Bill Lightner

  • My cycling build-up…………..By Bill Lightner

    By Bill Lightner, Brand Ambassador

    So now I decided to get into and stay in shape.It was hard work and wasn’t easy.I started out cycling easy or at least what is consider easy by today’s standards.In the beginning, I mapped out a path and every Saturday and Sunday morning I’d slip on some shorts, t-shirt and sneakers, jump on my trusty Schwinn and head out for a grueling 10 mile ride.The “real” cyclist around here would say that I picked a fairly flat route but to me, it was tough!There were some rolling hills, some wind and of course getting used to riding on the road ...with traffic.I set goals for myself, the first being just to keep peddling and never stop.I’d pushed myself to go as hard as I could to burn the calories and increase my cardio workout.I had to adjust to numbing hands, a little saddle sore and knee pains, not to mention muscle cramping. I found out that the way the bike was “fit” to me (the height and position of the saddle, the height of the handlebars, the length of the stem, etc) were all very important in how I rode the bike and how comfortable I would be over the distance.As I adjusted to my aches and pains, having my bike adjusted to properly fit me, finding out what real bike shorts and shoes were all about and what it was to hydrate/drink while I rode (thank god I found Vitalyte about this time!!), I increased my mileage about 5 miles every month until I was riding about 40-45 miles consistently.I had a basic bike computer (I have since up-graded my bike computer to include a heart rate monitor that helps let me know how hard I’m working) to help track my time on the bike, mileage rode, speed and average speed over the course of the ride.I also kept a log of my rides so I could tell how I improved over time.

    After nine months of riding by myself and building up the mileage on the bike, I purchased my new bike, a light weight carbon fiber bike.I started riding with the local Bicycle Club and now knew I had been bitten by the “cycling bug”!Now, almost 5 years later, I continue to ride 4 times a week, logging 150 to 175 miles a week.I have lost the weight I wanted to lose, altered my diet to eat healthier and now living a better and healthier life.I have continued with new cycling challenges all the time.It’s helped to keep things interesting and increase my fitness even more.I celebrated my 50th birthday this month and since January of this year, I have completed the California Triple Crown and the King of the Mountain challenges!Neither challenge was an easy feat! More to come on these events……..

    Should you have any questions about my blogs, please don’t hesitate to ask (I can be found on Facebook)!

  • My Story Back to Good Health... by Bill Lightner


    After leaving our Desert home temporarily in 1997 due to poor economy/work, spending 4 years in Missouri (misery, no disrespect to Missourians, just a city boy in the country) and 2 years in So. Florida, we finally made it back to our Desert home where we belong. While away and during the first 3-1/2 years back home, I had been doing a lot of traveling, sitting in a plane or car, entertaining clients, eating out a lot and just generally “porking it up”!! The tennis a couple times a week with my wife just wasn’t cutting it for enough exercise!

    Of course I was in denial about my weight gain……….."No honey, I’m just retaining some water! It’ll go away”, LOL!!! Then I started going to the Doctor for physicals……. I was told that while I wasn't terribly overweight and could stand to lose a few pounds, my cholesterol and triglycerides were dangerously off the charts!!! Although I don’t like taking medication, I was placed on cholesterol reduction medicine. When I asked what I needed to do to avoid being on medication for the rest of my life, the Doctor told me to lose about 10lbs, start exercising more and to change my diet. I thought, “Gosh, what do I do? Work is so demanding and I love to eat……!”

    My sister-in-law and her husband are personal fitness trainers and are into cycling big time. With their encouragement I thought I’d get back on my 20 year old Schwinn and see how it goes. Well, after nine months of riding by myself and building up the mileage on the bike, I went out a purchased a new, 'real', light weight, carbon fiber bike. I finally felt that I could attempt riding with the local Bicycle Club without embarrassing myself. Wow, what a RUSH that was!! I started out slowly and in the back of the pack until I learned what I was doing and slowly got used to riding in a large group. I quickly found that it was GREAT!! I had been bitten by the “cycling bug”!

    Now, almost 5 years later, I continue to ride 4 times a week, booking 150 to 175 miles a week (other than my long distance challenges….blog to come), play tennis with my beautiful wife (though while I’m moving way better on court, she’s still kicking my butt!) and walk 1.5 to 4 miles 5 to 6 nights a week.

    I’m reaching the ½ century mark this month (turning 50 years old) and I’m proud to say that I’m 35 to 40 pounds lighter. I have reduced my medication to every-other day (in the process of things, I found out that the cholesterol thing is also hereditary. That means the best I can hope for on the medication is every-other day), my cholesterol and triglycerides are well within the proper range, and my resting heart rate is down to about 50bpm! The Doctor said if my heart rate went down anymore, I’d be dead, LOL! I also altered my diet a bit without hurting my love to eat and I can’t begin to tell you how much better I feel. It’s truly an AWESOME feeling!!! I feel like I’m finally ready for the second half of life!! Who wants to join me?? It’ll be a great ride, I promise!!

  • Welcome Brand Ambasadors!

    By Captain Vitalyte

    I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our first batch of Brand Ambassadors: Bill Lightner and Jenna Novotny! The applications were numerous, the competition was fierce but these two rockstars shone bright and brilliant and we're proud to have them as part of a the Vitalyte team. Their bios are in progress so I won't spoil all of their surprises but here's a bit about them.

    Jenna is a San Diego native who is currently loving the Grape Vitalyte Flavor. She's into marathon running, triathlons, swimming, biking, tennis, yoga, standup paddleboarding, volleyball, soccer, rock climbing..long story short, this lady is active. She longs to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, is lactose intolerant and says, "If running shoes and workout clothes were appropriate attire for every occasion I would be a happy girl." Finally, she loves to chat, in person and online, so you should definitely follow her on twitter @runjrun screen-shot-2011-06-30-at-100153-am

    Bill is a cycling junkie from Palm Desert who just got his Triple Crown, which is a huge deal. He, like Jenna, is loving Grape Vitalyte and said pasta is his go-to meal the night before a race. He says he doesn't feel his age and he certainly doesn't look it at 50 years young. He rediscovered cycling 4 years ago and hasn't looked back. He says, "the bike and the road, really help to clear my mind" and he's also very involved in his local biking club, The Desert Bicycle Club. screen-shot-2011-06-30-at-100311-am

    Stay tuned for their profile pages, blog posts and more - and congratulations to our Vitalyte Brand Ambassadors again!

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