Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Welcome to Fat Chick on a Bike

Those who know me know that I really love cycling. I've been riding for years and I'm fat. Not fat like all those cyclists who complain about how fat they are when what they mean is that they aren't skinny but, as you can see, actually fat.
It is interesting loving and participating in a sport where the body ideal is so completely different from the body I have. For example, it has taken me a long time to find a bike shop that will sell me bikes and help me maintain them in line with how much I ride and not how much I look like I ride. Let me take this opportunity to give a big shout out to my bike shop Quad Cycles. They respect their customers no matter what they look like or what they're riding which is more than you can say for a lot of places.
Right now, I am training to ride the MS Society Cape Cod Getaway on June 26 & 27. This is my first time riding this ride and I will be doing it with my dear friend Stefanie on our big blue tandem. If you would like to donate to the effort just click here. We appreciate your support!
This blog will be all about my obsession with cycling and my work on my weight. I had pretty much resigned myself to always being fat no matter how little I ate and how much I exercised. I mean, seriously, I rode my bike 2000 miles last season and gained weight! But now, thanks to the recommendation of a friend, I have found a doctor that sees my weight as a treatable medical condition and not some type of personality flaw. He and I are at the beginning of the process but it seems promising. I have an appointment in early June to go over a bunch of blood work he had done so we'll see what he has to say.
So, keep pedaling and I'll see you on the road!


  1. Congratulations Lucy! It's fantastic now I can follow you on the blog as you course along Cape Cod, all the way from Hong Kong : ) I'm glad you found a great doctor to help you too; lets start burning!

  2. I'm glad you're back to blogging. You know, I think that there is a programmed body type we have, and not everyone is supposed to be a skinny little twig. The most important thing is feeling healthy and good about yourself, regardless of size and shape. That said, good for you for taking the initiative and working on fitness.