- Posted December 2, 2012 by
Bardonia, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge
Moving Past Divorce
I’ve managed the usual accomplishments of going to college, getting married and having three of the most wonderful kids any parent could ever wish for. My husband and I managed to live the American dream of not only owning a beautiful home but of also starting a successful business. Like many married couples, living together and raising a family, working together in a business and facing many financial ups and downs, did not always make for a harmonious family life. I often thought that we would not make it and then there were days I thought “well if we’ve made it this far”…..Then the real estate market crashed along with our business. These were certainly challenging times for me and our family.
I’ve never been sick a day in my life and have been blessed with great health. As our financial worries increased my health started to become an issue. Stress really does damage your health and we all know it can also kill you. 2012 is also the year where I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life – to leave a 28 year marriage. Needless to say, 2012 has been a year of tremendous upheaval.
They say that divorce is worse than death. I’m not sure about that but I can tell you that two things. If I had to describe it in one word, the word I would use would be sadness. There is just this unrelenting sadness every day. They say divorce is contagious and you will lose a lot of your friends but at least you will know who your true friends are.
So why do I want to join Fit Nation for the triathlon challenge in 2013? I have two compelling reasons besides the obvious – that it will help me to lose the weight I need to lose and also help me to get into the best shape of my life. I am simply a woman in the second half of her life who is going through some challenging times. I need a finish line or a light at the end of the tunnel to work and move towards to keep me busy and occupied for the next year. I am not giving up on me. I want to do this not only for myself but to show others that you can reclaim your life after a series of painful blows. My second reason for wanting so badly to join Fit Nation is because I have this bucket list and one of the things on my bucket list is to complete a triathlon or some other challenging physical event like a marathon. Two years ago, I actually trained for a half marathon and was actually able to complete it. I know what it is to work hard and to work towards a goal and I know that I would be able to do all the things necessary to finish this triathlon so I am very excited and I would love to be considered for and join the Fit Nation team.
Thank you very much for listening..