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.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Training schedule set

I set my training schedule for the half marathon and it looks quite daunting. 13.1 miles is a long way to run, but I think I can do it. I look back to January when I had trouble going a mile and then in May when I finished a 5K in under 30 minutes and think that I can do it, but it seems like such a tough thing to do that I am wondering if I bit off more than I can chew. Only time will tell, I should know if I am going to be ready by the end of July, if I can run a 10K at pace then, I should be able to keep going with the training and get to the Half Marathon. This is going to be a big event and I hope that I will be ready.

I am putting so much effort into the fitness right now for two reasons. First, I am stuck at a plateau on the weight and really want to break below the 255 mark. Second, I can not afford to fly right now and this is keeping me focused on that goal as well. When I started this healthy lifestyle change and preparing to fly, I opined about the value of having multiple goals, I can focus on one when progress in the other is stalled. That rings true still as the half marathon training is a long term plan to achieve my fitness goal, the only one I can really afford right now. Even that is expensive, I have to go buy a new suit this week. My old ones do not fit and look bad on me. I was hoping I could put off that expense for a while, but it does not look like that will be the case, I need to get a new suit, so, there goes another $150. Oh well, better than needing to buy a new suit because I am too big for the old ones.

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