Why Can’t I?

Actual conversation that took place this week.

Friend: Have you lost weight?

Pam: Yes

Friend: I mean, a lot of weight?

Pam: Yep, almost 80 pounds since January 2009.

Friend: How?

I told her a little bit about what I’m doing. My friend did a great job of appearing interested so I went into detail about my workout program: running, cycling, swimming, weight lifting, triathlon bricks, half marathons.

She responded, “But you can’t sustain that.”


I’ve sustained my current level of exercise for about a year. I know it’s a lot compared to the reports I read that recommend 30 minutes of exercise three to five times per week. But I ENJOY what I do except for last Saturday’s 10-mile run in the Nashville heat and humidity.

Five to six mornings a week I spend my time with people who train just has hard, ahem, harder than I do. We have triathlon trips planned for later in the summer. We do 5ks together. We’ve become a crazed fitness family. We love this stuff.

I wake up at 4 a.m. each weekday morning (except for Wednesday, my rest day) and I’m at the Y by 4:45. I wake up at 5:45 on the weekends. The first two hours of the day are mine, all mine. Exercise is my sanctuary. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Will I always feel this way? Who knows? What I know for sure is I’ve felt this way about exercise for the past three or four years and I’ve worked out at a greater intensity for the past year.

I’ll do likewise tomorrow.

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