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 29, 2010

Weight fluctuations

Well, the scale went back up again today to 254.6, back into the 255 range that I want so desperately to get beyond. I'm not going to let it get to me today though. Thankfully, several people have recently discovered my blog and it is really keeping me motivated to work through things.

Thank you to Brian, the latest person to comment. Congratulations on losing 30 pounds and it is awesome that you are running your first 5K in a few weeks. I ran my first ever 5K in May and it was an amazing feeling to finish it, it really felt like an accomplishment. You will feel on top of the world when you cross that finish line. I work out at the In Shape Clubs in Merced and Los Banos so if you ever see me there, feel free to say hi!

It it 6:10 now and I better hit the road, I am going for a short 4 mile run this morning. Hopefully that will help me get better numbers on the scale tomorrow.

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