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    Posted December 2, 2012 by
    Portland, Oregon
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    Finish What I Started

    Hi CNN Fit Nation! My name is Chase. I am a 28-year-old from Portland Oregon and I am hoping you will choose me for the 2013 CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Team.

    I, like many, have struggled with my weight. I have yo-yo dieted most of my adult life. In June of 2011 I was at my heaviest and unhappiest. I decided to take the initiative to get healthy and by way of eating less, within the span of one year I lost 103 lbs. While that sounds like a lot (and it is), I am still no where near a healthy weight. I have hit a major plateau in my weight loss journey and have been stuck near the same weight for six months. I need to lose at least 40 more lbs. to reach a healthy BMI. Even though my weight loss total is already far more than that, this plateau has turned 40 into a very daunting number. There are times I become discourage and find myself slipping into old habits. Whoever said they die hard was not kidding! The statistics and my personal dieting history say that I will likely regain the weight I have worked so hard to lose. This scares me but also motivates me to take action. I need help to prevent myself from becoming another sad statistic and to reach my goal of overall health and wellness. This is imperative now more than ever.

    Last month my mother was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer. At 55 and otherwise very healthy, her prognosis is as good as it can be for such a devastating diagnosis. We are genuinely hopeful for a full and very very long remission. Her diagnosis really hit home the fact that a healthy weight and lifestyle is of the utmost importance. There is an extensive family history of cancer on my mother’s side, and the same goes for heart disease on my father’s side. There are times that my family’s health history makes me feel like a ticking time bomb. Instead of giving in to those thoughts, I want to empower myself by becoming fit and healthy.

    My mother started the first of 18 weekly chemo treatments on Friday. In the midst of worry and heartache for her, I realized the only thing I can control throughout her treatment is my own wellness. I can’t take away her cancer and all the physical and emotional pain that comes with it. What I can do is give her the gift of knowing that I am happy, well, and on my way to becoming the best version of me. It would be a privilege to do so as a part of CNN Fit Nation’s Triathlon Team.
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