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    Posted December 2, 2013 by
    Whiting, New Jersey
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge

    Grandmother looking to get fit!

    After my daughter’s death in June of 2001 I lost all interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I was faced losing my daughter, raising two of my grandchildren as well as divorce. My weight soared to 179 and at 4’11 that was too high for my frame. I knew I had to make a change primarily because I knew the kids needed me. As it turned out they saved me. My grandson took an interest in running at school and actually became very good. I went to all the meets and believe it or not watching him and taking part in his success actually brought about a change in me. I started walking and gradually increased the time. I stopped drinking soda, added fruits and vegetables. Slowing the weight came off. In fact I ran the Lacey 5K and received a medal for my age group (I was the only one in my age group…but I finished the race. I have dreamed of running a marathon but haven’t a clue on how to truly accomplish it. I am hoping you will give me the opportunity to train with your team. Thank you for your consideration, Marilyn.
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