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One Little Thing

One little thing. That's all it took. Just one little thing. I changed one little thing and forever changed the person I wanted to be... and I am going to be. It's been a little over two years since I changed my life by transforming myself from a fat guy into a cyclist.

It all began when I simply started riding a bicycle to and from work. That was the only thing I changed… at first. I didn't change any of my bad habits. I just simply cycled to and from work. About two-three months after that a strange thing happened. I started to feel stronger, healthier, better. I found that cycling was no longer a part of my routine that I had changed, but it was something that had changed me. It had become a part of me. Just one little thing.

What happened next is something that I hadn't anticipated. Something that caught me by surprise.  Now I wanted to do one additional healthy thing. So I did. I decided that I was going to try eating just a little bit better. I still had my "fun" food days (a.k.a. "cheat days"), but I began phasing those cheat days out without consciously thinking about it. I guess I started thinking: "Hey, since you're getting stronger and starting to lose a little weight, why not take it all the way?" And that is what I have been trying to do ever since.

I can hardly believe it has been just over two years since I changed that one little thing.  In my twenties, I probably would never gotten to where I am now because it would have seemed like an eternity. Yet, in my mid-thirties it feels like barely any time has passed at all since I started cycling.  While I feel I have had a good grasp on things my path to be a fit and healthy person hasn't been without its ups and downs. After initially losing 30 pounds I found myself on a plateau that I couldn't get off of and I needed to do something which would get me back on task. So I did something I thought I would never do. I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. I realized I wouldn't be wasting money, I realized I was investing in me. I will soon be putting my investment to work.

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, I’m starting out on a journey few people have ever undertaken. I am embarking on a 2,700-mile trek across the country completely by bicycle. "What?!" you say. Yes, you read that right. I am riding my bicycle coast to coast. From Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida. That fact that I am physically able to take journey of this length is a testament to of the time and effort I have invested in myself and my fitness. With that said, I do not feel like I am doing any special. This trip is simply an extension of my decision to change one little thing.

I've shared my story — from where I have been and where I am going. This all started when I changed one little aspect of my life. I am sharing my cross country bicycle trip with you in live photos and updates my website You can see where I am in my journey and how many calories I’ve burned so far!

But before I go I want to leave you with this question:

"How could your life be different if you only changed one little thing?" Leave a comment below, and let me know.


Christopher McGinnis is a Sr. Software Engineer at Demand Media and a former LIVESTRONG.COM team member. Chris is an avid hobby cyclist, and he commutes via bicycle to and from work daily even when it is cold or raining. In his spare time, and when he is not out cycling, he enjoys playing the piano and writing health-related software applications. You can follow Chris’ cross-country bicycle journey in real-time at

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