Wow you look amazing! How did you do it?
My journey to 2 million meters
On October 28, 2010, I watched the monitor on my Concept2 indoor rowing machine as it ticked just past 10,000 meters. Surrounded by the women who have been my constant cheerleaders and companions throughout this journey I celebrated rowing 2 million lifetime meters. For those of you who are wondering that’s 1,243 miles and more hours than I’d care to count over the course of a year and a half.
It was a momentous occasion, not because it was the end of something, nor because it was my biggest accomplishment on the machine (that came when I rowed a million meters in just a month and won theConcept 2 World Rowing Challenge in my community). Instead it was a great symbol of what I learned along the way – that by releasing my inner athlete I could recapture the strong, healthy and happy woman who is my true self.
I’ve lost nearly 50 pounds in the last few years and transformed my body so much it looks like I’ve lost more. I often don’t recognize my reflection in store windows because I can’t believe that small person could be me. My friends and family tell me that in addition to my physical transformation my attitude and outlook on life have become equally lighter, brighter and more energetic. And while this is still a work in progress, I have proven to myself that I am stronger and capable of a whole lot more than I thought I was.