At first she thought she’d never learn to ride.
The three-wheel journey of Monica Jeffries can be summed up by the tale of two Mays. In May, 2011, the resident of Canyon Country, California, was an overweight newbie who was introduced to Trikke carving vehicles by her husband. That month, she struggled at Southern Cal’s LSM, aka Last Saturday of the Month Trikke Ride, and her three-wheel future didn’t seem bright. Cut to the May, 2013 iteration of that same monthly ride and behold Monica, the lean, confident carving machine, a fitness buff who’s 110-pound weight loss has made her an inspirational fixture on the local Trikke scene. So just how did she turn her life, not to mention her Trikke journey, around? The Carving Edge went in search of answers with this Q&A with Monica:
The Carving Edge: Describe how you felt about riding a Trikke carving vehicle circa May, 2011.
Monica Jeffries: In May, 2011, I honestly did not like the Trikke. I thought I would never learn how to ride one. I started on a T12, which may have been the issue. I barely made it around [one leg of the LSM ride]. However the pre-ride training from Andy, Irene, Sean and Corey of SouthBay Trikke helped tremendously.
TCE: Describe how you feel about riding a Trikke carving vehicle circa two years later.
MJ: I LOVE trikking! Quincy, my husband, would not let me give up and took me out to practice on a basketball court at a park (since it’s smoother) and I slowly learned to ride. Now I’ve accomplished hill climbing and several endurance rides!
TCE: You’ve completely changed the way you look. How did you do it?
MJ: There is no secret or magic, except diet, exercise, dedication, hard work and motivation to just do it once and for all!
TCE: How important was cross training and diet?
MJ: Cross training is extremely important. Vary the exercises and find something that you like and can stick to. Also, no amount of exercise can outdo a bad diet. You must change how you eat! Plus, I don’t call it “dieting” because diets are temporary. You must commit to a healthy lifestyle. For cross training, I do bootcamp, Trikke, LA Fitness, hiking, swimming, etc. — all things I enjoy. Find what you like and stick to it.
TCE: What would you say to those who are overweight and looking to get fit? Would you recommend the Trikke? Why?
MJ: I tell everyone, if you want to get fit, you can. If I can do it, anyone can! I’ve been fat since day one — always overweight since 1st grade. I’ve done every diet program out there and lost 80+ lbs twice before, only to gain it back plus more. You have to change your mind to change your body for life. Yes, I struggle everyday, but when you fall, get back up and continue. I highly recommend the Trikke! It’s by far the BEST low impact full body workout! Plus trikkers are awesome peeps!