Aimee Smith’s incredible journey was recently highlighted on the Huffington Post. Below is a summary of her story and powerful testimony of what can happen when you choose to compete for your life.
Aimee Smith lost an entire person. Well, she actually just dropped 200 lbs, the equivalent of many athletes’ weight. Just a few years ago, Aimee’s life became endangered when her weight of 425lbs was causing serious health issues. She was battling health issues and depression. Complications occurred during the birth of her second child. Aimee knew she had to do something.
“My knees hurt, my back hurt. I had high blood pressure. I was pre-diabetic. I was going down a bad path,” Smith said.
Two years ago Aimee chose to have gastric bypass surgery and follow it up with intense training and improved nutritional choices. Today, she’s 222 lbs lighter and better yet, is competing in triathlons, marathons, and other long-distance events. She completed two “couch to 5k” programs and even enrolled in swimming lessons since she’d never learned to swim. It’s incredible that a woman who just 700+ days ago had problems walking and breathing is now completing triathlons and is training to one day complete an Iron Man triathlon. Makes you question how low your goals have been doesn’t it?
Instead of reverting back to her old ways, Aimee chose to scale up her goals and focus and truly compete for her life. The 44-year-old Wisconsin mother is now inspiring thousands with her story of how she “saved her own life.”