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 14, 2010

Getting back on track

After a weekend of eating more than I should have, the scale jumped up a little. Hopefully the backbreaking yard work I have planned for today's day off will compensate for all of that. I am back on track for the fitness goal, but in going over the finances again this morning, it is still a long way off until I can get back in the air. I need to stick to it and work towards that goal, I know it is something I have to do in my life, but it is really frustrating to be held back.

Until then, I'll just keep working out and getting in better shape. I think my next run will be a 1/2 marathon in November in Fresno, but I'm still thinking about that one. I don't know if 13 miles is too ambitious right now or not, but we shall see.

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