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Posted by Andy D of Today's the day I lose under Taekwondo on 19 March 2013 at 12:00 AM

Andy D Tae Kwon-Do Yellow BeltTop sporting achievement: 

My top sporting achievement came just a few weeks ago when I passed my Yellow Belt test for ITF Tae Kwon-Do.

Goals for the year ahead: 

I’m going to run in my first ever 5K race in June of this year.  Having never run before this is pretty daunting.  I also want to get to at least a Green Belt level in TKD.

Current Tribesports challenge: 

I have many on the go, but I like to focus on the weekly body weight exercises as a way to build my daily workout routine.

Most embarrassing sports moment: 

I train for TaeKwon-Do with my 10 year old son, so we attend the family classes.  I was recently paired up with a petite 4 year old girl who came up to my waist for a sparring activity.  She won.

Congratulations on making the blogger spotlight Andy! It’s been great seeing how busy you are with your Challenges on Tribesports, any favourites?

Thank you for putting me in the spotlight!  It’s a great honour.  My favourite challenge was 100 crunches a day for 14 days. When I started I could only do 10 at a time without needing a break.  By day 14 I could make it to 50 and only need a short pause before doing the rest.

When did you decide to begin your Fitness journey? What are your favourite methods to help you reach your goals?

Andy D - 260lb fitness wake up callMy fitness journey started when I weighed in at 260 lbs and was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic.  I knew that if I didn’t take charge of my life and work to get fit I wouldn’t be around much longer.   Being accountable is my favourite method... whether it’s tracking my calories online, telling people my plans or committing to challenges here at Tribesports, knowing that I have publicly declared something really helps to push me to follow through.

Where do you find support to help you along the way? How important do you think a good support network is when it comes to making progress?

My best support has been my partner of 20 years, Hilary.  She helps me plan my meals and ensures that as a family we are eating healthy, nutritious, home cooked food.  She encourages me to get up and get moving even if I don’t want to.  All of my other support comes from online friends through blogging, Facebook and most recently here at Tribesports.  It’s incredible the support you can get from complete strangers and how it can fuel you to try harder and do your best.   After all, I don’t want to let the people inside my computer down!

Do you find it challenging to keep on top of family life and fitness at the same time?

Taekwondo Andy D and her sonIt can be very challenging to fit in everything. I try to fit my workouts around dinner, homework, bedtime and a full time job! That is one of the reasons that I decided to join TaeKwon-Do with my son.  We train 3 hours a week together and have recently invested in equipment so that we can train together at home as well. It gives us one on one time together to do something that we both enjoy. Right now it’s my favourite sport; I’ve only be at it for one year, but I have completely fallen in love.  I have yet to compete with it, but will be entering my first competitive tournament in April.

If there was one sport you could be exceptional at, which would you pick and why?

I would love to be exceptional at Show Jumping.  I rode as a teenager, but never progressed very far in the sport and had to give it up when I moved out on my own and had to sell my horses.  My dream would be to live on a farm and have my own horses again someday.

Andy D horses

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    20140614134930-rshaver

    What a great read! You are doing great work and such a joy on here. Keep up the amazing job!

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    20121214001743-andyd1

    Thanks Robyn! TS Is a great place because of all the great people.

    20130313073216-ttownskier

    You go girl! Enjoy TaeKwon-Do! :) life is a long walk, might as well make it a fun one eh? :) keep on reaching your goals and go for gold, of course.

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    20130313073216-ttownskier

    No problem, you have a really inspiring story! :) keep up the hard work

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    20131122040327-janeh

    I am so happy to hear how well you are doing Andy, you are such a credit to your family xx

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    20130408161139-beccam83

    I love this blog! You're always so encouraging and I truly believe you can do it, keep at it :D

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    20121214001743-andyd1

    Thanks Rebecca! I love the positive force from everyone here.

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