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.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Finally kicked the sickness (I think)

I think I finally kicked this thing I have had. My throat is still a little sore and so is my foot, but I feel a lot better today and almost to 100%. I am still missing the gym today to try and fully recover, but I am confident that I will be back at it on Monday. I have been away from the gym for two weeks now and I am starting to really miss it. I was getting very frustrated this week because I really want to stay on track with the fitness. I did loose some weight (down to 256.5 today) but my plans here are about more than weight loss, it is about getting in good shape. The gym and the meals are vital to that and, while the meals are back to normal, the gym has not been. I wasn't until today that I truly felt I would be ready to return to the gym soon.

This weekend will be another one full of yard work, but it will be done very early. It is supposed to get close to, if not actually reach, 100 degrees this weekend. The blistering heat of the central valley summers are here and there is going to be 3 months of this, so I better start getting used to a schedule that has the bulk of the outside work done before the heat.

Right now, I am feeling pretty good about things though.

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