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

    I want to feel like an athlete

    Hi my name is Mya, I’m 43 years old and live in Aurora, Colorado. I’m submitting my video application to be a member of the 2013 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge because I want to feel like an athlete.

    All through grade school, junior high and high school I was the chubby kid with glasses. Every time we played sports I’d get hit in the face with the basketball, baseball, volleyball, etc. I was afraid to play games because I didn’t want to break my glasses and, consequently, I wasn’t good at sports so I was always the last picked to be on teams. I became the girl with her nose in a book.

    This year I made the commitment to get fit and be healthy. So far I’ve lost 50 pounds and I still have at least 50 more to go. But this year hasn’t only been about losing weight. I have been learning more about what kinds of foods are healthy and working on stopping emotional eating. I’ve been working out at my local gym and various fitness programs around town. And now I’d like to be selected for this Triathlon Challenge because I think it would be a fantastic fitness goal. Even though I’ve participated in multiple 5K events (and a super slow ½ marathon in 2007) I’d never really thought about training for a triathlon. After this summer’s diagnosis of osteoarthritis in my left knee I realized I needed to do some other less impactful workouts so I dusted off my bike and started riding around the neighborhood and guess what, I actually liked it.

    Then when I saw this opportunity to train for an event that would be really challenging I decided nothing ventured, nothing gained. And when I read Nancy Klinger’s post that said if I had 15 minutes I could do this I set up the video on my computer and made this video.

    I want to be a role model for my nieces and nephews, my family, my friends, my coworkers and anyone out there who thinks they might be too old or too out of shape or too busy to do something like train for and complete a triathlon. I have people who follow me on Twitter and my friends and family on Facebook who tell me that my workout posts inspire them to get to the gym or take a walk instead of sitting on the couch. That makes me feel really good about what I’m doing.

    I think if I have this opportunity not only will I feel like an athlete, I’ll be one. And hopefully I can inspire others to get fit and feel like athletes too!
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