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    Posted December 2, 2013 by
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge

    Moving Mountains ... ... ... ~written update~


    Over the past several years, I have faced many life challenges and reached some major milestones. At 38 I got married. At 39 I finished college. Now at 40, I'd like to be a part of the Fit Nation Triathalon team and get my health in order so my husband and I can have some kids and live a long healthy life together.


    UPDATE: Dec. 7, 2013

    Dear Fit Nation Selection Team,
         I am writing this because as I re-watch my video and ponder the reasons I want to participate in this challenge, I feel like I made my real reason out to be a side note.
    The truth?
         I am afraid of the clock, my biological clock and my genetic clock.  I am determined and know at some point I will get fit. But at 40 years of age and 260#, the obstacle of my health in having a baby haunts me. My dad had kids later in life. He died of a heart attack at age 55. I was only 4. I don't want this to be my children's story. I need to fix this. I need to fix it yesterday. And I need to fix it permanently.
         If we are blessed with children, I want to be able to love and care for them with my whole being.  Currently, too much of my energy is going into lugging around this extra 100# on my 5'8" frame. I am out of breath just going up a flight of stairs.  I know that children learn what they are exposed to. I was not an athlete growing up, but I want to become one now and be able to pass along the gift of fitness and good health to my children.
         The other piece of this that scares me, the subtext to all that I was saying in my video is this: Yes I've accomplished so much with school and been so blessed to be able to take care of my mom when needed and have the great joy of meeting and marrying the love of my life. Yet with each of these events, even the good ones, came a great deal of stress. And with each of these stresses came weight gain and a decline in fitness. When the going gets tough, fitness goes out of the window. This has become a pattern in my life. THIS is the thing I want to hit the reset button on. If I can change this poor life habit, I can avoid heart disease, diabetes and strokes. I can change my life. CNN, Fit Nation, Dr. Gupta... Will you help me?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this and for inspiring us with this challenge.
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