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 9, 2010

Rebuilding from being sick

It is amazing what two weeks can do. Being away from working out for just two short weeks has taken its toll on me, I can't keep the pace up that I could before I got sick and will have to work back to it. It took me 31:40 to run the 5K yesterday and, while that is a slight improvement over Monday, it is 5 minutes slower than I was able to run it a few weeks ago. Hopefully it wont take long for me to get back to where I was.

The weight dropped a little today, but still hovering in the high 250's, where I have been for a long time now. This is by far the largest plateau I have hit in this entire process, but I am going to keep working and try to work through it. I am so close to where I want to be that it is frustrating to be stalled, but I can't let that stop me.

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