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    Posted November 14, 2012 by
    Fayetteville, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    Tired of excuses and I want to get fit for family growth!!!

    Hello, my name is Ashlei Kelly. I am a physical therapist in Fayetteville GA (just south of Atlanta GA). I am a 29 year old mother and wife and I have completely lost control over the past few years with food and my weight. When I'm stressed or sad or happy or normal, I find myself eating mostly unhealthy food for comfort. I have gotten to a weight that I am very unhappy with myself and feel ashamed. On top of my weight, I am now having difficulty ovulating and conceiving a child because of my weight. My husband and I have reset out baby clock and I am taking time to get healthy and lose weight. I use to work out regularly but since my husband went back to school, I am working full time and take care of my son in the evenings and have not found time for exercise. I ran my first 5K last April in the county’s couch to 5k program but have had no other training. I don't know where I lost control and let my life go in this direction. I have a wonderful son and husband and I am worried that if I continue down this path, I will teach my son lifelong "bad habits" and set him up for type-2 diabetes and obesity. If I continue the way I'm going, I will become hypertensive and have diabetes, one of my worst fears. Please choose me for Fit Nation 2013. I am a hard worker and will rise to any challenge. I just need guidance, help and education to become a better me and better wife, mother, daughter and therapist. I want to gain control in my life and become a better and healthier me!!! I will do whatever I need to do and whatever is asked of me to train and complete the triathlon.

    I was born in Houston Texas. I was the middle daughter and my father worked for an oil company, causing us to move to Oklahoma, Alaska, and Atlanta. I got married in 2006 and moved to Rhode Island for graduate school and earned my Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. I have a son in 2008 and moved back to the Atlanta area in 2010 to be close to family. I have overcome being a survivor of a violent crime and still being determined to focus on my goals because I knew there was more for me. And just like now, I know there is more in store for me and my life and I am READY to make this change!!!

    I was inspired to apply for Fit Nation from Jeff Dauler on The Bert Show. His journey was amazing and it inspired me to take control of my life. I want to be an inspiration to other and teach my son that he can do anything; he just has to work hard. Please pick me, I will not disappoint you!!!!
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