And since then, she’s become an inspiration for others. People look to Angela for guidance in keeping the weight off long-term. She demonstrates that it is possible not only to lose the weight, but also to change your lifestyle for the better – no matter where you’re starting point is.
Angela embraces this fact. 3 years ago, she participated as a motivational speaker for the Learn to Run group via The Running Room. She states, “At 52, I am in better shape and health than I was at 39.”
She also claims that she will always be driven by the desire not to go back to the weight she once was. She’s had younger friends pass away with weight as a factor. And it serves as a reminder that she’s doing the right thing.
Angela has also had friends change along the way with her. Her family has further played a major role in motivating her. She says her mother’s inner strength and determination, as well as her sister and dad’s sense of humor, passion, focus, and drive, have all played a part in who she is today. Angela adds, “My grandma (nearing 103) has been a source of strength and inspiration also.”
Angela’s family doctor of more than 30 years has further played a key role in pushing her to improve her health. She further credits her trainer for cheering her on and for driving her to be the best version of herself.
When asked if she has any race traditions, Angela replied, “It’s eating a pasta meal at Chianti’s the night before.” She adds that she also arrives 30 minutes prior to starting on race day. During the race, she listens to music on a low setting. And afterward, she fills up on some much-needed H20 and goes for a massage to promote recovery and healing.
And as far as the future is concerned, Angela says, “(I’ll) take it as it comes. I don’t want to miss out on living today!”