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 21, 2010

Could I be off the plateau?

This morning the scale finally showed me a new number, down one pound. However, I am not counting this as a victory just yet. There are a lot of variables in the weight numbers and yesterday I had an early dinner, although the dinner was very rich and I ate a lot. I am going to have to wait until tomorrow's reading to see if I am actually off the plateau, but I really hope that I am.

I am about 10 days from the 1/2 year mark in the changes I have made and I really want to be under 250 by that point. To be able to say I lost 75 pounds in 6 months and dropped 11 points on the BMI charts would be great. I think that will happen, but we will have to wait and see on that one

My legs are aching today from the training, I think I ran too many times last week. I am going to change my running training schedule a little to run fewer times so I can let my body recover in between runs. My new plan has me running a medium distance (about 3/4 target) on Tuesday, a short (5K) run on Thursday, and the long run (full target) on Sunday. This week I will be running 3.5 miles tomorrow, a 5K on Thursday, and 4 miles on Sunday. Gradually I will be building up the runs to get to the half marathon distance, I have over 4 months to get there.

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