Two months into cycling to work and I liked it that much, I started to use the bike for other things like getting to the shops and visiting friends. It was not all good though, because the bike was old, it kept getting punctures and eventually the bottom bracket went.
I had recently visited my younger brother Adam in Holland and while out there had borrowed an old bike and I really loved it. It had a basket on the front and panniers and a frame that was easy to get on and off with a sit up and beg comfy position.
I went to my nearest chain bike store and had a look at the bikes, finding one that was just what I wanted. It was a heavy blue thing, but I was in love with it.
Cycling had improved my mood so much by this point, but I still had not given it a second thought, I was just not having as many dark days.
Depression is strange, I didn't realise I had it and often blamed my situation for by bad mood. The slightest thing sometimes would set it off and for days I would wake up feeling either angry or upset, alone and with no end to a way out. Sometimes it would last for weeks and months. I felt like no-one understood and I wanted to hide. The anger was horrible and it often led to days of crying and a big feeling of hopelessness.
The new bike filled me with so much happiness, I was so excited to get it, like it was Christmas again when I was 10. I also purchased a pannier rack and basket for the front. Sorted!
My friend Jan was asking for subjects for her photography course and I volunteered to be a model. She waited for me one morning as I cycled to work and snapped a picture of me zooming down the hill and around the corner. That pic said it all.
Just one simple lifestyle change was enough to change me and my life forever.
I didn't know, I was at that time just happy being happy!
POWER BALL RECIPE
These are brilliant. Only 3 ingredients and just as good as energy bars but without the additives!
You will need a blender.