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    Posted November 24, 2012 by
    Buford, Georgia
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    Time to Shine!

    There's no way I can pass along such an awesome opportunity to change my life and hopefully inspire others in the process. I am 27 years old, currently residing in Buford, Georgia. My highest weight being 327 pounds, I've spent all my life being obese and I have been working hard to make a healthy lifestyle change - now weighing in at about 250 pounds. As a daughter of a single mother, I'm no stranger to hard work and dedication. Growing up, I never had any healthy home cooked meals - every meal was fast food, super sized and on the go. I've always wanted to be an athlete but was never in good enough shape to be on any team.

    It's never too late to change no matter what you're past might have been. What a challenge a triathlon would be for me - but I'm ready! I'd never thought I would be excited about doing so much biking, swimming (and I don't even know how to swim... yet) and running. That's the beauty of it all - a chance to overcome fears and tell myself (and others) that I can do anything I put my mind to. I already know that this journey will be a complete life altering experience - physically, spiritually and emotionally. I have been following the 2012 Fit Nation team since the beginning and I'm truly inspired and excited about the upcoming 2013 season.

    At this point in my life, I know I have a purpose that's much more greater than me and this challenge will certainly be a beginning down that path.
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