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 30, 2010

Last run before Sunday's half marathon

If you would have come to me in January of this year and told the old 325 pound me that in just 9 months I would be running 13.1 miles in a race with 13,000 other people and actually looking forward to it I would have said you were crazy and that it was impossible for me to do something like that.  Well, here I am, doing the impossible!

The anticipation is intense right now.  This morning I set of for my last training run before the race, a short 4 mile run that I finished in 35:06.  The whole time of the run today I was thinking this Sunday and getting more and more excited.  In just 3 days, I am going to run a half marathon, sharing the course with everyone from Olympic medalists, a world record holder, and me, the 91 pound lighter former couch potato.

If I can pull this all of in just 9 months, imaging what I could do with another 9 . . .


  1. Another 9 months? I've got a few ideas for you:


    Head north and come run one of these with me!


  2. The Seattle marathon is a definite possibility, something with intense hills like that would be good for me.