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The Setback: For me, it wasn't really ever a setback. I've always struggled with my weight. For as long as I can remember I've been overweight.

Wake-up Call: In July 2015, I decided to sign up for the Spartan Super race. This was the hardest thing I've ever done being that I knew this was no easy course and I wasn't in my best shape. I realized very early in the race that this was going to be beyond a challenge for me. Needless to say, I finished, although it took me 8:41:28 to finish. Out of 2,959 participants I finished 2,940th overall. Extremely humbling. But, I NEVER gave up!

The Comeback: After competing in my first Spartan race, I decided that I wanted to continue competing in them. It was at that point that I knew something had to be done. In 2016, I made the decision to join Weight Watchers. Over the next six months after joining, I lost over 40lbs.

The Workouts: I knew that it wasn't only about losing weight but I also needed to get physically stronger. In 2017, I started taking exercise classes at a local Studio, which helped to get me moving, but I knew I needed more. When I decided to take it to the next level physically, I decided to join Leverage Fitness Studio. This was a challenge for me because I was intimidated. Leverage offers a wide variety of classes and I wanted to see what each one was about so I challenged myself to try them all. There were times I pushed myself and would do 3 classes in a single night. I knew this was the place that was going to help get me to the next level I aspired to be at. After consistently showing up and working hard, I got stronger physically and mentally.

Nutrition: I had to change the way I thought about food. I realized that this is a way of life and not a quick fix. I didn't want to jump on the newest fad way of eating but rather tweak my ‘diet’ in a way that was realistic and sustainable. It’s still a work in progress, but I've come a very long way.

Shout-Outs: First and foremost I have to acknowledge my husband, Barry. He's always led by example when it came to fitness and nutrition. He's what I call a "do-it-first-leader". He was willing to do anything to keep me motivated. And I mean everything, including being the only guy in a Zumba and Hip Hop dance class. Lastly, while every instructor at Leverage has been on this journey with me, I have to acknowledge Erin Tanner aka "Sarge" and Wendy Tedesco. “Sarge” challenges me physically in every single workout. She puts together the most well rounded, challenging workouts and refuses to let me slack. Wendy's nutritional advice has been a integral part of my journey.

At 44 years old, I've never felt better physically and am looking forward to what the future holds for me.