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  • Posted November 30, 2013 by
    Bardonia, New York
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge

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    Lucky Number Five!

    Hello Dr. Gupta and Fit Nation team. My name is Amarilis and I am mother of three from Rockland County, NY.
    I’ve been viewing all of the video submissions that my time allows and have come to the conclusion that although I am not the typical applicant I may be the ideal applicant. I don’t have a ton of weight to lose nor do I have any serious health complications that I need you to help me overcome. As a matter of fact, on a scale of 1-10, my health is a solid 10. I’ve lost 20 lbs in the last year but I really wish I could lose those last stubborn 10-15 lbs. but it’s not that earth shattering.

    In 2012, two months after I had filed for divorce, I submitted my video to Fit Nation for the 2013 team. In that video, I explained how I was relentlessly sad about not only the demise of my marriage but essentially the loss of the good family life I had grown accustomed too. I knew that the next year was going to be challenging and that I needed to find something to keep me busy and working towards a positive goal. Although I did not get picked for the team, I continued to take care of my health, exercise and jog because they were the only things that I could truly focus on and that were in my complete control.

    Fast forward almost a year later and I can attest to that time honored phrase that time does heal past hurts. This year I am submitting my video with a brighter and happier outlook and attitude. Not only have I survived divorce but I have thrived. I want to continue my celebration of this fresh start by completing a triathlon. I’ve already completed a half-marathon three years ago and my ultimate goal is to complete the NYC Marathon. I’m a woman with a lot of goals. I sure would love bragging rights to a Triathlon with CNN Fit Nation and you Dr. Gupta!

    BTW Dr. Gupta, I was born on the 5th day of the 5th month and this is CNN Fit Nation’s 5th year. Five also happens to be my lucky number. They say that in life there are no coincidences.

    Thank you for considering me for a place on the 2014 CNN Fit Nation Team!
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