I’m Still Fat…And I’m Now Over 40

I had such great intentions when I started this site. I was going to lose 100 pounds and tackle an IRONMAN triathlon before I turned 40, but here it is…4 years later, and I still have just as many pounds to lose and I’m not a single step closer to becoming an IRONMAN triathlete. But, I’m feeling motivated to try again. You know the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.”, well…that’s what I’m doing .

Over the past 4 years, I’ve jumped on the weightloss bandwagon a few times and even lost some weight, only to gain it back along with some new weight. I’ve also tried Couch to 5k a few times, but never made it past week 2.

I recently moved across the country to Arizona and tried a new hairdresser. While we were doing the chatty “get to know you” stuff, she told me she’s training for a Half IRONMAN. She was just a normal lady in her 40s. She wasn’t young and super fit, but she was training to do a Half IRONMAN and she inspired me that I could still do this.

I reached out to a friend who is an IRONMAN coach and she told me the same thing my other IRONMAN friend told me, anyone can do an IRONMAN with the right training.

And so I begin again…

When I looked for a recent picture of myself, the only ones I can find from the last few weeks are of me with someone else. This picture was taken at the end of August. I’ve actually gained a few pounds since this picture was taken (go figure…I was going to enter a weight loss competition with these photos). I figured this would give us a more accurate starting point since they’re full body photos.

Aim High!

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You may think it’s crazy for someone who is more than 100 pounds overweight to decide to tackle an IRONMAN Triathlon, but I truly believe in aiming high.  This week, take some time to think about the things you want to accomplish, then set a goal! You can do it!

Why 100 Pounds and Why an IRONMAN Triathlon

An Obese woman's journey to lose 100 pounds and complete an IRONMAN triathlon.

Have you ever woken up and decided enough is enough? I’ve been talking about losing weight, thinking about losing weight, and researching losing weight (which is really just a more appealing way of saying reading about other people who have lost weight while procrastinating on my own journey).  I even tried out for the Biggest Loser (I didn’t get chosen obviously).  I’ve read more success stories than I can count, but I just wasn’t ready to make the commitment to change…until now!  I finally decided that all this talking isn’t making me any smaller or healthier.  It’s not going to make my jeans miraculously fit.  If I want to lose this weight and lose it for good, I need to take action.  And if I’m going to take action, I might as well doing something that will convince me once and for all that I can do anything!!!

So here’s the backstory:

I’ve been overweight for a long time and by a long time, I mean my entire adult life and probably a good portion of my teenage years as well.  I’ve lost and gained more weight than I care to think about.  The lowest weight I’ve been in the last 15 years is 172 and the highest weight is 287.  That’s a pretty big span.  I’ve always carried my weight fairly well, but the truth is, when you weigh over 250 pounds, you look fat no matter how well you try to hide it.  And since I carry my weight in my belly, I tend to look 9 months pregnant all the time. It’s horrible.

I could go on and on about how I got here and why (it’s a whole lot of yada yada yada), but since I’m planning on writing about my journey for the next year or two (or til I lose my 100 pounds and complete an IRONMAN triathlon), I figured I’ll spare you all the gory details up front.  You can thank me later.

Last year, I met an IRONMAN triathlete who told me that anyone could complete an IRONMAN if they had the right training.  I laughed at the thought that someone like me could complete an IRONMAN, but his words have stayed with me and when I decided enough was enough, this was what I decided to do.

I hope you’ll join me for this journey.  Please feel free to share your tips and tricks or just leave words of encouragement!