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    Posted November 26, 2012 by
    Suwanee, Georgia
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    Pacemaker Mom wants to TRI

    In 2007, i was driving on Peachtree Street heading to an appointment when suddenly without warning passed out. I was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and within a month was implanted with a pacemaker. At 42 I was devastated .i was scared to drive or be alone just in case i would pass out again.' From the surgery i just felt different and scared that i would suddenly faint and never see my family again. After feeling sorry for myself for about six months i woke up and said i have to get myself together. I called my Mom and asked her for her old treadmill and walked every day.The following six weeks i started jogging. I then joined a gym and saw a sign which said indoor TRI.So i went home and told my husband i want to do this. I called my cardiologist and he said go for it. So six weeks later I did it and got thru the whole thing. From there i have dreamed to do a Triathlon . Forward to five years later my cholesterol is normal, my blood pressure is low but most of all I am now pacing with my own heart. The one things is though is my weight. I have successfully lost 25 pounds but when it comes to getting beyond the 25 pounds i have had no luck. Through all my disappoints though i have always had in my mind of doing a triathlon. When i speak about doing a triathlon to my family the best i can describe is its not about the triathlon but about giving back to my heart and body which i have taken advantage of.
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