She made a resolution to change.
She wanted to start living again instead
of just existing. She started drinking two
protein shakes a day and eating three
small meals. She bought a pedometer
and challenged herself to walk 100 more
steps each day than the day before.
One more powerful thing she did was
to tell people that she was trying to lose
weight, which gave her accountability.
This was a key point, something she
didn’t do before, because in the past
she didn’t want people to know if she
failed in her attempt.
One day she and her husband Chuck
were at a Green Expo and saw Pedego
electric bikes. She never knew that electric bikes existed, but she tried one and
convinced Chuck to try it too, and that
same day they went out and bought two
Electric bikes allowed her to ride with
less fatigue and get out and have fun! At
last, she had found the thing she loved
to do. The roads near her home in El
Cajon, California, near San Diego, are
very hilly. She and her husband Chuck
would load the bikes onto the car and
take them to nearby Coronado where
the bike paths were flat. They started
with six-mile rides and kept building
That bit of activity juiced her. It was
something she truly enjoyed, and the
weight started coming off. She was
becoming active and started to love life.
She started working out with a trainer,
adding in strength training and cardio
circuits three days a week. She was
building strength and endurance she
never had before and gaining confidence that she could try new things.
In a scant two years, she’d lost 270
pounds. Her trainer suggested she train
for a sprint triathlon. Though she’d never
been particularly athletic as a kid nor
active in any sport, she had been consistently riding her bike and swimming.
She was still hesitant, because she
didn’t consider herself a runner, but her
supportive trainer convinced her that
she could do it.
FROM SEDENTARY TO
By gaining confidence because she
kept hitting her goals, Rhonda didn’t just
complete one sprint triathlon; she ran 3
1/2 marathons, did four sprint triathlons
and one aquabike (combined endurance
race that involves a 1.2-mile swim and a
56-mile bike ride)!
Triathlons and other races like
10Ks are now her thing. She
loves to travel and take “
race-cations,” combining going to a
destination (recently, she went
to Alaska) to race and explore.
This year she ran her first
5K and set a new personal
record. Her goal was to run
it at a 12-minute-mile pace,
but she actually averaged
an even more impressive