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 7, 2010

Excited to get back to the gym

I am really excited to get back into the routine today. I haven't been to the gym in two weeks and am going back today, despite a little pain that is disappointingly lingering in my left foot. I really want to go running again and I hope I can do that today.

The weather out here has changed drastically in the last week. It went from highs in the 70's to over 100 degree highs this week. The central valley is known for blistering heat in the summer and we have been lucky so far in that the heat has come late, but it is here now. The hard part about that is working outside really takes its toll on you. I am a little sunburned despite layering the sunscreen. On top of that, being outside working is torture after about 10 a.m. and constant water and shade breaks are necessary. On the plus side, the yard work is coming along. On the negative side, there is still a lot to do in this heat.

The outdoor work is a blessing is disguise right now though. It is serving to really keep my mind off of flying. Don't get me wrong, I really want to get back in to flying, but I just can't afford it right now and I get a little depressed when I think about it. Keeping my mind off of it right now is the best thing to do. The reason I didn't want to tell anyone about my flight training is that I was worried this would happen, I would not be able to do it. I know I will complete my flight training, but the outlook for that is bleak right now. So, I will stick to yard work to keep my mind off of flying for now.

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