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    Posted December 3, 2012 by
    Marietta, Georgia
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    I need to restart my life!

    Hi, CNN! I'm Dena and I am a recent college grad working my first full-time teaching job. To be honest, I wasn't planning on applying to FitNation because I thought there were other people who deserved and needed this opportunity more. However, I am at a point where I need to put myself first for once and do something for the sake of me, and not for someone else.
    I recently found out I have some health issues that are concerning. I'm fortunate enough that they can be remedied and maintained with a healthy lifestyle, but I am feeling overwhelmed with where to start and how to start. I have seen nutritionists, trainers, and tried every diet known to man. I feel like I'm being overloaded with information and statistics. Where do I start? How do I start?
    As a recent college graduate, I've been very fortunate to have found a job that I love and live in a city that I love, but I'm struggling with finding my place and really beginning this new chapter in my life. I know my perception of myself is keeping me from really venturing out and meeting new people.
    I have that self-image in my brain that is beautiful, fit, joyful, and confident. I want to be able to look in the mirror and see that same image. I am almost 24 years old and I feel like I am in my 50's sometimes. This terrifies me. I feel like I can do so much more with my life and be an influence to other young people who can relate to my struggles. I don't want to be trapped in this lifestyle for the rest of my life. I need your help, Dr. Gupta and CNN. Please help me re-gain control of my life!
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