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    Posted November 4, 2013 by
    Phoenix, New York
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge

    Triumph Through Loss And Fear

    My name is Becky and I'm a 39 year old wife and mother to a toddler. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome at 16 years old and by 20 years of age I gained 50 lbs and diagnosed with hypothyroid and full blown type II diabetes.

    In 2009 we found out I was pregnant after being told it would NEVER happen. By October I had preterm labor and was giving birth to a son we had to let go of just 25 minutes later. 2 years later we had our daughter but I was put on bed rest, pumped with hormones and stitched to keep her. Through this journey I have gained weight.

    At this time I am 250 pounds on a 5 ft 2 inch frame. During the loss of our son, I took an interest in triathlons. One reason was to let go of bottled up anger and sadness but later it took on a new journey of it's own as a goal to overcome the fear of living or accomplishing things that became scary to me.

    Last year, my husband turned his life around after watching Dr. Gupta's report about preventing and reversing heart disease. It took my then 38 year old husband from fainting spells, high blood pressure and cholesterol medications and changed his life forever through a plant based lifestyle. He is 50 lbs lighter and is enjoying life with our 2 year old.

    It's been 2 months and 10 pounds later (250 lbs) "I" am on that new plant based lifestyle with hopes to STILL accomplish my goal of training and actually FINISHING a triathlon. I'm not only doing this for my husband and our daughter, I'm doing it for our son, I'm doing it for my health and I'm doing it to overcome the fear that has stood in MY way of LIVING.

    I am told that being an athlete of any kind on a plant based diet is close to impossible. Through Dr. Gupta's report I have found plenty of plant based athletes but not a whole lot of trainers or dieticians in my area who are familiar with training on a plant based diet.

    I've been told to "lose weight" and while some of the physicians I've come across do not have the know how to TEACH this healthy lifestyle change, I know that "I" am the one who is totally responsible for MY health and well being.

    If YOU choose me, I will not only do the work, I will EXCELL because I want to LIVE free from fear, I want to stop watching my family from the sidelines and BE with them. Finally, I want to overcome this unhealthy me to offer a new legacy to my children and their children. Please help me reach that VICTORY so that I can reach that finish line with Dr. Sanjay Gupta by my side and high five my husband and daughter for finishing a long and hard journey triumphantly!

    Thank you!
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