whoa, what a night...

Last night I was out in Arlington Heights for the Runner’s High n Tri Q&A with Chrissie Wellington, three time Ironman Champion and world record holder!  It was a fantastic evening!  Hearing Chrissie talk about the sport was a treat, and being able to share that with the 400+ people in attendance was cool too!  Dave (Pace of Chicago) had a chance to sit down with Chrissie for an interview, he got some great pictures too and I’m sure he’ll have a recap up soon! 

The evening was a bit of a whirlwind.  Coach Jen was there last night and we got to chat a little bit!  Dave snapped off a couple pics and I’ll share when I get a copy! 

I also had a chance to meet a few people who I’ve met on facebook and twitter, and chat for a bit- I’m amazed at how many people I’ve met since starting to train.  Over the last nine and a half months I’ve met some cool people and consider them friends.  We barely know each other yet share a common bond…endurance sports.  We support, send encouraging notes and share training successes and struggles.  The endurance community is extremely accepting, and really supportive…it’s one of the things I love!

I also had a couple of folks who read the blog and follow along come up and congratulate
me on going over the 100 lb mark.  I don’t know how to respond.  I thank them, and say something like, “I have more I could
lose, it’s been fun so far, I’m enjoying the ride, that I’ve lost the
equivalent of Kirsten Dunst or that I’m just working hard.”
true…I just don’t know what else to say, so I go with one of those
stock answers. 

I totally downplay the accomplishment and try to shift the spotlight off of me.  I guess I’m partially in a daze; I’m still trying to wrap my head around losing that much weight and with all the
attention I’m getting.  It’s part a self esteem thing, and part not
realizing it’d be so motivating.  I’ve said it many times, I didn’t think my story would be inspiring.  I didn’t think I’d hear from people like I have…I’m humbled and grateful at the same time.


I got an email from Kevin Fishbain
at Chicago Athlete Magazine
at the end of June, he wanted to interview me.  What?  Me?  It blew my mind that they were interested.  I
agreed to chat with Kevin, and he had the story posted online shortly there after.  I
thanked Kevin for the awesome write up, he replied that he just wrote
it, that I gave him the story.  Kevin emailed last night while I was at the Chrissie Wellington Q&A and the story is in the August issue…page 26.

Some people, like Dave and Pam, have jokingly asked how it feels to be famous.  Here’s the thing, I don’t
think I am nor do I think I should be. I’m just a guy who was tired of being fat and decided I
needed to make a lifestyle change.  I guess if I’m famous for anything at all, I want it to be for this…if
I can do this, anyone can.

People have asked what my secret is…I tell
them, there isn’t one.  It’s just hard work, determination and
sweat…a lot of sweat.  It’s hard work, with both good days and tough days.  I’m learning to take each one in stride…and not get too worked up either way.  Does it go smoothly all the time? Um, no…hell no.  If you read often,
you know that.  I do have my ups and downs and how wound up I get
sometimes.  Each day, each training session is a learning experience. 

But if you’re ready to make a change, you’ll do it.  You’ll put in the work and make it happen…I believe that.  If you’re ready, make it happen.  If you’re ready and not sure where to start, give me a shout.  I don’t know much, but I do feel the hardest part is getting started.

More later!


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  • It was great meeting you Monday night! Congrats again, and stick with the "I've lost Kirsten Dunst" answer, it's a crowd pleaser! :)

  • In reply to Aldi26:

    Fantastic meeting you too! I'll keep using it, thanks! Lol! :D

  • In reply to Aldi26:

    Hi. I found your blog just now by literally typing into Google 'how to mentally accept losing 100lbs'. I'm 24 and hit that milestone last week after 15 months.
    What you have wrote regarding how you respond and handle other people's congratulations and praise pretty much hits the nail on the head on how I've been dealing with it myself. It's almost like a quick 'aw shucks, thanks' and change of topic. I haven't quite figured out how to handle it yet, but reading and knowing that there are other people out there going through a similar experience makes it a bit easier. So, thanks!

  • In reply to kbear0816:

    I'm slowly learning to embrace it, but it's tough. Like you, hearing about other people who are in the same boat and sharing this experience does help.

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