My journey is a lot like others. I woke up one morning, overweight, weak and tired. I had past issues with my lungs, which caused severe scar tissue in both lungs. I felt helpless. My doctors said I had a choice. Either get the weight off and start eating healthy or not be around to see my children’s future. I chose to get my act together.
In April of 2015 I had a gastric sleeve done and little did I know that my life was about to change completely. A friend took me to get my first REAL pair of running shoes. I downloaded the C25K app and started walking. I did everything my nutritionist told me to do. The weight came off slowly and before I knew it, in September of 2015, I was running my first 5K! I was hooked.
I had no one to run with, so I got bored. I received an email from a local women’s triathlon club and I decided to join. This was the second thing that would change my life. I was assigned a mentor, who pushed me to try swimming and biking. By summer of 2016, I had lost 80 pounds! I learned how to swim and ride a road bike. I did my first long run, the Broad Street 10 Miler. I did my first sprint triathlon, Queen of the Hill. I ran the Philly Half Marathon. I couldn’t wait for the following year to sign up for as much as I could, including Ironman 70.3 AC! (More on that in my next blog!)
Even with all of that, the most important thing to happen was I made incredible friends, including my mentor, who have become addicted to this sport, too! For the friends alone, I will be forever grateful.
I don’t care what your excuse is. You can do it. You can turn your life around and become strong and healthy. It just takes that first step. Get out there and be fierce.
Yes, you can!
Written By: Denise Randon, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
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