This blog is an expression of my thoughts and motivations as I attempt to go from total sloth couch potato to triathlete.

 Read on for more background.
With the exception of a period of backpacking (for which always took allot of work and was exhausting) my inactivity led me to 320 pounds by 2000. I am not a skinny guy, I have a large build with 58 inch shoulders, but 320 was too much. I eventually lost some weight and got myself to 285 by lifting weights and doing a little bit of cardio.

Fast forward to 2008, I had gotten married and had gained all the old weight and allot more, hitting my highest weight of 365 pounds. From that period till 2012 I attempted to reign in my weight, with a series of off and on workout and diet programs. Nothing was consitent though and usually the health kick only lasted a month or two before bad habits prevailed. Overall I managed to slowly loose and keep weight off till 2011 when I got to 320 pounds. I began backpacking again and found I was in even worse shape and managed to get down to 310 pounds.

Unfortunately those pounds did not stay off and by February of 2012 I was at 320 pounds. I went to the doctor for a physical and to get a renewal on my Diabetes medications (just non-insulin type 2) I got the bigest shock of all. My blood pressure was 210/90. The doctor told me to do nothing and get my diet under control, removing/reducing sodium and caffiene as a primary focus. By the end of April it had gotten under control and I had started to eat right and do basic work outs.

The day that changed it all was a day at the end of April when I was over at my brother’s house and we began to discuss running and fitness and all my health issues. He mentioned a thing called the ‘Couch to 5k’ program and that tons of people have had success. I was interested and intrigued at the same time, especially since I never entertained or even thought I could ever do a 5k or run for that matter. After discussing it with the wife we decided to try it and began in May to work through the program.

Two weeks later I found my knees were having trouble and the doctor ordered me to do pool running till my knee got better. So we switched gyms, going to one with a pool and this changed everything. Just believing I could run a 5k and now having a pool, the silly notion of maybe doing a triathlon snuck into my head. I still have no idea why, but I all of a suddon decided I was going to do one and I was a man on a mission. I read(and still do) everything I could on triathlon. I researched early ones for next year that would give me a good yearlong trainging window and I put the plan into motion.

Me at 365 lbs in 2009



The picture that really made me want to change. February 2012 Hunting Island.


  1. Thanks for liking my post! Congrats on finishing three months already toward your goal of a triathlon! Keep up the great work 🙂

  2. Wow – I admire your willingness to publish your story. I am looking forward to reading your progress. Don’t give up! There will be good days and not so good, I learned more and more than life is not linear, but it does have a positive slope! Thank you for reading my blog. If I can be of help at all, let me know!

  3. Wow…we are both traveling the same road…and at the same time! How cool is THAT?!! Best of success to you…I’m “following” you, too….we’ll keep each other motivated!

  4. trikatykid · · Reply

    OK. Consider this your first warning. Where have you been? Are you healthy? Training? Potatoing on the couch?

    Just checking in.

    Haven’t heard a peep since your declaration that it was time to get back to it. Be a man of your word. Honor your own commitment to yourself. You started this journey for a reason. Get back to it!

  5. Hey hey hey, thought I’d swing by here and say a big hello! Love your blog, you are an inspiration – keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you for your kind words.

  6. I know you going to nail this fight and wishing you all the best. Definitely following your progress and all the best 8 days more to go for the Garden Gallop ! Keep us posted ok !

    As I always say “Train Hard Race Harder”

    1. Thank You isaac976, I have enjoyed your posts for a while now. I might have to move my first race to the 27th as this hiatus I was on left me under trained.

      1. Yes, dont ever go to a run without any training.. u will understand on my next post. 🙂


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  8. kruzmeister · · Reply

    Hi Chatter, nice to meet you. Big congrats on making the move towards a healthier life and on your achievements so far. I look forward to following your journey. Good luck with your goals and training! – Simone

  9. My brother-in-law is a triathlete. He’s going to turn 58 this year…or 59 (can’t remember). I find what your guys (and gals) do amazing!

    Just wanted to pop over and say thanks for the follow! 🙂

  10. Love It! Keep Pushing!

    Isaac J. Hall II

    MonsterzEliteFitness LLC


  11. Amazing, all the best with your future goals and I hope you have an amazing journey (:

  12. Great story, Chatter. Keep at it! You can check out my blog at http://runwright.net/

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