At the time of writing this, I'm 45, however my race age is 46. It's a triathlon thing... you might not understand. :)
I've been somewhat athletically inclined the majority of my life. While I've never been fast at anything my strengths are, well, strength, coordination and flexibility. For some reason I decided after doing my first triathlon as part of a relay team in 2002 that I was hooked -- though at around 300 lbs, triathlon was definitely a challenge, to say the least. In spite of my weight I've always been active, cycling, tap dancing (don't laugh, it's true!).
After having my Daughter in 2004 I became Type II Diabetic. After long, hard consideration over the course of a couple years, I decided that Gastric Bypass would be the appropriate path for me. My Doctor said it would eradicate my Diabetes, and it did. I haven't had a shot of Insulin or medication since the day before surgery. Life is much better. To date, I maintains loss of over 160 lbs.
So with the massive weight loss, I decided to take the plunge and have my loose skin removed. By far, this was one of the most challenging (and painful) things I ever elected put myself through. I had surgery May 15th, 2013 with Dr. John Lo Monaco -- in my opinion a leader in massive weight loss reconstructive surgery.
What now? I still have work to do and I need goals to focus on to get it done, so it's Ironman Florida in 2017!!! You see, sometimes you gotta choose a goal so big that you have to become the person you want to be achieve it. :)