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.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

OK, time to get serious

The scale was not kind again. I know that the scale is not the only indicator of good health and that I am getting in better shape, but I think that I have let me eating habits slip a little over the past few days. I have been doing some grazing between meals and having a few snacks. Things like that throw off the whole day and I think my intake has been too much.

I am going to get serious today and be really vigilant about what I am eating. no grazing and no snacking, just meals. Hopefully I will get back on track by doing that.

Even though I am still fluctuating around the 255 mark and have been since the 11th of June, I know I am getting in better shape. I can tell it from the way I look and feel. Because of that, I am not too worried about this plateau as there are many possibilities as to why I am not loosing. First, I am doing longer and longer runs outside (as opposed to on a treadmill) and perhaps I am adding muscle. Second, I have changed my workout routine as far as when I work out, possibly causing my body to need some time to adjust. And lastly perhaps it is just my body adjusting to loosing over 20% of my body weight in 6 months and is totally natural.

Whatever it is, I am going to try and not let it get to me. I will keep working and hopefully get through it soon.

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