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, September 9, 2010

Getting ready for a practice half marathon on Sunday

Well, I am seeing signs of being back on the right track as the scale dropped a little this morning.  I'm still up 4 pounds from last Friday, but down a pound from yesterday.  We will see what the scale brings tomorrow, but I don't see any way that I will be back to where I was last Friday so I am expecting my first weekly weight gain since starting this journey.  I'm not going to let that get to me though.

This morning's run was another clunky one, running the 4 miles in 37:36 and rather slow for me.  Hopefully it is just my body working out the weekend and things will be back to normal for my 13.1 mile run on Sunday.  I'm looking forward to my practice half marathon this weekend, maybe I will come closer to the 2 hour mark.

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