December 2nd, 2011
08:54 AM ET
It’s one year ago this week that I was reading the news on CNN.com and happened across the CNN FitNation Challenge.
The timing was great for me, because in a moment of insanity I had made an annual check-up appointment for the Monday morning after Thanksgiving. Surprise-surprise: my weight was up.
In an attempt to distract my kind doctor from that issue, I mentioned that I was entering a contest to do the NYC Triathlon, and I asked if she thought I was healthy enough to do it.
I have to hand it to her - if she rolled her eyes, it was so subtle that I didn’t notice it. She allowed that since I had recently completed two uneventful 5K races, I would probably be fine to do a triathlon (not that she really believed I would do it).
BEFORE the CNN FitNation Challenge, I:
• Worked at a wonderful but completely sedentary job
DURING TRAINING for the NYC Triathlon, I:
• Swam, biked and ran before and after work, six days a week
Today, AFTER completing the CNN FitNation Challenge, I:
• Have completed another 5K and another triathlon
I hope that my year-in-review will inspire all 2012 hopefuls to pick up your cameras and send in your iReport videos. That one small decision led to a lifetime of change for me!
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