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!


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