"I've decided that perhaps I'm bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge."

-- Paula Poundstone

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Big 1-0-0

Today I hit my 100th mile on the treadmill.

Actually, my 101.6th, but who’s counting?

That is since March 1.

I realize 100 miles is a mere blip for far more serious athletes than I, but I still can’t believe I’ve done it.

Somehow, I’ve managed every morning before work – except the one day I was sick – to drag my butt out of bed and onto the treadmill.

That has to be amazing to the people who know me, because they know I love to sleep.

So, what keeps me going?

Well, when I quit smoking four years ago, probably more overriding than any other motivation I had was the fact that I never, ever wanted to go through quitting again.

I knew that if I could get through the strong withdrawals and habits, I’d be OK. That someday I wouldn’t think about a cigarette all hours of the day.

To be honest, it was probably a good year before that happened, but it happened.

And I never wanted to have to endure the misery of getting to that point of relief again.

That’s what keeps me going on this weight loss journey, too.

I never want to get back to the point where I was.

Where taking the stairs took all my breath.

Where 1 mile on the treadmill felt like 10.

Where grocery shopping left me aching and exhausted.

And I never, ever want to be able to say again that I’m the biggest I’ve ever been.

Here’s hoping …

2 comments:

  1. WAY to go Misty!!! 100 (+1.6) is a GREAT accomplishment!

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  2. Nicholas GregoryMay 13, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    100 miles is a big D...
    I enjoyed the plateau piece as well. I think our minds hit plateaus as well as our bodies.
    Keep it up - you have 26 reasons to be proud and a lifetime to be healthier because of the change in habits.

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