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 15, 2010

Longing to be airborne again

Yesterday I was running some errands and while I was putting things in the back seat of my truck, I saw my flight bag that I keep in there. I caught a glimpse of my log book, the gold lettering on black. That brought back all the thoughts about my flight lessons and how exciting flying is and was, and I can't help but dream of getting up there again. Unfortunately, reality is holding me back. I have to make sure that I can afford to fly without hurting the family's budget, that won't happen until at least August.

I had the day off yesterday and took care of a lot of little things, a dentist appointmentCheck Spelling, and some more work in the back yard. The wife and I came up with a landscaping plan that won't be too expensive (we think about $1500) for the entire back yard, so we are working towards that. It is taking a long time to get there, but once we complete all of the basic landscaping, I will be in a better position to fly.

Despite going off the reservation a little with the dinner last night, I am back down to 255. I am going to go running today and start training in earnest for the half marathon in November. Perhaps I am a little foolish, but time will tell. For now, it is exciting to even think about being able to finish a half marathon.

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