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.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I can do this

I can do this.

I can run the half marathon. My uncle-in-law is a big runner and I have been going to him for advice on running and training for runs. He told me two things about the training schedule I had put together: I was running too much and I needed to get outside and run if I could. So, I have been taking his advice. I am only running three times a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and I am going outside to run. I did my run this morning and was able to run 4 miles in 38:30, on pace for what I want to do at the half marathon. What is even better is that, while it was tough, I felt I could have gone farther when the 4 miles were up. That makes me feel great and the half marathon now feels attainable.

The weight ticked up a few tenths of a pound, but still in the 254 range. I think I might be coming off the plateau and I will say I officially am if I get to 253 tomorrow.

As for flying, this last weekend I went to see my dad for Father's Day and I wanted to tell him about the flying, but since I am not able to afford it at all right now, I am going to wait until I can afford to get back into it. Hopefully this year, but with the way the economy is going maybe not for a long time...

At least it is still there to dream about.

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