I struggled with obesity for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was in the minority and called names and harassed about my weight by adults and children alike. It is no way to live life. When I finally got up the intestinal fortitude to do something about it, I was 43 years old. CNN picked up on my story recently and published it on their website. An abbreviated version of the story is listed below. As a result of the article, I have been blessed with an outpouring of generous offers to assist me in my quest to become an IRONMAN. Instead of accepting those offers directly, I have chosen to work with the IRONMAN Foundation to raise money on behalf of childhood obesity. All funds raised will benefit the Alliance for a Heathier Generation which was founded by the National Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation to combat childhood obesity. No one should have to go through life as I did. The childhood obesity problem has risen to epidemic proportions in the United States and I want to do my part to help. Will you help me help children plagued by childhood obesity "find their IRONMAN"? That one thing which drives them to choose a healthier lifestyle. Please make a donation and/or join my fundraising team today.
Excerpted from CNN.com:
On January 13, 2012, Dan Hyatt crawled to the top of a tower at the plastics plant where he worked, when he doubled over and was struggling to catch his breath. That was when it hit him, if he didn’t lose the weight he may never see his three daughter’s graduate college, get married or have children. At 337 pounds, on several high blood pressure medications and a CPAP machine, Dan decided he was going to make the change from an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one while also training to be an IRONMAN.
"I can't explain how my logic works, but I just decided, if I try to run the Ironman, even if I don't get there, I'm going to lose the weight and I'm going to get fit," said the 44-year-old from Ottawa, Illinois.
Eight months later, Dan had completed his first triathlon, ran his first marathon and lost nearly 100 pounds. To date he has lost 135 pounds, 12 inches off his waist and his working out 12-14 hours per week- swimming, running, cycling and doing yoga.
"The human body is capable of so much more than you can fathom if you have the mental fortitude to put past the artificial limits that your brain places on it," he said. "The harder it sounds or the more challenging it is, the more appealing it is to me."
Dan's fundraising campaign will be to support programs for getting children healthy, active and to help prevent childhood obesity.
Join me on my journey to become an IRONMAN in Louisville, Kentucky and donate to his cause today!