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.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thank you Gloria!

I don't know how you found my blog, but you did and just made my day. After 6 months of hard work you are the first person (other than my wife and mom) to read and comment on this blog. I was just looking at another blog about weight loss and they were getting a lot of comments and encouragement. I have been doing this for 6 months and have yet to have anyone outside my family discover this blog and to hear your comment is big motivation for me to keep going.

What you say about the weight fluctuations is very true, I am not going to let the scale numbers keep me for going down the right path. In the past 6 months I have gone from 325 to 255, from 50x30 pants to 38x30 pants and from an XXXL shirt to an XL shirt. I am hopefully going to be able to go to Disneyland soon and ride the Maliboomer ride that I was kicked off of last December and I know how good it will feel to fit in there. I am exercising regularly, I trained for and ran a 5K in May (28:47) and am running and working out still, training for a 1/2 marathon in November. Running was never really something I was into but it feels good to accomplish something.

Once again, thank you Gloria for your motivational comment, it really helps to keep me going at this!

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