I started out with 2.5 miles. I figured that while I am totally out of shape and overweight, I could do 2.5 miles and not kill myself in the process. I may not be happy by the end, but I could do it. So that is what I did. I felt great afterward! I continued with 2.5 for a couple of days and then started increasing it, trying to go as far as I could. I am happy to announce that as of today I am doing 6.6 miles at an average speed of at least 15 mph (up to as much as 17 mph) in 30 minutes.
I am finding that for me the hardest part is finding a balance in my mental process dealing with eating/exercise. The first couple of days especially. I would eat something and immediately I would think 'oh crap I better go workout'! No, I didn't actually follow through on the thought because I realized that it was so unhealthy! I would have been falling right into another disorder - instead of overeating for a whole host of reasons, I would have gotten into either an overexercising thing or starvation. None of them are healthy and good for their own reasons. Anyway, now I am not having those same thoughts when I eat, but I am being more mindful of what I am eating and acknowledging that the more healthy I eat the more weight I will lose. Which is a big goal for me. I want to be healthy, but I have a lot of weight to lose in the process.
I don't know about y'all, but I find that I have to play this mental game with myself to keep me from just getting off the bike after a mile or two. I tell myself that I can do anything for 5 minutes. Since it takes me less than 5 minutes to do a mile, I just keep telling myself at each 5 minute mark that I can do anything for 5 minutes. It is working pretty well to keep me going. Another thing that I have been doing is visualizing the goal. See, when I was younger (and actually still to this day) my dad was big on visualize what you want out of life and it will happen. Yes years before The Secret book craze, my dad was preaching this to my brother and me. Visualize what you want, dream about it and eventually it will happen. So every night before I go to sleep, I get in bed and lay down and close my eyes and I visualize myself how I want to be. The things I want to be doing, places I want to go with my family, things I want to be able to wear and not be an embarrassment to myself or others.
I have decided that for me, I shouldn't base things on the scale. While I have lost 5 lbs, I am noticing bigger changes in how I feel and how things are fitting me. I have lost 16.5 inches overall and I couldn't be more proud of myself.