Motivation Monday – Meet Colleen Clancy

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Colleen Clancy is an athlete from Team RWB Syracuse.  She joined Team RWB in the summer of 2012 and has been a constant source of support for several athletes and veterans.  Physical fitness has become a big part of Colleen’s life, and Team RWB is a big part of that positive experience.

In 1996, I topped the scales at approximately 230 pounds. I fought the battle with weight for most of my life; I tried Nutrisystem, the Diet Workshop, Weight Watchers…you name it, nothing worked. Finally, I decided to give it one more try and with a lot of hard work and determination I lost 122 pounds on my own!  My primary forms of exercise were walking and riding a stationary bike; it wasn’t very exciting, but it was effective.

I stayed active over the years and was able to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.  However, in 2010, I suffered some personal heartbreak (my boyfriend was involved in a car accident which resulted in a fatality, I lost my cousin to cancer, and my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer).  While I was trying to cope with all this turmoil, my healthy lifestyle took a backseat and, I put on some pounds.

In January 2011, I decided that I needed to get my life back on track, so I signed up for the Weight Loss Challenge at Gold’s Gym.  I worked out with a trainer, and with his encouragement and support not only did I lose 33 pounds, but I won the challenge!  He motivated me to set new goals for myself, and in March 2011, I joined the No Boundaries running program at Fleet Feet Sports, Syracuse.  I ended up running eight races that year!  My New Year’s resolution for 2012 included more running and taking on the challenge of my first triathlon.

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I first became aware of Team RWB while running the 2012 Tipp Hill Shamrock Run; I saw all the red shirts with the eagle, and one of the runners carrying the American flag.  I was curious what the team was all about, but I didn’t cross paths with Team RWB again until a few months later at Teal There’s a Cure.  This time, I approached one of the members after the race, and he told me about the organization.  My dad is an Army veteran and my uncle was a Marine, plus I have several friends that served in the United States military.  I knew that I wanted to support this group and everything they stood for, so I signed up. In August 2012, I did my first group run with the team.

Since becoming a member of Team RWB I have continued to challenge myself; I’ve done countless races including the Army Ten Miler and three half marathons. I also joined CrossFit Syracuse along with some of my teammates.  I feel so fortunate to be part of Team RWB; my fellow members motivate and inspire me every day.  This August, I will tackle the Tough Mudder, and in October, I will proudly run the Marine Corps Marathon with Team RWB.  I am so grateful for the camaraderie of this group!

-Colleen Clancy

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