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One of our own beats the odds

One of our own beats the odds

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:49 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 16 at 7:19 AM

“In the end I lost 35 pounds, gained a ton of self-confidence and proved that even fat girls can get things done!” That’s the bottom line of an amazing feat for one of our KTVB employee.

I want you to hear from Carolyn Haney. She has been behind the scenes at KTVB for over 20 years, making sure our graphics look good for the News at Five, News At Six and News at Ten.
 
But, I want her story front and center because it’s the story of a very determined lady.
So,in her own words, Carolyn will tell you about training and competing in the YMCA Spring Triathlon. It consists of a 750m swim, a 12.1 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run.
 
Carolyn Haney:   
I heard there was about 350 participants and from what I can tell, I came in second to last.
 
Back in January I hired a personal coach from BOISE Run Walk to help me lose weight. My Doctor was upset with me because I was 285 pounds and was not taking her advice seriously. I am pre-diabetic and she told me I can't keep putting my head in the sand and pretending like my health is okay. I was terrified of getting diabetes, so I talked to this coach about helping me to lose weight. About a month into working out with him, I told him one day when I am at my goal weight of 135, I might do a triathlon. He said I could do one this April. I remember looking at myself and telling him "are you crazy?" Surely a 285 pound woman can't do a triathlon.
 
After a few days of thinking about it, a little voice inside me said to go for it. Once I told him, we put a plan into place.
 
I have never completed anything from start to finish. This was that one time in my life that I wanted to break that tradition and see what could happen. I also wanted to impress my nieces who had never seen this side of me. For that matter, I had never seen this side of me.
 
My life has changed quite a bit since I started this. I discovered that I can go further then I ever thought I could. I not only had physical challenges to overcome, I also had mental challenges as I kept telling myself I couldn't do it. Each time I broke down and cried because it was too hard, my coach would give me strength and encouragement to continue on. I still remember crying my eyes out in the gym and telling him I could not swim the 750 meters. That very day I gave it my all and sure enough did the full swim. I had similar emotional breakdowns on the bike and walk, but slowly I began to get stronger. That is what surprised me. The woman who never did more then 1 lap, was now doing 15. The woman who could not walk more then a few hundred yards without hurting was now walking and running 4,5 and 6 miles.
 
What has amazed me in this process is the people that have told me I inspired them. People who have fought cancer, or are fighting other life-threatening health issues. People who have started working out because they see if an overweight woman like me can get out there, then so can they. What they don't realize is that each one of them is an inspiration to me as well.
 
Now that I have accomplished this huge goal, I want to keep challenging myself more and more. So July 10th I am going to do a half marathon. It is once again going to take everything I have, but I know I can do it. I have learned that even if I come in dead last, at least I did it and that is the biggest accomplishment of all. I intend to work with the coaches at Boise Run Walk to help others to achieve their goals too. If I can inspire others to change their lives for the better, what a wonderful gift that would be.
 
I still can't believe that a little over 6 months ago I fell off a zip line and was hurt for a long time. Even needing physical therapy for quite awhile. To see how I went from barely being able to move to doing a triathlon still gives me chills.
 
The one thing that you should know about me at KTVB but don't know? That the best is yet to come. Watch me fly!!!! 
 
You can reach Carolyn Haney at chaney@ktvb.com.
 

 

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