Tuesday, December 13, 2011

For you Travis

Article about your daddy in the local paper.

This the last picture of Travis and I. I carry it in my wallet and have it posted in several places.
This is me on December 10th - 108 pounds lighter. Thanks Travis for helping me get through all the runs.
My Weight Loss Journey

I have just completed some major goals in my life this past week son. I have completed a 5k on your birthday. I run with my students in p.e. class now. I have lost 101 pounds. Most importantly, I have become healthy so I can be active and live longer for your sister and any future brother/sister.

I was tired, hungry, and wanted to quit or cheat more times than I can count over months. But i never did. I exercised when I didn't want to, I ate healthy instead of bad, and I chose to be the man/dad/husband I wanted to always be. I always hated to run. HATE HATE HATE to run. But fell in love with the chance to just run and think of you. I never ran alone, because you were always there telling me one more block. I ran a 5k. Who would of ever thought that would be possible. You would have been so proud.Travis you never knew me as skinny daddy. I look at your pictures every time I walk downstairs, open the fridge or watch TV. I said I would loose the weight so I could be there for you as you grew up. But you never got the chance.

After you went to heaven Mommy and I turned to food as are coping method and gained a bunch more weight. We decided to do something about it this summer. You were with us every step of the way. Mommy lost over 50 pounds and has changed her life as well. You would be so proud of her. Addison has gained weight, but she is still growing (LOL).

The only motivation I needed was you buddy. I am extremely emotional today and have cried a ton today. I miss you terribly. I came home today from my competition and was so happy to see my girls, but I really wanted was too see you. Your poor sissy probably thinks I am a freak, because I won't put her down. I just miss you boy and always will.

Talk to you again on the next run.



  1. How amazing!! This post brought tears to my eyes. I often think about trying to be the woman that I would want my daughter to look up to and be proud of if only she'd had the the chance. Congratulations on your great accomplishment.

  2. Amazing! Congratulations!

  3. You are an amazing and inspiring man. Travis will always be your inspiration through life. Congratulations on having the strength to remain positive through your struggles. God Bless

  4. Congratulations. What a lovely way to remember Travis.

  5. I just found your blog. I wanted to say I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy. My husband and i lost our son Gage in 2009 due to complications of a bone marrow transplant. He also was recovering well and suddenly went into cardiac arrest and experienced massive brain damage. We had to make the decision to set him free nine days later. We also turned to food. We never wanted to eat at home like a 'normal' family. We gained a lot of weight and did a lot of sitting on the couch. Exactly two years after we lost Gage, my husband and I started eating significantly healthier and became very active. He has lost 60 pounds and I have lost 35. It feels good to not only lose the weight but do some healing by getting off the couch and becoming active. And I love that Travis is with you on your runs. That is so sweet. Running certainly has provided me with the quiet time I need. Thank you for sharing your son's story.