Hi Guys! Here's my goal story!
Before Weight: 315
After Weight: 157
Total Lost: 157 (half my body weight!)
When I was in my early 20s my mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) I moved home to become her primary caregiver for three years until she passed away. Taking care of her and then losing her had a devastating effect on me. I started to cope in really bad ways, overeating, drinking to excess and smoking a pack a day. After 10 years of coping with food I topped the scales at 315 pounds.
I decided I needed to make a drastic change when I realized that I couldn’t be an active mom to my then 3 year old son. I couldn’t run around with him at the park or get down on the ground and play with him at home. I realized that I needed to make some significant life changes if I wanted to be around and see him grow up.
It all started with a bet with a coworker to see who could lose 40 pounds faster. I signed up for a sprint triathlon to keep me on track and help motivate me to add exercise to my weight loss program. By the time that first sprint triathlon came around I had lost 80 pounds. I did it slowly. By switching out full fat items for lower fat, by eating lots of protein, by cutting out empty calories like alcohol. I lost less than a pound a week. It was frustrating at times because I wanted it NOW! But I eventually learned that slow & steady wins the race. That first triathlon was life altering for me. It gave me the belief that anything is possible and that if I kept doing what I was doing I could continue to lose weight and get fit. I fell in love with triathlon and continued signing up for more and more races. I was hooked. Over the past few years I’ve completed 1 10k, 2 half marathons, 4 sprint triathlons, 3 olympic distance triathlons, 3 half-Ironman triathlons and 2 full Ironmans (IM Louisville 2010 and IM Canada 2011)
I’m currently trying to win a slot into the 2012 Ironman World Championships in Kona through the Kona Inspired program. The Ironman folks are giving away a handful of slots to inspirational athletes who best embody the mantra “Anything is Possible” I’ve uploaded a short 90 second video that chronicles my huge life changes here (lots of before & after pics!):
Racing at the Ironman World Championships would be a dream come true and would be the exclamation point on my weight loss journey. If you’re feeling inspired please click “Vote for this” under the video to the left and share with others who need inspiration in their weight loss journeys! (you can vote once per day through July 4th 2012)
I really believe there are no quick fixes. It takes daily dedication and attention to nutrition and creating an active life. But if you do that, Amazing change is possible!
Lots more before & Afters here:
Just remember to keep moving forward and you'll get there too!