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    Posted November 25, 2012 by
    Charleston, South Carolina
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    For Me!

    I want to be more than who I am now. I want to achieve something that I didn't think I could do. I want it for me. I have been active through a small part of my life (high school and 2 years after). I swam in high school, but never was a star swimmer. I just love to swim. As an adult looking back, I know I could have been a "star" swimmer, but I never had the confidence to "lead the lane" or to try harder because I wasn't the fastest. I would just do best in the middle. But I am tired of being in the middle, I want to be the star!
    After my husband and I married I was going to school and working; so, there was no time for working out (so I thought). Then once I graduated, I could not motivate myself to get back into it because I was so far “gone.” I was so ashamed of myself for getting out of shape. My husband who is in the Air Force would always invite me to go to the gym on base, but I wouldn't because I was so humiliated in myself, I didn't want to embarrass him or me. He didn't understand. He stays active because he has to, for his career. But he tries to be so supportive. I think he believes that I am just lazy because that’s all he has seen me do- sit on the couch and complain about not being in shape. I want to show to him as well, hey… I can do this! At the moment he is deployed, so I have a lot of free time. I decided that while he was away, I was going to get my shit together. I have become a negative and depressing person. I am so much more than that, through fitness I know I will break through this.
    For the past two months I have been working very hard at the gym. I have just reached my first goal of running a 5K, on Thanksgiving. I have only run 1 before and that was when I was in shape, but never proceeded to push myself to do anything more. I was so proud of myself. I know that I can do more. I will do more! How awesome would it be to say I was a Tri-athlete! I know that I can do this. I want to prove myself. I would love the opportunity to do this and be apart of this journey.
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