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 1, 2010

Returning to normal

The foot pain is going away and I am feeling better. Not 100%, but better than I have felt for over a week. I am going back to work today (finally!) and am looking forward to it. I was going stir crazy sitting at home last week. I am not going to go to the gym today because I still don't feel 100% better. Yesterday I blew the meals as the wife and I had a plate of fried food at Long John Silvers. It sounded good at the time, but this morning I feel pretty bad because of it. I hope that after today being back to the normal meals I will feel close enough to 100% to go for a run tomorrow. That run will also be dependant on this foot pain I have going away, but things are starting to look good right now.

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