Living Instead of Existing: Losing Nearly 300 Pounds w/ Help From an E-Bike [VIDEO]
On February 7, 2012 Rhonda Martin weighed 457 pounds and she “decided I was tired of just existing and wanted to live again.”
She now has lost nearly 300 pounds thanks to a healthier diet and an exercise routine that includes riding a Pedego City Commuter electric bike.
Riding her electric bike was a way to initially get some exercise and have some fun.
She now rides her Pedego 38 miles round trip to work in addition to recreational rides with her husband.
In addition to losing the weight she has also become a competitive triathlete (using a conventional road bike).
Rhonda says “I could walk maybe 150 steps at a time…I decided I no longer wanted to exist. I wanted to live again. I started walking and counting calories. I follow no diet or meal plan. I started riding a Pedego electric bike and fell in love with cycling. By making small changes over time, I have gained my life back. I have become a triathlete. I share my story so that others will know that change is possible. “
Rhonda has built a serious following on her blog and Facebook page called Living Instead of Existing.
From her Facebook page, “I have created this page to document my journey. I want to be able to share all my triumphs and struggle and hopefully be able to help others along the way. This is my way to pay it forward. I have had so many people help me along my journey and I just want to be able to help others. Losing weight and getting healthy can be a very daunting task when done alone. That’s why I have created this page, to form a community of support and to be able to share all of our triumphs and stumbles along the way.”
Good Morning America just featured Rhonda’s story in the following video.
And here are some pictures from Rhonda’s journey.
Before and after. Great work Rhonda!
These are a few pictures from a Pedego Owners Group ride in Corona Del Mar, California.
This is Rhonda competing in a triathlon.
Rhonda’s story is very inspiring and it is just another example of how electric bikes can get more people into cycling for health and fun.
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What an amazing, inspiring story. Congratulations to Rhonda. Thanks to Pete for posting.
More of the Rhonda story…
Hello…my sister has actually met you in a race in California, I’m going to share your story in the hopes of helping my daughter and her boyfriend especially who’s weight is getting close to your starting weight.. They are 18 n 20 years old and the time is now. It’s tough even having the conversation with my daughter, as her mom I’m 44, had 3 kids and I weigh 119 pounds. I’ve always been active and blessed with a high metabolism, unfortunately only my orher 2 kids are more like me, so it’s hard for her to relate so today after literally crying to my sister for help she told me about you so thanks again for publicly sharing your story..