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Accountability can be a very strong motivator. It worked for me when I wanted to run a 5k, which I did at the beginning of May. The friend who held me accountable gave some great tips on how to make sure I completed my goal. One was to tell everyone that I was going to run a 5K, and the more people I told the more my conviction to run solidified. Using her advice, I am declaring today on my blog that I will work as hard as possible to bike more.....much more.
And reading this great article inspires me even more. My goal is to post a blog at the end of the year that reflects on my transition from a driver to a biker. I can already tell you what my biggest hurdle, aka excuse, will be "The kids". I have two kids, which makes everything hard. Knowing my argument in advance allows me to develop a counter argument. And the argument that always works with me is "do what is best for your children". And here is why Mama biking wins:
- saving money by decreasing gasoline purchases;
- reducing the emissions my Honda would put into the air, the very air my kids breathe;
- biking is good for my health, and a healthy Mama is essential;
- role model an active lifestyle for my children;
- enjoy the elements by being in nature; and
- think about what you are about to buy (when shopping via bike) because you have to bike it home. I'm certain this will reduce impulse buys.
One logistical problem I have is my computer and biking to work. I am hesitant to put my lap top into a bag and bike to work. That little box is a treasure of client documents and business forms. I know there must be an easy solution. I have a computer at the office, but it doesn't have Word Perfect (lawyers are the last group on the planet to give up Word Perfect) a my lap top does. Can anyone offer a simple solution. I've considered transferring documents to Open Office, but formatting might be a problem. Your suggestions are needed!
So loyal readers, please feel free to inquire in the weeks ahead about how my biking is going. I need to be held accountable. By doing so I'll deepen my frugal living habits, which will be good for my health, my wallet, and the planet.