One day, I took my 325 pound couch potato self to Disneyland for a vacation. It was around Christmas time in 2009 and I wanted to show the family a good time. Then, the unthinkable happened. My world came crashing down as I was kicked off of a ride in front of everyone because I was too big to fit in the seat. It was humiliating, embarrassing and unexpected. But, it changed my life.

I realized that my life needed to change. I also realized that I have missed out on so much in my own life because I never took control of my health. I missed out on serving in the military because I was too big, I missed becoming a police officer because I was too out of shape, and I missed achieving some of the dreams in my life.

Not any more. I threw away the fear of failure and dared to do something impossible. In one year, I lost over 100 pounds and did something that I never thought I could do – I ran a marathon. I achieved the impossible and it was the most amazing thing ever.

The next year, I traveled the country, seeing new cities 26.2 miles at a time on a marathon tour, all while training for the impossible - the title of IRONMAN!

On June 24, 2012, I crossed the Ironman finish line in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, listening to Mike Reilly announce me as an Ironman, after a long day and 140.6 miles.

I am continuing on my journey, getting through the ups and downs of maintaining a new, fit lifestyle. Life is good, and I want to live it to the fullest.

This blog celebrates our ability to achieve things that seem impossible.

Monday, June 28, 2010

200 posts

200 posts and 6 months of work. It feels good.

The scale went down a bit today to 252.8 and I feel a little sore in the legs. But, it is the good sore that you feel when you did something you can be proud of. Now that I am to a weight where I can fit in the Maliboomer ride at Disney's California Adventure Park, I really want to go back there. I can just imagine the feeling of the restraints clicking down with room to spare. When I do go there, I will be smiling ear to ear. I don't think the wife and I can afford it right now, but if we can find a way to make it happen we will. Disney has always been a special part of our lives. We don't have kids but we are truly kids at heart. I proposed in front of the wishing well in Disneyland, our honeymoon was a Disney cruise and some time at Disneyworld, and we go down to the Disneyland parks for fun when we can, especially during the holidays when Disney truly does a great job of enveloping you in the spirit of the holidays. Going back now to celebrate the milestone of 6 months and almost 75 pounds seems appropriate, not to mention the fact the I was initially motivated to loose weight when I could not fit into the restraints in a ride. I hope to go back soon.

1 comment:

  1. Travis,

    Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your blog. I stumbled upon it several weeks ago when I was looking at success stories on the InShape website. I have also challenged myself to change my lifestyle in an effort to lose weight. Reading your posts has been both inspirational/motivational in my journey... keep up the good work!

    I have lost 30lbs. and will be running my first 5k ever in 3 weeks!

    Thanks again,