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    Posted December 20, 2011 by
    Fishers, Indiana
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN Fit Nation: Triathlon Challenge


    I have noticed while our bodies vary in size from person to person, the health issues we have can be the same amongst us all. I am a 37 year old that weighs 195-200 pounds who fights to lose weight, be healthy, and serve as a good role model for my kids and the community in which I live. I suffer with hypertension and have fought the need for medication for years, often times brushing it off as whit coat syndrome. I have ignored the obvious fact my parents are both on high blood pressure medication. One having open heart surgery for triple bypass and valve replacement, the other having a TIA. Am I subjecting myself to this same outcome? Am I neglecting issues that I need to resolve? Or, as I enjoyed watching sanja gupta's special on heart disease, am I able to prohibit or reverse the potential damage I already may have done?

    I don't look like your typical weight loss show participant but I do look like your average american. One of my goals is to show that your average appearing person also suffers from medical issues that need to be talked about. We are a group of people that while visually don't appear unhealthy are potentially dealing with a real silent killer. I want to reach those people, including myself, and educate ourselves from harm and lessen the cost to our health care system in the years to come. I live in a medical community, have some of the knowledge needed to succeed, yet struggle to live the life I owe those I love and those who love me. I am a science, research minded chiropractor, have a couple of massage therpists in my office, and am married to a physical therapist. Shouldn't I be able to overcome these heatlh issues on my own. You would think. I need help. Help from professionals that can steer me in the right direction and motivate me to stay on that path. Yet at the same time give me the ability ot help others. That is the goal , right, to pass it on.

    I have never particpated in a trithalon. A number of years ago I have enjoyed running several marathons but have lost that health. Now I have 2 young kids that need to see their dad healthy and stick with a commitment of something that they too often have seen me fail at. I want to show them that with a busy life that I can fit "healthy" in to your daily plans. Showing myself as well.

    Please consider the over committed, busy lifestyle, non biggest loser looking, average american guy a chance to be a part of the fit nation "6 pack" team challenge member.
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