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.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Going home

I get to go home today and I can't wait.  I've been eating too much this weekend and know that I have gained more than a couple of pounds.  I am really looking forward to getting home and getting back into the routine of eating right and exercising. 

I'm still sticking to my workouts and am heading down to the hotel's gym as soon as I am done with this post for a strength workout; however, I feel bad from all the excessive eating and eating the wrong things.  I was telling myself it was OK to do this for a weekend every now and again, but it really isn't.  Binge eating is never a good thing and when I go out of town in the future I think I am going to try and stick to a healthier diet because I don't want to feel like I do now.

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