In 2002 my office walls were adorned with the last of my five degrees. Academically and financially I was a success. On the other hand, my health was deteriorating. That year I went to the doctor’s office to find out my weight had skyrocketed to 205 pounds, my BMI was over 25 and I was at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. I decided to commit to improving my health so I could live longer. I began walking and walked myself right to a yoga and pilates studio and started my path there. From there I joined a gym months later, got a trainer and began to transform my body. In 2005, I was at 145 pounds and decided to train for and run my first run race. I chose the Peachtree Road Race since it was on the 4th of July, which happens to be on my birthday. I’ve been running and racing ever since. I had a setback in October 2005; I had total knee reconstruction. In September of 2005, 3 days after the 10K Classic race, I tore 3 out of 4 ligaments that held my left knee together. It took over 7 months to rehabilitate my knee to compete again. 10 months post operation, I completed my first triathlon and exactly one year to date from surgery I finished my first half marathon. I believe you can do anything if you are passionate about it. Today, at age 40, I am 5’5”, weight 130, BMI 15.5. I lost 75pounds! I believe in always setting new goals to continually grow and improve myself. I thrive to do my best and be my best. You can find me running the streets of our beautiful city either solo or with a run club, and in gyms and studios all over Atlanta. Currently, I am in yoga teacher training at Tough Love Yoga and will be certified June, 2013.