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    Posted December 3, 2012 by
    Aurora, Colorado
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    Pushing the Reset Button on my Health

    Hello Dr. Gupta and everyone in CNN Fit Nation!

    I'm Erik Pearson from Aurora, Colorado. I'm 41, married for 13 years, with a 12-year old son. I'm 6'2" and 290 pounds.

    What happens when a good friend challenges you to run a half-marathon, and you have an unflattering picture taken of you with someone you admire, both in the same weekend? You start thinking things need to improve with your health.

    My work as a project manager for a Big Four consulting firm keeps me on the road 5 days a week, and I usually fly 125,000 miles or more each year. Add in the long work days, restaurant food, and hotel beds that are never as comfortable as your own, and fitness takes a backseat.

    I cycle and participate in the LIVESTRONG Challenge each year, where I try to ride 65-100 miles. I'm not the fastest nor the slowest, but I'm always determined to finish, and I do. Usually I train for the event, but this past year my work made it almost impossible to exercise or eat right. At least, that's the excuse I told myself. That gut in the picture of me and Lance Armstrong? That's the result of too much good food and ice cream, and not enough healthy food and exercise. I end up sabotaging any training I do manage to get in during the week.

    Time to change!

    I've always been up for a challenge, but I see the Malibu Triathlon with the CNN Fit Nation team as an opportunity to set some healthy habits for life, habits I should have learned a long time ago. It's an opportunity to be a good example and maybe an inspiration for fellow road warriors and families. It's a chance to push the reset button on my health.

    I'll document my progress on my blog, Twitter and Facebook. I'm asking CNN Fit Nation to hold me accountable, to cheer me on, push me, call me out when I slip up.

    Thanks for your consideration!

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