week go by with no workouts complete. You can pick a 45 min workout or a 15 and with either one, you feel accomplished and you sweat buckets. That is what I like the most. Each time I get on there and spend the time it is always worth it. I always get my heart rate soaring and the sweat always pours. I always stretch after just for a few minutes and I always feel great! The miles, the output, the calories burned, the achievements earned visually are all so motivating! You cannot help but feel proud of yourself on this thing no matter who you are or what level you are at!

This new motivation has also helped me to eat better and just be more aware of how my body is feeling and how nutrition and physical activity is a direct reflection of that. It helps my mood a lot as well and who doesn’t need a mental boost every once in a while? I love my Peloton and I recommend it wholeheartedly! I have yet to do the yoga, meditation or strength training on it because I am still not in the habit of using it daily. Hoping I will get there but from a place of not doing much physically beside momin’ it all day every day I think an average 3 times a week is great progress! It is not going anywhere. It is mine and like I said before it is always there for me. I have noticed changes in my body and most importantly it is helping build up those good habits I had before I had Charlotte. Even though I know there is nothing wrong with the current Adrienne I know for sure the old Adrienne felt better and that is what I am striving for. I know my Peloton will help me get there and I plan on enjoying the journey!

This bike is the best present I have ever received from my husband. He seems to know just what I need when I need it. I can’t wait to keep riding and see how far I can push myself mentally & physically!

xo-Adrienne

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