I was 489 pounds.
On September 14, 2015 I had weight loss surgery. That day not only marked a physical change in me, it was also when I shifted my thoughts about who I am. My doctor told me, "You have to change who you were into someone you were created to be," and to “Do something new every day.” So, I started to think differently. I started eating a plant-based diet. I started walking 20 minutes a day. Eventually, I added a trainer as a part of my weight loss journey, who said to me, "You have to have a goal." I set my sights on doing a triathlon. In the past 3 years, I’ve completed 4 sprints, 2 olympics, 2 half marathons, and 2 back to back full marathons. In April 2017, I completed the Texas Ironman. It’s amazing what you can do when you have a goal!
I want to help people realize it is never too late to turn their life around. My extreme transformation is proof that being overweight does not have to be an endless trap of hopelessness. Change is possible just by using those five words that saved my life…DO SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY!
I also would love to help the Ironman Foundation raise money for all the awesome work they do.