Posts tagged commitment


The gnome is still reclining in front of the perfectly landscaped yard, but now a daisy hangs over his concrete head.  Thanks to the industriousness of the owners of his yard, his environment is always changing, but he never does.  As I approach the end of the road with this blog, I thought I’d do some reflecting on what’s changed. And what hasn’t. 

Some of the sights along the route have changed.  The octopus is no longer on the mailbox.  The fire hydrants have been freed of vegetation.

This is the one that looked like this before:

There are “for sale” signs where there weren’t before, and there are always those seasonal changes — berries and blooms that come and go, ever transforming the landscape.

But have I changed, or do I remain like the gnome, unchanging in an evolving world?

The change in me isn’t as dramatic as I’d have liked it to be, but yes, I’ve changed.  The main thing I changed was my exercise habit, even though  I did not manage to ride my bike every day.  Life happens.  I found that biking was not something I could do in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, til death…

But I did find that I could commit to attempting to ride every day.  And on the weeks where I couldn’t manage daily rides, I usually rode several times.  This is much more exercise than I was getting before I started the blog.  That’s a good thing.

My hope is to keep it up even after the days of blogging about the experience are over. Do I think I can do this? Yes!


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A Blog that No One Will Read?

P9090083Before I started this venture I read a book about blogging.  It was titled The Huffington Post Guide to Blogging and probably should have been titled The Huffington Post Guide to Political Blogging, but it still had a lot of practical information about entering the blogosphere and what to expect once you were in.  One thing it told you to expect was a small audience at first.  An audience so small that it might amount to only your spouse checking in once a day to try to make up for whatever argument the two of you have most recently had.  If this is the case, why blog?

For me, the answer is commitment.  Which is the entire point of The Hot Pink Bike Route.  Can we commit to doing something daily and will it improve our health and therefore our lives if we do? 

Today I really really did not want to get on my bike.  Did I say really really?  I meant really really really really really really really.  It is overcast and I am tired.  But I forced myself to go out there and ride for 18 minutes.  I hope to set bigger goals for the future, but this satisfied my paltry initial goal.  I kept my commitment.  And for today, I am satisfied.

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