I was born in Romania, then emigrated to France and eventually to Canada. I hold a dual citizenship and speak fluently all three languages, which often mix up in my head and turn into Romfranglish for my embarrassment and the grammar nazis' delight. I write on this blog exactly as thoughts come into my mind, which explains the high-school level of storytelling and vocabulary. I tried growing up, but that didn't work very well. Literature has never been my favorite subject either, but I enjoy a good book whenever I have time to read. And no, 50 Shades of Grey did not make the cut, that book was really awfully written.
"The Long Run" by Matt Long, my world turned upside down. All of a sudden, everything seemed possible. A marathon? Next on my list. An Ironman, bring it on! And that's what brought me where I am today. I want to swim, bike and run for health, to be a good role model for my kids, to show them that once you put your mind to accomplish something, you fight hard and conquer your fears, your inhibitions, your doubts. You become a better you, no matter how big the challenge is. I may not be the fastest and the strongest out there and most often you will find me in the middle of the pack, but I'm ok with it. At 40 years old my body can only take that much before it breaks. And the challenge is to keep it moving without reaching that breaking point.
Hubbs has since completed a full marathon (after losing 100lb!), a half-ironman and many sprint and olympic distance triathlons and continues to amaze me with the dedication and continuous progress that he makes in his journey.
The Weight Issue
Making serious changes in my eating habits and becoming active again was the key. Three years later, I finally managed to lose 50lb and returned to my healthy and happy self.
Below are pictures at my worst and best times. Fitness has become our lifestyle and we continue enjoying racing and pushing one limit at a time.