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.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Finally fully recovered

Today I feel like I have no traces of illness left, although I am a little sore from doing a lot of yard work yesterday. I spent most of the day yesterday putting together the last of the wife's garden boxes, now the garden side of the house is almost complete. Today is going to be spent primarily clearing all of the weeds and growth from the center of the back yard in preparation to turn that into real grass. The work is slow going when you do it yourself, but we are slowly getting there.

I am really looking forward to going to the gym on Monday, after two weeks off I am really missing it and want to get back on schedule. The weight his another new low this morning, 256.2, over 68 pounds down overall. I am getting closer and closer all the time to my goal weight. Now if only I could afford to fly life would be good.

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