“Everest for me, and I believe for the world, is the physical and symbolic manifestation of overcoming odds to achieve a dream.”
Tom Whittaker


For as long as I can remember I have been captivated by Mt. Everest, and traveling there has been my lifelong dream. After losing nearly 100 pounds since 2011, transforming and healing my body inside and out with regular yoga practice, and finishing 17 half marathons since October 2012; I have come to the conclusion that traveling to Everest in May 2017 and being physically fit enough to successfully finish the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon will be the ultimate tribute to my 50th birthday and the perfect way to symbolize and honor a lifetime of overcoming the seemingly unbeatable odds against my success!

This blog chronicles my weight loss journey since May 2011, and also my training efforts in preparing for the greatest challenge of my lifetime! I started with boot camp classes, then running and yoga; all of which have transformed every aspect of my life in various ways.

I hope that by sharing my story it will inspire others who have struggled with the humiliation and despair of being severely overweight, and the disappointments from multiple unsuccessful attempts at losing it, to see that it can be possible if you never give up hope! My weight loss experiences have been recorded in the notes app on my iPhone, in Facebook posts, and handwritten journals, as well as directly into this blog.  At first I was embarrassed to share them publicly, but had a change of heart after so many have asked many details about how I did it, and encouraged me to put the diaries and posts all together in one place as an example to others.  Honestly, if I can do this, anyone can – and experiencing it right along with me will give realistic expectations for progress and show how it all was a daily crawl forward to where I am today!

I hope after reading what I have been through, and all the day-to-day joys, sorrows, accomplishments, failures, injuries and recoveries, you will share in my journey forward to Everest to run the marathon I was born to finish!