Saturday, July 11, 2009

3 Years and Counting

On July 12, 2006, I "ran" a mile on my new treadmill in about 22 minutes. That was three years ago today.

Since then, I've run more than 1,600 miles and cycled 1,900+. Not to mention the dozens of spin classes, Body Pump's and boot camps sprinkled in amongst it all.
In the last year, I have struggled with my weight. Although I've dipped as low as 218, I've also gone as high as 238. Most of the time, I've been in the 220's, including today's weigh in at 228. I'm disappointed with my lack of progress here, despite all of the other successes. Still about 30 pounds from that elusive goal. Still, down about 190 pounds is an incredible feat.

In a way, it's hard to believe it's been three years. It seems like just yesterday. In another way, it feels like I've been leading this healthier lifestyle for much longer. I also think of myself in a different way. My mind has finally started to catch up to my body. When I close my eyes, I rarely see the old fat guy.

To celebrate this anniversary, I'll be joining some others for the 4th annual Pedal and Paddle event. That's 23 pools, one lap each, biking from pool to pool, about 45 miles, give or take.

Time to get ready to swim. . . and bike. . . and transition. . . 45 times.



Nat said...

Congratulations Jeff. Three years is a big deal.

Sounds like a very cool event. :)

Roger S said...

One of the greatest success stories of all time

Daiquiri princess said...

You amaze and inspire me everyday... dont be dissappointed for where you are not , celebrate where you are. Healthy alive and active....
Congrats on taking your life back.

Andrew is getting fit said...

You are a legend Jeff!

Kim Herring said...

Well first off - congrats - it is an amazing accomplishment and you definitely should let those last few pounds "weigh" you down and overshadow all you've done.

Secondly, I LOVE that event and wish I lived closer to do that. Sounds like a blast as I'm not huge on running.

Nitmos said...

You've come a long way....and are sure to go quite a bit farther. Keep on moving forward!