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.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Back to within 11 pounds of the 100 pound goal

The weight is back down this week to 236.  I had a little detour, but it looks like I am back on track and I am within 11 pounds of my first goal of loosing 100 pounds.  I know the scale is not everything, but it feels great to see that number go down.

Only 16 days until the race in San Jose and I can't wait.  I have a bunch or new running clothes thanks to my birthday yesterday and tomorrow I am picking up a new pair of very nice running shoes that will hopefully help me run a little more naturally.  This Sunday I have a 15 mile run scheduled, my longest run yet and the longest run before the San Jose race.  I'm a little nervous as I always am for a new long distance, but I know I can do it.

After waiting for so long for my first race to get here, I can't believe that I am just two weeks away from the race.  My running shirts with my sponsors logo on the front and my mantra on the back ("1 YEAR - 100 POUNDS - 1 MARATHON") should be arriving in about a week, so I'm excited for that too.  It all seems to be coming together - this is just too cool!


  1. Good job, brother. You continue to remain an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

  2. Congrats Travis, I had a feeling you'd drop 2 this week. That's great. It's natural to be nervous before a new long run, but you'll be fine. You've already done 13 more than once and I believe you've done 14. Regardless, once you've done 10 a number of times and have done 13, I always felt that anything from about 10-15 or 16 was pretty much in the bag. Congrats--you're doing great. "The Traveler"--congrats on your committment too, I looked at your Blog but had trouble posting to it. Looks like you're doing great. A 12 minute pace is nothing to balk at for your first run; my wife is starting back at that pace and she ran a marathon a couple years ago. Listen to your body and be good to yourself (eat healthy, rest) and you'll achieve your goal.